#STRIJBOS FOURTH ON #CZECH @MXGP GATE
Team Suzuki Press Office – July 26.
A fast and relentless Loket layout was the stage for the opening day of action at the Grand Prix of Czech Republic and Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP’s Kevin Strijbos battled through the short qualification sprint in warm conditions to take fourth position for the 14th round of 17 in the 2014 series.
The Belgian recovered from a mediocre launch at the steep hillside circuit to guide his works RM-Z450 to a top-four slot and a decent placing in the gate for the downhill start that will commence the two 30 minute and two-lap motos tomorrow. Strijbos continued his good form and speed – he was fastest in Timed Practice – at the venue where he has already scored two Grand Prix victories (2005 and 2007) and is now set to push for his seventh podium of the season and third in a row.
Clement Desalle was in attendance after missing the Finnish round two weeks ago due to pain sustained in his second moto start crash at the Grand Prix of Sweden. The Belgian was on the pace through Timed Practice and sealed second spot behind his team-mate after heading the screens for most of the session. Desalle opened the Heat race in the top-five but tangled with Steven Frossard at the bottom of the hill and crashed, fortunately without injury. Desalle proceeded to remount and circulate safely and without risk to take 19th.
A poor weather forecast was initially predicted for Sunday but it is now brighter and clearer with temperatures set to touch close to 30 degrees.
“My start was not so great and I shut off a bit when I came close to my team-mate but after that my riding was …read more