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Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Excited for Home Grand Prix while Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Focuses on Retaining the MX2 Red Plate

Motivation is high for the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP and MX2 teams as the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship heads to Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, for the second stop, of 20, on the 2020 calendar.

Looking forward to lining up at the sandy Dutch circuit that is located less than 7km from the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP teams’ workshop in Bergeijk, The Netherlands, Jeremy Seewer, Gautier Paulin and Arnaud Tonus are all chasing a place on the podium.

In MX2, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team will arrive in Valkenswaard with the red-plate firmly attached to Jago Geerts’ YZ250FM as the MX2 Championship leaders.

Situated between Eindhoven and the Belgian border, Valkenswaard marks MXGP’s first sand race this season. The venue has staged 33 rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship since its first in 1974 which makes it one of the most familiar tracks on the 2020 calendar.  

After a thrilling first race at the season opener in Matterley Basin, Great Britain, only three days ago, Seewer is motivated to line his YZ450FM up for more top-three action where he hopes to celebrate the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP teams home Grand Prix from the box. He is currently fourth in the championship chase, 12-points off of the leader, but only 3-points from inheriting the second position. To put his results into perspective, the Swiss rider finished second overall in the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship after a tough start to the season where he was 29-points down on the front-runner. This year, he is off to a much stronger start and is already showing phenomenal speed and fitness as he goes for gold. 

Valkenswaard was the track at which Paulin won his last Grand Prix, back in 2017. It was also the scene of one of his most memorable victories, in 2015, where the Frenchman proved his incredible sand-riding prowess by completely dominating both races that weekend.

Currently sixth in the 2020 MXGP Championship Standings, only 3-points shy of Seewer in fourth, the #21 is eager to make his first podium appearance of 2020 at the MXGP of The Netherlands this weekend. 

Tonus favours the black sand of Valkenswaard and has admitted he enjoys riding the slightly hilly, rough and rugged sand track as it is the same venue that he topped the charts in Timed Practice in his rookie season, 2017. Much for the #4 will depend on the healing of his left thumb which was bothering him at the opening round of the championship. As a result, the Swiss sensation is currently 14th in the overall standings.  

Valkenswaard is renowned for its popularity and hugely animated crowds, which are bolstered by the influx of passionate Belgian motocross fans who cross the border. This weekend will be extra special for the Belgium-based Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team as they lead the MX2 World Championship for the first time with Belgian prodigy Geerts.  

The champagne sprayed after winning his first Grand Prix and the MX2 season opener has barely had time to dry as Geerts shifts his focus to retaining the championship lead. The 19-year-old has been distinguished throughout his budding career by his incredible ability and technique in the sand. This weekend he will race in Valkenswaard, 30km from his home residence, with every intention of putting his YZ250FM back on the box and keeping hold of the red-plate.

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2’s Ben Watson is also a rider that typically excels in the sand, and after an unlucky start to his 2020 campaign, the 22-year-old Brit is fired up and determined to show what he is capable of.   

Geerts leads the FIM MX2 World Championship by 3-points, while Watson is 29-points adrift in 15th position.  

Joining the MXGP and MX2 Championships this weekend, the Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 will contest the opening round of the EMX250 Championship with title threats Thibault Benistant and Gianluca Fachetti. 

The second round of the FIM WMX World Championship will also take place with Yamaha Germany’s Larissa Papenmeier targeting her first win of the season after finishing second overall at round one.  

Additionally, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team owner Hans Corvers will join former Yamaha ace, Paul Malin, on the live MXGP Studio Show at 11:00 (CET) on Saturday 7th March. The show will be free to view on

Jeremy Seewer

4th MXGP Championship Standings

Actually, I used to hate Valkenswaard in the past. But in recent years I have liked to go there. It’s a lovely place if the weather is alright. It’s a nice track, it has a good rhythm, nice bumps a little bit sketchy, just the way I like it. After the last moto last weekend, I am really looking forward to bouncing back and getting back up there.

Gautier Paulin

6th MXGP Championship Standings

Valkenswaard is a track I really like. It has a lot of history. It is black sand so it’s very nice to ride and it is one of the only tracks that have a sandy uphill and downhill, so that’s pretty cool. Of course, I have had some good experiences there. Many podiums, two MXGP wins, one perfect weekend winning everything, qualifying and both motos. The goal is the same as always, to enjoy being at 100% of skills.

Arnaud Tonus

14th MXGP Championship Standings

Valkenswaard is quite a good sand track for me. I have a good feeling on that track, I think I had a pole position there a few years ago. I feel good there, it will just depend on how my thumb feels because I am still recovering from this. I will just give it all I have. It’s hard to have to deal with this right at the beginning of the season, but it is a part of the sport, so I will hit it head-on and do my best

Jago Geerts

MX2 World Championship Leader

I really like the track in Valkenswaard. It’s almost a home GP for me because it is only 30 minutes from my home. The track is sandy and the layout is very nice with some good jumps and nice corners. In the last 2 years, I have had some very good results in Valkenswaard, especially last year when I had my first podium of the season there. My goal this weekend is to finish on the podium. There will hopefully be a lot of fans and family to support me so I’m really looking forward to the weekend.

Ben Watson

15th MX2 World Championship Standings

Valkenswaard is a great track, I prefer the sand over hardpack and I have had some good memories there in the past. I like how it still has jumps and technical sections even though it is a sand track. We don’t know how the conditions will be this year but I am sure it will be great. My goal is to have a consistent weekend, I want to leave with solid points. I don’t want to stress if things don’t work out or I am not on my level 100% yet. I need to continue building and gradually work to fighting for the top. Stay healthy and have fun!