This weekend Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Romain Febvre and Jeremy Van Horebeek will take on the hostile sand of Lommel – for the MXGP of Belgium – in what will be fourteenth round of nineteen in the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship. Lommel is widely recognized as one of the most physically, mentally and technically demanding tracks in the world and it is bound to be a testing round of racing, especially for Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP’s Arnaud Tonus who will be putting the all-new 2018 YZ450F through its paces in the treacherous sand.
After recovering from a broken finger and despite facing a severe amount of pain during the last two rounds of the MXGP series, where using his front-brake was difficult, Belgium’s own Jeremy van Horebeek is hoping to place his works YZ450FM inside the top three for his home fans this weekend. Teammate to the local hero, Romain Febvre has been creeping up the championship classification and is also on a mission to uncork a bottle of champagne, while Arnaud Tonus will be lining up with the goal of further testing and developing the 2018 YZ450F.
The world renowned circuit of Lommel, situated in the Limburg province of Belgium not far from the Dutch border of Luyksgestel and Valkenswaard, hosted its first round of the FIM Motocross World Championship back in 1990 where Finland’s Pekka Vehkonen won onboard a Yamaha YZ250.
This weekend will be the twelfth time that the venue will host a round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, where the weather forecast looks fair, 26 degrees Celsius with cloud-cover.
Jeremy Van Horebeek
8th MXGP Championship Standings, 294 points
“It has always been a dream for me to win my home grand prix. Even though I am from Belgium, sand tracks are not my favourite, but at Valkenswaard earlier this year I felt really good in the sand and I rode really well. I came close to winning the first race and because it is so close to Belgium I had a lot of fans there cheering for me and it was really nice. Lommel is always a crazy race because the track is really gnarly, but I hope to do well there this weekend, for all of the fans.”
6th MXGP Championship Standings, 338 points
“Yeah I like Lommel. For sure it will be one of the toughest rides of the year, like every year it’s really bumpy, so it will be a tough weekend but I look forward to it. We have been testing the bike even more, and we have made some changes to mainly help the start, and it seems like we have found a setting that works both for the start and on the track, at least in training. I am looking forward to test this in racing and see if it works better than the last setting we tried. It looks like they have changed the track in Lommel and we are supposed to riding the track backwards compared to last year so I am really looking forward to it.”