Dave Versluis makes a good return in the races

Dave Versluis from Assendelft is back in the races. After the surgery on his arms he is back on the bike now for seven weeks. On the 7th of July he did his first race in Marum. This was a round of the Dutch MX2 Series. He did this race to gain race rhythm.

In practice he took his time to get used to the track. After several laps he tried to put a fast lap together. His lap went ok and he finally set the fifth fastest time.

When the gate dropped in the first moto his rear wheel had a lot of spin so his start wasn’t that well. He came out of the first corner in sixth position. In the beginning of the race he worked himself up into third position. He managed to held on to this position for a long time. Unfortunately he got some arm pump and had to lower the pace. The fourth place rider closed the gap to Dave and managed to pass him. Dave picked up the pace and was following him. In the closing stages of the race Dave tried to pass him back but unfortunately he couldn’t find a place to make a pass stick and crossed the finish line in fourth position with a difference of 0.300 of a second behind the third place rider.

In the second moto he took a better start and came out of the first corner in first position. In the first few laps he had a nice pace going but after three laps he lost the lead and dropped back to second position. When the leader got a mechanical problem, Dave took over the lead again. At that moment he had a nice gap over himself and the second place rider. In the closing stages of the race he hit a tyre and due to this his gear shifter got bent. Dave wasn’t able to stand on his foot peg like he normally stands on the bike and he had to ride the complete track in third gear. Luckily his gap over the second place rider was big enough so Dave managed to cross the finish line in first position in the second moto.

With a 4-1 in the motos he took the overall win in Marum. Last weekend he participated in the international youth weekend in Boekel. Dave was riding in the 250cc open class. In time practice he was building up his speed. After a few laps he tried to put a fast lap together and finally ended the session in third position.

In the first moto he took a good start and went into the first corner in first position. He found his rhythm straight away and managed to make a gap over himself and the second place rider. In the closing stages of the race he started to make some mistakes and due to this the second place rider started to close down the gap to him. Dave gave everything he had and finally won the race.

In the second moto he didn’t took a so good start because he collided with another rider. He went into the first corner in the back of the pack. In the beginning of the race he managed to pass a lot of riders and after a few laps he had worked himself up into second position. The leader was already too far gone to overtake so Dave settled for second position.

Dave was motivated to do better in both motos on Sunday. In the free practice session things were going fine for the rider from Assendelft. Dave set the fastest time with a difference of two seconds on the second place rider.

In the first moto he took a good start and came out of the first lap in first position. In the beginning of the race he managed to make a gap over himself and the second place rider. During the race the gap became bigger and he finally won the race with an advantage of 30 seconds.

In the second and final moto of the weekend he started the race in second position. After a few corners he took over the lead and controlled the race from then on. During the race the distance between him and the second place rider stayed the same. In the closing stages of the race the second place rider came a little bit closer but Dave kept pushing and managed to win the second moto.

With three moto wins and a second position Dave took the overall win in Boekel.

Dave Versluis:’’The last couple of weeks went really well for me. I managed to win the race, which is good for me. After a difficult start of the second because of the problem with my arms, I am happy that things are going the right way again. Despite my bad start of the season all my sponsors stayed behind me and I am really thankful for that. I will try to keep this feeling for the rest of the season and I hope I can score good results’’.

This weekend Dave will participate in the fourth round of the ADAC Youngster Cup in Tensfeld.
 

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