The best riders of the world participate in Mechelen and that was immediately clear in the Prize KBC Bank en Verzekering, a 1 m 50 class with jump off. Not less than 12 of the 42 starters qualified for the jump off. With six Belgians amongst them the Mechelen public hoped for a Belgian victory. Jérôme Guéry on Papillon Z rode a crazy round in 31,99 sec. But they didn’t count on Simon Delestre. The French speed devil was the last to go in with Sultan du Chateau. He improved the time and finished in 31,71 sec. Harrie Smolders was the first rider to stay clear in the jump off but he finished only third with Don VHP Z.