MXGP of Europe | Round 6
Gajser and Bobryshev are ready for the MXGP of Europe
The sixth round of MXGP returns to the popular Belgian sand track in Valkenswaard this weekend for the MXGP of Europe, just one week after Trentino.The track is well known for its tough conditions. The deep black sand is difficult to master as it's condition becomes more challenging throughout the day.
Last year, red plater holder Gajser achieved third place here after winning the first race but made some costly mistakes in the second race as the track grew more demanding. Gajser is still leading the world championship with an 18-point lead following his second-place finish in Trentino. The Slovenian's smooth riding style on the CRF450RW will hopefully secure him his fifth podium of the season.
Currently standing at fourth place in the world, Bobryshev will want to better his sixth place finish he achieved in Valkenswaard last year. The Russian, who enjoys riding in the tough conditions and is coming off the back of narrowly missed podium in Trentino, will play to his strengths and focus on getting the start he needs to keep his podium goal in sight.
MXGP qualifying starts at 17:10 local time on Saturday 22nd April.
Tim Gajser 243
I am looking forward to Valkenswaard. I think I am in good shape and I feel good on the bike, I am riding in some sand this week to train for it as we all know the track gets rough. Sand isn’t my favourite terrain to ride in but we have to be prepared for any kind of track. I hope to have a consistent weekend I will do my best. I will be ready for it.
Evgeny Bobryshev 777
Valkenswaard is a really nice track, it’s sand so you can use all the power on the bike. I would say that this is one of my favourite tracks overall on the MXGP calendar. It is fairly local to where I live and I hope we have good weather there. I am going to do some riding in the sand this week in preparation for it so by the weekend I will be ready for a good result. Two Hondas up front this weekend will be really good.
HRC General Manager – MXGP
Valkensward has been a track that has been good to us in the past and each year we look forward to coming back to race here. It is a very difficult track to ride in and it use to be really deep sand but over the years the track has changed. Nowadays it is quite hard at the base which can catch riders out very easily. We are looking forward to both riders continuing their good run of form in Europe.
New face For HRC MX2 Heading Into Valkenswaard
Joining Michele Cervellin in HRC MX2, riding the CRF250RW, is 22-year-old Dutchman Lars Van Berkel who will be filling in for the injured Chihiro Notsuka.
Coming just one week after the MXGP of Trentino as the European season starts to come thick and fast, the MXGP of Europe represents the first real sand race of the year. Located just over the Dutch / Belgian border, Valkenswaard is old-school motocross and equally popular with the fans as it is challenging for the riders.
Fresh from his MX2 debut with Honda Europe team Vamo Racing in Argentina and Trentino, Van Berkel is graduating to HRC for the next two rounds of the MX2 Category in Valkenswaard and Latvia. As a good sand rider, these two races should suit him well, and he is no stranger to Honda having won the Dutch championship on the Honda CRF150R in 2009. Vamo Racing have released Van Berkel to HRC to give the Dutchman the opportunity to showcase his talent as the Honda Racing Family continues to search for and promote new talent. This will be his last year in MX2 before moving up to the MXGP class next season.
Following a Grand Prix career-best qualifying in Trentino despite nursing a hand injury, Michele Cervellin will be looking to continue the form he showed in Italy and climb back up the championship table this weekend in Valkenswaard. He is familiar with the popular Belgian sand track having raced there in the European rounds last year.
Michele Cervellin 747
I rode at Valkenswaard for the first-time last year when I was racing in the Europeans and I got seventh overall so I know I can do ok here. My focus is getting a top 10 finish and I don't mind the tough sandy conditions here. My goal is to get a good start and ride smoothly and consistently as the track is very rough and will get worse throughout the day.
Lars Van Berkel 107
It is a dream come true to ride for the Honda Racing Corporation Factory team for the next two rounds. I am going to make the best of it and try to show that I deserve the ride. I was riding for Vamo Honda this year and I am grateful that they have allowed me to take this opportunity. I have ridden Hondas for many years so I know the bike well and it is a bike that I feel good on. Valkensward is a track I know fairly well as it is a home race so I am going to go there with my 'A' game. The most important thing for me is that I ride like I know I can.
HRC General Manager – MXGP
We are pleased to have Lars on-board with HRC for the next two rounds. He has been a loyal Honda rider for many years and as a Dutchman, he is looking forward to riding in the sand in Latvia and Valkenswaard.
Michele proved in Arco that he has grown as a rider and is starting to show what he is capable of. Although he will still be riding with a small hand injury this weekend his consistent riding and strength should pay off this weekend in the difficult Dutch sand track.