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Wilvo Yamaha MXGP overcome poor luck

Just one week on from a podium finish at the hard-pack venue of Pietramurata, the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP squad jumped into the sandy terrain of Valkenswaard for round six of the FIM Motocross World Championship. The race has been kind to both riders in the past, so hopes were high entering the event that is close to home for the team

Arnaud Tonus got off to a superb start in practice on Saturday, as he logged the fastest time in the pre-qualifying session. That left him on pole position in the qualifying race that took place later that day. ‘4’ put that gate pick to good use in the heat, as he rounded turn one inside of the top five, but a crash on lap one left him in a precarious position. Although he faced a substantial deficit, he was not to be deterred and charged forward to sixteenth at the chequered flag. Shaun Simpson was a little further up the order; he advanced from eleventh on lap one to seventh at the chequered flag.

The first of two MXGP motos took place in warmer conditions, much to the delight of the many fans in attendance. Mediocre starts hindered the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP duo, but Arnaud Tonus was dealt the worst hand. A crash at the start of lap two forced him to restart in dead last and, for the second time in two days, he had to push through the field to salvage a respectable result. The Swiss pilot was eventually classified in fourteenth.        

Wilvo arnaud tonusShaun Simpson was in a poor position also, but had less work to do. The Scotsman rounded the first lap in twentieth and then moved all the way up to twelfth in the thirty-minute moto, despite a small crash. The finish set him up well to achieve a strong overall result. Simpson actually ran lap times that were competitive with those in the top eight, despite the fact that he was pushing forward from the back, as did Tonus.

The start of the second MXGP moto was much more positive, as both riders escaped the first couple of laps unscathed and on the cusp of the top ten. Arnaud Tonus moved forward immediately to take ninth, which was where he finished, and twelfth overall on the day. Shaun Simpson lost some ground after stalling his machine on lap three, but clawed his way up to thirteenth at the finish. Simpson was fourteenth overall on the day.

Arnaud Tonus now sits ninth in the series standings, just two positions ahead of Shaun Simpson. The next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place at the sandy circuit of Kegums in two weeks.




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