The Motocross of Nations is here! Finally, after a few weeks of anticipation, the biggest race of the year is here! We [MX Vice] are working away in the media tent as you’re reading this, in an effort to bring you the best coverage from Teutschenthal. Most of what has transpired this week has centered on this race, so this ‘Weekly Wrap Up’ has a bit of an MXdN theme.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered:
Just hours after the ‘Weekly Wrap Up’ went live last week, it was revealed that the Monster Energy Yamaha team have signed Jeremy van Horebeek for 2014 and 2015. It really was not a surprise, as the move had been rumoured for a few weeks before the announcement. It is quite interesting that the Rinaldi Yamaha squad have decided to go with a single MX1 rider, as it is clearly an indication that they are scaling back, in an effort to return to the podium. I feel like it is a sideways move for van Horebeek. Intriguingly one of his main reasons for the switch was that he wanted to be the number one rider, on a factory squad. But, he now has the mountainous task of trying to set up the all-new 2014 YZ450f alone.
Overall, I do not see Jeremy van Horebeek making a big step-up, because of the switch. After all, the Kawasaki that he was on this year was a great bike. I am quite surprised that Monster Energy Yamaha are putting all of their efforts into van Horebeek, a rider that has not finished on the overall podium in MX1. You would think that they would want a proven winner under their tent – they clearly see a lot of potential in the Belgian.
Injuries, Injuries, Injuries:
Unsurprisingly, it seems as though Jeffrey Herlings’ choice to contest the GP at Lierop wasn’t a wise one. Jeffrey tweeted the following at the beginning of the week:
“I am not racing for the rest of the season anymore. Doctor gave me 6 weeks extra to heal up. Thanks Lierop!”
I am sure that those around him (namely Stefan Everts) that advised him not to ride are very disappointed with this. I mean Herlings is their shining star. Now, he will not be representing them at the biggest race of the year, because of a misguided decision. Some believe that the Dutchman could be playing more games, but this seems pretty official. Interestingly, rumour has it that he may have sustained more nerve damage. Shoulder injuries have destroyed the careers of many riders. Jeffrey will hopefully make a full recovery, and be fighting fit soon.
Monster Energy Cup track unveiled:
In two years, the Monster Energy Cup has become a staple on the motocross calendar, as the event is like no other. Whilst we were travelling to the MXdN, the 2013 track layout was unveiled. Honestly, it is not too dissimilar to what we saw last year. It is not too much of a surprise, the second edition of the Monster Energy Cup (2012) was a roaring success. So, as a result, some popular features such as the ‘Joker Lane’ and the ‘Talle-Vega Turn’ have made a return, which was what most wanted to see. The start is also identical to last year, as the riders are once again split when the gates drop, before joining up as they come roaring into the stadium.
Motocross des Nations – Teutschenthal, Germany:
If you are a regular visitor to MX Vice, you will have seen that we have had a lot of preview articles in the lead up to Teutschenthal, the 2013 Motocross des Nations. So, rather than revisit what we have already said, you can find our views on the fast-approaching race here:
- Coming Up: Motocross des Nations
- Battles to Watch: MXdN
- MX Vice Predictions: Motocross des Nations
- Under the Radar: Team Australia
- Team Ireland: Ready to Rock
Words by Lewis Phillips
Image courtesy of Elliot Spencer