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Joel Roelants captures points in a hard French GP

The Grand Prix of France represented the eighth round of seventeen in the FIM Motocross World Championship and Monster Energy Yamaha’s Joel Roelants left a difficult and narrow Ernee circuit with 15th position overall in the MX1 class on his YZ450FM.

The Belgian suffered a setback on Saturday when an off-track excursion saw him clip an ad boarding and knock his elbow. The incident also put him low into the gate for Sunday’s two 35 minute and 2 lap motos that were run in front of a bumper 39,000 crowd and in considerably cooler conditions.

Roelants didn’t get the best of starts at the first time of asking and tried to set a rhythm to guarantee the maximum amount of points. He reeled off the laps to take 16th place. Not content with the direction of his set-up he again was unable to make many inroads into the leading group and ended a tough day with 14th in the second moto. Steven Frossard was present in the paddock in Ernee and will have another scan in the coming week to determine the full extent of his right knee injury and the time scale for a return to racing.

Monster Energy Yamaha will now focus on their home Grand Prix with the Italian round of calendar taking place next weekend at Maggiora.

Joel Roelants

“I was dead-last going into the gate because of the crash yesterday. I didn’t get away that badly but my riding wasn’t good enough. I didn’t get a good feeling out there and couldn’t find my groove. We have to do some work now and try something else for the set-up. We tried our best this weekend but my riding is frustrating at the moment. I feel good physically and trained really well after Brazil. We’ll try some changes to see what we can do for Italy and beyond.”

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