Kevin Strijbos’ tweets told the story. His trip westwards to the Mexican GP was a true odyssey of take-off and land, take-off and land, and oodles of time full of nothingness in between. Nonetheless, like all his colleagues of the world championship light brigade, he finally made it to the very populous city of Guadalajara in Mexico for round 4 of the world championships.
The going was tough for most of the visiting riders at the event. Some oppressive heat, less than ideal track conditions and some local riders who were a lap down after only three laps or so, were just few of the rather interesting challenges the riders had to surmount. All of them are consummate professionals, however, and got stuck into Sunday’s racing activities at a rate of knots that had the locals gasping. Kevin translated a good start into a solid platform for a good result. He rode the heart out of his game HM Plant KTM, and raced to a well-deserved fifth position in race one.
Matters were to turn out more challenging for the Belgian rider in race two. This time his launch left him outside of the top 10, but even so, he was surrounded by several big name contenders, and in the thick of battle therefore. He finally found a bit of a gap to put some air between himself and his pursuers, but on this occasion, better than 10th position was not on the cards for him.
In the final tally, Kevin had done enough to be credited with seventh position for the day, with the same amount of points as sixth-placed Xavier Boog. It was a decent result under difficult conditions by itself, but alas for the friendly young man, he had lost one position in the world championship standings by virtue of the fact that second race winner David Philippaerts had collected points as if his life depended on it. Kevin now occupies seventh position on the world charts, just two points behind the rampaging Italian.
Reporting by Tinus Nel