6 Heures Moto Trax Racing Team triumphs in the heatwave
No doubt, the 2022 edition of the 6 Heures Moto was hot ! Very hot, even… And not just on the track. On Saturday evening, the heart of Spa welcomed a very large and particularly enthusiastic public as part of the 2nd Parade of the 6 Hours Moto, prelude to a 12th edition of great beauty. And as expected, the Circus Trial Tour set the city on fire, to the delight of the fans… and passing tourists !
On Sunday, things got more serious with the morning qualifications, which saw the 46 team race against the clock. And it was David Drieghe, at the controls of the #61 Mototech GYTR Proshop, who set the best time in 2’27.408, while the 4th fastest time of Yan Ancia, replacing Ives Aerts on the #32 J&I Racing Team, did not go unnoticed either.
As soon as they took off, shortly before noon, it was nevertheless the #137 Trax Racing Team of Yves Bollaerts, Niels Hattas and Ben Stuyck that emerged to take control of the pack… and begin a recital that was to extend for six hours ! And even if two other teams remained in the same lap at the end of the race, the victory of Trax Racing Team was never really in danger…
Behind them, the #2 ADSS97-2 of the British Jonathan Railton and James Edwards never left the top 5, to finally upper the pace – in fact just 7 minutes from the finish ! – and take the silver medal, at 93 seconds behind the winners of the day ! Less success for the team’s other bike, the #97 ADSS 97 of Craig Watson, Chris Platt and Ricky Holden, whose race was far from healthy. After a contact resulting in a crash for Watson, the trio from across the Channel could only in vain try to make up for lost time.
One of the greatest performances of the day was to be credited to the #62 DDB 62 of Spaniard David Sanchis-Martinez, Spanish Moto2 and Supersport champion, 2nd in the 24 Hours of Barcelona, and Saint-Vithois Kevin Kaut, the only… 600cc in the upper echelons of the rankings, breaking up with the pack of 1000cc ! Largely at the top of their category, the duo made no secret of their desire to shine, and under the Spa heatwave, it was an absolute podium that fell into their hands ! Simply brilliant…
When David Drieghe, Davy Maes and Charles Van Gysel ended up retiring after a crash that sent them to the depths of the classification, Gian Mertens and Nicky De Wit made a superb comeback aboard the # 84 BikeParts – Interbike Racing Team, a problematic transponder change at the end of the race, when the event was neutralized, sending them behind the second Safety Car, did not prevent the duo from taking the best of the #20 HSD of Morgan Adele and Kevin Roussel, who missed out on the final podium, but finished on the podium of the 1000 Pro category.
In the different categories, we point out the victory in the 1000 Am, along with a very fine 6th place in the final ranking, for the #80 Racing-Products.com of Stefan Bezuijen, René Van Eyk and Ferry Van Rijn, while in the 600 Am , the prize went to the #133 APM Organization – JS Products – Techrace of Arnaud Mulders and Nathan Paye, who entered the absolute top 20.
We should also mention the victory in the Trophy category, where the riders share the same bike, of the Dutchmen from Racing Team Kock, with Johnny and Marcel Kock, who finished the event just outside the top 20.
The price for the diehards on the other hand goes to the French TeamThuyRacing, with the now well-known Natacha Remy, Gaëlle Remy and Béatrice Girard, who accumulated troubles (clutch, gearbox, fuel supply), but did everything to cross the finish line. Kudos to them !
Finally, we wish to mention that this edition of the 6 Heures Moto by DG Sport took place without the slightest major incident and without any injury to the riders. In short, a great celebration of endurance, and the promise to meet again for the 13th edition in less than twelve months…
Final ranking : https://results.ris-timing.be/vitesse/live/live2022.htm