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Rider info

Name:
Walid Soppe
Date of Birth:
13 Dec 1999
Height:
1m 71cm
Weight:
57kg
Resides in:
Coevorden, Netherlands
Born in:
Assen, Netherlands
Bike:
KTM RC 250 R
Rider since:
2015

Rider bio

"My father used to race a 125 and that is how I got interested, my parents are still taking care of everything, transport, maintenance of the engine, take care of the catering for sponsors etc.," explains Walid who was born in Assen, the home of Dutch racing.

First Pocket Bike Race

From 2012-2014 he was racing in the Molenaar Honda NSF100 series. That last year he enjoyed the Francorchamps round particularly as he clinched the championship. "I was all day the fastest rider."

2014 - Molenaar Honda NSF100

2014 - Moriwaki training in Assen

"That year I learnt to think more about my riding, take better lines and so I fell less. I love fast corners and getting out of the bends fast. I love racing and I want to win, I want to be the best, I love the speed and the best thing is to win even when someone else has a faster bike."

2015 - CEV Moto3 in Valencia 16th & 19th

"In 2015 I learnt that everything must be correct and you have to work hard to get to the top. My best race ever was the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup race in Misano. My engine stopped on teh grid and I had to start from pitlane. I gave everything to come back in the field and my laptimes were the same as the guys in the front. At the end I took a point, not the best result but, except for the start, definitely a good race."

"There was another very important race for me last season; The IDM Moto3 race in assen where I won. It was a special race because one of the mechanics who was very ill, was there for the last time, a few months later he died."

2015 - IDM Assen, winning for Toon Ernst

"For 2016 I'm riding beside the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup I am conttesting the Junior Moto3 World Championship with Dutch Racing Team. A new experience and I'm really looking forward to it. I hope I can use the experience from the CEV in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, last year I finished 16th in the championship but I hope to do a lot better in 2016."

2015 - Pushing hard in Aragon

His heroes are Marc Marquez, Andrea Iannone and Kenan Sofuoglu.. His favourite subjects at school are sport and history. When not racing he enjoys listening to music, hanging out with friends and playing videogames. His racing philosophy is pretty hard line. "Winning! Every time I start a race I want to win, even if it's almost impossible I'll try to win. I prefer to win a race and crash two times than finish three times third."

And he loves the speed. "Full throttle corners like the 'Ramshoek' in Assen. The first time I came through that corner I was like: wow, that's fast!"

All to chase his ultimate goal; "To become a Grand Prix World Champion."

"2016 was quite a hard year for me. It was riding for Dutch Racing Team with Honda but it was difficult to switch from Honda to KTM and back during the year. At the end of the season it went better but did not get the results I was hoping for.

Waiting to go out on the Honda

"Despite the results I learned a lot. Not only in the championships but also with all the training I do beside. Especially on my Supermoto I practiced a lot and almost all the weekend we were somewhere on a track to test and train."

Having a bit of fun during training

"Highlights of the 2016 season included my races in Assen. In the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup I ran in first position in both races in front of my home crowd. It was raining cats and dogs and the circumstances were very difficult. I crashed twice in the first race from first position and in my second race again. This time just a few corners before the chequered flag. So I almost won the Dutch TT. I was disappointed but I showed the speed and in 2017 I will try to be in the same position and finish the races. I learnt that I need to try to keep a clear mind. Work hard for 2017."

Dutch TT 2016

"I also had good races at the start of the season in Jerez. I had to start a bit back in the grid, 11th, but I was able to close a big gap to the leading group. At the end I finished 6th in the first race and 4th in the second."

Jerez Race 2 - 2016

"Beside the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup I will ride for Freudenberg Racing Team in 2017. They are also running a KTM and thanks to this I hope to make a lot of progress in both championships. I will take part in the North European Cup and a few races in the CEV Championship."

