Riders Given Practice Time in Holland

Kit Palmer | December 13, 2002

According to Clear Channel Entertainment, a special testing session at Gelredome in Arnhem, Holland, was held Thursday for the 125 and 250cc riders competing in this Saturday’s THQ World Supercross GP, presented by UFO Plast.

The afternoon testing session was created by CCE to give the teams and privateers an opportunity to keep up with their usual training schedules.

“Our crew worked overtime to get the Dirt Wurx-designed track finished two days prior to the race, which allowed the 125 and 250cc riders the opportunity to test their bikes,” said Todd Jendro, director of supercross, Clear Channel Entertainment – Motor Sports. “Being 4,000 miles away from home makes training a little difficult, so we gave them the chance to not only test their bikes but stay in shape.”

The training session featured the entire line up of teams and privateers, including factory Yamaha’s Tim Ferry, David Vuillemin and Chad Reed, factory KTM’s Jeremy McGrath and Grant Langston, factory Suzuki’s Sebastien Tortelli, Honda’s Mike LaRocco and the entire field of privateers.

“Today’s training session was perfect,” said Ryan Clark, who rides for Team Solitaire. “We were able to ride the entire track for two hours in addition [to] tomorrow’s regularly scheduled practice session. The track is exactly the same as the supercross tracks in America, which made the session that much better for all of us that are away from home.”

Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.