The Honda 150 European Championship riders faced their toughest challenge yet in their first moto at the Grand Prix of The Netherlands, which was run earlier today, as an unbelievable amount of rain hit the man-made circuit. The power-sapping sand of Assen ensured that all of the CRF150R riders put the skills that they have acquired this season to the test.
Andrea Adamo romped to pole position for the fifth time this season, so managed to go undefeated in that particular category. It was Dave Kooiker, a wildcard from The Netherlands, who used the support from his friends and family to shoot into the early lead in the first moto. The time that he spent at the head of the field was short-lived though, as Dylan Kroon pushed through and immediately started to make a statement. A series of small errors cost him dearly, however, as he started to drop down the order in the second half of the heat.
It was at that point that Andrea Adamo led the pack for the first time. Adamo, who started right on the cusp of the top five, took advantage of the mistakes that his competitors made and eventually found himself out front. The current series leader was not in a comfortable position though, as Kooiker and Luis Outeiro were nipping at his heels. Outeiro actually claimed the lead on the penultimate lap and looked set to take his first victory of the season, but the treacherous conditions caught him out and forced him to limp past the chequered flag in third.
Adamo completed a perfect day, when it was all said and done, as he claimed his seventh moto victory of the season. That also helped him extend his lead in the championship to eleven points entering the final moto, as Anton Nordstrom-Graaf struggled to master the unique circuit and could only manage a fourth. Kooiker, who only qualified in seventh, gave the passionate fans in the grandstands a lot to cheer about, as he finished second and chased Adamo across the finish line. Lynn Valk, Kjeld Stuurman and Kroon also finished inside of the top ten in the first encounter at their home event.
The title fight will come to an end tomorrow morning, as the final moto of the season will be held in the challenging conditions at 11:30am.