Buoyed by their success in Loket, Each Monster Power Yamaha Manufacturing facility groups are wanting ahead to their ‘house’ Grand Prix with the sixth spherical of the FIM Motocross World Championship happening in Lommel, Belgium, on August 1.
Their success of the ultimate race on the earlier Grand Prix the place all three Monster Power Yamaha Manufacturing facility MX2 riders completed contained in the top-three, and Monster Power Yamaha Manufacturing facility MXGP’s Jeremy Seewer returned to the rostrum, have the groups itching to go at Lommel.
Located simply 13 kilometres from the Monster Power Yamaha Manufacturing facility MXGP groups’ workshop in Bergeijk, The Netherlands, and 33 kilometres from the MX2 workforce headquarters in Genk, Belgium, the infamous Lommel circuit hardly wants introducing. It is likely one of the most bodily and mentally demanding circuits globally and is a venue that every one 4 riders have achieved loads of laps at.
Through the season, all six riders reside in Belgium or the Netherlands, not more than an hour’s drive from the Lommel circuit. After making a welcomed return to the rostrum within the Czech Republic three days in the past, Seewer is feeling assured. Though the treacherous sand circuit is in full distinction to the rock-hard clay of Loket, Czech Republic, Seewer lives in Lommel and could be very aware of the circuit. The super-Swiss entered the top-five within the championship factors final Sunday. He’s at the moment 43-points from the championship lead.
Jeremy Seewer: “I’m wanting ahead to being within the sand. Lommel is near the place I dwell right here in Belgium, so I’ve spent plenty of hours there. It’s not too tough to go there as a result of we truly spend plenty of time coaching within the sand, particularly within the winter, we’re all the time within the sand. Lommel is all the time actually robust, and the climate performs an enormous half. For instance, it’s much more bodily if it’s actually scorching, in comparison with if it was solely 20 levels or colder. I really feel sturdy for the time being; I will deal with it. I’m greater than able to bounce in Lommel.”
11-points additional adrift, in seventh place, Monster Power Yamaha Manufacturing facility MXGP’s Flying Dutchman Glenn Coldenhoff can also be a eager sand rider. The #259 has already confirmed his potential to problem race wins on two events this season. As soon as was a close to race-win on the Italian Grand Prix in Maggiora, and the opposite was two weeks in the past at his house Grand Prix in Oss. As one of many strongest sand riders on the gate, ‘The Hoff’ is set to hold the identical velocity he had within the opening race in Oss, into Lommel the place he hopes to have a good time on the rostrum.
Glenn Coldenhoff: “I used to be actually dissatisfied after the final Sand GP in Oss, so I’m hungry for a very good lead to Lommel. As for the sand, I don’t discover it tough as I dwell within the Netherlands, we frequently practice within the sand, so we already spent fairly some hours within the sand. I took it simpler final week after Oss, so I’ll do some intense bike coaching and observe my traditional coaching routine this week. In fact, in the direction of the tip of the week I’ll take my relaxation to be totally prepared for a tricky day within the sand, however apart from that, the whole lot goes forward as per traditional and we will likely be prepared.”
Lommel has been the location of Ben Watson’s most memorable performances. It was on the venue that the 24-year-old Brit celebrated his first-ever Grand Prix win – it was in MX2 in 2020. The #919 profession is a narrative of steady evolution. He regularly improved all through his MX2 profession to finish the 2020 season as a constant podium menace and a Grand Prix winner and is trying to do extra of the identical contained in the premiere class.
Watson achieved a career-best top-five end within the sand of the Netherlands 10-days in the past and has since moved up into tenth place within the MXGP championship standings. Because the best-placed rookie in 2021, the tall and humble YZ450FM rider is taking every race because it comes with the only real purpose of development and progress.
