Former MXGP World Champion Romain Febvre is the subject of rumours linking the 27 year old to Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team for 2020.
The Frenchman made his debut with what is now the Monster Energy Yamaha factory squad in 2015 and claimed the premier class title at his first attempt. 2016 and 2017 terms were ruined by injury and set-up problems and the ex-MX2 star was bitterly disappointed to break his right ankle at the season-opening Argentinian Grand Prix after a strong pre-season.
With Yamaha allegedly looking to trim their MXGP representation for 2020, Febvre’s name has been linked with other factories and a move to the Dutch-based KRT set-up has gathered momentum. The crew are currently suffering an injury crisis with Clement Desalle recovering from a broken leg (after already having surgery on the right knee earlier this year) and Julien Lieber breaking his elbow during the recent German Grand Prix.
If the transfer is confirmed then it will be the first time that the talented racer (who is also five years with Monster Energy) competes with ‘green’ in the FIM World Championship after having previously raced with KTM, Husqvarna and now Yamaha in both classes. He’ll link up with Desalle: the team have been waiting for news over the possible return date for the Belgian who has been their principal runner since 2016.
After his scary first turn crash and then losing feeling in his arms and legs for four minutes, check-ups back in Holland have revealed that Bas Vaessen has broken the T6 vertebrae in his neck.
MX2 race 2 Start Olsen & Vaessen Crash - MXGP of Asia 2019 - YouTube
It means a neck brace for six weeks, ending his British title hopes and putting him out of action for most of the rest of the season in a blow to the team, but all things considered, it could have been much worse for the Dutchman who has been riding really well this year on the Hitachi KTM powered by Milwaukee machine.
Chase Sexton has announced he will be back in action this weekend at Millville.
The Geico Honda rider took his first outdoor moto win in Florida but overheated after that win and hasn’t been able to race since, even having to pull out of race two straight after the winning that first moto!
Sexton said that, after some blood work, that he is on vitamins to prevent something like that happening again and is eager to get back behind the gate.
Good layout – poor preparation: The manmade track at Semarang looked fantastic and seemed to have a lot of flow for the riders to enjoy. However, some dangerous track prep with too much watering on hard pack, created a dangerously greasy surface for the riders and even the normally placid Jorge Prado was complaining that it was sketchy after winning his qualifier.
Sunday was a bit better in terms of how they watered it and, as the track became technical in the last set of motos as it roughed up and the riders seemed happier, but poor track prep during the weekend is becoming a big discussion point this season whether it’s sand or hard pack.
Domination: Both classes right now have two very dominant riders and while it doesn’t always make great racing at the front. it’s setting a high level for the rest to work towards. And when you see how Prado is riding in MX2, the prospect of an on-form Gajser against Prado plus Herlings and Cairoli it really is a mouth-watering prospect for 2020. Watching Prado ride a bike is a joy right now with his precision and intelligence, the kid is a very special talent.
Different riders up front in MX2: Despite riders like Davy Pootjes, Ben Watson and Mitch Evans missing the event through injury, there were still some names stepping up in their absence. Calvin Vlaanderen hasn’t wasted anytime in getting back up to speed following his broken leg and then infection as he took his first podium of the year while Maxime Renaux was very, very good in race two passing both Vialle and Vlaanderen to take second place, his best result in the world championship.
MX2 always seems to have that ability to surprise as hungry young riders, once they get confidence, can suddenly make good on their raw talent go to the next level which always makes it a very interesting class to watch even if Prado has control of the championship.
Dean Ferris and Factory Yamaha in America have recently parted company and the Aussie has announced his plans for the rest of the season.
Ferris is back in Australia and will race the last three rounds of the MX National series there after agreeing a deal with the Recover8 Raceline KTM team.
The Aussie posted the following statement to social media:
“Every decision I’ve made this year has led me back to this and I’m grateful this crew have eagerly jumped back on board to race the final 3 rounds of Australian MX Nationals together. I get that there’s some mixed responses and opinions out there about my departure from AMA / Yamaha, Not really surprising given how many attempts I made this year to make it work! But for whatever reason it just wasn’t meant to be. Sometimes you gotta make the best of the cards you have left and instead of focusing on all of the could and should haves, It was time to let go of the hope it could be any different, accept it for what it is and now I can clearly see that I am exactly where I was obviously supposed to end up. Picked up my bike this morning and instantly gelled with it. Stoked to have ‘that feeling’ back and am looking forward to mixing it up with the boys in a couple weeks time”.
