Belgium’s Ken De Dycker currently sits in fifth in the MX1 World Championship standings. Ahead of the second round of the series, taking place in Sevlievo (Bulagaria), De Dycker and his Kiwi mechanic Jeremy Long have continued to familiarize himself with the KTM SX-F 450 together with the Red Bull-KTM De Carli team in Rome.
Taking advantage of the two week-spell between the Dutch GP and the Bulgarian race Ken has switched from sand to hard pack. The factory KTM replacement rider for Max Nagl is no stranger to the fast and flowing Sevlievo track. While the scenic Bulgarian track was inaugurated in 2002 Keeno hasn’t missed any single GP event in Sevlievo since 2003. Only in 2003 and last season he didn’t reach the top ten overall. De Dycker has also shown his speed in Bulgaria before: he won the first moto on the hot Sevlievo track in 2009 and finished third overall that year behind Josh Coppins and Jonathan Barragan. The weather forecast for this weekend is mixed with rain on Friday and Saturday, but Sunday should be mainly sunny and temperatures could be reaching around 18° C.
Ken De Dycker: “We didn’t get around to extensive testing with the bike but I managed to ride quite a lot in great conditions. That was also our main goal anyway. The hard pack tracks I visited in Italy were perfect for what we will be facing this weekend. I feel confident in making the transfer from the sand to this type of soil. We also made further progress in adjusting the suspension.
I like riding in Sevlievo but the conditions can be a bit of catch22 situation; you really need that good start to run with the fastest guys rightaway! So to have some rain on the track before the GP is not a bad thing at all. Technically it’s not the most challenging event on the calendar but I know I can do well here. I have had some strong races in the past and with two good starts I should be able to run near the front.”
Ken De Dycker scorecard Sevlievo – Bulgaria
2011: 19th overall (22/17)
2010: 6th overall (4/8)
2009: 3rd overall (1/8)
2008: 10th overall (10/11)
2007: 6th overall (8/6)
2006: 7th overall (7/6)