Dutchman Mark de Reuver leads Yamaha procession

Race

Young Dutch talent Mark de Reuver took his first ever GP podium with a hard fought third place finish. He stood beside his countryman Eric Eggens who won his first GP in front of an enthusiastic home crowd. De Reuver was first of no less five YZ125 mounted riders in the top ten. ‘Best of the rest’ was Patrick Caps who scored his first points this season with a fifth place. All Yamaha top men managed to score valuable points in the heavy sand except for Luca Cherubini who failed to qualify.

M. de Reuver – 3rd / P. Caps – 5th / L. Seguy – 6th / B. Jörgensen – 7th / S. Breugelmans – 8th / A. Chiodi – 9th / J. v. Hastenberg – 12th / E. Camerlengo – 14th / A. Belometti – 15th / L. Cherubini – DNS

It was Mark de Reuver who paid testimony to the YZ125’s superior engine power by taking the hole shot, soon however it as eventual race winner Eggens that took over the lead, keeping it until the finish flag. De Reuver confirmed it was a hard fought result; ‘I could not hold of James Dobb for second but it was great to win the fight with Steve Ramon to secure my podium. I expected a good result because in qualifying I was fast already. I have to try to keep this momentum to make sure I qualify in the coming rounds, I need more race time to built stamina. I noticed that my strength was sapping near the end of the race’.

A promising development was the seventh place of Brian Jörgensen after the Dane failed to score any point in the opening race in Spain where he was everything but fit. ‘I am still building up my speed, now that I can spend enough time on the bike after my injury. I guess I am one of the few foreigners that don’t mind the sand.’

The leading Yamaha rider in the 125 standing is Luigi Seguy, the top scoring YZ125 rider of last season. Seguy managed the same result as in the opening round with a sixth place finish. ‘The sand is very tough you have to work hard. Each lap the lines are different. It a real advantage though to ride a YZ125 here as the engine is strong enough to cope with the sand.’