Julien Lieber is eyeing more progress as part of the MX2 FIM Motocross World Championship pack as the series moves down to Arco di Trento, scenically placed on the edge of Lake Garda, for the Italian Grand Prix and round four of 18 in the series this weekend.
The young Belgian has recorded four top-10 results from the five motos he has finished so far this season on the factory-backed Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe RM-Z250 machine.
Eighteen year old Lieber is now looking at the first of two consecutive meetings with the visit to Italy preceding the Grand Prix of Bulgaria and hopes to maintain his position as part of the frontrunners of the leaderboard in what is a fast and busy category in 2013. The #33 rider will have a fuller team awning this weekend at what is predicted to be a sunny and warm fourth event of the year as joining him and team-mate Max Anstie will be Jeremy Seewer. The Swiss is using the event as preparation for the first round of eight in the European EMX250 competition (starting on May 5th when MX1/ MX2 heads to Portugal and the feeder class to MX2 starts its run as part of the Grand Prix support programme) but is no stranger to the world championship thanks to other select outings in ‘yellow’ in 2012.
Also boosting the Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe roster is 2012 85cc World Champion Brian Hsu who faces his first major outing on the RM125 as the European EMX125 (the platform into the EMX250 class) gets underway at Arco di Trento.
Not much is known about the Italian venue for the vast majority of the paddock who did not compete at the circuit when it hosted a slot of the domestic championship in February. From material on the internet the Grand Prix stars are sure to find a jumpy, narrow and compact course ‘typically’ Italian with hard-pack terrain. Lieber will be one of the newly initiated as will Anstie; the Briton chasing a repeat -or better – of his third position in the first moto of the Dutch GP nearly two weeks ago.
“I’ve not been there before but I quite like what I see from the videos of the Italian Championship,” Lieber said. “It looks hard and challenging and quite good fun. I’m pleased with the setting we have on the bike and to be honest I couldn’t ask for more.
“We are only three rounds into the season but I’m happy with how it has been going,” added Lieber who was riding and training in France over the weekend. “I’ve been in the top 10 more times than not and this was my goal starting the season. I want to be a constant presence in every moto and try to be consistent. We will find many different tracks and conditions so being ‘there’ every week is important.”