High-spirited performances from Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Jeremy Van Horebeek and Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP’s duo of Jeremy Seewer and Shaun Simpson placed all three riders inside the top-nine at the seventeenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, in Afyon, Turkey.
Jeremy Van Horebeek looked back to his usual self this weekend as he drove home a third-place finish in the Qualifying Race yesterday. In the opening race today, the Belgian got off to a reasonable start and was sixth at the end of Lap-1. At the end of Lap-4, he used the supreme power of his YZ450FM to rip around the outside of Glenn Coldenhoff and move inside the top-five.
After starting in eighth place, the fans that witnessed the MXGP of Turkey were treated to quite a spectacle as Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP’s Jeremy Seewer hounded Gautier Paulin for seventh place. With ten-minutes left on the clock the Swiss sensation flustered the Frenchman and powered his YZ450F around an outside berm to steal the position. Meanwhile, a fired up Shaun Simpson took no prisoners on his surge from twelfth and into the top-ten where he engaged in a gripping battle with his archrival, Tommy Searle. On Lap-5 the Scot managed to snatch ninth from Searle and wasted no time in airing out a 3-second gap as he closed in on Paulin, who was in eighth.
Despite having quicker lap-times than the riders that were one position in front of them, Van Horebeek was forced to settle for fifth, Seewer, seventh, and Simpson, ninth.
In the final race of the weekend, all three Official Yamaha riders were inside the top-ten off the start with Seewer being the best placed in fifth ahead of yet another YZ450F rider, Ivo Monticelli, who was followed by Van Horebeek and Simpson.
As Van Horebeek and Simpson shuffled Monticelli back to eighth, Seewer tightened his grip on fifth place as he went after Paulin for fourth. Unfortunately an opportunity to pass never arose, and he had to be content with fifth-place, which was enough for sixth overall.
Extreme heat was a factor in both races with temperatures rising above 34-degrees Celsius. As a rider that is not a fan of riding in the heat, it was Van Horebeek’s undeniable determination that saw him put enough solid laps on the board to finish sixth-place in the final race and tie on 31-points with Paulin for fourth overall, although the result for the Grand Prix demoted him to fifth, as the the better position is awarded to the rider with the best finish in the final race.
Simpson put in an encouraging ride for eighth-place in Race 2 after Coldenhoff pushed past with two-laps to go. The ’24’ happily banked 25-points for ninth overall.
The next stop will be the penultimate round of the FIM MXGP World Championship and it will take place at the Dutch TT Circuit, Assen, The Netherlands, on the weekend of September 16th.
Jeremy Van Horebeek
5th MXGP Overall, 9th MXGP Championship Standings
“I have to be happy with this weekend. I was inside the top five all weekend long, I am happy with how I rode. It has been tough to get through everything that has happened this year, but I believe that I still have it. I know that if I am 100% fit and healthy I will fight for the podium. I feel like I struggled with my starts this weekend, but was lucky to be on the inside, which allowed me to make some good moves in the first two turns, and I finished fifth or fourth overall. I am happy with that. I enjoyed this weekend, I am enjoying every minute I get to ride at the moment as there is no telling if these next three race will be the last of my career or not.”
6th MXGP Overall, 8th MXGP Championship Standings
“I was fifth in the second moto, and that is the goal at the moment, so I have to be happy with that. If I passed Paulin in the last race I would have been fourth or fifth overall, but this is what racing is like in the 450cc class. Overall, I feel I adapted really well because this track is nothing like we get at most of the other Grand Prixes. I had good starts today and I just want to finish inside the top-five overall, but I have two more chances and I look forward to getting back in the sand for the next Grand Prix in Assen as I feel my best results have been in the sand.”
9th MXGP Overall, 16th MXGP Championship Standings
“This weekend has been my best weekend of the year. So in that respect, I am pretty pleased. 25-points home, and I feel like I was riding solid. I feel like I need to work on the last four or five laps and carry the intensity from the beginning of the race right through to the end. Coming here, I didn’t enjoy yesterday but went back and made a few changes to the bike, so I would like to that my team for that, and then responded to that with two top-ten results in the races today.”