Story Time - Glenn Coldenhoff

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8/19/2019 1:47 AM

Some of you guys may have noticed Glenn Coldenhoff going 1-1 yesterday at Imola, Italy. A rare performance we've know he is capable of, but the first time he did it during a GP. Glenn won his 2nd MXGP class race in his career yesterday. Even though he is one of the greatest Dutch riders ever, he is always overshadowed by Herlings his extreme talent and 'era'. Yesterday I was thinking about his journey and how many struggles he had to overcome to be a MXGP rider, let alone a MXGP winner.

2010
Back in 2010, there were barely EMX races during the MXGP weekends. Coldenhoff raced the GP's for the first time. Backed by JUMBO Yamaha he crashed hard in Bulgaria, shattering his elbow after scoring some points in moto 1. A huge injury, but he came back to race the final 5 rounds, finishing 23th in the world championship
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2011
Still riding for TVE JUMBO Yamaha. The goal was to score points that season. And he did. However, injuries had him on the sideline alot. 21th in points was what he had reached. Even though he didn't set the world on fire yet, a lot of sponsors close to him believed in him. I've heard some stories that they all backed him because of his enthousiasm, professional attitude and him being grateful for the opportunities given. For example, going on huge bike rides to pass along every sponsor to personally thank them for their investments in him. For example, he had Coca Cola as a personal sponsor!
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2012
A real breakout year for Hoff. First getting picked by Jacky Martens to race for the semi-factory KTM racing team, Coldenhoff scored enough points to finish 9th in the world championship. Despite missing 2 GP's by the way. He scored points every GP he entered and had many top 5/top 10 battles. Season best was his 5th place in race two in Latvia and a strong ride during the MXON at Lommel. He caught some eyes of other team managers as well.
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2013
2013 was a great year for Coldenhoff. Starting great with winning some pre-season races, he proved to be a podium contender. Standing Constructs' Tim Mathys stepped up big time and believed in him. His mechanic Grolleman was a freak. Working 80+ hours to get him the fastest bike of the field, comparable to the Factory KTM's they had to race.

Big steps were made, getting top 5 finishes consistently and even winning a qualifying race in Valkenswaard. He scored his first podium in Germany, being so tired that he had to sit on the podium during the podium ceremony. But all that hard work paid off.
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Things didn't stop however. He had the ball rolling and even won his first GP! During the GP of Matterly Basin, he won the MX2 class. An amazing effort from him and his team. He finished 5th in the World Championship. Could have been 4th, but his bike expired in Lierop heat 1. The second heat he battled with Herlings for the win. Finished the season in style.
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2014
In 2014, Plans were made with Standing to become the Suzuki factory team. Coldenhoff signed a 2 year deal with Suzuki, but they f****d Tim Mathys over for some reason. So he couldn't work with Mathys as Mathys had a disagreement with the factory. They were placed at Factory Suzuki. The Suzuki was known to not be on par with the KTM's, but for some reason his mechanic could get a competitive bike for him. He won a moto in Brasil. Then won a moto in Trentino after a hard battle with Herlings. However, disaster happened when he had a hard crash during practice and had a huge injury on his knee. He missed 9 rounds and finished 14th in the season, only racing the final 3 races. However, his final MX2 race of his career he finished 7th and 8th during the MXON of Latvia, which resulted an overall win in the MX2 class at the biggest race of the year.
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2015
His second year with Suzuki. Because of the age limit, Hoff had to step up to the MXGP class. Didn't expect big things real fast, as he is a relatively small guy. The hard work during the winter paid off though. He started working with Joel Smets and made big improvements during the winter. Having a decent season (finishing around 5-10 place), Hoff had an amazing win at Latvia. Winning his first moto and a 2nd place in race two resulted in an overall win, in his first year in the MXGP class! He finished 8th in the MXGP Championship
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2016, 2017, 2018
Glenn probably didn't expect this in his first few GP seasons, but because of his great performances De Carli signed him to be the 2nd factory rider behind Cairoli. He needed some time to make the transition to the KTM, but showed great results every season. In 2016, he finished on the podium in Assen and finished 7th in the championship. In 2017, he didn't have a excellent season. Finishing 10th in the GP standings. However, KTM extended his contract with a year.

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In 2018 he finished 7th in the championship. Even though that is decent, it was not what he was working for. While being on podium contention in Assen, he crashed hard and finished 4th overall. Even though he signed a 2 year contract with Standing Construct, he wanted to finish the season strong....

And he did, his best race of his career was during the MXON in Red Bud. Despite being the absolute underdog at this event, you could see he was feeling good that weekend. He didn't make any mistakes and went 1-1 at the biggest race of the year. Being humble as he is, he stated that he couldn't believe he had beaten everyone, including the top riders like Herlings, Cairoli, Roczen, Tomac and others. Even though Herlings was pissed that he didn't win that final moto, he stated that he was proud of Coldenhoff and he deserved it. You guys should have been at the afterparty, where Glenn personally gave a speech to all the Dutch fans and personally thanked them all for being there to support the Dutch team.

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2019
2019 started really bad, with a huge crash during a practice at lommel. You can see the crash here:



Resulting in a compressed T5, T6, T7 and a broken wrist. The first GP's, Glenn had so much pain in his body that he could barely walk and breathe. But he delivered and scored points every GP. His first podium after two years of struggle came in Lommel, where he had a decent race after a tough qualifying.

This weekend, he showed what he is capable off. Even though there are some injuries, it is still a huge achievement to win a MXGP race. And he did. A 1-1 performance. Right now he stands at the 5th place of the standings at the MXGP Championship, despite the huge injury at the beginning of the year.

