Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing Team‘s Romain Febvre and Jeremy Van Horebeek, and Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP‘s Jeremy Seewer and Shaun Simpson, are ready to tackle new horizons with the third round of the 2018 MXGP series taking place this weekend, March 24th & 25th, at the Red Sand MX & Enduro Park in Spain – a venue that has never hosted a Motocross Grand Prix before.
After a bitterly cold Dutch Grand Prix, in the dark sand of Valkenswaard, Yamaha Racing’s MXGP riders are looking forward to racing in the mild-mannered climes of Spain. The event will take place at the Red Sand MX & Enduro Park, a facility that is situated in the region of Valencia and is well recognized by many of the riders that are contesting the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship, including Jeremy Van Horebeek, Shaun Simpson and Jeremy Seewer.
Unlike the countless riders that have spent time during the winter period at the Red Sand MX Park preparing for the new season, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Romain Febvre has never been to the Red Sand MX Park before.
All four MXGP riders are currently inside the Top-10 in the MXGP Championship Standings with Febvre being the best placed rider, in fourth, only 2-points shy of Clement Desalle in third. Van Horebeek will be back on the line after an enormous crash at the MXGP of Europe last weekend, which saw him fall from fourth place in the overall standings, down to seventh place, while Simpson and Seewer have also had races where 0-points were scored and as a result, they make up the Top-10, in ninth and tenth, respectively.
The MX2 class is playing to a similar tune with all three of the Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 riders making up the Top-10 in the FIM MX2 World Championship chase. Ben Watson spearheads the team in fifth place, only 2-points off of this weekend’s local hero, Jorge Prado.
Jago Geerts has been impressive in the opening two rounds of the MX2 Championship with the 17-year-old rookie chalking up enough points to occupy the seventh position in the championship chase, 4-points clear of his teammate Vsevolod Brylyakov, in tenth.
The ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Official EMX250 Team of Tristan Charboneau, Nicholas Lapucci and Roan van de Moosdijk will also line up their GYTR kitted YZ250F’s for the first round of the EMX250 Championship.
4th Place MXGP Championship Standings, 65-points
I feel good. I have never rode at the Red Sand track before, so it will be my first time there. I am excited to have some good weather because last weekend was so difficult and really cold. Everything is going well for me; I just want to improve on the bike because I feel like I am capable of riding a lot better. Hopefully this weekend, with a good track and better weather I can ride how I want.
Jeremy Van Horebeek
7th Place MXGP Championship Standings, 54-points
I am so stiff after my crash in Valkenswaard and in some pain, but nothing is broken, so I should be good to ride. I am looking forward to Red Sand, I trained there in the winter, so I know it’s a nice track and if they water it properly and look after it throughout the weekend it is sure to be a nice GP.
5th Place MX2 Championship Standings, 61-points
I have ridden this track before. It’s always going to be different for the GP, so it doesn’t matter if you have been riding it or not. Other than that, I think it’s really nice, there are some nice jumps and stuff, so I look forward to going there and seeing what we can do.
7th Place MX2 Championship Standings, 61-points
I have never been to Red Sand before, but I think it looks like a nice track, so I look forward to racing. Let’s see how it goes.
9th Place MX2 Championship Standings, 42-points
I am looking forward to having a nice track to race, finally! Argentina is so fast and everyone is quick, and Valkenswaard is really really rough and heavy, so I am looking forward to the good tracks like Spain, and Trentino, Russia and those hard-pack tracks where I can really show what I am capable of doing.