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Cock Of The North Road Races – Belgium Trio Make Accomplished Mount Debut’s

Belgium’s Laurent Hoffmann, Kevin De Frenne and Steven Galens added a touch of IRRC (International Road Racing Championship) star quality to the entry at the Cock of The North Road Races.

Learning the iconic Oliver’s Mount circuit, in tricky conditions on Saturday morning, all three riders quickly became fans of the roads venue known to many as a mini TT.

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Opening race action for three of Belgium’s leading pure road racers was in the opening junior B supersport race. Kevin De Frenne finished a fine second, whilst twice IRRC supersport champion Laurent Hoffmann finished fifth.

Solo open B final first leg was next up, Kevin and Laurent continued their rapid mount progress with second and third place finishes, whilst Steven Galens secured more than creditable fourth place finish.

Unfortunately, in the opening senior race, Steven would go onto endure a high speed incident going into Drury’s Hairpin, sustaining an arm injury, ruling him out of the rest of the meeting.

Day two of action at Scarborough, saw Kevin and Laurent both near the sharp end again, in the second junior B supersport race.

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Kevin would go onto finish second, whilst reliability issues struck Laurent’s ZX6R Kawasaki machine.

Final competition of the weekend for the duo backed by Herock on ZX6R Kawasaki’s was in the second solo open B final race.

Kevin wrapped up a third top three finish, whilst Laurent secured a new personal best result, finishing fourth.

Both riders have stated that they are aiming to return to Oliver’s Mount in the future.

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Laurent already considers the iconic road race circuit, amongst his top five favourite roads courses.

Next roads action coming up for both Laurent and Kevin is at Chimay in Belgium, which marks the third round of the 2016 International Road Racing Championship.

Looking to the future, Laurent is planning to compete for the second time at the TT Races next year, whilst Kevin and Steven Galens are both aiming to make their Mountain Course debut’s at TT 2018.

Words by Stevie Rial

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