Shana van der Vlist makes remarkable recovery from wrist injury to finish 5th at WMX Round 2

Shana van der Vlist makes remarkable recovery from wrist injury to finish 5th at WMX Round 2

Shana van der Vlist has made remarkable recovery from wrist injury which happened earlier this year to finish 5th Overall at WMX Round 2 at Valkenswaard last weekend.

Shana van der Vlist WMX Round 2 Photo Credit: Niek Kamper

Having taken brave decision to race WMX Opening Round at Matterley Basin weekend prior, Shana was determined to improve results after going 10-12 to finish 10th Overall at MXGP of Great Britain. Lining up to race deep sands of Valkenswaard proved more comfortable for the Dutch rider who:

Felt much better on my bike than last week. Started the weekend good with the 4th time in time practice. First moto I started in 12th place came back to 5th. Second moto my start was even worse, started around p18 worked my way back to p6💪🏼💪🏼. 5-6 for 5th overall🔥

Showing plenty of skill carving her way through the field in both Races, Shana has certainly made head-way in race-craft even after having time off for recovery from injury. Which all-in-all speaks volumes on where Shana has placed focus on training and preparation during off-season.

Shana: ‘After only a few times on my bike before England, I didn’t really know what to expect from myself. All the rain didn’t make it easier. In the practice I wasn’t feeling good and very slow. Luckily I could turn my feelings around a little bit in the races. For me WMX Round One was a difficult weekend because of a lack of bike time and practice. The mud was really difficult.

Shana van der Vlist WMX Round 2 Photo Credit: Niek Kamper

With changes to MXGP/WMX calendar due to containment of coronavirus, Round 3 has been postponed until October. And, there could well be other changes to race schedule, with WMX Round at Maggiora scheduled for May 16th-17th.

Generally, there is real evidence that MXGP/WMX season will race well into end months of year- a change which affects training, budgets, travel and sponsors endorsements.

No doubt, Shana will manage re-schedule of WMX Rounds, as will everyone who wants the best for riders around the world.

Words: Sharon Cox.

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