Since then, the first Dutch road race has been: Ron van Steenbergen

Ron van Steenbergen – BMW Motorrad BoxerCup 2004 Dutch TT Assen | Photo © BMW Motorrad

Dutch road racing champion last year, where did he go, what he does today and how he views the current road racing sport. We regularly present the best Dutch road races from the past in our ‘Best Dutch road races since’ section and ask them all a series of (same) questions. This week: Ron van Steenbergen.

Who is Ron van Steenbergen?

  • Noun: Ron van Steenbergen
  • Nickname: no
  • Boy: 1981-06-16
  • Residence: Benicum
  • a partner: Janten van Steenbergen, two children Stegen and Gemma
  • Start a road racing career: 1998
  • Active in: Yamaha TZR Junior Cup, Aprilia RS 250 Junior Cup, Dutch Supersport, Dutch Superbike, Suzuki GSX-R 750 European Cup, European Supersport Championship, European Superstock Championship, World Supersport, BMW Boxer Cup, Endurance Classic
  • Number of titles: 2 (Yamaha TZR Junior Cup and Aprilia RS 250 Junior Cup)
  • The end of the road racing career: 2008
  • current occupation: Autofurst van Steenbergen Motor Company
  • Facebook social network: Ron van Steenbergen
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How did you deal with road racing back then?

Via a motorcycle magazine ad where the Yamaha TZR 250 Junior Cup was mentioned as a possibility and then started participating.

Who is the driver who fought the best fights on the race track?

Many drivers including Bob Withage, Paul Moogman, Harry Van Beek, Mike Bagjic.

Best motorcycle I’ve ever ridden and why?

Cobotex Honda, Ten Kit Honda jointly prepared a great team.

What is your favorite track that you rode and why?

Spa-Francorchamps, great track with top speeds.

What’s the weirdest and funniest thing you’ve seen in a race?

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Heading to the World Supersport race this weekend in Imola. Together with Jarno Janssen and Barry Feynman in a big bus, halfway in Italy, Jarno gets off the wheel and says you’re driving.

What is the best thing you learned from racing?

Perseverance, discipline and many nice communications.

What did you do after your active road racing career?

After my racing career, I was the team coordinator for a year with Team Hoegee Suzuki and after that I did a number of World Supersport races on my own with Barry Veneman and a small group. After that I continued my old profession of selling motorcycles and cars, which I continue to do with great pleasure as a freelance entrepreneur!

Do you still exercise in any way?

I’m not really into racing, but I’m still active occasionally as a track coach during my Trackdays4all days.

Which current driver do you respect the most and why?

I’m a bit of a fan of Marc Marquez, an unparalleled talent with great driving style.

Who do you see as the greatest (currently active) road racing talent in the Netherlands and why?

I was impressed by Glen van Straalen during the first two Supersport races of the season in Aragon and Assen, but all the World Championship drivers are doing well. I especially hope that Michael van der Mark will be on top again soon, and I believe he is the man with the best comfort in the current Dutch road race. But watch out, there is definitely more to come!

How do you view the current races, both nationally and internationally, from your experience?

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I don’t follow Dutch road racing as intensely anymore, but I think the KNMW team with Barry Veneman are on the right track! In addition, drivers have to travel abroad at speed for several test kilometers! In 2003 we trained in Barcelona, ​​among other things, and school was out at 3pm, then 10 ‘snot nose’ came on their bikes and five minutes later they were riding around with a 125 cc and that’s every day.

Wednesday 05-04-2022: The best Dutch road racers of the time: nnb.



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