Career Highlights

2016

• 18th Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, best results 4th in Jerez 1. Even faster than in 2015 but inconsistency still upset things. There was progress but self control and understanding are still the keys that will turn speed into success.
• Best result in the Junior World Championship: 17th Jerez Race 2

2015

• 16th Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, best results 7th in Jerez 2 and Silverstone 2. A good result so early was impressive but then inconsistency disrupted things and he struggled to sort out what was causing him difficulties. Self examination and control helped later on and would be the key to 2016.
• 4th IDM Pre-Moto3 (Honda NSF250R)
Only contested 4 rounds 2 x 1st, 1 x 3rd & once lost a likley win with ride through penalty

2014

• 1st Molenaar NSF100 Championship (Honda NSF100)
14 x 1st, 1 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd
• Winner Hans Spaan Trophy

2013

• 3rd Molenaar NSF100 Championship (Honda NSF100)
3 x 1st, 5 x 2nd, 3 x 3rd

2012

• 5th Molenaar NSF100 Championship (Honda NSF100)
1 x 1st, 3 x 2nd, 1 x 3rd

2011

• 3rd Dutch Pocketbike Championship NK Junior B
5 x 2nd, 6 x 3rd

2010

• 4th Dutch Pocketbike Championship NK Junior A
1 x 1st, 4 x 2nd, 4 x 3rd

Results

Race Pos Pts
01 May 15 Circuito de Jerez, Spain QP 12
02 May 15 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC 11 5
03 May 15 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC2 7 9
25 Jun 15 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands QP 8
26 Jun 15 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC NC 0
27 Jun 15 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC2 13 3
10 Jul 15 Sachsenring, Germany QP 19
11 Jul 15 Sachsenring, Germany RAC 17 0
12 Jul 15 Sachsenring, Germany RAC2 NC 0
14 Aug 15 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic QP 13
15 Aug 15 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC 13 3
17 Aug 15 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC2 10 6
28 Aug 15 Silverstone, United Kingdom QP 16
29 Aug 15 Silverstone, United Kingdom RAC 11 5
30 Aug 15 Silverstone, United Kingdom RAC2 7 9
11 Sep 15 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy QP 18
12 Sep 15 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy RAC 15 1
25 Sep 15 Motorland Aragon, Spain QP 18
26 Sep 15 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC NC 0
28 Sep 15 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC2 20 0
Race Pos Pts
22 Apr 16 Circuito de Jerez, Spain QP 11
23 Apr 16 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC1 6 10
24 Apr 16 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC2 4 13
24 Jun 16 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands QP 2
25 Jun 16 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC1 NC 0
26 Jun 16 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC2 NC 0
15 Jul 16 Sachsenring, Germany QP 8
16 Jul 16 Sachsenring, Germany RAC1 NC 0
17 Jul 16 Sachsenring, Germany RAC2 NC 0
12 Aug 16 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria QP 18
13 Aug 16 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria RAC1 15 1
14 Aug 16 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria RAC2 20 0
19 Aug 16 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic QP 9
20 Aug 16 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC1 NC 0
21 Aug 16 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC2 9 7
09 Sep 16 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy QP 11
10 Sep 16 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy RAC 13 3
23 Sep 16 Motorland Aragon, Spain QP 15
24 Sep 16 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC1 NC 0
25 Sep 16 Motorland Aragon, Spain RAC2 NC 0
Race Pos Pts
05 May 17 Circuito de Jerez, Spain QP 11
06 May 17 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC1 NC 0
07 May 17 Circuito de Jerez, Spain RAC2 NC 0
23 Jun 17 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands QP 7
24 Jun 17 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC 6 10
25 Jun 17 TT Circuit Assen, Netherlands RAC2 18 0
30 Jun 17 Sachsenring, Germany QP 7
01 Jul 17 Sachsenring, Germany RAC 12 4
02 Jul 17 Sachsenring, Germany RAC2 8 8
04 Aug 17 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic QP 13
05 Aug 17 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC1 7 9
06 Aug 17 Automotodrom Brno, Czech Republic RAC2 12 4
11 Aug 17 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria QP 17
12 Aug 17 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria RAC 12 4
13 Aug 17 Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria RAC2 12 4
08 Sep 17 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy QP 10
09 Sep 17 Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Italy RAC NC 0