After a fantastic week in which Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe’s motocross programme claimed an FIM Junior Motocross World Championship and two titles in the German ADAC MX Masters series with three different machines, the Grand Prix of Benelux at the Lierop circuit sees a return to FIM Motocross World Championship duty.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe heads to the punishing and fascinating sandy course buried in Dutch woodland with Julien Lieber set to make his second appearance on the factory RM-Z250 and Jeremy Seewer attempting the penultimate round of the GP feeder series, European MX2.
Lierop will provide stern tests for the Belgian and Swiss. The circuit was omitted from the 2011 calendar but is a popular re-entry for the 14th round of 16 on the current schedule. The mostly flat layout becomes a myriad of ripples and bumps as the lines can change each lap and the motos become a hard test for both man and machine.
Lieber and Seewer will both approach this first race in a confident mood. Lieber was impressive on his Grand Prix debut with the works motorcycle at Matterley Basin in the UK almost two weeks ago and held fifth position in the first moto for a long stretch. He will count on some decent local support as one of the few young Belgians in the MX2 class and with the site’s close proximity to the Flemish border. Seewer is chasing a podium finish in the sixth round of seven in the EMX2 category. The teenager excelled on the German national stage and wrapped up the Youngster Cup title last week and is now hoping to push the likes of rivals Mel Pocock, Tim Gajser and Stefan Olsen for more silverware.
“We’ve had a good week of preparation with some riding in Lommel and obviously some decent results last weekend,” commented Team Technical co-ordinator Jens Johansson. “Julien felt good on the RM-Z250 and to take fifth place in the second moto in Emmen against the bigger MX1 bikes was encouraging to see. Jeremy took away some of the pressure by confirming the Youngster Cup and he was looking comfortable at Lommel. We’re looking forward to the weekend.”
The provisional outlook for the weather through the duration of the Grand Prix of Benelux points to a cloudy and warm climate.