Liam Everts got his first EMX250 season off to a confidence-building top-10 finish at Matterley Basin on Saturday.
After an intensive pre-season that had the scion zigzagging around Europe in search of competition, Everts got his season underway on a circuit that had yielded him a victory in the EMX125 series one year ago.
Everts posted the fifth quickest lap in Group B’s Time Practice that gave him a 10th gate pick.
A good start in the opening moto meant Liam could settle himself into sixth in the early laps. He had a little tip off on a downhill section at the halfway mark and dropped down to 12th, which Liam defended to the chequers.
The second moto start was less than ideal as he got shuffled down the pack. But that only gave the 16-year-old Belgian a chance to show his pace as he worked his way to a 10th at the flag. That charge paid off in the GP classification with a ninth overall.
“Made the best out of a bad day,” said Liam. “Speed is there just have to put the puzzle together. First race had a crash that cost a top-five finish, the second race [I had a] bad start, came back to P10. Not completely satisfied but seven more [rounds] to go.”
With no EMX250 racing this weekend, Everts heads to Germany for the ADAC MX Masters opening round at the picturesque town of Bielstein.