Lynn Valk- now so close to Top 5 in WMX at 16 years of age!

Lynn Valk- now so close to Top 5 in WMX at 16 years of age!

Lynn Valk has made impressive head-way in 2019 Women MX World Championship standing 3 points shy of 5th Overall- major leap up the table having finished 11th Overall in WMX 2018.

Lynn Valk WMX of Loket Photo Credit: Mx July

At just 16 years of age, Lynn brings maturity more than her years to racing- not over-reaching in ability, learning as much as she can and consolidating experience gained racing EMX Women Championship where #172 finished 3rd Overall.

Having notched WMX Round 1 results of 7-6, Round 2: 4-5 and Round 3 at Loket 9-6, Lynn makes most of opportunity to put practice and training on and off the track to the test at WMX GP’s to make her a better rider.

Lynn states: ‘First moto at WMX Round 3- the start was good but I couldn’t find my rhythm and I crashed. And after the crash it was not good. Second moto start was solid, I rode my own race and finished 6th’.

With race-craft learnt and refined in only 2nd WMX season, Lynn’s focus has to be admired as the full-gate Women’s field is competitive as ever. Key take-outs for Lynn has been nailing starts, racing her own race and not buying into any pressure either from her peers, expectant fans or supporters.

#172: ‘I am still young and it’s still a learning year. I don’t really have the pressure to be in front every time but just that I do my best every race’.

Lynn Valk WMX of Loket Photo Credit: Arne Fitkau

I want to give my best every time for my team and supporters and it’s also high competition and we are all very equal with each other’.

With step-up to YZ 250F at end of last year, Lynn defies what predictions were at beginning of WMX 2019. Surrounded by family and supportive sponsors, goal was top 10- so-much-so the Dutch teenager has bowled that figure out of the park and has sights set on top 5.

#172: ‘The biggest progress was switching from 125 to the 250f at the end of 2018. Last winter I had much better preparation and it was easier to go riding with the 250f (less work with the bike)’.

‘We were going for a top ten result but now for myself I want to do my best to finish in the top five. I will do my best for some good starts and races’.

WMX Round 4 MXGP of Imola August 18th

Words: Sharon Cox

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