Andrea Bonacorsi and Rick Elzinga of Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing were participating in round nine of the world championship MX2 in Arroyomolinos in Spain.
Rick Elzinga was ill in the week prior to the race and also during the weekend he felt far from ideal. Despite this he posted some fast lap times on the board in the practice sessions but in the qualifying heat he was forced to retire because he was feeling too bad to continue. Bonacorsi set the tenth fastest time in time practice but due to a mistake in the qualifying heat he had to be satisfied with a seventeenth position. This meant that both riders had to start from the outside in both motos on Sunday.
In the opening moto it was Elzinga who took the holeshot from the very outside gate. He was riding a high pace in the beginning of the moto and was riding inside of the top five for a long time and after that inside of the top ten. Unfortunately he ran out of energy and was forced to lower the pace. He lost several positions and finally finished the race in thirteenth position. Bonacorsi came back strong. At the end of the first lap he was riding in seventeenth position but he passed one rider after another and crossed the finish line in a strong eighth position.
Between the motos it was decided that Rick had to sit out the second moto. Bonacorsi took a better start this time and was riding inside of the top ten in the beginning. He was struggling to find his rhythm and lost a few positions. Due to a crash he dropped down the order and wasn’t able to come back in his rhythm. Finally he finished in twentieth position and ended the weekend in thirteenth position overall while Elzinga finished in nineteenth position.
Dave Kooiker was riding a Dutch Championship round and managed to win the overall!
Next weekend Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing will race the EMX250 Championship round in Ernee, France.
Overall MX2 Spain:
1 Tom Vialle 50 Pnt
2 Simon Laengenfelder 42 Put
3 Jago Geerts 34 Pnt
4 Liam Everts 33 Pnt
5 Stephen Rubini 32 Pnt
13 Andrea Bonacorsi 14 Pnt
19 Rick Elzinga 8 Pnt