Strijbos up to Third After Home MXGP

Team Suzuki Press Office – August 4.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP’s Kevin Strijbos could not ascend the podium at Lommel for his home Grand Prix and the 15th round of 17 in the FIM Motocross World Championship but the Belgian did acquire 29 points for fifth position overall to move up to third place in the premier class standings.

Strijbos might know Lommel intimately but that didn't mean that the deep sand was any easier to traverse. The bumps and holes were heavy-going and combined with hot weather and a freak thunderstorm at the end of the second moto then conditions were not a ‘breeze’ for him and the Rockstar Suzuki crew in front of 21,000 spectators.

Strijbos made a flying start in the first moto. He shadowed World Champion Antonio Cairoli and then passed the Sicilian to lead for four of the 18 laps. The Belgian didn't quite have the rhythm and flow to maintain the pace until the flag and was soon under attack from pursuers. Strijbos dropped back to fifth and was unable to defend a top-four finish from countryman Ken De Dycker.

In the second moto Strijbos still lacked the power to ‘go’. His start was slightly worse and although it seemed he was biding his time from a top-10 position he was soon frustrated by not being able to make any ground. He crossed the line in eighth spot.

Clement Desalle was in attendance engaging in some promotional activity for Fox and commented that his broken scaphoid will be examined and evaluated this week and he might have to consider surgery to fix the problem. Strijbos demoted the Belgian to fourth in the series by 14 points.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP will shut down their Grand Prix activities throughout the month of August, as the penultimate round of the championship will take place at Trindade for the Grand Prix State of Goias in Brazil on September 7th.

Kevin Strijbos:

“I don't know what happened today. I was behind Tony at the start of the first moto and had good lines and passed him. I felt like I was quick and it did not cost too much energy. Then at one point I was ‘done’. I lost speed and could not make the corners or hit the bumps. I was not fluid anymore and that was ‘it’. Second race and my riding was just nothing. It was such a shame, both for me and for it being the Belgian GP. I don't know what to say. There was nothing I could do. I tried to start slowly because I thought it would be a long race and I would come good at the end. I picked it up at one point but then I fell flat again. Sometimes I felt tired and then other times like I could really get faster: so strange. I expected much more from this weekend.”

MXGP Moto1:

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 34:22.254;
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:03.902;
3. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:04.930;
4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:16.506;
5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP), +0:21.324;
6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), +0:26.489;
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:45.874;
8. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Husqvarna), +0:47.105;
9. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:48.268;
10. Marc de Reuver (NED, Honda), +1:06.632;

MXGP Moto2:

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 34:46.942;
2. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:08.481;
3. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:19.123;
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:25.772;
5. Marc de Reuver (NED, Honda), +0:32.921;
6. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:35.867;
7. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:40.127;
8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP), +0:46.294;
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +1:01.185;
10. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Husqvarna), +1:08.384;

MXGP Overall result:

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 50 points;
2. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 40 p.;
3. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 40 p.;
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, KAW), 40 p.;
5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP), 29 p.;
6. Marc de Reuver (NED, HON), 27 p.;
7. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 26 p.;
8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 26 p.;
9. Tyla Rattray (RSA, HUS), 24 p.;
10. Steven Frossard (FRA, KAW), 23 p.;

MXGP World Championship classification (after 15 of 17 rounds):

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 669 points;
2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 588 p.;
3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP), 498 p.;
4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP), 484 p.;
5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 365 p.;
6. Steven Frossard (FRA, KAW), 356 p.;
7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HON), 307 p.;
8. Gautier Paulin (FRA, KAW), 275 p.;
9. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 245 p.;
10. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 234 p.;

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