The Red Bull Pro Nationals head to Mill

Some of the biggest names in world motocross are preparing to lock horns at Mill in Holland this weekend when the Red Bull Pro Nationals go international for the first time.

No fewer than six GP winners will line up at the former world championship track with Russian factory Honda star Evgeny Bobryshev the latest rider to agree terms to roll up to the startgate on August 11-12 where he will be joined by riders of the calibre of factory Red Bull KTM rider Max Nagl, HM Plant KTM UK’s Kevin Strijbos, dashing Dutchman Marc de Reuver, Frenchman Nicolas Aubin and Baltic bullet Gert Krestinov.

After weeks of feverish behind-the-scenes activity Matt Bates, Managing Director of series promoters Events 22, is close to finalising the entry for what promises to be one of this summer’s biggest European events.

“It’s been flat-out,” says Matt. “I’ve always said that Red Bull Pro Nationals are a sum of their parts – not just about one or two big names – and I still stand by that. But it’s great we’ve got some of the biggest stars of the sport turning out at Mill this weekend. I’m stoked!”

German hero Nagl, who’s been sidelined for most of the season with an ongoing back injury, burst back into action at last weekend’s Czech GP with third in the opening moto backed up with a fourth in race two to prove the lay-off hasn’t blunted his raw speed. And British-based Belgian Strijbos has visited the world championship podium three times this season – including a race win in Latvia – to demonstrate he’s getting back to the form that carried him to two FIM silver medals.

The MX1 and MX2 classes race together – but are scored separately – over two 25-minute plus two lap motos which means even the fastest 250F pilots face the prospect of eating race-long roost from the leading 450s although, as has been seen time and time again in the UK, the top MX2 riders are capable of mixing it at the sharp end of the field.

Nestaan KTM’s Glen Coldenhoff in another fresh signing and will line-up in the MX2 class against some of Europe’s fastest young pilots as well as a travelling army of British riders lead by Elliot Banks-Browne, Neville Bradshaw, Nathan Watson and Jordan Booker.

Here’s the full pro entry list…

4. Micha Boy De Wall    Netherlands   Beursfoon Suzuki NL
8. Tim Munchhofen       Germany          Team Waldmann Honda
11. William Saris            Netherlands    Laar Racing Auto Dream Bakel
12. Max Nagl                   Germany          KTM Red Bull Factory Racing Team
17. Jason Dougan          UK                    Route 77 MVR-D Honda
22. Kevin Strijbos          Belgium           HM Plant KTM
23. Stijn Berstrpen         Belgium          MX Verstrpen
25. Glen Coldenhoff      Netherlands   Nestaan KTM
32. Manuel Priem          Belgium           Leon Sagaert Yamaha
36. Matthew Moffat       UK                    Motoshack Drysdale KTM
37. Gert Krestinov           Estonia            Route 77 MVR-D Honda
38. Karl Timmerman    Netherlands    Hofstede MX Team
44. Elliott Banks-Browne     UK             HM Plant KTM
45. Jordy Lommen         Netherlands    Gebben Motoren Yamaha
55. Mike Kras                  Netherlands    Beursfoon Suzuki NL
56. Ceriel Kleincromhof   Netherlands   Kleincromhof Houtvezels Honda
66. Lewis Toombs          UK                      Honda
70. Ronnie Van Rooij   Netherlands     Rabbit Racing Kawasaki
77. Shannon Terreblanche, South Africa, KTM Dream Team
94. Dave Versluis           Netherlands     Monster Army Kawasaki
95. August Just               Latvia                 Honda
99. Nathan Watson       UK                      Red Bull Honda
107. Lars Van Berkel     Netherlands     Jumbo Honda
111. Jeffery Dewulf         Belgium            Bakens Yamaha
111. Ray Rowson             UK                     LPE Kawasaki
114. Jordan Booker        UK                     Buildbase Honda
124. Jarno Derks            Netherlands    Derks MX Yamaha
129. Luca Nijenhuis      Netherlands    Gebben Motoren Yamaha
131. Nicolas Aubin         France              Buildbase Honda
194. Robin Bakens          Belgium           TM Belgium
195. Robert Just               Latvia               Honda
212. Marc de Reuver       Netherlands    Ice1 Racing Kawasaki
271. Tom Kelly                 UK                      Malin Honda
387. Yentel Martens       Belgium            Betemo Kawasaki
711. James Cottrell          UK                     DB Racing Honda
777. Evgeny Bobryshev   Russian           Honda Factory Racing

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