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Valkenswaard: Impressive MX2 & MXGP rides

Valkenswaard: Impressive MX2 & MXGP rides
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Romain Febvre: It was a fantastic display by the World Champion. During the 2015 season Valkenswaard was his worst GP of the season as he wasn’t quite riding at the same level in the sand back then as he is now. It is clear to see that he has worked massively in the sand and has put in the hours of hard work required to be world champion.

The second moto was a massive win, to beat Cairoli in the sand takes some doing but the French man is the complete package. Febvre is the man to beat in the class right now and it’s going to be hard for anyone else to get that red plate off him.

Kevin Strijbos:  A massive improvement from the Belgian at Valkenswaard after a rough start to the season. The weekend started well for Strijbos by leading the qualification heat before a crash put him back down to seventh. However, you could clearly see that he had the speed to run at the front.

However, the luck wasn’t with Strijbos this weekend. He had a problem in the first moto which meant he had to come all the way back from twenty-fifth. He was able to charge through the field and ended up passing Cairoli on the line for sixth position, his speed was impressive. Again in the second moto he was buried in fifteenth, this time he managed to go one place better and finished up in fifth. Seventh overall doesn’t sound that great but there is no doubt he had the speed this weekend for the podium, hopefully he can build on this and we can see the real Strijbos for the rest of the season.

Max Nagl: Nagl hasn’t been able to set the world on fire so far this year like he did in 2015. However, a massive improvement in his riding this weekend. Finishing second and fourth in the moto’s meant he ended up on the podium for the first time this year.

Even though his riding was a lot better he seems to take a while to get into his rhythm, the first half of the moto he doesn’t seem to have the intensity. He was able to find a good rhythm and speed during the second half of the moto’s though as he keeps improving during this season. With Argentina next on the calendar he will be hoping to notch his first GP win of the year after being so impressive their last year.

Tim Gajser: Tim had no problem with the sand and won the first moto, he continues to impress and took his third overall podium. He is yet to be off the podium so far this year.  He is a genuine title contender, no doubt about it and could prove to be Febvre’s biggest challenger. Could we see a close dual between these two for the title? Only time will tell but it’s going to be interesting to see how the championship battle pans out – only thirteen points separate them  at the moment.


Jeffrey Herlings: It was business as usual for the Bullet at Valkenswaard, this GP win marks his fiftieth overall win. No better place to do it than in front of your home crowd! That is his seventh GP win in a row at Valkenswaard and he continues to go unbeaten during 2016 with six moto wins from six.

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Pauls Jonass: The Latvian went 2-2 for second overall, with it being sand and Herlings racing that is as good as a GP win. A very good performance for Jonass who keeps continuing to improve. He should only get quicker during the course of the season with the more bike time he gets. He has only started to ride the bike more after Thailand after coming into the season with a small injury. Jonass has the potiential to be World Champion but it’s just so difficult for him with his team mate being so fast!

Jeremy Seewer: After making the podium in Thaliand, Jeremy was able to land himself an overall podium yet again in Valkenswaard. Jeremy isn’t best known for his sand skills but it is clear he has worked on the sand during the winter and it is paying off. A lonely fourth place finish in the first moto followed up with a third in moto two was enough to see the Swiss take another overall podium.  The Stefan Everts and Jeremy Seewer combo seems to be working well so far.

Brent Vandoninck: No doubt about it, the Belgian keeps improving race after race. The weekend didn’t start off well for Brent as his bike broke down in the qualification heat when he was well placed in third. In the morning warm up before the main moto’s on Monday the bike stopped again!

However, thankfully the bike held together for both the main moto’s. He had hard work during the moto’s with a terrible gate pick. However, with bad starts he came through the pack well. He managed to go 5-4 in the moto’s for fourth overall. During the second moto he collided with Petrov after he crashed so that cost him a lot of time and an overall podium on the day.

Article: Andy McKinstry

Pics: Nigel McKinstry

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