Mikkel Haarup on his second career podium: Hard to describe the emotion

Big Van World MTX Kawasaki’s Mikkel Haarup rode to his second career podium at round three of the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship at Villa La Angostura in the Patagonia region of Argentina.

After his spectacular fourth-place charge in the previous day’s qualifying race, Haarup was determined to do even better on race day and was once again quickly on the move to move up from seventh to fifth on the opening laps of the first run until he slipped accelerating out of a right-hander and back down to twelfth. Undeterred by the temporary setback, the Dane quickly got back into motion to get back into the top eight on lap seven and continue his charge to clinch fourth place on the very last lap. Starting sixth in race two, the Kawasaki rider immediately saw the possibility of a podium finish as he moved up the standings; after twelve minutes he was already fourth and relentlessly closed the gap to the driver in front by three seconds, securing his first podium since the opening round of the 2020 season with a scintillating inside pass ten minutes from the end of the the race. He also moved up to fourth in the championship standings.

Mikkel Harup: “Already yesterday I could feel that I had a good rhythm around the track and like the weekend before I was improving with each session; After finishing fourth in the qualifying race, I could see that my pace was there for the podium but i didn’t want to take it for granted so i kept working and really pushing for it i made some great passes in both motos but i got myself made it tough in race one when I slipped to fifth so I had to come back from twelfth to fourth and recovered well between races and was able to push all of race two too. I’m really happy, not just for me but for the whole team and everyone around me, it was team work and we’re just getting started. It was so good to be back on the podium. It’s hard to describe the emotion; you work so hard for it and I just tried to enjoy every i ntant up there but tomorrow is a new week and we continue to work; I can see I have even more and want to be up there with the guys right up front. “

F&H Kawasaki Racing Team’s Kevin Horgmo was in an energetic mood all day as he
pushed from fifteenth to fourth for the first ten minutes of race one and executing a superb inside pass for third on the next lap to clear himself immediately until the closing stages where the intensity of his pursuers’ battle saw them come back on his rear wheel and take advantage of his relative inexperience in the final corners. The Norwegian regrouped during the break to immediately take fourth place after a superb start in race two. Settling into a solid rhythm, he moved closer and closer to third and was close to making the pass until he slipped and was temporarily pushed back to sixth. Undeterred by the incident, he quickly regrouped to reclaim fifth place, enough to give him the same overall position that day as well, but another incident eventually put him in thirteenth. Nonetheless, he remains seventh in the championship standings, just seven points off the top five.

Kevin Hormo: “Again I had good speed but I was just making too many mistakes on my part, touching the ground again a few times. But I felt good about myself, the bike was perfect for this circuit and I felt really comfortable. I’m still trying to break into the top six; I’ll have to get used to it soon but it’s relatively new to me and I still have a lot of nerves. Let’s get out of here. .“

Words and photo: Kawasaki

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