The weekend saw the Apico Husqvarna team head to Canada Heights for the second time this year for round four of the Michelin MX Nationals.
Sunday mornings qualifying session saw both Jamie Law and Stuart Edmonds secure positions within the top 10 as Jamie took 9th fastest ahead of Stuart in 10th.
After lunch it was time for the opening race and it was a tale of two different races as Edmonds made a good start but two crashes during the race saw him finish down in 10th, while Law recovered from a bad start to move forward all race long to finish 11th.
The second race saw both Edmonds and Law start well and inside the top 10 of the MX1 class. For Law it was a steady race as he moved to 7th at the finish while Edmonds suffer another double crash and dropped to 11th at the finish.
The overall results saw Law in 7th overall on the day and 10th in the championship, while Edmonds took 10th overall and 8th in the championship.
Stuart Edmonds: This weekend was tough for me. I finished 10th overall but I really struggled all day long with 2 crashes in both moto’s. It’s just not how I roll as I’m a smoother rider than that and I know I can achieve better results. The main thing is I finished the weekend and I will just have to keep the head up and work hard over the coming weeks to get myself back into the form I know I can be in! Thanks to the team and all my sponsors for their support also to Tom and his crew for their help and getting me to the MX Nationals as I would be lost without him. I am just having a bad run of it but I will pull out of this rut for sure and I will never give up!
Jamie Law: Made a decent start in the first race but touched another rider in the first corner knocking my hand off the bars and causing a crash so first race was a struggle. Second race average start rode ok for 7th MX1. Looking forward to Hawkstone next weekend
Dylan Brown: Canada Heights is a demanding track and technically hard due to the ever changing track conditions. That said, the lads both put in determined performances coming back from setbacks in the races. We’re regrouping and moving forward this weekend to Hawkstone where Matt will rejoin the team and we hope for stronger performances in the Maxxis British Championship.
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Young Czech talent, Vítězslav Marek only just turned eleven years old in April but he’s got so much talent on a bike!
The Czech talent went for the 65cc World Championship in Australia last year and won the first moto but then had a problem in the second moto which meant he had to DNF.
The determined eleven year old wanted redemption this year and he got just that at Arco di Trento. Despite not getting good starts, Marek battled hard and went 2-1 to win the 65cc World Championship.
We caught up with Marek to discuss his title, who he looks up too and more.
Gatedrop: Vítězslav, a great day for you winning the 65cc World Championship. Can you talk me through your races?
Vítězslav Marek: So both of my starts didn’t go well, but I didn’t give up. I was concentrating during the races, listened to my trainer advice through race and it worked. I finished second and then first and now here I am, the world champion.
Gatedrop: Just how does it feel to be world champion, has it sunk in yet?
Vítězslav Marek: Yes, it’s kind of weird and of course really exciting news. My dream is now reality and I’m very very happy.
Gatedrop: You’ll race the EMX65 series at Loket, what’s your expectations for that race?
Vítězslav Marek: It’ll be the end of me riding in the 65cc class and I’ll try my best. now I’m concentrating on this race and hopefully it will go smooth without any complications. I want to achieve a podium.
Gatedrop: Obviously there’s not so many top riders from Czech Republic. This helps put your country on the map in the motocross world so you must be happy about that?
Vítězslav Marek: Yes, I’m happy about it and I hope it will help Czech motocross.
Gatedrop: Which Motocross rider do you look up to the most and why?
Vítězslav Marek: I look up to Jorge Prado, I like his style and I want to be as good and successful as him in the future.
Gatedrop: In 2020, will it be time for you to move up to the 85cc? Is that a challenge you look forward too?
Vítězslav Marek: I am already riding on a 85cc, so it won’t be any drastic changes. Of course I will keep training hard and hope I will have the chance to ride on the world championship again.
Gatedrop: What goals have you set yourself for the future?
Vítězslav Marek: I want to keep riding and trying my best. Hopefully one day I will be able to be to race and win at MXGP level.
Gatedrop: Anyone you’d like to thank?
Vítězslav Marek: My “thank you” goes to my family, sponsors and all of my fans/supporters.