The Belgian Grand Prix feels like a home race for all of Yamaha's Factory and Official MXGP and MX2 riders with all six residing less the 25km from the Lommel circuit.
After making a welcomed return to the top step of the podium in the Czech Republic three-days ago, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Romain Febvre is feeling confident. Although the treacherous sand circuit is in complete contrast to the rock-hard clay of Loket, Czech Republic, Febvre enjoys riding the sand and is determined to maintain his winning form. He is currently tenth in the championship points chase, 3-points from moving up into ninth, and 12-points from taking over eighth.
Going from strength to strength since reaching the halfway point of this season, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Jeremy Seewer has strung together three consecutive podium finishes and hopes to extend his impressive streak to four this weekend. The '91' is currently 2ndin the MXGP Championship Standings. He has a 26-point advantage over Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha MXGP's Gautier Paulin.
Paulin knows that Lommel is one of the most mentally and physically demanding tracks in the world, and it is this reason that he enjoys racing at the iconic venue. The '21' reclaimed his place inside the championship top-three last weekend and goes into the Grand Prix this weekend with a 6-point advantage over his teammate, Arnaud Tonus.
Tonus is hoping the hours he put in during the winter will pay dividends. After suffering from a bacterial infection upon his return from Indonesia, the Swiss rider has almost fully recovered and hopes to be back at his peak this weekend.
It is expected to be an exciting weekend in MX2 for the Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2 team as they enter their home Grand Prix. The team based in Genk, Belgium, has its fingers crossed for a maiden Grand Prix victory for their teenage sensation Jago Geerts, who reclaimed third position in the MX2 Championship Standings three days ago.
As for Ben Watson, he is back on the bike but his return to racing is yet to be decided. A decision will be made later this week and will be announced on the Official Yamaha Racing social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.