Along with GP and European Championship action taking place in Latvia this weekend, North Western Europe’s fastest young stars, as well as some of the continents fastest women, will compete in the final rounds of their respective series at Arnhem, Netherlands. With the championship top-10 in the 65 and 85 classes qualifying for the finals in Loket, it is still all to play for.
The story of the smallest displacement category has been a dominant showing from leader Vitezslav Marek, who has won all but one race over the four previous rounds. Dutch girl Lotte Van Drunen has kept the Czech honest throughout though and with the final round being held at home, Van Drunen will be going all out to try and overturn the 17-point deficit. The first nine riders in the series are pretty much assured their place in the finals now, with the final position potentially changing hands. Belgian Tyla Van De Poel currently sits on the bubble, just 10 points ahead of Jayson Van Drunen, with Martin Cervenka a further 5 points back.
The EMX85 title will go down to the wire in Arnhem, with only 13 points separating the top-4 in the standings! Belgian Sacha Coenen has been consistent this year to hold a slender 3 point lead of Dutch rider Ivano van Erp. Fellow Dutchman Cas Valk is just 6 points further back and cannot afford to take his eye off the ball, with Danish kid Lucas Bruhn, just 4 points behind him! The race for the final qualifying spots is as equally intense as it is for the championship. Positions 8-12 is where that action is going to happen and currently stand as: 8th Ollie Colmer (87), 9th Mads Fredsoe (80), 10th Laban Alm (79), 11th Charlie Heyman (78), 12th Liam Akerlund (64).
Veteran Steffi Laier has not finished outside of the top-3 in a single race in the European Women’s championship this year, which has given her a 21 point cushion going into the final round. Her nearest rival Shana Van Der Vlist will be riding with home advantage, as will current third placed rider Lynn Valk. Valk may have a battle on her hands to keep that final podium spot however, with Denmark’s Line Dam sitting just 7 points behind in fourth. Sara Andersen has been the dominant force over the last two rounds, winning three out of the four races held. However, the Dane didn’t race the opening two rounds of the series, meaning that she is currently tied for sixth with Mathea Selebo.