Situated just 13 kilometers from the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team workshop in Bergeijk, The Netherlands, and 33 kilometers from the MX2 team headquarters in Genk, Belgium, the notorious Lommel circuit hardly needs introducing. It is one of the most physically and mentally demanding circuits in the world and is a venue that all four riders have done plenty of laps at.
A fair majority of the world’s elite MXGP riders are based in Lommel, and Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Jeremy Seewer is one of them. Currently third in the MXGP Championship Standings and within reach of a maiden world title, the ‘91’ has everything to ride for. Having lived in Belgium for the best part of six years, the Swiss rider feels he is ready to challenge for more podium silverware over the next three rounds.
Lommel's sea deep sand is widely recognized as the ultimate test of both physical and mental strength. Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Gautier Paulin is fully aware of its demands, and as a rider that has had some of his most memorable races in deep, rough and treacherous sand, he hopes that he can rise to the occasion and improve on his seventh position in the MXGP Championship.
Having grown up less than 10 kilometers away, in Balen, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2’s hometown hero Jago Geerts is arguably the hot favourite going into the next three rounds of racing. Currently 52-points down on the current MX2 Championship Leader, both Geerts and the team hope that the young Belgian can get his title hopes back on track.
Ben Watson has been anticipating the Belgian rounds of the MX2 World Championship for some time. Known for his sand riding prowess, which was highlighted by a podium celebration at the Belgian Grand Prix in Lommel last year, Watson plans to claw back some valuable championship points with a few champagne showers over the next 10-days.
Also donning a set of scoop tires this weekend, the Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 team are set for the final two rounds of the EMX250 Championship. GYTR Kitted YZ250F mounted Thibault Benistant guards an 18-point lead in the series and is determined to leave Lommel with his first-ever EMX250 title.
While there will be only two rounds of the EMX250 Championship, the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team will also be onsite for the final three rounds of the EMX125 Championship.
The final two rounds of the EMX250 Championship will coincide with the seventh and eighth rounds of the EMX125 Championship on Saturday the 17th and Tuesday the 20th of October. The ninth and final round of the EMX125 series will take place on Saturday 24th.
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Gautier Paulin will join MXGP-TV presenters Paul Malin and Lisa Leyland LIVE on the MXGP Studio Show on Saturday the 17th of October at 11:00 (CET). The show will be free to view and live on www.mxgp-tv.com.