Conditions that were much more pleasant greeted the Honda 150 European Championship riders this morning, much to the delight of those who struggled to negotiate the lengthy ruts on the day prior. A spectacular crowd piled into the popular facility, which sat below glorious sunshine, in an attempt to see the stars of tomorrow in action.
The CRF150R riders tackled a series of sighting laps, before taking to the line for their second and final moto. All eyes were, of course, on Andrea Adamo and Luis Outeiro, as both riders were poised to duke it out for the first overall victory of the new season. Adamo put himself in the best position possible when the gates dropped, as he slid into the lead immediately and again attempted to establish an advantage.
Outeiro stalked his rival from the drop of the gate, but lost touch at around the halfway mark. The laps began to wind down and, at that point, Outeiro inched closer to the first position. Adamo showed wisdom beyond his years at the head of the field though, as he remained composed all the way to the chequered flag. That, of course, left him as the overall winner at the first round of the Honda 150 European Championship and with the red plate firmly in his grasp.
Outeiro again put in a valiant effort, but came up just short and had to settle for the runner-up position. The forty-four points that he acquired set him up well for the second round, the Grand Prix of Portugal, at the beginning of July. Anton Nordström-Graaf is in a similar position, as he recorded a brace of thirds across the weekend.
Lynn Valk improved on her position from the previous moto, much to the delight of the Dutch fans who made the short trip across the border, as she claimed fourth and the same position in the overall classification. Peter Konig, the best-placed rider from Germany, took advantage of a mistake that Rasmus Moen made to steal fifth overall.
After applying the various skills that they have acquired since they joined the programme, the CRF150R riders will go away and refine their skillsets ahead of the second round. That will take place at the Grand Prix of Portugal in a little over a month.
Andrea Adamo, #10
“I have done a good race and been working hard. I am very happy. I won my first GP and it was spectacular! The track was very difficult. Thanks to my sponsors, my team and my family.”
Gordon Crockard, Honda Motor Europe Off-Road Manager
“I thought that the track conditions were a lot kinder for the boys and girl. Given the time that they had on the track yesterday, the enthusiasm was still really high today. It was good to see that the kids were still excited about getting out on track, as opposed to being nervous or intimidated. The results were very similar. I thought that Andrea Adamo rode brilliantly, as he controlled the race and his nerves very well. He had some pressure from Luis Outeiro, who also did a great job to keep the bike on two wheels in second.
“We had one boy get injured, which was sad to see, but it is understandable. It was a very challenging track and obviously everyone is going as fast as they can. Sometimes accidents happen in motocross! It was sad to see him get injured. There is a long break now until the next race in Portugal, which gives the riders and mechanics time to make adjustments. They have learnt a lot from this experience; I am pretty sure that they will go away, think about everything and then come to Portugal better prepared for the competition. I look forward to it.”