European Motocross

Positive step in Liam Everts’ injury recovery — team report

Liam Everts

Liam Everts

Two weeks ago, Liam Everts competed in the first race of the Spanish championship. After more than six months of race inactivity due to his wrist injury, it was a bit unclear what to expect.

However, the return to racing went pretty smoothly for the #72. In a field stacked with fast local Spaniards, Liam rode a good first heat finishing in sixth.

At the start of the second heat, Liam took the holeshot! For a while, the Foodmaker KTM rider was in the hunt for a top-three place, but getting into lappers made him lose his rhythm and as a result, finished fifth for sixth overall.

To build on this, Liam raced last weekend in Mantova at the Circuito Internazionale Motocross circuit for the final round of the Internazionali d’Italia.

After a bad qualification result that placed him down in 32nd place, the young starlet — who is still only 16 — still delivered a decent start from way outside.

Liam Everts

Liam Everts

Passing through in 17th after one lap and finding a fast and steady rhythm on this rough track resulted in picking up riders one by one. At one moment the top 10 was even in reach but at the end of the race, 12th place was what he had to settle for. In the Supercampione Liam started and finished the race in 18th place — importantly, he came away healthy and ready to continue his pre-season.

Liam Everts

Liam Everts

Although Everts says he enjoyed “mixing it up with the big boys” in Mantova, he wasn’t blown away with the results but felt it was “a great learning school” and was ready to keep working to improve.

Considering the time available to turning moto laps with injury recovery and homeschooling taking centre stage, it’s been a productive start to his pre-season. With question marks over motocross calendars across Europe, where Liam will race next is not known.

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