Gearing Up for the MXGP round of Great Britain
This weekend Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Romain Febvre and Jeremy Van Horebeek will return to action after a short break, with the ninth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship set to take place at the spectacular Matterley Basin track in Winchester, England.
In addition, Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP's line-up will also be strengthened with the return of their own British hero Shaun Simpson who will be back on the Grand Prix gate for the first time since he fractured his hip and three ribs back in April at the MXGP of Russia.
Matterley Basin is a location that holds a world of good memories for Romain Febvre. The wide and flowing circuit saw the Frenchman storm to his first ever race win inside the premier class back in 2015, one week after his maiden podium appearance in Spain. That race win sparked a series of race wins. He eventually went on to take fifteen checkered flags, and won eight Grand Prixes to be crowned the 2015 FIM Motocross World Champion.
Febvre has been incredibly close to landing on the box this season. He has finished inside the top five at every single round, bar one, and has finished fourth overall four times. He is currently fifth in the MXGP Championship Standings, only 3-points shy of his compatriot Gautier Paulin.
After a tough start to the season with a few big crashes that have resulted in a couple of minor but troublesome injuries, Jeremy Van Horebeek is currently eighth in the MXGP Championship Standings. The Belgian ace has showered the Matterley Basin podium in champagne once before when he mounted the third step at the British Grand Prix in 2014.
Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP's Jeremy Seewer is waiting to have his ticket to the top-five clipped. The Swiss rookie has been a sponge in the MXGP class this season, using each and every Grand Prix as an opportunity to get to grips with the faster paced class, as well as his YZ450F. Frustrated with some of the error's he made last weekend, the two-time MX2 vice World Champion is eager for all the pieces of his premier-class puzzle to come together. It's not a matter of 'if', but a matter of 'when'.
There is still plenty to fight for in the MX2 World Championship with the Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 squad still building momentum. This weekend Ben Watson will return to his home turf in England where he looks to entertain the crowd as he chips away at a top-three place in the MX2 standings, and hopes to put his YZ250F on the box for the second time this season.
Jago Geerts is also a proven podium contender and enjoys the grippy soil and fast-paced jumpy nature of the Matterley Basin circuit. As a very modern track, it could be well suited to Anthony Rodriguez as he continues to build speed and confidence onboard the Kemea Yamaha MX2 backed YZ250F.
Joining the premier classes MXGP and MX2 this weekend, the ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Official EMX250 team will line-up Roan van de Moosdijk and Nicholas Lapucci for the fifth round of the EMX250 Championship.
5th MXGP Championship Standings
"I think it will be a good round for me, even after Germany when I crashed with two laps to go. I injured my ankle there and I couldn't walk for a few days, but I had an MRI and some control with the doctors and after that they said it was clear, but I had to spend a lot of time with the 'Kine' to help free up the ligament. I didn't ride for almost 10 days, to rest as much as I can to let my ankle and my arm from in Latvia heal. I rode yesterday and today, and the sessions didn't go better. I think this weekend will go good. I still have a few days to heal, so even a couple of days, I think its enough to make a difference. Maybe I won't be 100% but maybe 90 or 80% and that will be okay for me because honestly I didn't think I would be lining up this weekend. I will be there, and for me, a top-five will be as good as a victory."
Jeremy Van Horebeek
8th MXGP Championship Standings
"Matterley Basin is a good track; it's nice for the fans to watch the racing because they can see the whole track. So it's cool to battle out there. My shoulder is okay after my crash in Germany, and my wrist from Valkenswaard is probably as good as it's going to get. Not perfect, but it's okay. I've had the flu this week, so it's been difficult to train how I want to, but there is still a few days before we line up again, so hopefully I feel better and we will see what happens."
4th MX2 Championship Standings
"I'm really excited to ride at the British Grand Prix. It's been a while since I have rode in front of my home crowd. I missed MXoN last year, and the year before I couldn't race because I had a broken foot, so the last time I rode at Matterley was in 2015. I am real excited to show the British fans what I can do."