Ben Watson: “I’ve received some unbelievable reminiscences that I’ll always remember from Lommel. I’m excited to return there and do some racing within the sand. It’s all the time an extremely robust GP so it is going to be fascinating as traditional. Going from onerous pack to sand isn’t as dangerous as you would possibly suppose, we’re all the time driving totally different surfaces, for me it’s harder to go from sand to hardpack. Final season I didn’t trip throughout the week earlier than the race, but it surely was a tripleheader. This yr we solely have one race there, so I’ll trip a bit bit right now and simply be sure that I’m totally recovered for race day on Sunday.”
An thrilling Grand Prix beckons for the Belgium-based Monster Power Yamaha Manufacturing facility MX2 workforce. Carrying the purple plate because the championship leaders, and with three strong sand riders, there’s a risk that the workforce might lock out the rostrum. Whereas that will be a dream situation for Yamaha Motor Europe and the workforce, the spark was ignited when all three riders completed contained in the top-three within the last race within the Czech Republic three days in the past.
Belgium is famend for its passionate motocross followers, and this weekend 5,000 fortunate onlookers will likely be permitted to enter the venue. After racing the Belgian Grand Prix behind closed doorways final yr, as a result of coronavirus pandemic, this weekend will likely be further particular for the Belgium-based Monster Power Yamaha Manufacturing facility MX2 workforce as they proceed to guide the MX2 World Championship with Maxime Renaux.
For Renaux, the champagne sprayed after celebrating his third podium end has barely had time to dry as he shifts his focus to retaining the championship lead. The 20-year-old has been distinguished all through his budding profession by his unbelievable capacity and approach within the sand. This weekend he’ll race with each intention of placing his YZ250FM again on the field and preserving maintain of the purple plate.
Maxime Renaux: “I actually just like the observe in Lommel, so I’m able to go there. To race the world championship, it’s a must to be able to go from rock onerous tracks to deep sand in a single week. I’m fairly used to this and it’s not an issue for me. All we are going to do is contact the suspension to make the settings for sand and that’s it. As everybody is aware of, Lommel is the toughest GP of the yr. I actually stay up for it. I’m prepared bodily, and I believe that is considered one of my strongest factors so we are going to attempt to get the perfect I can at this race.”
Renaux’s purpose won’t go unchallenged, as his teammate Jago Geerts desires nothing greater than to win his house Grand Prix. The 21-year-old Belgian grew up lower than 13 kilometres from the observe and nonetheless at the moment lives close by in Balen. He’s now fifth within the championship, 33-points down on Renaux however solely three factors from Mathijs Boisrame in fourth.
Jago Geerts: “Lommel is a particular place for me. It’s near my house so there will likely be plenty of followers and mates. This week I’ll practice on sand tracks, so I’ve the sensation on sand once more earlier than the weekend. I don’t suppose I’ll make any adjustments to the bike. The suspension setup is a bit totally different in sand than on hardpack however these are simply minor adjustments, so we’re prepared.”
Solely days after uncorking a bottle of champagne on the MX2 podium for the primary time in his profession, Monster Power Yamaha Manufacturing facility MX2’s Thibault Benistant hopes to have a good time his nineteenth birthday this weekend with one other milestone achievement. He’s at the moment seventh within the championship chase, solely six factors shy of Geerts in fifth.
Thibault Benistant: “I’m wanting ahead to being again within the sand this weekend, I actually like racing in Lommel. I believe we’re used to driving within the sand, as we practice in it on a regular basis. I might want to make some small adjustments to the suspension, apart from that, as a result of Lommel is likely one of the heaviest GP we are going to practice a bit bit lower than what we do for the opposite races.”
This weekend, Lommel can even stage the second rounds of the FIM Ladies’s Motocross World Championship and the EMX250 Championship. Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250’s Andrea Bonacorsi hopes to construct on his third place within the European Championship as teammates Dave Kooiker and Bailey Malkiewicz look to complete contained in the top-10.
Recent off the rostrum, Yamaha Germany’s Larissa Papenmeier and fellow YZ250F mounted starlet Nancy van de Ven are hoping to enhance on their third and fourth positions within the WMX Championship Standings.