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Brent Van Doninck at the 2017 Grand Prix of Europe

Dutch Podium joy for Van Horebeek & Van Doninck at Valkenswaard

Apr 232017

A chilly sixth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship at the Eurocircuit, Valkenswaard found Yamaha duo Jeremy Van Horebeek and Brent Van Doninck in hot form for what was the Grand Prix of Europe and a packed, demanding and bumpy sandy venue south of Eindhoven. The second European stop on the nineteen-race slate of MXGP was won by Gautier Paulin but Monster Energy Yamaha factory representative Van Horebeek grabbed third place in front of many Belgian fans for his second podium result of the year. Van Doninck recovered from two tricky starts in MX2 to take the same step on the box behind Pauls Jonass and Jeremy Seewer as runner-up.

“It was a really good weekend,” he offered. “I had a stomach virus after Mexico and I thought it had gone and after a strong first moto I ‘paid in cash’ in the second with some cramps. I was feeling really good for the first fifteen minutes and thought ‘lets go for the win’ but a health problem decided different. Anyway, I’m really happy to be on the podium again. I’m consistent each weekend and at the end of the year I guess I’ll profit from that.”


“I think the fans really enjoyed our racing,” he added. “It is a tough class and you really have to fight for every position. We’ll just keep working.”


“Today I woke up really motivated and I had to use a lot of energy to come back from that bad start in the first moto,” #172 recounted. “We changed the bike for the second one and the start was better and I could make my way to third. In the end I got a bit tired and Jeremy [Seewer] had another gear. I played it safe because I knew I was on the podium.”


“Everything happened very late but it was a dream to race in a Grand Prix and being 23 years old I knew it had to be this year,” she beamed. “It was a great opportunity and I learnt a lot…even if I am finished now!” she smiled after the race.


MXGP grabs the brakes for a week before rolling into round seven in the soft soil of Kegums for the Grand Prix of Lativa in a fortnight’s time.