As one of only three Qualifying Race winners this season, Febvre's return to racing is greatly anticipated. The 26-year-old former World Champion is not yet 100% but he is itching to make his return where he can focus on rebuilding his 'race fitness' as he looks to get back to his winning ways.
Currently third in the MXGP Championship Standings, Paulin is determined to challenge for a Grand Prix victory before the season is done. The 29-year-old Frenchman has won the Portuguese Grand Prix in the MXGP class before, back in 2013, and is enjoying racing his YZ450F.
Having stood on the podium at three from five GP's this season, Paulin aims to keep momentum. As a two-time vice MX2 World Champion, Seewer carries fond memories to many of the circuits on the MXGP calendar. Agueda is one of those special venues as it was at this track that he won the MX2 Grand Prix back in 2017.
Now into his second full season inside the premier class, the small statured Swiss rider is sixth in the MXGP Championship Classification and desperate to break into the top-five. He is determined to do so and hopes he can make it happen on the Portuguese clay this weekend as it is usually a track that suits his riding style.
Frustrated with his result in Mantova, Tonus is intent on showing his true potential in Portugal. The extremely flamboyant Swiss rider is happy with the set-up of his YZ450F. He feels comfortable on the bike and enjoys racing on hard-packed clay tracks, which is exactly what Agueda is.
He is momentarily 12th in the Championship Standings, 12-points shy of the top-10. In MX2, the thrill continues for the Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha MX2 team as Jago Geerts nears a place inside the top-three. Geerts is currently fourth in the MX2 Championship Standings, 7-points short of the rider in third, and 5-points clear of his teammate Ben Watson who is currently fifth.
Yamaha is the only manufacturer with two riders inside the top five, and in the premier class Yamaha is the only manufacturer with two riders inside the top-six. Adding to our success in the top-tier classes, Yamaha is by far the leading manufacturer in the Women's Motocross World Championship, with three YZ250F riders making up the top three.
The second WMX round will coincide with the MXGP of Portugal this weekend where Amandine Verstappen looks to retain the championship lead. She is 1-point clear of Nancy van de Ven, and 4-points clear of Larissa Papenmeier in third.