‘King’ Ger­rit’s a star turn

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One of the guests at the Hagon spon­sored Clas­sic Dirt Bike Show at Telford on February 17/18 is Dutch den­tist Ger­rit Wolsink.

From den­tistry to ‘King of Carls­bad’ and giv­ing some­thing back to the sport, the race life of Ger­rit Wolsink is likely to be a ma­jor draw to the stage area of the Clas­sic Dirt Bike Show at Telford In­ter­na­tional cen­tre.

Wolsink was cred­ited with be­ing in at the start of the long travel sus­pen­sion ad­vances when he ar­rived at the Czech GP in the early 1970s. One of the team me­chan­ics had sussed how to make twin­shock rear sus­pen­sion be­have like monoshock, and so the revo­lu­tion be­gan. That was in his Maico days, as was his first win at the Carls­bad… a track he is quoted as say­ing he en­joyed a lot. Leg­end has it, in that pe­cu­liar Amer­i­can way, he owned Carls­bad… or to put it a slightly dif­fer­ent way, he dom­i­nated the event for five years in a row, first with Maico, then with Suzuki.

He just seemed to gel with the event. Again Wolsink is quoted as say­ing “I liked the Cal­i­for­nian peo­ple, weather and the track…”

In an al­most ef­fort­less dis­play of rid­ing Wolsink would be de­cep­tively fast and his fit­ness meant he was as fast at the end as he was at the be­gin­ning.

Ger­rit will not only be on stage with Jack Bur­ni­cle each day but will have a chance to en­ter­tain the guests at the tra­di­tional din­ner on Satur­day evening.

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