Lucas Coenen of Jumbo Husqvarna BT Racing won the opening round of the Open Dutch 250 championship series at the legendary track of Lierop. Twin Sacha also had good speed on display, but a few crashes kept him to 18th and eighth in the heats respectively.
A chilly morning in Lierop meant that Lucas suffered from frozen hands, and that exacerbated his armpump. He posted the seventh fastest qualifying time, not far behind second. Sacha found his groove early, and posted the fourth time.
Lucas had a setback early in race one, as he was rammed off the bike after a good start. He rode like a man possessed from last, and still managed to finish third for the race. Sacha had a decent start and was busy building his race, when he crashed hard in the waves. He painfully made his way further after a while, and still managed to finish 18th.
Both brothers were extra motivated for race two. Lucas held an early fifth spot, but quickly worked his way to third, and set in the hunt on Dave Kooiker. Just as he passed Kooiker, the leader crashed, which gifted Lucas the lead. He never once yielded again, and won by a healthy 32 second margin. Sacha was recovering form a lesser start when he crashed again. He set in the chase, and posted lap times comparable to the second – and third placed riders. He managed to get to eighth position before time ran out.
Lucas took the overall victory with his 3-1 race finishes, and Sacha was tenth overall. The brothers will be travelling to Agueda in Portugal for the second round f the EMX250 series in two weeks’ time.
Overall Dutch Open 250 Lierop:
1 Lucas Coenen 91 Pnt
2 Tim Edberg 76 Pnt
3 Camden McLellan 72 Pnt
4 Dave Kooiker 71 Pnt
5 Rasmus Hakansson 71 Pnt
10 Sacha Coenen 56 Pnt
Fotocredits – Floris van den Elsen