Rain-master Jorgensen wins for Yamaha


Yamaha mounted rider, Brian Jorgensen, fought against terrible weather to finish the Belgian MX 125cc GP in a commendable fourth place this Saturday. The excellent result included a brilliant win for the Dane - his first of the season - in a rain-shortened second moto. Jorgensen was followed home by flying Dutchman Eric Eggens and local hero Sven Breugelmans in fifth and sixth places overall.

Held in the picturesque Belgian village of Grobbendonk, round twelve of the sixteen race World Championship series was contested in unseasonably wet conditions that drenched the crowd of 5000 and turned the 2000m track into a mud-bath. KTM rider James Dobb won the overall GP, while Grant Langston extended his lead in the World Championship by finishing second.

Heat 1: S. Breugelmans – 2nd / E. Eggens – 7th / M. Lalloz – 10th / C. Godrie – 14th /L. Seguy, B. Jorgensen – DNF

A difficult qualification session saw Jorgensen lineup as the best placed Yamaha for race one, but it was Sven Breugelmans who got away well and threatened eventual race winner James Dobb in the early stages. Despite being roared on by the local crowd, Breugelmans was unable to catch the Briton but was nevertheless delighted.
“My trainer told me to start on the inside of the start gate because all the riders would drift wide in turn one,” commented the Belgian. “That is exactly what happened and I came out of the turn in third place. Initially I thought I could catch Dobb, but then I changed my plans and slowed a little after a couple of difficult moments. Traversini caught me at the end but I was able to hold him off by keeping a good rhythm. I am so happy with this result.”

Eggens was the next Yamaha rider home in seventh. He said, “I was injured at the start of the year and this is a great result for me. I started about 10th place then moved up the field and just tried to consolidate. I felt really strong and was able to keep a good distance from the riders behind me.”

Heat 2 : B. Jorgensen – 1st / E. Eggens – 5th / L. Seguy – 6th /
D. Goovaerts – 13th / S. Breugelmans – 14th / C. Godrie – 15th

A downpour of rain turned race two into a complete lottery and the race was stopped after only seven laps. Yamaha’s Great Dane Brian Jorgensen had come to terms with the conditions better than his rivals and secured the race win. “I got another top ten start which was vital,” said the thrilled race winner.
“I have been fighting all year and in the second race I just tried to stay on the bike – I have never raced in conditions like that! The last two laps I just hung over the back of the bike and tried to concentrate. I never looked back, just ahead, hoped for the best and it worked for me.” Yamaha UK’s Steve Dixon said: “I thought Brian would be good here. He’s been working hard and his recent form is excellent. This is the team’s second win this year (the still-injured Carl Nunn won in France) and we are really happy. The team and Yamaha have worked so hard for this win.”

Eric Eggens came home fifth after a great start and commented: “I got away well and was challenging but made a small mistake that cost me a chance of winning. Next week in Holland we race on deep sand and I know the Yamaha will go great in those conditions, so I can’t wait.”

Luigi Seguy is still the leading Yamaha rider in the overall classifications, retaining his fourth spot despite a poor day’s racing. After the Belgian GP, Yamaha sit second in the manufacturers classification.