The first round of the 2012 KTM European Junior Cup took place at the Dutch circuit of Assen this weekend with the young riders facing challenging conditions as rain, hail and sun alternated throughout the weekend.
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Free practice and qualifying took place in the wet with a classic battle for pole position finally being taken by Moto Vudu wildcard rider and local hero Rob Hartog, joined on the front row of the grid by Latvian Garix Rozkalns, Polish rider Adrian Pasek and Northern Ireland’s Jamie Patterson.
Race day saw the conditions worsen causing a delayed start, which in the end proved to be to the Junior riders advantage as the rain clouds cleared to allow a dry race. From the start pole-man Hartog pushed hard on his KTM 690 Duke to claim a 2 second gap, but as the race progressed he was caught by the chasing trio of Austria’s Lukas Wimmer, Australian Giuseppe Scarcella and Adrian Pasek. A fantastic four man battle for the lead of the race ended when first Scarcella then Wimmer crashed out.
Pasek and Hartog were left to fight for the win and swapped positions constantly for several laps in a thrilling duel to the applause of the thousands of Dutch fans. With 3 laps to go however it was the young Polish rider who was able to break Hartog’s tow and go on to take the inaugural KTM European Junior Cup win. Artur Wielebski complete the podium for the Bogdanka Junior team after a race long battle with French rider Jean Francois Demoulin.
Following the spectacular first round the young riders now prepare for another titanic battle at the legendary Monza circuit in two weeks time when the KTM European Junior Cup heads to the first of two Italian World Superbike rounds.