Andrea Bonacorsi of Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing has finished on the podium in the penultimate round of the EMX250 Championship in Hyvinkaa, Finland. Bonacorsi had to fight his way back from the back of the field in the first moto but still managed to finish in a strong sixth position. In the second moto he came home in second, which was good enough to finish third overall. Rick Elzinga took a 4-7 moto score to finish in sixth position overall and Dave Kooiker took a top ten position in the first moto by finishing in eighth place.
It was a tough weekend for the riders because the warm circumstances in combination with the heavy sand track made it hard. The team started the weekend strong in time practice on Saturday. Andrea Bonacorsi managed to set the second fastest time in front of Elzinga while Kooiker posted the eleventh fastest time.
At the start of the first moto it was Elzinga who took the best start from the three riders. He came out of the first lap in third and worked his way up into second position. Because he was struggling to find his rhythm he lost two positions during the race and finished in fourth position. Bonacorsi fought his way from the back of the field back to sixth position. His result didn’t showed how well he was riding and he was ready to battle for the second moto. Kooiker took a good start as well and worked his way up into fifth position. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to keep this position and lost a few positions in the second part of moto to finally finish the race in eighth.
In the second moto it was Bonacorsi who took a really good start. He started the race in second position but didn’t had the flow of the first moto. He had to settle for second but this was enough to finish in third position in the overall classification. Elzinga had a difficult moto. He was struggling to find his rhythm and had to be satisfied with seventh position. With this result he finished in sixth position overall. Kooiker worked his way up from around fifteenth to eighth place but got some problems near the end of the moto and was forced to retire.
With only one round to go, Elzinga is leading the championship with an advantage of 40 points over the second place rider. Bonacorsi sits in fifth position and Kooiker is in twelfth. The final round of the championship will be held in St. Jean d’Angely in France this weekend.