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Seewer shines at St. Jean d’Angely

The Wilvo Yamaha MXGP crew arrived at the fabulous circuit of St. Jean d’Angely, France, for the tenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship this past weekend. Following encouraging moments at the previous fixture in Great Britain, both Jeremy Seewer and Shaun Simpson were eager to head out onto the circuit.

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A slick surface made conditions quite tricky and the start extremely important during qualification on Saturday. Jeremy Seewer was one of the few riders to make significant progress, however, as he ended the first lap in twelfth and had moved into seventh after just six laps. An entertaining tussle with another Yamaha-mounted rider ensured that the 37,500 fans had plenty to cheer about. Shaun Simpson also had a positive time of it in qualifying and secured the eleventh gate pick for race day.

The first premier-class moto on Sunday was another positive outing for Jeremy Seewer. A thunderstorm made conditions tricky, but he used all of the power within his YZ450F to power through the slop and slot into the top five early on. Seewer held his own against some for the former Grand Prix winners in the class, which confirmed that he has the raw speed to contend for podiums, and eventually crossed the chequered flag in sixth. The second moto was fairly similar; he had a great start and then battled some established stars, before eventually securing eighth place. The consistent scorecard left him in eighth overall on the day and helped him secure the same position in the championship classification.

Shaun Simpson carried some of his momentum from the Grand Prix of Great Britain into the French race, as he hovered around the top ten and had some positive moments. An eleventh in moto one, which was exactly where he finished in the final moto last week, was followed by a steady thirteenth in the second encounter, so he is still pushing forward in his return from injury. The eighteen points that were secured left him in tenth overall on the day and helped him edge closer to the top fifteen in the series standings. Simpson will hope to put that momentum to good use in Italy next weekend.

The Wilvo Yamaha MXGP squad will now turn their attention to round eleven of the FIM Motocross World Championship, the Grand Prix of Lombardia, at the relatively-new circuit of Ottobiano. The event will take place in sandy conditions next weekend.
Jeremy Seewer: "I had a lot of things to change yesterday in the practice sessions, just because it is a new track once again for me and it required a new set-up. We had it sorted before the qualifying race, so that was good. Today I had two really good starts and I managed to ride solid and stay close to the top guys. I would say it was the first day for me, this year, riding so far up front and I found that really intense and something I have to get used to. I lost a couple of spots, but at the moment I prefer to stay on the bike than to risk too much and crash. I am happy with my speed and the riding."
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Shaun Simpson: "It has been a positive weekend. I can tell you my raw speed is not there yet, but I am in and around the top-ten and I just seem to get a bit tired around the final ten minutes of the race. But, to be honest, I am pretty happy with the way I am riding, the people I am battling with are no slouches. I can't complain, two solid rides and some solid points, I am happy."

Date: 11-06-2018

Sensational NW200 Double For Irwin

Be Wiser Ducati’s Glenn Irwin swept to an emphatic double victory at the International North West 200 in Northern Ireland today when he took both Superbike races by commanding margins around the high-speed 8.9-mile circuit.

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Last year’s Superbike race winner, Irwin had signalled his intentions in qualifying, held in superb conditions, when he took a superb pole position on Thursday afternoon, a lap of 122.454mph on the factory-backed Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R giving him a slender 0.066s advantage over Kawasaki rider Dean Harrison.
Conditions today were again perfect and the opening seven-lap Superbike race saw the Carrickfergus rider grab the holeshot and he never looked back. His lead over closest rival Michael Rutter at the end of the first lap was 3.7 seconds and this had become five seconds by the end of lap two with record race winner Alastair Seeley now in second.
Irwin’s fellow Ulsterman reduced the margin over the next couple of laps but the 28 year old responded in superb fashion to extend his lead again over the final three laps and with Seeley receiving a five second penalty for jumping the start, he took his second Superbike victory in a row at the Causeway Coast track from Dean Harrison.
The second race later in the day, again held over the distance of seven laps, saw an even more commanding performance and with a 3.5 second lead at the end of the first lap, he continually increased this over the course of the seven laps. Indeed, by the end of the race, his margin of victory over Michael Dunlop was nearly ten seconds as he completed a stunning double, also setting the fastest lap of the meeting at an average 122.809mph.

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Glenn Irwin: “What can I say, it’s just been an awesome day! I managed to get the holeshot in both races and just got my head down which allowed me to break the tow of the other riders. With clear road, you can ride almost the perfect lap and the support I was getting from the crowd was unreal – I didn’t need a pitboard as the crowd were giving me all the signals I needed! The sun shone all day and the crowd was huge so with it being a hard week for the team after Shakey’s accident, hopefully today’s wins have lifted everyone’s spirits.”

Date: 06-06-2018

Mixed feelings for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna after British Grand Prix

Securing a strong third place result in the opening moto, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Covington has wrapped up round nine of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship by earning fifth overall in the MX2 category at the GP of Great Britain.

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Taking place at the famous track in the south of England, round nine of the 2018 series proved to be a challenging one for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team. Spearheading the team’s efforts, Covington was just six points behind a provisional MX2 podium result. Third in the opening moto, the FC 250 mounted rider battled through an average moto two start to claim a ninth place result in the last MX2 moto.

The GP of Great Britain was one of mixed fortunes for Covington’s Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teammate Thomas Kjer-Olsen. Earning a solid third place result in the Qualifying Race, the young Dane was unable to finish either moto due to technical issues. Remaining third in the provisional MX2 World Championship standings, Kjer-Olsen is now looking ahead to the upcoming GP in France.

Thomas Covington: “Things worked quite well for me this weekend and I enjoyed the British GP. I had a decent start in the opening moto and managed to put myself in a good position. We had a great battle with Thomas [Kjer-Olsen] and I was happy to secure a third place result. My start was not as good in the second moto and I had to battle my way from the back of the leading pack. A small crash halfway through the moto made things harder, so I had to settle for ninth at the line. Overall, it was a positive weekend and I’m happy we’ve made some big improvements since the last GP.”

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Thomas Kjer-Olsen: “This weekend we showed the speed was there to battle for the top three. We had some good battles in both motos and I was feeling great on my bike. Unfortunately a small technical issue didn’t let me finish the motos. It’s disappointing that I couldn’t collect points here in England but it is what it is. Overall, my pace has been good during the last few GPs and from now on it’s up to me to go out there and battle for the results we want.”

Date: 06-06-2018


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