There are plenty of Brits to get behind in all four classes this Easter weekend over at Valkenswaard at the Dutch GP.
With four classes to watch of over the weekend GB has leading riders in all the respective divisions. In fact it is not unreasonable to think that a podium in all four is possible!
In MX1 we have Tommy Searle and Shaun Simpson. Tommy isn’t known for his sand riding but he is usually pretty good at Valkenswaard while Simpson had his only moto win on this track and will be feeling confident going into the weekend on his TM.
Jason Dougan will also be there and will continue to learn the pace of the MX1 class. He has the talent and could well get some points.
In MX2 Jake Nicholls will be desperate to get his season back on track and beat his teammate Romain Febrve. Nicholls is good in sand and this should be a weekend that he can challenge for the podium.
Elliott Banks- Browne and Mel Pocock have both proven they have top ten speed and both showed at Fatcats that they are also good in the sandy conditions. Holland will be different but both have the potential.
Max Anstie should be on the podium. He loves the sand having ridden a lot in Holland as a schoolboy but still will need the starts to put himself in position to get the job done.
Graeme Irwin hasn’t raced an MX2 GP since 2009 but finally he will get his chance again. This time he is older and wiser and could do some damage. Top ten isn’t impossible and Irwin knows he is capable of running with EBB.
James Dunn showed marked improvement at the Thailand GP and with a good start his first points could be in his grasp.
James Cottrell will have a bit of a step up this weekend but it is all part of the learning experience and if he can get close to the points he will have done well.
MX3 is usually the forgotten class but not in Holland!
The Brits are back as Matty Moffat and Jamie Law will represent Queen and country. Law of course has experience in MX1 and Moffat is coming off a good result at Fatcats. Both could surprise the regulars on the weekend. British championship regular and sand expert Gert Krestinov will also be there and could be the man to beat for the win.
Last but not least the Women’s GP will have Natalie Kane battling at the front on her HM Plant KTM. She loves the sand and is currently healthy so a win is not out of the question, but a podium would be a good start for her World title assault.
Sophia Paul, Alex and Billie Dunlop will also be present as will Stacey Fisher and Amy Goodlad.
So if you’re heading over to Holland bring the flags and the air horns and getting supporting the guys and girls and make them feel at home. It should be a cracker!
Article by Jonathan McCready
Image by Elliot Spencer