Yamaha Riders Set for Strong End to the Season
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Jeremy Van Horebeek and Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP's duo of Jeremy Seewer and Shaun Simpson are all set for the final showdown this weekend September 30th with the twentieth and final round of the MXGP World Championship taking place at the famed Imola road-race circuit in Italy.
The dust has settled on 19 rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship and one round remains. In the premier class, MXGP, it is likely that the Championship Classification will remain unchanged, which means this weekend is all about ending the season on a high to head into the off-season motivated to come out and challenge for victories next year.
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Jeremy Van Horebeek is nearing the end of a chapter with Yamaha and wants to enjoy every minute he has left on his YZ450FM. After withdrawing from the MXGP of The Netherlands due to illness, the Belgian ace is feeling much better and is confident for a strong end to what has been a very challenging season.
Like Van Horebeek, Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP's Shaun Simpson hopes for the same. The charismatic Scot enters the final round in positive spirits where he hopes to better his sixth place finish at the previous round in The Netherlands with a top-five this weekend.
Also aiming for the top-five, Wilvo Yamaha's Jeremy Seewer is always pushing to raise his level and is ready to take one last stab at achieving his season-long goal.
In MX2, Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 has returned to full strength after Anthony Rodriguez dislocated his shoulder at the MXGP of The Netherlands in Assen two weeks ago. The Venezuelan would not say his shoulder is 100% but he has thoroughly enjoyed his time in Europe and wilds for time he can spend on the Kemea Yamaha YZ250F, therefore he will join his teammates Ben Watson and Jago Geerts on the gate at the final round this weekend.
While positions have been more or less locked down in the MXGP and MX2 World Championships, the WMX World Title hangs by a thread. MXFonta Yamaha Official WMX's Kiara Fontanesi will head into the final round of the Women's Motocross World Championship this weekend with a 8-point advantage over NoFear Yamaha Official WMX's Nancy van de Ven. For Fontanesi, the title will extend her staggering tally of gold medals to six. Should van de Ven claim the title, it will be a career milestone as her first ever.
The event will kick off on Saturday 29th of September with Yamaha YZ125 bLU cRU Cup riders being the first on track. The first race of the weekend will be WMX Race 1 and that will take place at 13:35 Central European Time followed by the YZ125 bLU cRU Cup Race 1 at 15:25 and the qualifying heats for the MX2 and MXGP classes at 16:25 and 17:10. Additionally, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Michele Rinaldi will join Paul Malin and Lisa Leyland on the live MXGP Studio Show at 11:00. All of the action can be viewed on www.mxgp-tv.com.
Jeremy Van Horebeek
9th MXGP World Championship Standings 404-points
"It's a new track in Imola, so it is hard to say what to expect. But for me, it could be one of my last rides, so I just want to go out and have as much fun as I can because when I am having fun, then the results will come naturally. I look forward to ending the season on a good note before heading out to the USA for the 'Nations which I can't wait for."
8th MXGP World Championship Standings, 445-points
"I am looking forward to this weekend. I want to finish the season with a good race and a good feeling. I feel good, so the goal remains the same, I want to be inside the top-five. We will see how it goes, it's a new track, new for everyone, all we know is that it will be hard pack which suits me. I am looking forward to it, I always enjoy racing in Italy."
15th MXGP Championship Standings, 235-points
"It's going to be my last race of the year with the Wilvo Yamaha team, so it's the end of a chapter and I'm feeling recharged and ready to go out and have two solid rides this weekend. I feel like I have been progressing in the right direction, Assen was my best GP of the season and I am looking to better that. A top-five would be nice, it's a new track, new for everyone. The season is wearing thin for a few guys, so I would like to capitalize on that, I still feel fresh and good as I missed a few races in the middle of the season due to injury and illness, so I am looking forward to this weekend to wrap this season up with a good weekend in Imola."