The Suzuki RM-Z450 dominated this year’s Hawkstone International, as the Rockstar Energy team filled all three spots on the MX1 overall podium with Kevin Strijbos, Clement Desalle, and Glenn Coldenhoff.
Kevin Strijbos took the win in both of the main races before going on to win the Superfinal on his RM-Z450, with teammate Clement Desalle taking the runner-up spot each time.
Strijbos said, “I went to the race without expecting too much as I had been a bit sick the last week and didn’t ride much in the sand after I got back from training in the US.
“It was always a bit difficult in the beginning of the races, but I gained momentum as the races went on and this turned out good.
“I’m stoked for the team to have such a good start to the season and I’m looking forward to the next races.”
Desalle added, “It was a good day; a bit cold in the morning but good in the afternoon. I’m not such a big fan of the start on the concrete at Hawkstone, but still did ok in the race with three second places.
“Strijbos was pretty-strong in the sand here, but I didn’t lose too-much time there either. The racing was good and there were no crashes so it’s been a good race.”
Glenn Coldenhoff, stepping up from the MX2 class, grabbed the holeshot in both motos and led through the initial stages before arm pump forced him to slow – the Dutch rider coming back from a long injury lay-off.
Coldenhoff finished fourth in the opening race and third in the second before taking fifth in the Superfinal, enough for third overall on the MX1 podium.
He said, “I got good starts in the races, but went in a bit too aggressively. The consequences were that I almost immediately got arm-pump, that didn’t really go away in any of the heats. I had to slow down, but still had a good finish.
“In the Superfinal I had a bad start when someone took my line, but I rode through the pack and put in a great effort in the last two laps. So all-in-all, I’m quite happy with the result.”