Yamaha’s three remaining riders for MXGP have different views on the track in Assen this weekend but they are all looking forward to getting back behind the gate, especially and enthusiastic Shaun Simpson!
All three offered their opinions in a Yamaha PR:
Jeremy Van Horebeek
9th MXGP Championship Standings, 404-points
I am looking forward to going to Assen. I can’t say it’s my favourite track, but I always ride good there, it depends if it is wet or dry but I have been fighting for the podium there in the past but made some mistakes. I enjoy riding there; it’s not so far from home. I will enjoy every single moment I spend on my bike at the moment, because I am not sure if it will be my last.
8th MXGP Championship Standings, 423-points
Assen is definitely not my favourite track. I feel like I struggle there, last year I almost won the last moto and I did stand on the podium but I just find it’s a tricky track, not like your usual sand track. I am curious how it will be on the 450cc bike, with the power I need in the deep sand and at the same time I am looking forward to it because it will be technical and tricky and that will work in my favour. The goal remains, top-five.
16th MXGP Championship Standings, 205-points
I had a solid weekend off. I raced at this classic old school track in Belgium, and I really enjoyed that. It was a real nice change, and it was nice to stand on the podium and to get a race win against some pretty decent competition. I feel like my speed was good and my fitness level was as well. Assen, I expect to be a tough and heavy weekend, but not something that I am too worried about because I feel like I am prepared. My bike is feeling good, we have been working on it quite heavily since Turkey and I feel like we have taken another step in the right direction. I am really looking forward to this weekend. Assen has been good to me in the past, I won the GP in 2015 and won a moto in 2016, and I am going there this weekend to do business.