It was a difficult weekend for the All-American squad, but with gutsy and determined rides from both Darian and Marshal. Some decent timed sessions would prove unfruitful moving into the main races, as a mid pack start caused issues for Darian, unable to continue his fight with the top guys like previous GP's. He managed to move from 24th through to 15th in the first race, but the gnarly conditions kept any improvement on this position at bay with a 17th in the second race and a 17th overall.
The team will now prepare for the return of Tommy Searle in Switzerland, who will be making his first appearance in the 2017 MXGP season this coming weekend alongside his American teammate Darian Sanayei.
Steve Dixon, Team Manager:
"The weekend started off well with the sand looking good condition. The rain turned up and really hampered the conditions. It made it really tough but it was a good experience for those guys and they know what they need to work on for next year. This week sees the return of Tommy Searle after he has been out all year with injury, so it will be good to have him back under the awning and on our bike."
“In the first practice session on Saturday I tried to get a good feeling with this new track and it wasn’t too bad, but some heavy rain fell during the timed practice period and we had to make a quick lap early in the session; I posted the eleventh best time before a big storm came in. The track was strange with so much water on it during the qualifying race; it was a little crazy, I fell and couldn’t restart my bike. In the first moto I had to come back from around thirtieth to fifteenth which was not so bad. In the second race I was around fifteenth at the start; I caught some guys in front of me but when Jonass and Paturel passed me they broke my rhythm a little bit and then I just tried to survive and finish the race. It’s definitively one of the toughest race I ever did in my career.”