In MXGP, the top two positions have been secured with Jeremy Seewer pocketing his fifth FIM Motocross World Championship silver medal at the MXGP of Charente Maritime in Saint Jean d’Angely, France, less than two-weeks ago. With no championship pressure, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP star aims to enjoy the final round of the series while challenging the top step of the podium.
At the same time, the battle for third in the series promises to be a thriller. Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Glenn Coldenhoff arrives fourth in the standings, 4-points shy of Jorge Prado in third, and only 13 clear of his teammate Maxime Renaux in fifth. Both riders are fit, fast and determined to fight for the final place inside the top-three.
With full Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP line up inside the top five in the championship after a hugely successful year that has seen the team celebrate 13 race wins and 21 podium finishes between its three riders, Yamaha hopes to clinch the MXGP Manufacturer’s World Championship this weekend for the first time since 2015.
In MX2, the battle for the title between Geerts and Vialle has been one for the ages. Never, in the ‘MX2-era’ has the championship been so close going into the final round. Geerts arrives in Turkey having celebrated 15 podiums from 17 rounds and with a 2-point advantage over the former World Champion, Vialle. Should all go to plan, the 22-year-old Belgian will celebrate his first-ever MX2 world title on Sunday night, guaranteeing Yamaha its third consecutive MX2 Manufacturer’s World Championship.
Yamaha will have added presence in Turkey and even more to celebrate with the Turkish Grand Prix also staging the fifth and final round of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship. Ceres 71 Yamaha’s Nancy van de Ven has her sights set on a maiden world title as she arrives in ‘Afyon’ with a 25-point lead over JK Yamaha’s Lynn Valk. Valk is currently second in the standings and has a 13-point buffer over Shana van der Vlist, who is only 3-points clear of Yamaha Germany’s Larissa Papenmeier.
Built within the confines of the Afyon Motor Sports Center in Afyonkarahisar, the ‘Afyon Motocross Track’ was built in 2016 and first raced in 2018. It is 1750m long and very wide and flowing. The riders say that it is fun to ride because there are a lot of jumps, although it is often described as ‘too easy’. Yamaha is yet to celebrate victory in any of the three classes on Turkish soil but is optimistic that that statistic will change this weekend.