The Italian Championship has finished while British and Dutch series are already into the early phases of their 2014 schedules, so the Belgian competition – Masters of MotoX – finally launched last weekend at the circuit of Mons and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jeremy Van Horebeek continued his good form so far this year by taking overall victory.
The 25-year-old is in his second season in the premier MXGP class and his first as a works Yamaha rider – in fact the principle athlete for Michele Rinaldi’s team who are the last winners of the MXGP/MX1 championship before the combination of Cairoli-De Carli seized control of the category.
Van Horebeek impressed with his consistency and solid performances during 2013 on the official Kawasaki next to Gautier Paulin but the Belgian is clearly relishing being the main focus for Yamaha and has taken two podium finishes (his first in MXGP) in the first three rounds of the FIM World Championship.
At Mons Van Horebeek – winner of the Italian series already this year – defeated Grand Prix peers like Kevin Strijbos (Rockstar Suzuki) and Joel Roelants. “We made some changes to the bike between the two motos that really helped,” ‘JVH’ said to www.mx-belgium.be. “I was able to take command and run my own race.”
Van Horebeek was part of the victorious Motocross of Nations team at Teutschenthal back in September and with cohorts like Strijbos, Desalle, Roelants and even Ken De Dycker proves that Belgium are still arguably the main power-player in Europe.