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World Championship Round 4 Mexico

Mexico 3 2017
Tonus breaks through in Mexico

Another trip across the Atlantic awaited the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP team this past weekend, as the fourth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship was held beneath the beating sun in Mexico.

Shaun Simpson and Arnaud Tonus were in high spirits entering Leon, following a successful outing at the first round of the Dutch Masters of Motocross. A challenging track awaited them, but Tonus mastered it immediately in the practice sessions. A cluster of competitive times, which left him fifth and seventh in the respective sessions, ensured that he would have a good gate pick for the qualifying heat.

A handful of mistakes hindered him in that race, however, as he ran off track and struggled with lines. He still salvaged an eleventh though and finished just ahead of his teammate, Simpson, who was in twelfth. A better start in the first MXGP encounter aided Tonus massively, as he was able to latch onto the lead pack and chase a spot on the podium. He got faster as the race progressed, just like in Argentina, but ran out of time and had to settle for sixth. The fact that he occupied the third-fastest lap of the race confirmed his prowess on the slick terrain.

Tonus had a worse start in the second moto, as he rounded the first turn on the cusp of the top ten, but again put his head down and showed some impressive speed. Whilst some riders were struggling in the difficult conditions, Tonus reeled off some great lap times to inch closer to the top five. He darted into fifth with six laps to go, but was not finished there. Another move on the penultimate lap secured him a career-best finish of fourth place. 

Simpson, on the other hand, was restricted by a poor start in the first race. After battling on the cusp of the top ten for the duration, he eventually chased a former champion across the line in twelfth. The second moto was a little more eventful, as a mistake early on left him fighting back through the pack. The Scotsman eventually clawed his way up to fifteenth, after engaging in a race-long duel with another factory rider, which gave him fourteenth overall on the day.

The Wilvo Yamaha MXGP team will return to Europe now, ahead of the fifth MXGP round on Easter weekend at the spectacular venue of Pietramurata in Italy.

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