News Report 4 May 2014

2014 GP of Netherlands

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1870 m
05 / 04 / 2014
Time to be confirmed

Fontanesi the bright runner on YZ250F technology in Holland


The Grand Prix of the Netherlands drew sunny skies over the bumpy and dark Valkenswaard sand as Yamaha looked upon the positive speed of Kemea Yamaha Racing’s Petar Petrov in the MX2 class for what was the sixth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. The third round of the EMX125 series saw Alvin Ostlund shine on the YZ125 with second place overall and the third event in the FIM Women’s World Championship allowed Kiara Fontanesi to post her second successive podium on the YZ250F and rise to the summit of the standings.

The Eurocircuit was its usual mix of teasing lumps, bumps and berms; a draining surface for both the riders and the resistance of the race engines. 27,000 fans came to the first visit by the competition to northern Europe after recent treks to Italy and Bulgaria.

After his stirring performance on home soil two weeks ago Petar Petrov was again setting impressive lap-times on the YZ250F in Kemea Yamaha Racing colours. The Bulgarian was plagued by bad luck in the motos however and also some fatigue. He was taken down on the second corner of the first race as part of multi rider pile-up and had to return from the rear of the field to reach fifteenth. A similar incident occurred in the second race but negotiating the fourth turn! Petar again had his work cut-out to arrive to fourteenth. Yamaha’s best performer from the two sprints was Max Anstie who emerged from a five-rider tussle for sixth position in Moto1 victorious for what was his best ranking since the Grand Prix of Brazil for round three. The Briton suffered a fall and damaged clutch in the second moto however and pulled out of the action. Luke Styke was competing in his first Grand Prix in the sand as he nears the end of the first half of his maiden term in the FIM contest. The Australian was 19th overall with a best result of 17th in the first moto.

The support card in Holland boasted Yamaha protagonists in the EMX125 (the career step before GP feeder category EMX250) and also the FIM Women’s World Championship. On the YZ125 two-stroke Alvin Ostlund posted his best result of the three rounds so far with second position overall and a scorecard of 4-2. Kemea’s Cyril Genot was fourth. Kiara Fontanesi dominated the first moto of WMX on her YRRD-kitted YZ250F but a crash in the formative stages of the second race on Sunday meant she had to hit the bumps even harder to get back to fourth by the finish. The Italian was second overall but at least earned the red plate by one point to again set the pace in the championship chase that she has won the last two years.

The Grand Prix of Spain at Talavera de la Reina next week will not only be the first FIM event to have visited the popular hard-pack circuit south of Madrid since 2000 but also – for Yamaha – see the return of Christophe Charlier on the YZ250FM. The Corsican has recovered from his broken leg sustained in Thailand for round two and has been training to get back on the bike and into the GP paddock.

Kiara Fontanesi

“I’m happy because I have the red plate and that was my goal for this Grand Prix. My job is to keep it until the end now and I know I can do it. I know I could have won this weekend if I hadn’t have crashed but then I don't feel too bad because I did the best I could.”

Max Anstie

"We struggled with our set-up all weekend. I pulled it together to get sixth in the first moto but a bad start and a clutch lever problem after a crash in the second moto which put me out. I'm not too happy with how the last weeks have gone but we have all put 100% into it and it's just not working at the moment. We will come back to work this week and come in feeling good for Spain."

Petar Petrov

“I’m so disappointed with this weekend for myself and for the team. As it was like a home GP and I like the track I hoped to be fighting for the top five here. I was feeling empty all weekend long. I don’t know what the problem was I felt tired after one lap and had no energy left. A bad gate pick was a big disadvantage to get a good start and for the confidence. In the second race a rider crashed in front of me and I couldn’t avoid him. I tried all I could to come back. It is what it is.”

Luke Styke

“This was one tough race… For sure the roughest track I’ve ridden so far this year. Once again I learned a lot this weekend. Problem is there are so many things to learn for me this year. I hoped to adapt to everything a little faster but clearly that’s not the way it’s going. I feel improvement every week though, both physically and racing wise. The results just don’t show it yet, so the main focus to improve those; therefore I need to work on my starts too.”