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Oss in the Netherlands awaits gripping WSC finale


Oss in the Netherlands awaits gripping WSC finale

The Sidecar Motocross World Championship has rarely seen such a close finish as we potentially have going into the final round in Oss, Netherlands over the weekend of 16-17 October.

Just four points separate the top three teams, but only one of those teams has yet to win a title. That is the Dutch/Czech pairing of Julian Veldman and Ondrej Cermak. The dynamic duo saved the best ‘til last in Kramolin, winning the third and final race and gaining a one-point lead in the standings. In doing so, they took the red plate from Marvin Vanluchene and Robbie Bax.

The 2018 champion, by his own admission, was not at his best in the previous round, so will be acutely aware he needs to be on top form in the sand of Oss.

The big winners last weekend, Etienne Bax and Nicolas Musset sit third, but still have both eyes on title retention. Bax has been one of the first to acknowledge the improvement in Julian Veldman in terms of reliability and consistency. Bax has also hit peak form again at the right time, so with three races on the card, he has every reason to be optimistic.

Vanluchene has a clear objective, and with one of the best passengers in the sport alongside, he knows he must raise his game in Holland.

Mathematically, three others are still in the hunt. Kert Varik/Lari Kunnas have moved fourth, forty-three points off the lead, but nine points ahead of an improving Koen Hermans/Glenn Janssens, with Daniel Willemsen/Rodolphe Lebreton a further two points back.

Justin Keuben is the best of the rest going into Oss and whilst Dion Rietman did a sterling job in Kramolin, Keuben will be expecting Niki Debruyne back on the platform.

This truncated four-round season is far from normal, but nothing is very normal this year, so twelve epic races is what we will have been treated to in 2021, and it looks like being the closest race to the gold medal in history.

Is this the year we see a new name collecting that medal, or will a former champion team claw it back again? Everything will be revealed after next Sunday.

All the qualifying and race action will be live streamed over the weekend, with the usual highlights show following hot on its heels. Oss is the only place to be next weekend if you are a sidecar motocross fan.


From Barry Nutley