Momentum is a wonderful thing sometimes. It’s what keeps up flying off into space, has all kind of scientific benefits and, when applied in the figurative sense, can help our progress along no end. No one can argue that Kevin Strijbos had built u[ a head of steam and serious momentum in the British motocross championship series anno 2012. The Belgian rider joined his HM Plan KTM team for the third round of the series at Lyng as the championship leader, and was simply oozing confidence, and rightly so, given his consistently good showings before.
Kevin took a while to get into his stride, and posted a relatively modest 8th qualifying time. He set matters to order in the superpole session, though, when he extracted the session’s best time out of his orange battle horse. What followed, was nothing short of a display of sheer dominance. Kevin clinched the holeshot in the first race, and although he had to fend off a determined last gasp effort by Shaun Simpson, he never relinquished the lead, and pipped Simpson at the post by an entertaining margin of 0.2 seconds.
In race two, Kevin first had to find a way around Stephen Sword and Simpson, but once that was accomplished, the script unfolded much in the same manner. He again held Simpson off for the remainder of the race, this time with a more comfortable margin. With confidence coursing through his veins like extra bubbly champagne, the Belgian was in devastating form in the third race. He took a clear holeshot and raced to a very comfortable victory, this time heading Matiss Karro home.
With three race victories, fastest laps all round, and leading all but two laps of the entire race day, there was no more appropriate place for the Belgian rider at the conclusion of proceedings than the top step of the podium. If the organizers could have coloured in his championship plate any redder, they surely would have done so, for he has now extended his lead in the championship series to a very healthy 31 points.
The energy and confidence of this race win is just what Kevin needs as he heads West to Mexico and Brazil for the next two rounds of the MX1 motocross world championships.
Reporting by Tinus Nel