Jeremy Van Horebeek
News Report 23 April 2017

2017 GP of Europe

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1870 m
04 / 23 / 2017
16:10 Local time

Van Horebeek, Velocity & Valkenswaard Equates to a Podium Finish


It was his mastery of the incredibly rough and choppy Dutch sand surface that saw Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing's Jeremy Van Horebeek stand on the third step of the podium at the sixth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. Fellow YZ450FM rider Romain Febvre had some positives to take away from the weekend despite only finishing eighth, while Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP's duo of Arnaud Tonus and Shaun Simpson had to accept results that don't reflect their true capabilities - twelfth and fourteenth.

Situated next to the Eurocircuit road course, between Eindhoven and the Belgian boarder, Valkenswaard marked the first of the sand races on the 2017 calendar. Renowned for its popularity and hugely animated crowds, which are bolstered by the influx of ever passionate and crazy Belgian motocross fans who cross the border, it was Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing's own Belgian - Jeremy Van Horebeek - that enhanced the trackside atmosphere with his stellar podium performance.

After going around turn one in sixth, the Belgian ace quickly got down to business and stormed his way forward. With 10 minutes to go, he roared into second place after out-braking Evgeny Bobryshev and then locked his sights on the race leader Gautier Paulin. Right on the cusp of his second ever MXGP race win, 'The Jerre' finished second place, less than 1-second behind Paulin - 0.950 to be exact.

A start came to Romain Febvre just when he needed it most, and a few laps at the front of the field reminded the thousands of fans where he belongs. The former world champ was third around turn one before being dropped back to fifth by Evgeny Bobryshev and his teammate Jeremy Van Horebeek, but he still looked solid. At least until he stalled the bike at the bottom of a brutally choppy hill, and was dropped back to eleventh, the position he eventually finished in.

In the second race, both Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing riders figured out how to best use the power of their YZ450FM's at the start of the race. The gates fell and both riders got off to flying starts, knocking on the door of the top three. Febvre, again, led Van Horebeek around turn one, but the tables soon turned.  Van Horebeek did his best to remain in the slipstream of the race leader - Antonio Cairoli - while Febvre found himself in the thick of a scrap with the 'King of Sand' Jeffrey Herlings. Febvre and Herlings - former MX2 rivals - bickered over fifth place, before Herlings dropped the hammer and checked out of that battle.

The high stakes game of navigating a dirt-bike around the brutally choppy and rugged sand circuit of Valkenswaard at speed saw Van Horebeek slightly back-off and drop back to fourth, which was enough for his second bottle of champagne this season, finishing third overall. Febvre managed to emerge from his slump for a confidence boosting sixth place, and eighth overall.

Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP's Arnaud Tonus claims sand riding isn't his strong suit, yet that is debateable and a sign of his modesty seeing as he was one of the fastest riders on track this weekend, verified by the fact he set the fastest time in Timed Practice.

After setting the second fastest time in Warm-Up this morning, a crash in the 'S' section at the end of lap one of the first race erradicated the elegant Swiss rider of a good result. He managed to bounce back for fourteenth which paired with his ninth place finish in race two, put him in twelfth overall.

Fellow Wilvo Yamaha rider Shaun Simpson started the weekend strong with his seventh place finish in the Qualifying Race. Unfortunately, a few costly mistakes robbed him of the result that was expected and the likeable Scot had to settle for fourteenth overall.  

The next round of the FIM MXGP World Championship, round seven, will take place on the 6th and 7th of May in Kegums, Latvia.

Jeremy Van Horebeek

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing

"I got a virus in Mexico and I was really sick. I lost 4 kilograms and I though it was over but then again today I got stomach cramps. I actually felt really good in the second race and I thought at one point 'ok let's go for the win', but then my health decided otherwise. I am very happy to be on the podium again, and to have this sort of consistency. It will pay off at the end of the season."

Romain Febvre

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing

"It didn't start good for me, in the first moto I had arm-pump and only managed to finish eleventh. The postive from the weekend was my starts. I took two good starts and in the second race I could follow, but I didn't have enough to pass the front guys. It's getting better."

Arnaud Tonus

Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP

"The speed was there all weekend. I had a crash yesterday Gautier Paulin and I hit in the air and I fell and hurt my arm, but actually this was not a problem it was just that my starts weren't great and then I crashed in the first race. I pushed really hard, and got back to fourteenth. The top ten was really close in speed, and my lap time was not too bad, but it was difficult. I did my best, it wasn't a great weekend but I just need to accept it and look forward to the next race."

Shaun Simpson

Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP

"It was weird because everyone seemed to be on the same pace. I gave most of what I had, I didn't have much left in the tank. I was fighting right to the end. It seemed like everyone was coming and going a lot. Starts were key, but you then had to keep your position. Mistakes cost me, I crashed in the first race and that just set the tone and I just ended up eating roost the whole race. In the second one it was much of the same. I stalled it and lost a lot of time and spent the whole moto pulling back the time I lost. It felt like a lot of work for nothing. I'm fed up beating myself up over results like this, so I'm gonna go back to the drawing board and look forward to Kegums, Latvia."