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Gent Six Day 2010 – Second Night, Local Leaders Keisse-Schep

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A thought from the Gent Six Day 2010: It would be easy to go native, work all the Sixes, get a job in a bike shop or with a little team for the summer, forget the “25” champs, the ‘day job.’

The Sixes are seductive, the rolling presentation, the music, the lights, the banter, the ‘insider’ chat, the gleaming bikes, the pretty girls, the total isolation from reality.

But maybe it’s because it’s only three or four times each year that it’s so special.

Gent Six Day 2010
Lunch is nearly ready.
Gent Six Day 2010
Van Bon’s pals make themselves known. Photo©Ed Hood

The place was bursting at the seams on night two; I’m writing this as the rolling presentation for night number three is underway.

Ticket sales were through the roof even when Iljo’s participation was in doubt.

Gent Six Day 2010
Iljo has always embraced the Kuipke.
Gent Six Day 2010

With Iljo here, it’s madness – but the presh is on the man; he’s in the paper every day, he finishes a race and a TV camera get stuck up his nose and when he’s on the line there’s the ‘Iljo song’ – easily learned; “Eel-ee-oo, Eel-ee-oo…” and so on.

Gent Six Day 2010

The days fly past here, much more so than at Grenoble – up at 10:00, shower, shops, sort the washing, tidy the cabins, send my pictures and by that time the guys are arriving.

There are always a loads of errands to run, the salads and meat to prepare, jerseys to launder, dishes to wash – and try and fit the journalism in too.

Gent Six Day 2010
Franco gets ready with Kris. Photo©Ed Hood

The race?

Like Kris says, Van Bon & Stam are keeping a low profile – saving it for Sunday night?

Alex and Michael are defending Gent champions and former World Champions and not prone to ‘low profile.’

They’re notching points steadily and always want to win.

Gent Six Day 2010
Franco realised his character wasn’t suited to being the ‘capo’, and was happy to let his legs do the talking.
Gent Six Day 2010
Like MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi, Franco has the ability to combine racing success and having fun. Photo©Ed Hood

Iljo? he carries the weight of a City, a region on his slim shoulders. But sometimes it looks like four months without competition is taking it’s toll on the man who grew up on this track. Schep is doing a noble job in support, it has to be said.

Gent Six Day 2010
Iljo is leading tonight but not finding it easy. Photo©Ed Hood
Gent Six Day 2010
Meanwhile the truck centre entertainment goes on. Photo©Ed Hood

Bartko & Hondo look mean and De Ketele would murder his granny to win here in Gent; partner Leif Lampater wouldn’t mind so much, either.

Gent Six Day 2010
Leif Lampater is second. Photo©Ed Hood

Franco isn’t at his best, but still going better than most – that doesn’t win you Gent, though; a podium would be fine.

Looking good but not ‘podium fodder’ are the other Danish team, our boy Jens-Erik Madsen and Marc Hester, who’s a changed man this year.
Much friendlier and training in a more committed fashion – it shows in the chases.

Gent Six Day 2010
Marc and Jens-Erik don’t have much time to kill between races here – it’s hectic. Photo©Ed Hood

Tomorrow night, Thursday, night three, will be a late one – 02:00 am. They’ve extended the second chase to 40 minutes and bunged in more Dernys and sprint series. “If in doubt, add Dernys” is the motto – anything to keep them beer tokens shifting.

Gent Six Day 2010
Alex is due on the line, but has a flat. No pressure then Dirk. Photo©Ed Hood
Gent Six Day 2010
Bartko wins the second Derny race of the night. Photo©Ed Hood

Kris just worked out my wages – 3.75 euros / hour.

Maybe I won’t go native after all.

Tot morgen!

Gent Six Day 2010
Time to get back to the cabin. Photo©Ed Hood

Gent Six Day 2010 – Night Two Results

Team Presentation

1 Alex Rasmussen – Michael Morkov (Den) Callant Verzekeringen – Santens
2 Iljo Keisse – Peter Schep (Bel/Ned) John Saey – Mega Deschacht
3 Danny Stam – Leon Van Bon (Ned) AA Drink
4 Robert Bartko – Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lotto
5 Kenny De Ketele – Leif Lampater (Bel/Ger) Mercator Verzekeringen
6 Tim Mertens – Pim Ligthart (Bel/Ned) Topsport Vlaanderen
7 Tosh Van der Sande – Andreas Müller (Bel/Ger) Euro Tyre
8 Luke Roberts – Morgan Kneisky (Aus/Fra) ADMB
9 Franco Marvulli – Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) VDK
10 Steven De Neef – Steve Schets (Bel) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen
11 Sebastian Donadio – Jeff Vermeulen (Arg/Bel) Geka Kaas – Oudendijk
12 Jens Mouris – Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Caruur
13 Jens-Erik Madsen – Marc Hester (Den) AVS

Sprints 1

1 Kenny De Ketele – Leif Lampater (Bel/Ger) Mercator Verzekeringen 11 pts
2 Tim Mertens – Pim Ligthart (Bel/Ned) Topsport Vlaanderen 11
3 Danny Stam – Leon Van Bon (Ned) AA Drink 10
4 Sebastian Donadio – Jeff Vermeulen (Arg/Bel) Geka Kaas – Oudendijk 7
5 Franco Marvulli – Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) VDK 6
6 Alex Rasmussen – Michael Morkov (Den) Callant Verzekeringen – Santens 5
7 Steven De Neef – Steve Schets (Bel) Provincie Oost-Vlaanderen 5
8 Robert Bartko – Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lotto 3
9 Tosh Van der Sande – Andreas Müller (Bel/Ger) Euro Tyre 3
10 Jens Mouris – Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Caruur 2
11 Jens-Erik Madsen – Marc Hester (Den) AVS 2
12 Luke Roberts – Morgan Kneisky (Aus/Fra) ADMB 1
13 Iljo Keisse – Peter Schep (Bel/Ned) John Saey – Mega Deschacht

Team Elimination

1 Iljo Keisse – Peter Schep (Bel/Ned) John Saey – Mega Deschacht 20 pts
2 Kenny De Ketele – Leif Lampater (Bel/Ger) Mercator Verzekeringen 12
3 Jens Mouris – Wim Stroetinga (Ned) Caruur 10
4 Franco Marvulli – Alexander Aeschbach (Swi) VDK 8
5 Sebastian Donadio