Monster Energy Yamaha’s Joel Roelants defied sickness and stomach pain to collect tenth position overall at the tough Hyvinkää circuit for the Grand Prix of Finland and the twelfth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. The sandy and short course was a punishing test for bike set-up and the riders’ physical condition as the bumps and berms constantly unsettled the machinery. The Belgian courageously raced to two tenth places in the long motos under sunny skies and 23,000 spectators (weekend figure).
While Roelants used the power and handling of his works YZ450FM to jump and drift to his placing against the odds, Steven Frossard was forced to the sidelines. The misfortune-battered Frenchman smashed his foot on Saturday during the qualification heat and stabbing pain was later revealed to be two more metatarsal bones in his left foot. The fractures should not require surgery and now the former MX1 world championship runner-up needs further advice as to how long the setback will be in terms of recovery and when he can return to the Grand Prix paddock.
As the FIM series takes a break for a week after three meetings in a row across northeast Europe Roelants will have time to reflect on his championship position of 15th and his attack of the remaining five rounds starting in Germany at the Lausitzring on July 28th.
Joel Roelants: “Last week I had some stomach pains and then also this week while training. I am taking some pills but still this weekend I had cramps. So I could not push to the maximum and was riding at 50%. In the last laps I tried to charge but then I was completely dead. I think this was the most I could do this GP. I need to try and get healthy again now and then make some good training for the next race. It was a physical track and our set-up was quite good. I just felt ‘broken’ and have been eating rice and water all day. I hope it will clear quickly.”
Steven Frossard: “Unbelievable. I made the double jump, landed and kept inside going into the waves but I hit my foot against something. It was still on the peg so I don’t really know what happened. I had a lot of pain and had to pull into the pits. I knew something was not right because it hurt a lot to walk and put weight on the foot and then the X-ray confirmed it. There is not much more to say, it is disappointing for everyone and we will see now what plan we can make from here.”