Positives to Take from The US Grand Prix for Van doninck and Ostlund
Sand, big jumps, heat and humidity were the main elements Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's Brent Van doninck and Alvin Östlund had to deal with in Jacksonville, Florida, where the seventeenth round of the FIM MX2 World Championship took place.
The Monster Energy MXGP of The USA had unique appeal with the unfamiliar track and location in Jacksonville, Florida, being revamped completely for its Motocross Grand Prix. The track was built in a flat paddock, and out of a soft swamp-like sand which churned up some deep ruts, and tricky holes. There was nothing classic about the track, it was 100% man-made with huge jumps, gnarly waves and a couple of split-sections as well.
As always, starts are important and in such hot and humid conditions, saving energy is essential. Both Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 riders Brent Van doninck and Alvin Ostlund got off to average starts in Race 1. Östlund had the initial advantage over his teammate before making a big mistake and falling back to last place.
Van doninck had to dig-deep to find the energy to move forward in such intense conditions. He was well outside of the top-fifteen on the opening lap but managed to find the strength to pass a handful of riders on his way to eleventh place.
Östlund ran a great pace on the rugged and rutty sand surface. If it wasn't for a couple of costly mistakes, his result would have been much better than the fourteenth place he salvaged.
In the second race, Van doninck finally reaped the benefits of a good start. The Belgian got a good jump and held his YZ250F pinned all the way around the first turn. He managed to complete the first lap in seventh place before making a move on Mitchell Harrison for sixth.
While Van doninck managed to keep cool as he reeled the championship leader Pauls Jonass in to challenge for fifth place, his teammate Östlund had to battle forward from eighteenth place. Usually Östlund is the best starter on the team, but the tables had turned in Race 2 and the Swedish talent had his work cut-out for him. Nevertheless, he ran a fierce pace and managed to finish a credible thirteenth place for eleventh overall.
Van doninck maintained sixth place to the checkers which landed him in ninth overall at the MX2 Grand Prix of The USA. The next round of the FIM MX2 World Championship will take place next weekend - September 9th and 10th - at the world renowned Dutch TT Ciruit, Assen, The Netherlands.
Brent Van doninck
9th MX2 GP Overall, 10th MX2 Championship Standings
"Coming into this weekend we made some changes to the bike in terms of the sprockets. I found it helped me get out of the gate on the start. In Race 1 I finished eleventh even though I didn't come out of turn-one in a good place. I was quite happy with that considering we had all of the fastest riders in the world riding this weekend with many US riders lining up too. It was a strong class, so I was happy with eleventh but then in the second race I got a good start and got into sixth and started catching Pauls Jonass and I tried to pass him, but I couldn't get it done so I finished sixth overall and I am extremely happy with that because the last few weeks I have been struggling a lot. This result is really good for my confidence and I am happy to go home like this."
9th MX GP Overall, 14th MX2 Championship Standings
"I really liked the track this weekend. It was so much fun and I felt really good out there. In the Qualifying Race I felt good but I had a bike issue and dropped from 11th back to 27th. Starting 27th wasn't easy but I felt good."