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Ken De Dycker retires from MXGP racing

After a taxing August month Damon Graulus ended the Dutch GP in Assen on a positive note. The 24MX Honda rider posted 17th and 18th place results for 17th overall.

 Ken De Dycker retires from MXGP racing

Belgian veteran Ken De Dycker announced his retirement from MXGP racing at the iconic TT Circuit. De Dycker enjoyed a successful career in world motocross spanning 15 seasons.


Two days of heavy downpour made for an unpredictable track in Assen. The manmade track inside the ‘Cathedral of speed’ was heavy and wet in some place but surprisingly dry in others. In time practice De Dycker managed a solid 16th time, while Graulus recorded the 23rd time. Graulus had a bad start in the qualifying race but could make his way up to 21st when he collided with Sven Van der Mierden. The 24MX Honda rider went down and lost so much time to get going again that he decided to pull out of the race. His team mate had already pulled out in the first lap due to technical gremlins.

Even though the Assen region in the north of Holland was blessed with better weather on Sunday the track conditions remained every bit as challenging. Hardly any surprise given the packed race schedule with five classes. Keeno got off to a great start in the opening moto. Circulating just outside the top-10 early on De Dycker gradually lost ground and was forced to pull out with a clutch problem. The popular #9 rider decided not to go out anymore for the second race, effectively ending his MXGP career on the spot. While the final curtain on Keeno’s career was little heroic the lanky Belgian was without a doubt one of the most important European riders of his generation. De Dycker made a name for himself with his speed and unique style on-track. Although he never won the world title, Ken collected one MXoN win with Team Belgium and several MXoN podiums, he scored five MX1 Grand Prix victories, finished third overall in the World Championship twice and captured MX1 titles in Great Britain, Germany and Belgium. His laidback attitude and sense of humour made him a big hit with fgans in Belgium and abroad.

Damon Graulus suffered a terrible start in the opening lap, yet bounced back well to claim 17th. In the second race the former Assen EMX250 winner circulated in 14th place to cross the line 18th.

Ken De Dycker: “That’s it, that’s all! Not a lot more I can say at this moment. After my DNF in the first moto I was very disappointed and decided to call it a day. Mentally this season has been very demanding, because of all the small problems I encountered, having to change teams during the season and so on. After competing at the highest level for 15 years things have come full circle for me. I will contemplate what to do next but I’d like some time for myself to reflect first. To be honest I haven’t enjoyed the riding as much as I always have and that’s a pity. A big thank you to everyone who has supported me all this time no matter where they are from or how they’ve helped me!”

Damon Graulus: “I’m quite pleased with my weekend. Physically I was feeling strong again for the first time in a while. Only my thumb injry bothered me but we know for many months that I’ll need surgery as soon as the season is finished.
Unfortunately I had a bad gate pick after going down in the qualifying moto. My first moto was a bit better than the second. I was caught up at the start but managed to come back to 17th from dead last. The second moto was okay, but it took me a while to get into the groove. Next weekend I’d like to finish the season strong in France.

Marc Boone, team owner and team manager 24MX Honda: “It’s sad but we understand and respect Ken’s decision to retire from MXGP earlier than anticipated. Especially when the level in MXGP is higher than ever before it was a huge challenge for him to reach his highest level againe. We thank Ken for his efforts and professionalism and like to wish him all the best in whatever his next for him.”


Next weekend the 2017 FIM MXGP World Championship will wrap up in Villars sous Ecot France.

MXGP Race 1: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:21.318; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:01.010; 3. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:11.012; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +1:11.079; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +1:19.644; 6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +1:23.810; 7. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +1:42.530; 8. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +1:49.273; 9. Tanel Leok (EST, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 11. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 12. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, KTM), -1 lap(s); 13. Harri Kullas (EST, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 14. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 15. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 16. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), -1 lap(s); 17. Damon Graulus (BEL, 24MX Honda), -1 lap(s); 18. Sven Van der Mierden (NED, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 19. Jeremy Delince (BEL, Honda), -1 lap(s); 20. Jernej Irt (SLO, Husqvarna), -2 lap(s); 21. Ryan Houghton (GBR, Yamaha), -2 lap(s); 22. Tomasz Wysocki (POL, KTM), -2 lap(s); 23. Bryan Boulard (BEL, Yamaha), -3 lap(s); 24. Ken de Dycker (BEL, 24MX Honda), -6 lap(s); 25. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), -8 lap(s); 26. Maxime Desprey (FRA, Kawasaki), -9 lap(s); 27. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), -10 lap(s); 28. Milko Potisek (FRA, Yamaha), -11 lap(s); 29. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), -17 lap(s); 30. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), -17 lap(s); 31. Nick Kouwenberg (NED, Honda), -20 lap(s);

