There aren't many racers who find their way into the sport through remote control but Arie Vos is one of them. The 29-year-old was Dutch remote control racing champion in 1995 and 1996 and also competed at European and world championship level --...
There aren't many racers who find their way into the sport through remote control but Arie Vos is one of them. The 29-year-old was Dutch remote control racing champion in 1995 and 1996 and also competed at European and world championship level -- complete with his own engine and suspension mechanics.
In 1997, a friend suggested that he should try racing for real so the then 21-year-old took up scooter racing because it was the cheapest way to get into motorsport.
A successful debut season, with fourth place in the Dutch championship, convinced Vos that a step-up to Supersport racing would be a good idea. However, a national season with one dry race and a great deal more crashes left Vos disillusioned and he didn't race at all in 1999.
But an offer to run a Polini scooter back in the Dutch national championship was too good to refuse. It was a good move back to two wheels because Vos finished that season as runner-up and took the title in 2001.
For the following season, he opted for a more progressive route back to Supersport racing, competing in the Dutch 125cc championship and finishing ninth, despite numerous breakdowns.
Another step up in 2003 saw Vos contest on a Yamaha in the Dutch 250cc championship in which he finished third -- the same position that he achieved on a semi-official Kawasaki in the Dutch Supersport championship in 2004 with a best finish of second.
This season has been one of ups and downs, however, as Vos started the Dutch championship with Yamaha Netherlands and took part as a wildcard at the World Supersport events in Misano, Brno and Brands Hatch. However, a string of poor results led to Vos and Yamaha splitting and the Dutchman buying one of the famous Ten Kate Honda CBR600RRs to salvage something from the season.
This he achieved, taking his first Supersport win in the final round of the Dutch championship at Assen. Setting the fastest ever Supersport lap on Assen's short circuit, the result leapfrogged him from fourth to second place in the final championship standings.
"It was a good finish to a bad season," says Vos. "We were on a tight budget and seventh place in the last World Supersport round at Imola was a good way to end it."
Until the eleventh hour call from Winston Ten Kate Honda to replace the injured Sebastien Charpentier at the final round in Magny-Cours.
"It was just a dream come true," he beams. "I bought the Ten Kate race bike because I wanted to have some fun again. But I was also able to fight for race wins as well. Now I want to have some more fun at Magny-Cours -- both on the track and with the team.
"I don't know the track here," he adds, "but it was the same at Imola so I'd like to aim for a top ten finish on Sunday and anything else will be a bonus. There is no pressure from the team, only from me, so I'm planning to enjoy myself."