Moto Media
James Stewart

Townley challenges for podium in Wuustwezel.

In his first race appearance on Belgian soil since 2005, CLS Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki racer, Ben Townley, has taken on the sand specialists of Steve Ramon and Ken De Dycker at the ‘Molenbergen’ held in Wuustwezel this weekend.

Soaring temperatures challenged a strong field of riders who turned out for the international event, and it was Townley who had the partisan crowd cheering as he challenged Ramon for a well deserved second place finish in Moto 1 - behind Ramon.

A hole-shot in Moto 2 saw Townley take an early lead which he held for ten minutes. He chased De Dycker and closed the Belgian giant down on the final laps as the two crossed the line a second apart.

The third and final Moto almost saw another Townley hole-shot however he battled to keep the front end low and lost the advantage going into the first turn. A small mistake on lap 3 forced Townley to have to restart his bike losing valuable positions. Taking longer than normal to get going he rejoined and fought back to 6th position to claim 3rd overall for the day.

Ben Towley: "Overall, it was a really good day. I’ve felt some good improvements since Valkenswaard which was only a few weeks ago. I feel much better on the bike although there is still a long way to go with my condition but I can see big improvements and that’s what the team and I are working towards. I had two decent motos that I was really happy with.”

Photo courtesy of Ben Townley. Image: CDS (aka Christophe Desmet)

Overall results:

1st  Steve Ramon         70

2nd Ken De Dycker       63

3rd  Ben Townley           60

4th  Anthony Boissiere   56

5th  Marvin Van Daele    49