Benistant gains confidence, title battle becomes more intense

Benistant gains confidence, title battle becomes more intense
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Thibault Benistant is not yet successful in the Grand Prix, but he took the day's victory in Oldebroek. During the second race of the KNMV Dutch Masters of Motocross 250cc, the Frenchman won both heats ahead of Janis Reisulis (2-2) and Rick Elzinga (3-3). With one match to go, Cas Valk (4-4) is only four points ahead of former champion Elzinga.

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With the JM Honda, Maximillian Werner gets the best start ahead of Benistant, Elzinga, Janis Reisulis and Sander Agard-Michelsen. The German quickly loses the lead to Benistant who gets Reisulis with him. The first ten minutes the YZ250F goes around the track like a train. Elzinga misses the connection early in the race and rides a lonely race until Valk finds the connection in the final phase. The main players of the competition in Harfsen ensure a particularly exciting final. Valk (Gabriel-SS24) started the race outside the top ten, but the rider from Nijverdal is riding a great race. However, the battle for third place is decided in Elzinga's favor. Karlis Reisulis comes fifth ahead of his VRT colleague Ivano van Erp. Oriol Oliver (WZ Racing) takes seventh place ahead of Agard-Michelsen, who managed to win a nice battle with Kay Karssemakers (Team SM Action). The Fantic rider finishes ninth ahead of Bradley Mesters (Kosak-KTM).

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Once again the Yamaha riders thunder shoulder to shoulder towards the first right-hand bend. Elzinga takes the lead, chased by Benistant and the brothers Janis and Karlis Reisulis. Oriol Oliver initially follows the YZ250F riders, but he quickly sees Valk pass and later Mesters also follows. At the front, Benistant manages to take over the lead from Elzinga, who gets the youngest Reisulis on his rear fender. After almost ten minutes of competition, Reisulis, who turned 16 last week, passes Elzinga. The Latvian then goes on the hunt for leader Benistant, but the Frenchman is not surprised and later puts things in order. Reisulis comes second and his brother Karlis seems to complete the podium. However, in the final phase he made a mistake, causing Elzinga to finish third again ahead of Valk and Oliver. The Spaniard made a mistake and dropped back to eighth place. However, he comes back strong and thanks to Karlis Reisulis' problems, the WZ rider manages to complete the top five. Van Erp is also sixth this round, now ahead of Mesters. Damien Knuiman (Twenty Suspension) is eighth ahead of Australian Ryan Alexandersson (WZ Racing) and Agard-Michelsen completes the top ten. A great performance by the 24-year-old Norwegian who crashed in the first corner and managed to fight back very well!

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Next time:
The third and final race of this championship will be held in three weeks, which will take place at the Markelo circuit.

Results KNMV Dutch Masters of Motocross 250cc; Oldebroek, NL:
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1. Thibault Benistant F Yamaha
2. Janis Reisulis Let Yamaha
3. Rick Elzinga NL Yamaha
4. Cas Valk NL KTM
5. Karlis Reisulis Let Yamaha
6. Ivano van Erp NL Yamaha
7. Oriol Oliver E KTM
8. Sander Agard-Michelsen DK Yamaha
9. Kay Karssemakers NL Fantic
10. Bradley Masters NL KTM

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1. Thibault Benistant F Yamaha
2. Janis Reisulis Let Yamaha
3. Rick Elzinga NL Yamaha
4. Cas Valk NL KTM
5. Oriol Oliver E KTM
6. Ivano van Erp NL Yamaha
7. Bradley Masters NL KTM
8. Damien Knuiman NL GasGas
9. Ryan Alexandersson Aus KTM
10. Sander Agard-Michelsen DK Yamaha

Daily ranking:
1. Thibault Benistant F Yamaha 1-1
2. Janis Reisulis Let Yamaha 2-2
3. Rick Elzinga NL Yamaha 3-3
4. Cas Valk NL KTM 4-4
5. Ivan van Erp NL Yamaha 6-6

Standings after 2 matches DMoMX 250:
1. Cas Valk NL KTM 86
2. Rick Elzinga NL Yamaha 82
3. Oriol Oliver E KTM 70
4. Bradley Masters NL KTM 57
5. Thibault Benistant F Yamaha 50

All results are HERE to find.

By: Steven van Kempen/KEMCO
Gallery: #NiekFotografie

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