Kay Karssemakers op het podium in EMX250 in Turkije

Kay Karssemakers of Husqvarna BT Racing finished on the podium in the penultimate round of the EMX250 Championship in Turkiye last weekend. Karssemakers finished in fifth position in the first moto but did much better in the second race by finishing in second position.

The track was dry and fast during the practice sessions on Saturday. Maxime Grau was feeling himself at home in these type of conditions and took pole position. Karssemakers was struggling to put a decent lap together in time practice and ended the session in tenth while Wesly Dieudonne set the fourteenth fastest time.

In the first moto it was Grau who took the holeshot. The talented Frenchman was leading the race in the first couple of laps till he made a crash. Due to this he lost a lot of positions and finally finished the race in tenth position. Karssemakers was fighting hard during the opening moto and crossed the finish line in fifth while Dieudonne came close of scoring a top ten position and ended up in twelfth position.

The circumstances were completely different in the second moto on Sunday. Due to heavy rainfall on Saturday afternoon the track was much more technical. Grau took another good start but made a mistake in the first turn and crashed. Karssemakers took a good start as well and worked his way up into the lead in the beginning of the race. Karssemakers was leading for a long time but finally he got passed and crossed the finish line in second position. Grau fought his way back from last to twelfth position and Dieudonne came home in seventeenth place.

Karssemakers finished third overall and stays in second position in the championship standings. Grau finished in tenth position overall and Dieudonne ended the weekend in fifteenth position. In three weeks from now the final round of the championship will be held in Matterley Basin, Great Britain.