Bengtsson storms to strong second at ONK Gemert – 24MX Pressrelease

Race report ONK Round 1 – Gemert

Monday, March 16, 2015 — In today’s opening round of the Dutch Open Championship in Gemert Filip Bengtsson (24MX Honda Racing) rode to an impressive second place. Bengtsson climbed on the podium after 4th and 2nd moto finishes. Belgium’s Jeremy Van Horebeek won the overall, home rider Ceriel Klein Kromhof was third.

In today’s opening round of the Dutch Open Championship in Gemert Filip Bengtsson (24MX Honda Racing) rode to an impressive second place. Bengtsson climbed on the podium after 4th and 2nd moto finishes. Belgium’s Jeremy Van Horebeek won the overall, home rider Ceriel Klein Kromhof was third.

After third place in qualifying the Honda CRF450R mounted Bengtsson grabbed the holeshot in the first moto. Filip was swept wide and lost two places after the first corner but reacted forcefully and grabbed the lead quickly. Unfortunately the 24MX Honda rider went over the bars in the animated first lap on the cold and windy Wolfsbosch track. Slightly bruised and with a bent handlebar Bengtsson remounted from dead last. The triple Swedish champion delivered a fantastic performance to cut through the field to finish fourth, just one second behind Ceriel Klein Kromhof.

A less favourable start slowed down the progress of the talented Shot Racegear athlete in the second moto. From 8th in the first lap Bengtsson relentlessly pushed forward to pass Dewulf, Klein Kromhof and Ferris. He made up ground on leader van Horebeek and was clearly the fastest man on track halfway through the race. With lots of traffic from lapped riders it was difficult to close down the 6-second gap but his second place bumped Bengtsson ip to the second sport of the podium.

 

Filip Bengtsson: “I felt really good here, already in the morning although the track was a bit strange in some places. It was quite slippery at times. In the first moto I had quite a big get-off and bent my handlebars. Luckily I could continue and when I came back from last place my speed was really good! I saw CKK (Ceriel Klein Kromhoff) in front of me on the last lap and I pushed hard to close down the gap, I managed to get on his rear wheel but ran out of time. For the first time this season I just wished the moto was two laps longer!
My start in the second moto was just average and I lost quite a lot of time behind Dean Ferris who was riding well. I was behind Van Horebeek and started to catch up but I lost some time in traffic and Jeremy was just a bit stronger today. Overall I’m pleased with how my day went. The first two MXGP race have been tough so it was important to get a good feeling. It was also why we came to Gemert. The bike works well and I’m looking forward to the MXGP of Patagonia.”

 

MX1 Moto1: 1. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL-Yamaha); 2. Jeffrey de Wulf (BEL-Yamaha); 3. Ceriel Klein Kromhof (NED-KTM); 4. Filip Bengtsson (SWE-24MX Honda), 5. William Saris (NED-Kawasaki), 6. Mike Van Der Straeten (BEL-Husqvarna), 7. Mike Gijsbertsen (NED-Kawasaki); 8. Micha-Boy De Waal (NED-Husqvarna), 9. Marvin Van Daele (BEL-KTM), 10. Rick Satink (NED-Husqvarna); 11. Nikolaj Larsen (DEN-Husqvarna),12. Yentel Martens (BEL-Husqvarna), 13. Rasmus Sjoberg (SWE-Honda), 14. Ryan Houghton (GBR-Yamaha); 15. Jonathan Bengtsson (SWE-KTM), 16. Kristof Salaets (BEL-Kawasaki), 17. Mike Van Den Bogaert (NED-Kawasaki), 18. Davey Janssen (NED-Husqvarna); 19. Tom Johnsson (SWE-KTM), 20. Gert-Jan Assink (NED-KTM)

 

MX1 Moto2: 1. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL-Yamaha); 2. Filip Bengtsson (SWE-24MX Honda), 3. Dean Ferris (AUS-Husqvarna), 4. Ceriel Klein Kromhof (NED-KTM); 5. Rick Satink (NED-Husqvarna), 6. Jeffrey de Wulf (BEL-Yamaha); 7. Yentel Martens (BEL-Husqvarna), 8. Mike Gijsbertsen (NED-Kawasaki); 9. William Saris (NED-Kawasaki), 10. Ryan Houghton (GBR-Yamaha); 11. Kristof Salaets (BEL-Kawasaki), 12. Marvin Van Daele (BEL-KTM), 13. Santtu Tiainen (FIN-Husqvarna), 14. Rasmus Sjoberg (SWE-Honda), 15. Andy Truyts (BEL-KTM), 16. Davey Janssen (NED-Husqvarna); 17. Jonathan Bengtsson (SWE-KTM), 18. Tom Johnsson (SWE-KTM), 19. Gert-Jan Assink (NED-KTM), 20. Mike Van Den Bogaert (NED-Kawasaki)

 

MX1 overall, ONK standings after 1 round: 1. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL-Yamaha) 50 pts; 2. Filip Bengtsson (SWE-24MX Honda) 40; 3. Ceriel Klein Kromhof (NED-KTM); 4. Jeffrey de Wulf (BEL-Yamaha); 5. William Saris (NED-Kawasaki), 6. Rick Satink (NED-Husqvarna) 27, 7. Mike Gijsbertsen (NED-Kawasaki); 8.Yentel Martens (BEL-Husqvarna) 23; 9. Marvin Van Daele (BEL-KTM) 21; 10. Dean Ferris (AUS-Husqvarna) 20; 11. Ryan Houghton (GBR-Yamaha) 18; 12. Mike Van Der Straeten (BEL-Husqvarna) 16; 13. Kristof Salaets (BEL-Kawasaki ) 15; 14. Rasmus Sjoberg (SWE-Honda) 15; 16. Jonathan Bengtsson (SWE-KTM) 10; 17. Nikolaj Larsen (DEN-Husqvarna) 10; 18. Santtu Tiainen (FIN-Husqvarna) 9; 19. Davey Janssen (NED-Husqvarna); 20. Andy Truyts (BEL-KTM) 7

 

 

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