Glenn Coldenhoff Pivotal in Helping Dutch Team Write Motocross of Nations History
Glenn Coldenhoff of the Standing Construct KTM team played a leading role in bringing Team Netherlands to victory in the Motocross of Nations for the first time in history. Coldenhoff was in unbeatable from on the muddy track of Assen and not only did he help bring honour to his national flag, he also took overall honours in the Open Class.
Glenn has struck a purple patch of good form of late, and continued his form to the event at Assen. In frond of a wildly excited home crowd, Glenn posted the quickest training time on Saturday on a track that was perfectly prepared. The start gates for Motocross of Nations qualifying races are determined by ballot, and the Dutch team unfortunately drew a bad lot with the 27th gate. Glenn made the best of a bad starting position, working his way through the field to finish third in the qualifying heat.
The heavens opened up overnight and the rain continued to pour throughout Sunday. This turned the track into a treacherous mass of gloop for bikes and riders alike. Glenn kept his wits about him and rode two perfect races, He shot into the lead early in the frist race, and was not challenged after that. In the second race, he recovered from fifth to move into the lead again with a smart, calculated ride. He took no further risks and rode to a hugely popular victory. The crowds were ecstatic as the Dutch Team took the trophy for the first time in the 73 year history of the event. Glenn’s day was made absolutely perfect by him also collecting the golden plaque for the individual victory in the Open Class.
“This is an incredible feeling,” Glenn said. “We trained intensively together as a team and our goal was to win. We would have been disappointed with any other result, especially in front of our home crowd. The conditions were incredibly difficult. I had a good start in race one, and quickly moved into the lead. Thereafter I focused on survival. For the second heat, Patrice our team manager decided that I had to start from the outside because I am a better starter than Jeffrey. It worked out well, and I started the race in around fifth place. I moved into the lead when Tim Gajser crashed, and that was a bit of a gift from him, because he was riding well as well. I won both heats just like I did in the USA last year. This time it was really special, though, because it was in front of our home fans.’’
Overall Open class:
1 Glenn Coldenhoff 2 Pnt
2 Pauls Jonass 5 Pnt
3 Shaun Simpson 13 Pnt
4 Harri Kullas 16 Pnt
5 Zach Osborne 18 Pnt
Overall Nations Classification:
1 TeamNL 18 Pnt
2 Belgium 47 Pnt
3 Great Britain 58 Pnt
4 Estonia 64 Pnt
5 France 68 Pnt