Eddie Jay Wade RD 6 Lommel 3rd & 4th August 2018
Having never been to Lommel before we headed there a couple of weeks early. Spending 2 days with Didi Lacher and the KTM Juniors helped to show where Ed had speed. We stayed on for the following week to ride the track at its worst which was left 4 days without grading.
For qualifying he was in group A and after free practice he was quickest without really trying but in qualifying we got it all wrong. Eddie came in to time his entrance back on track within 20 secs after the qualifying began but there were around 20 riders doing the same which greatly affected his times. Most of the top qualifiers put their times in on the 1st or 2nd lap which is paramount at Lommel as the track deteriorates with each lap that passes, the best he could do was on lap 6 scrapping through in a disappointing 17th his worst one to date.
For race 1 although he had a bad gate choice he wasn’t deterred he had a plan which worked he battled pushed and forced his way through and came to the first jump in around 13th keeping his position for a couple of laps and not loosing site of the leaders he started to pick off the riders moving up to 8th still with up to 3rd position not far out of reach, conserving energy he settled into a rhythm he was comfortable with. The idea was to start to charge through on the last 4 to 5 laps but he got caught out by the relentless track hitting his chest hard on the handlebars leaving him struggling for breath. He was forced to retire knowing a top 6 finish was in reach.
For race 2 on the Sunday Eddie had to come from the other side of the start gate he got a good jump but wheeled which then lead to him being swallowed up coming around the corner in 31st. But as always Eddie is a racer and he set about the charge desperate to do well in Lommel, starting to claw his way up through the 29 riders ahead by the closing stages of the race he proved to be one of the strongest out there taking sometimes 2 at a time and crossing the line in 9th wishing for another lap.
Coming away from here we have learnt again things don’t always go to plan, in any situation though Eddie will always dig deep and throw everything he has to come away with a result. Next stop Switzerland on the 18 & 19 August. Thanks for continued support.