Although the circuit in Lacapelle Marival has never staged a Grand Prix before this weekend, the track itself is familiar to most riders as it plays host to one of the most popular pre-season international races. The track itself is hard-packed, tight and compact with plenty of elevation. This should make for a relatively technical circuit where, as always, a good start will be key.
Fresh off a positive and refreshing top-five finish in Germany, Seewer is determined to keep the ball rolling. As the Swiss sensation returns to full health, he expects to move closer to the leaders and aims for a strong end to his 2021 campaign. He is currently sixth in the championship standings.
It’s a similar story for Coldenhoff, who finished on equal points as his teammate last time out. This week the Dutchman will ride twice in France in preparation for the Grand Prix, where he is focused on getting a good start and putting in consistently fast laps.
As for The Rookie, Watson, the French Grand Prix offers an opportunity to gain more experience and for the 24-year-old to move up into ninth position in the championship standings. He is currently 10th, a mere 3-points shy of MXGP veteran Alessandro Lupino.
Over in MX2, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team enters the 12th round of the championship on a high after a fantastic round in Germany that saw Renaux claim his third GP win of the season. With three wins and nine podium finishes to his credit, the Frenchman successfully extended his lead to 85-points over teammate Jago Geerts.
Although the circuit in Lacapelle is unfamiliar territory for the championship leader, Renaux, the ‘959’ is ready for any and all challenges as he chases a second motocross world title – his first was in 2015 when he won the Junior Motocross World Championship in the 125cc class aboard a YZ125.
After moving up into second position in the MX2 Championship Standings, Geerts hopes to continue his front running form as he sets his sights on a fifth piece of podium silverware. Meanwhile, Benistant looks forward to racing on home soil and is confident of more improvements to come as he focuses on his starts and increasing his race intensity. The 198 is currently sixth in the championship standings.
Also joining the premier classes in Lacapelle Marival, the fourth and sixth rounds of the EMX125 and EMX250 Championships are set to take place on Saturday 9th October.
Confidence is high under the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 awning after Ivano van Erp claimed an emphatic win at the German EMX125 round last weekend. The victory was van Erp’s first-ever European Championship round win. He is now ninth in the championship chase, while the team’s youngest rider, Ferruccio Zanchi, remains a solid top-five contender. He is sixth. After sustaining a pre-season injury and missing one round, Karlis Reisulis is 24th.
Leading the way for the Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 team and fresh off a maiden EMX250 podium appearance in Germany, Andrea Bonacorsi is on the hunt for more as he looks to improve on his fifth position in the EMX250 championship. The 18-year-old rookie will be joined on the gate by fellow GYTR kitted YZ250FM riders, Dave Kooiker and Jeremy Sydow. Kooiker is currently ninth in the series, while Sydow is down in 27th, having just returned from a season-long injury last weekend.