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Conslusion
Absolutely a great story for him and his family. It is great to see some fans giving him the props he deserves and I hope that some of you now accept the fact that all of these riders have a long journey to get where they are now. From the absolute top riders, to mediocre riders that made huge progress personally and mentally. Not everyone is a Tomac, RC4, JS7, Herlings or Cairoli. But they all deserve some more respect then they get at the minute. Especially on this forum.
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8/19/2019 2:24 AM

Nice story! Glenn is a humble guy, maybe that's why he never really made the step to be a regular top 3 guy.
He works his ass off but sometimes it looks like he can be a bit more 'agressive' during the races.
Yesterday I saw a bit more of this, not giving up positions easy and good focus riding the fastest lines.

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8/19/2019 2:32 AM

Great write up.

I remember riding with Glenn at Bergham in about 2006 / 2007. He was on a YZ85 and we had the track to ourselves.

Me, my Dad & Brother were listening for a moment that he shut the throttle off, and he didn't shut off once around the whole track. He had alot of skill & still does.

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Braaaaaaaap!!

8/19/2019 2:38 AM

Good story! That crash in the off season was so bad I’m glad he’s back to winning ways again

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8/19/2019 3:52 AM

Thanks for writing that up. I've always been a fan, ever since he battled in the German 85cc championship with Roczen. But some details that I didn't know make me even more of a fan now. Hope he can finish the season off strong

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8/19/2019 5:04 AM

Good read. Props to Glenn.

The story concluded my believes that Zook isn't world leader in cars nor bikes but is world leader in fricking things up.

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the ultimate MX renegade from the east shore of the big cold pond

8/19/2019 5:23 AM

Smoothest guy at Redbud. Pretty awesome to watch him ride there.

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8/19/2019 5:40 AM

Thats a great story....I was just thinking today after seeing that he went 1 1 in Italy and given his performance at the mxon last year.. that Glen might just hand everybody their ass at the mxon at Assen this year!

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8/19/2019 6:34 AM

One thing this shows me is that for the non all star riders in GP's and outdoors everything needs to fall in place for a rider to get a win. Coldenoff won a GP with 'ease' in '15, won the Nations moto's the same way in '18 and now 1-1 without much issue. And all the other races it has been a fight to get into the top 5 or better.

Similar with a guy like Shaun Simpson who has looked unstoppable at certain races but not so much in most others. Even a champ like Febvre had to wait years for his next GP win.

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8/19/2019 6:51 AM

Cool brief history on his career thus far, curious what was his reason for switching to the 3 digit 259?

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Mantis Toboggan, M.D

8/19/2019 7:13 AM

Stuff of legends yesterday, hope he can keep this momentum going to next year!

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8/19/2019 7:24 AM

Dimblewambie wrote:

Cool brief history on his career thus far, curious what was his reason for switching to the 3 digit 259?

Bubba was his idol growing up. True story.

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8/19/2019 7:28 AM

Dimblewambie wrote:

Cool brief history on his career thus far, curious what was his reason for switching to the 3 digit 259?

Was wondering the same.

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8/19/2019 10:54 AM

Dimblewambie wrote:

Cool brief history on his career thus far, curious what was his reason for switching to the 3 digit 259?

OldHalfway wrote:

Was wondering the same.

Muscle-Milk KTM is right. He is a huge James Stewart fan. Close friends with mookie as well

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8/19/2019 11:12 AM

The Hoff used to ride with 25, but because of the combined mx2-mx1 superfinals at the overseas races in 2014, mx1 and mx2 riders couldn't have the same number anymore, (desalle had 25). He finished 9th in the 2013 world championship so this made him put the 9 behind the #25. Which makes 259. This also used to be bubba's old number, which he was a fan of. So his career number was created.

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8/19/2019 11:27 AM

really excellent write up, I'm a bigger fan now especially after hearing how good he is with his sponsors and fans.

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8/19/2019 11:39 AM

Glenn has a great career.
I will never forget the battles he and Roczen had in 06/07 both on their 85

Below the video from the Fim world championships for the 85 and 250 -18 class.

With Roczen , Coldenhoff , Lupino , Trettel , Tomac
I think Lupino became the 85 worldchamp that year!

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8/19/2019 11:50 AM

I was at Red Bud MXON, Glenn was untouchable!

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8/19/2019 11:58 AM

Well done by Both of you, thanks.

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8/19/2019 12:01 PM

Training at Axel, a month ago. So stylish on the bike.

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8/19/2019 12:27 PM

Good read thank you for taking the time 👍

Not everyone is a Tomac, RC4, JS7, Herlings or Cairoli. But they all deserve some more respect then they get at the minute. Especially on this forum.


This should be written on a big banner at the top of the forum

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8/19/2019 1:32 PM

How to pass two riders in one corner like a boss.

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Power is nothing without control

8/19/2019 1:37 PM

Thank you for this.

Many forget how massive his preseason injury was and the fact that he raced again when he did and is winning races now is pretty insane. He really seems to have found "it" this last year. I'm looking forward to see what he can do 2020 if he can come in healthy.

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8/19/2019 3:02 PM

Thanks Cortami again

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8/19/2019 3:17 PM

He was impressive at Red Bud last year.

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8/20/2019 2:17 AM

Cortami79 wrote:

Some of you guys may have noticed Glenn Coldenhoff going 1-1 yesterday at Imola, Italy. A rare performance we've know he is ...more

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8/21/2019 10:48 AM

Got t be one of the most humble riders out there & a fans favorite, good luck to him ,

I would like to see him back on the factory KTM as I think he has moved up to a new level now, he's had some terrible injury's & to see him fully fit for the next couple of years would be nice.

The thing he did at Red Bud was amazing.

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