By totalmotorcycle @STRIJBOS SCORES BEST #MXGP QUALIFYING IN #LATVIA
Team Suzuki Press Office – April 30.
Kevin Strijbos posted his best qualification performance of the 2016 FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship today at a fast and dry Kegums circuit for the Grand Prix of Latvia as the Belgian rode to fourth position on his works RM-Z450.
It was a decent first day to the sixth round of 18 in the series for Team Suzuki World MXGP as team-mate Ben Townley showed impressive speed on his comeback to GP action and would have classified behind Strijbos if a racing collision with Shaun Simpson had not forced the Kiwi to lose time and ground, but the 31 year old did manage to recover to seventh by the flag.
Pleasant conditions graced the opening day of the 2016 MXGP visit to Kegums, a former Motocross of Nations host, and the same flat, speedy and bumpy mix of hard-pack and sandy/ loamy soil lay in store for the Grand Prix athletes.
Strijbos came to the Grand Prix with an air of uncertainty. A decent win in the first round of the Dutch Championship the previous weekend was followed by some lower back pain that limited his riding and training during the week and build-up to Kegums, so the 30 year old took some painkillers to get through the initial practice sessions. Strijbos didn’t make the best start in the Heat race but some excellent speed drew him up to fourth and then third place where he spent most of the moto.
A dip in rhythm towards the end saw the Belgian overtaken by countryman Jeremy Van Horebeek. “Kevin’s charge back through was really fast and if he shows that speed tomorrow then our chances are good,” evaluated General Manager Stefan Everts. “He has been struggling during the week …read more