Past weekend, Liam Everts made his debut in the MX2 class of the World Championship Motocross. This he did at the MXGP of Sardegna in Riola Sardo, where a brutal sand track throughout the dunes was waiting on the riders.
Because of the Fesh-Fesh type of sand, this track has an extra level of difficulty. Finding a good rhythm or the fastest lines isn’t always as easy because lines where always changing and ruts just disappear in this very thin beach sand. Liam was figuring out the track and qualified in twenty-third.
In the first heat, Liam’ start wasn’t that great, coming through in fourteenth. In the first part of the race he fought to stay in this fourteenth place, but in the second part of the race he lost a few positions. This resulting in finishing eventually in sixteenth. The start from the second heat was a little better, coming through in thirteenth position. Immediately the KTM rider found his pace and rhythm and within a few laps, we saw Liam taking over the eleventh place. The youngster kept pushing and battling for a place in the top ten. Totally cramped up from racing this unique, monstrous, crazy but also beautiful track in Riola Sardo, Liam finished just a few second outside the top ten in eleventh.
The results from the first heat and the second heat would result in a thirteenth place overall! A great result for his first World Championship race.
Now we’re going into a straight line towards to next weekend and the “Motocross of Nations” in Mantova, Italy. Due to the effect of COVID19 on our calendar, the “MXON” won’t be the traditional finish to the season like usual. This means that some teams and riders decided not to participate, to avoid all risks. When Jago Geerts and his team took that decision to not participate, it created an opportunity for Liam. It’s clear that Liam is happy with the given opportunity to gain experience at this special event. He will race for Belgian in the MX2 class together with Brent Vandoninck (MX Open) and Cyril Genot (MXGP).
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