Kevin Strijbos shows top-ten speed at Lommel
JWR Yamaha Racing
August 06th, 2019
JWR Yamaha Racing made the short trip to the gruelling track of Lommel, Belgium, for the fourteenth round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship this past weekend. The round was the home race for Kevin Strijbos, so there was a lot of attention on the squad across the weekend. The eye-catching graphics on his YZ450F pulled in the fans as well.
Strijbos used the first day of racing to get comfortable in the power-sapping sand, then put that information to good use in the first points-paying moto. Using the power within his YZ450F, he rocketed out of the gate and ended the opening lap in eighth. Strijbos held that position quite comfortably for quite some time, but eventually reached the chequered flag in thirteenth. Four measly seconds separated him from the rider in eleventh, so there was certainly room to achieve more in the second encounter.
A mediocre start held him back in that second race though and he consequently hit the chequered flag in nineteenth. The two points-scoring rides left him in sixteenth overall and he has now jumped up to twenty-first in the championship standings. A position inside of the top eighteen is easily achievable, so there is a lot to look forward to through the final four rounds of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship.
Vsevolod Brylyakov did not have quite as much luck in the sand but powered through the races and worked extremely hard. A seventeenth in the first moto was a solid start to the weekend, of course, then he had a better in the second moto, so was in a great position. An incident with another rider left him with no choice but to retire prematurely though, as he was in no state to continue tackling the rugged circuit. Twenty-first was the position that he occupied in the overall classification, after failing to finish moto two.
JWR Yamaha Racing have an appointment in Sweden next weekend, as that national championship is going to march on. The fifteenth round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship will take place the following week.
Kevin Strijbos: "Well, the weekend was just a struggle actually. I started on Saturday with no feeling on track and bike but tried to regroup for Sunday. I had a good start and had good speed for the first fifteen minutes, then I felt I lost bike power. The bike was getting really hot and the clutch started to slip, so I faded back to thirteenth. I was not happy with the position, but at least I showed progress in the beginning of the moto. In the second moto I had a good start again but made a big mistake on the first lap and felt that I lost some power. Overall, I expected a lot more and I am disappointed about the weekend."
Vsevolod Brylyakov: "This was a difficult one, for sure... In the first moto today, I just couldn't get that speed or flow and only managed seventeenth place. In the second moto I had a fine start and started to put good laps in with some decent speed, having myself just inside of the top twelve, but then I got landed on by another rider and had a big crash! I tried to re-join the race and get some points but suffered some pain in my lower back and that was only getting worse from lap-to-lap. I decided to pull out and not do anything silly!"
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