Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office
World MXGP’s Kevin Strijbos negotiated a blustery and wet Grand Prix of
Europe in the dark sand of Valkenswaard to grab seventh position overall
and his best ranking of the fledging 2016 FIM MXGP Motocross World
Round three of 18 in the series landed in Europe
for the first time, and over Easter weekend, before again heading
overseas and to Argentina and Mexico in April.
welcomed a 23,000 crowd but the public and paddock had to cope with
harsh winter weather with strong winds and heavy showers that soaked the
terrain prior to the GP motos.
The Belgian had been close to
his first Pole Position of the season on Sunday and led the majority of
the Qualification Heat until a small crash and the effects of arm-pump
dropped him back to seventh. Undeterred by the near-miss, he displayed
the same determination during the first moto today. Although he lost a
lot of time and many positions on the first lap due to a small problem
with his goggles, Strijbos started an impressive trawl back through the
field and hit almost every mark on a swampy and slow layout that
rewarded technical precision. Setting decent lap-times and being concise
with his passes, he won two places on the last two circulations to
In the second moto #‘22’ was hampered by a poor
start and couldn't quite get the same rhythm on a terrain that was drier
and faster. He trailed Evgeny Bobryshev for most of the 30-minute and
two-lap distance and was suitably aggressive in the closing stages to
overtake the Russian as well as Glenn Coldenhoff to earn fifth place.
Both moto scores and the final ranking represented his best of 2016 so
Valkenswaard was a difficult weekend for Ben Townley. The
former World Champion came to Holland and made the short trip across the
border from the team’s workshop in Lommel suffering the after-effects
of a virus that left him drained and lethargic. The New Zealander could
barely throw a leg over his bike on Sunday and persevered to a
creditable 14th in the first moto. After consulting the team during the
short break, ‘BT’ attempted the second race but pulled off the track at
mid-distance without the strength to continue.
“We have been
testing a lot these last weeks and we made some improvements on the bike
and we could see the progress already yesterday,” said General Manager
Stefan Everts. “Kevin complained about arm-pump yesterday but made a
fantastic first moto today. He had a bit of bad luck with his tear-offs
but what he showed afterwards was really good. He again proved that he
is a very talented kid and can really ride a bike when he wants to. He
struggled more in the second moto and unfortunately we just missed the
podium. I was quite confident after yesterday so it is a disappointment
for me that we missed out. For Ben I am happy that he got out of here in
one piece. He was so sick all week and I didn't think he could race.
What he did in that first moto with 14th place, I’m really happy, and
also pleased that he was smart and pulled-out of that second moto if he
didn't have the feeling. His health is more important and it was just
bad luck to be so sick. Everyone worked so hard so I want to thank them
Strijbos and Townley now hold eighth and 12th
respectively in the MXGP points table with the first three appointments
of the 2016 season scratched-off the slate.
Team Suzuki World
MXGP has a rapid turnaround now for race machinery and to again prepare
freight for the Grands Prix of Argentina and Mexico and another two-race
stint abroad. The popular Neuquen facility near Bariloche will host the
second Argentine round this century on April 10th.
was happy with my riding. In the first moto I had a decent start but I
had a problem with my tear-off because it cracked and I had to ride
almost half a lap slowly before I could clear it and see properly. I was
way-back and came from outside of the top-20 to sixth, which I was
quite happy about. The track was really difficult with all the rain and
that was good for me because I like those slow, technical kind of
tracks. I didn't have any arm-pump because you had to be precise on the
bike and couldn't gas it. I was feeling good for the second moto but my
start was bad – I was happier with the first race performance! In the
second I was stuck behind Bobby [Evgeny Bobryshev] and couldn't catch
him on the straight. Overall it was a decent weekend and a lot better
than Qatar and Thailand. We will try to work some more for Argentina. We
have changed a lot but there is still room for improvement. Everybody
has worked hard and I want to thank the team for listening to us, and
for all their effort. I think we can be positive – perhaps we should
have had the podium – but I feel quite happy.”
to give my best today was the plan. The illness side had gone but
energy side from being in bed for four days was on the empty mark. The
little I had in the tank I used up today. It was a shame but I have
never experienced anything like it. I couldn't feel my muscles and was
just absolutely ruined; I feel like I have run two marathons today!
Overall it was bad timing; this thing struck me on Tuesday and I was
still in bed on Saturday morning. I know I will get over this in the
next few days and will have to think about Argentina.”
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:41.033; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER,
Husqvarna), +0:05.431; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:33.443; 4.
Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:46.976; 5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL,
Yamaha), +0:51.297; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), +0:52.205;
7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:52.378; 8. Tommy Searle (GBR,
Kawasaki), +1:00.386; 9. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:10.664; 10.
Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:14.769; 11. Tanel Leok (EST, KTM),
+1:18.409; 12. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +1:20.067; 13. Glenn
Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +1:26.354; 14. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki World MXGP), +2:26.311.
MXGP Moto2: 1.
Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 34:55.696; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM),
+0:05.156; 3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:12.437; 4.
Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:14.500; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), +0:17.253;
6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:25.165; 7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED,
KTM), +0:27.558; 8. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:39.187; 9. Shaun Simpson
(GBR, KTM), +0:53.250; 10. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Husqvarna),
+1:10.348. 31. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki World MXGP), -11 lap(s).
MXGP Overall result:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 45 points; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS),
40 p.; 3. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 38 p.; 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM),
36 p.; 5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 36 p.; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev
(RUS, HON), 33 p.; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), 31 p.;
8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 23 p.; 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 22
p.; 10. Tanel Leok (EST, KTM), 19 p.; 11. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 16
p.; 12. Harri Kullas (EST, KTM), 14 p.; 13. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM),
14 p.; 14. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 14 p.; 15. Christophe Charlier
(FRA, HUS), 11 p.; 16. Gert Krestinov (EST, HON), 8 p.; 17. David
Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 7 p.; 18. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki World MXGP), 7 p.
MXGP World Championship Standings
(after 3 of 18 rounds): 1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 137 points; 2. Tim
Gajser (SLO, HON), 124 p.; 3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 107 p.; 4.
Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 104 p.; 5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM),
100 p.; 6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 84 p.; 7. Shaun Simpson (GBR,
KTM), 80 p.; 8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), 79 p.; 9. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 63 p.; 10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 55 p.; 11. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 51 p.; 12. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki World MXGP), 49.
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