MXGP Race 2: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:14.288; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:34.469; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:37.286; 4. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:42.378; 5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:44.058; 6. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:45.593; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +1:06.082; 8. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +1:17.173; 9. Tanel Leok (EST, Husqvarna), +1:39.157; 10. Harri Kullas (EST, Husqvarna), +1:39.315; 11. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, KTM), +1:42.989; 12. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), -1 lap(s); 13. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 14. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), -1 lap(s); 15. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), -1 lap(s); 16. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 17. Milko Potisek (FRA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 18. Damon Graulus (BEL, 24MX Honda), -1 lap(s); 19. Jeremy Delince (BEL, Honda), -1 lap(s); 20. Sven Van der Mierden (NED, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 21. Maxime Desprey (FRA, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 22. Ryan Houghton (GBR, Yamaha), -2 lap(s); 23. Bryan Boulard (BEL, Yamaha), -2 lap(s); 24. Tomasz Wysocki (POL, KTM), -2 lap(s); 25. Jernej Irt (SLO, Husqvarna), -9 lap(s); 26. Nick Kouwenberg (NED, Honda), -21 lap(s); 27. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), -21 lap(s);


MXGP Assen classification 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points; 2. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 38 p.; 3. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 38 p.; 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 37 p.; 5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 33 p.; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 30 p.; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 26 p.; 8. Tanel Leok (EST, HUS), 24 p.; 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 21 p.; 10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 21 p.; 11. Harri Kullas (EST, HUS), 19 p.; 12. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, KTM), 19 p.; 13. Shaun Simpson (GBR, YAM), 18 p.; 14. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 16 p.; 15. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 14 p.; 16. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 11 p.; 17. Damon Graulus (BEL, 24MX HONDA), 7 p.; 18. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 7 p.; 19. Milko Potisek (FRA, YAM), 4 p.; 20. Jeremy Delince (BEL, HON), 4 p.; 21. Sven Van der Mierden (NED, HUS), 4 p.; 22. Jernej Irt (SLO, HUS), 1 p.; 23. Maxime Desprey (FRA, KAW), 0 p.; 24. Ryan Houghton (GBR, YAM), 0 p.; 25. Bryan Boulard (BEL, YAM), 0 p.; 26. Tomasz Wysocki (POL, KTM), 0 p.; 27. Nick Kouwenberg (NED, HON), 0 p.; 28. Ken de Dycker (BEL, HON), 0 p.; 29. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 0 p.; 30. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 0 p.; 31. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 0 p.;


FIM MXGP standings after 18 rounds: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 710 points; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 627 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 571 p.; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 544 p.; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 485 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 479 p.; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 423 p.; 8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 416 p.; 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 398 p.; 10. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 396 p.; 11. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 387 p.; 12. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 328 p.; 13. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, SUZ), 283 p.; 14. Tanel Leok (EST, HUS), 208 p.; 15. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 195 p.; 16. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 192 p.; 17. Shaun Simpson (GBR, YAM), 167 p.; 18. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 129 p.; 19. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 122 p.; 20. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 82 p.; 21. Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 61 p.; 22. Ken de Dycker (BEL, 24MX HONDA), 60 p.; 23. Harri Kullas (EST, HUS), 59 p.; 24. Damon Graulus (BEL, 24MX HONDA), 53 p.; 25. Eli Tomac (USA, KAW), 45 p.; 26. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, KTM), 37 p.; 27. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 33 p.; 28. Maxime Desprey (FRA, KAW), 28 p.; 29. Milko Potisek (FRA, YAM), 16 p.; 30. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 15 p.; 31. Justin Barcia (USA, SUZ), 14 p.; 32. Jaromir Romancik (CZE, KTM), 14 p.; 33. Jeffrey Dewulf (BEL, KTM), 14 p.; 34. Priit Ratsep (EST, HON), 13 p.; 35. Evgeny Mikhaylov (RUS, HUS), 10 p.; 36. Fredrik Noren (SWE, HON), 10 p.; 37. Kyle Chisholm (USA, HON), 9 p.; 38. Benny Bloss (USA, KTM), 8 p.; 39. Xavier Boog (FRA, HON), 8 p.; 40. Yentel Martens (BEL, HUS), 6 p.; 41. Viacheslav Golovkin (RUS, KTM), 6 p.; 42. Jernej Irt (SLO, HUS), 6 p.; 43. Sven Van der Mierden (NED, HUS), 6 p.; 44. Miguel Cordovez (ECU, YAM), 5 p.; 45. Toshiki Tomita (JPN, HON), 5 p.; 46. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), 4 p.; 47. Gert Krestinov (EST, HON), 4 p.; 48. Nikolaj Larsen (DEN, KTM), 4 p.; 49. Jetro Salazar (ECU, HON), 4 p.; 50. Jens Getteman (BEL, KAW), 4 p.; 51. Peter Irt (SLO, YAM), 4 p.; 52. Jeremy Delince (BEL, HON), 4 p.; 53. Vladislav Leonov (RUS, KTM), 4 p.; 54. Dennis Ullrich (GER, KTM), 3 p.; 55. Steven Lenoir (FRA, KAW), 3 p.; 56. Lukas Neurauter (AUT, KTM), 3 p.; 57. Ander Valentin (ESP, HON), 2 p.; 58. Tristan Lane (USA, KTM), 2 p.; 59. Jared Lesher (USA, KTM), 1 p.; 60. Joaquin Poli (ARG, HON), 1 p.; 61. Andy Baumgartner (SUI, KTM), 1 p.; 62. Matteo Bonini (ITA, KAW), 1 p.; 63. Sandro Peixe (POR, HON), 1 p.; 64. Nick Kouwenberg (NED, HON), 1 p.; 65. Farhan Hendro Fahrodjie (INA, KAW), 1 p.

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