It was no easy task Kenny and the 46 other riders in today’s Rolex Grand Prix presented by Audi were faced with. Italian course designer Uliano Vezzani had built one of his trademark master-mind tracks, and in the end only six pairs managed to deliver clears to move on to the jump-off. “We have the best riders in the world here, it is an amazing show – for me one of the best events of the year – so I knew it was going to be tough,” Nicola Philippaerts – best of the Belgians as fifth placed – said about Vezzani’s demanding course after the Grand Prix.
As second out in the jump-off, it was Germany’s Simone Blum and her lovely DSP Alice that set the pace with a lightning fast round in 42.65 seconds – getting an incredible turn back to the Stephex oxer placed on the long-side by the VIP. Neither USA’s Margie Goldstein-Engle, the veteran in the field at the age of 61, nor young home hero Nicola Philippaerts could catch up – despite good attempts as the following riders in the ring. Ireland’s Bertram Allen gave it his everything with the scopey Harley vd Bisschop (Dulf van den Bisschop x Coronado), and came flying into the penultimate upright before giving full gas to the last but still could not match Blum’s time. With only one to go, it looked like it was going to go Blum’s way but Kenny had other plans. He set of determinedly with his impressive Balou du Reventon, leaving no doubt that he was in it to win. Cheered and whistled on by the Knokke-crowds, that had met up in large numbers enjoying the June-sun, Kenny kept on chasing the clock – and when crossing the finish line he could punch his hands in the air: The time showed 42.17 seconds, it was a win!