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Van Horebeek secures new deal

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Yamaha Motor Europe is pleased to confirm that Jeremy Van Horebeek will remain on the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing team for a fifth consecutive year, through 2018.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jeremy Van Horebeek has been a force to be reckoned with inside the MXGP World Championship for a number of years. The YZ450FM mounted rider was the 2014 MXGP Vice-World Champion in his second year inside the premier class, and since then has been striving to go one better and take the crown.

Labelled as a ‘top-5’ guy due to consistent top-5 finishes, Van Horebeek has put in some solid rides this season and has landed on the podium twice. His first podium appearance in 2017 was in Argentina at round three of the series where he finished second overall, which he followed up with a third overall at round six in the sand of The Netherlands.

The Belgian ace is currently eighth in the MXGP championship standings after missing two rounds due to a broken finger.

Jeremy Van Horebeek: “After four years together, it is really cool to stay with Yamaha for another year. For the last few years we have been really close to the top, and I know that when I am healthy I can fight for a podium position every weekend. I have a really good feeling inside the team and on the YZ450FM, these guys are like my family. The team, the mechanics and the staff all work really hard to stay at a high level and it is really cool that they put their trust in me. I am looking forward to having a good winter with the team and lining up strong and ready to fight for the championship in 2018.”

Erik Eggens: “It’s a great thing to have Jeremy racing a YZ450FM for the fifth year in a row. He is a ‘top-five’ guy, and is always a threat for the podium. Jeremy has been riding at a very high level for many years and I believe that his riding style is a perfect match for the all-new 2018 YZ450FM and that with this bike he can achieve everything he wants to achieve. Jeremy has been a pleasure to work with over the last years, everything is working well within the Factory team which is another reason we are thrilled to extend his contract. We are really looking forward to seeing him finish this season strong after suffering from a hand injury for the last six weeks, and we are even more excited for the new season and seeing what ‘Jerre’ can do with the new bike.”
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Mathis Valin stays second in EMX250

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Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Mathis Valin narrowly missed the podium in round two of the EMX250 Championship at Pietramurata in the Trentino region of northern Italy but the French teenager retained a secure second place in the series standings.

A single slip in each race cost the youngster a second consecutive podium in his rookie season in the class, but he displayed character and determination to regain his composure and charge back up the leaderboard to finish fourth in each moto. He spun out in a loose-surfaced turn on the third lap of Saturday afternoon’s first moto after quickly advancing to fourth; the incident cost him three positions but he responded well to recover fourth place five laps from the close despite discomfort in his leg from the crash. In race two on Sunday morning he found himself squeezed towards the trackside banking heading into the first turn but was again quickly on the move to seventh before tipping over in a tight turn at the start of lap four to surrender two positions. Undaunted by the slip he persevered with decisive passes on consecutive laps mid-moto to make fourth his own four laps from the end. He now trails the championship leader by sixteen points but is seventeen clear of third in the standings.

Bud teammate Benjamin Garib had no joy in Saturday’s first moto as he was involved in a mass collision on the exit from turn one but the Chilean showed his speed and determination in race two as he advanced consequently from a fifteenth-placed start to seventh – with his sights set on fifth – two laps from the finish before a fall pushed him back to eighth at the chequered flag.

Mathis Valin: “ After my crash yesterday I had so much pain in my leg that I could hardly walk when I came back to the team truck and I didn’t sleep so well last night. But today I did my best to get some important points with another fourth-placed finish; in the first part of the race I still had some pain, especially when I was sitting down, but  it became less painful mid-moto and I could make some passes. I didn’t really enjoy this track so much but the results show that all the work we did this winter is paying off and overall I’m happy as I’m still second in the standings.”

Benjamin Garib: ” Saturday was not a good way to start the weekend with a crunch at the first corner but my start was better today and I was right on the pack. I could make some good passes but I had a small crash near the end which cost me a couple of places. I enjoyed the track, but it was a new experience and very tricky with the grip; you had to be very careful with line-choice. I’m happy with my riding; I just need to figure out my starts.”

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Onboard with Tim Gajser in Arco di Trento

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Tim Gajser was riding with a GoPro camera at the fourth round of the MXGP world championship in Arco di Trento last weekend. Watch the footage below and see how intense it is in the opening laps of the MXGP class.

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Watch the startcrash of the MX2 class in Trentino

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At the start of the second MX2 moto of the Grand Prix of Trentino there was huge pile up. One of the riders was championship leader Kay de Wolf. Mikkel Haarup was riding with a GoPro camera and filmed the crash from behind

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