Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Romain Febvre and Jeremy Van Horebeek are taking some amazing memories into the 16th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, that will take place on the marble-like clay of Uddevalla, Sweden, this weekend.
Both YZ450FM riders topped the podium at the tracks most recent round of MXGP – which took place back in 2015 – Febvre dominating with a 1-1 result for his fourth consecutive overall victory of that season, while Van Horebeek went 2-5 for second place.
Romain Febvre has been edging closer and closer to the podium, and it is time the former world champ made an appearance. The Frenchman, who is currently sixth place in the MXGP Championship Standings, has finished fourth overall three times over the last four rounds. He’s frustrated and eager to make his return to ‘the box’, which may just come this weekend as he proved strong on the slick and challenging surface back in 2015 where he went unbeaten for the overall.
Jeremy Van Horebeek’s first-turn crash in Russia broke his finger and his rhythm. The Belgian has been fighting hard to recoil the race-pace since his return to the championship, which was at round twelve – the MXGP of Portugal. After standing on the second step of the podium at Uddevalla’s most recent Grand Prix – back in 2015 – ‘The Jerre’ will be lining up with fond memories of which he hopes to replicate, if not better.
Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP’s Shaun Simpson will be making his eagerly awaited return to racing. Unfortunately, his teammate Arnaud Tonus will not be racing after breaking a rib in the final race of the Swiss Grand Prix. The Scot, Simpson, is looking forward to lining up, where he will race the all-new 2018 YZ450F this weekend.
Simpson lined up on the new bike yesterday recently at the Belgian Championship in the Keiheuvel, Balen, where he put in a pretty solid performance against a stacked line-up of sand specialists. The twenty-nine-year-old admitted he was a little ring-rusty out there, but still managed to come home in fourth overall.
All three of Yamaha’s MXGP stars have experienced some sort of success at the venue with Romain Febvre and Jeremy Van Horebeek standing on the top of the box at the most recent visit, while Shaun Simpson was third in the opening race in 2015, but had a small crash in Race 2 and finished sixth overall.