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Supermotocross at the Veltins Arena in Germany.

Gajser and Febvre christen first SMX with race wins

Oct 092016

This was something different for motocross. The Veltins Arena in Germany brought together the three best riders from the six principal brands that formulate series such as Monster Energy Supercross and the FIM Motocross World Championship, and let them do battle in a season-closing exhibition event within the confines of the futuristic stadium normally accustomed to Schalke 04 football matches. A host of curious fans occupied seating for the first ever Monster Energy Supermotocross Rider’s Cup across a compact and technically challenging indoor motocross track.

Yamaha ended the evening with fifth place in the SMX ranking.


“The track is really small so if you start last it's very difficult to come back,” reflected Febvre.

“The stadium event is good for the pubic and it was great to be part of a full Yamaha team."


"For sure the races were amazing for the spirit and the atmosphere,” commented Yamaha Motor Europe’s Team Manager Alberto Barozzi. “The Manufacturers' Cup is a really good challenge for the future because my feeling is that the responsibility for our riders to defend the brand is a great honour. We are happy for the event and take the positives from it for the future, it's definitely an interesting way to end the season for the Yamaha family."


“I didn’t know what to expect, and overall it was an enjoyable day,” offered Searle, who culminated a decent campaign in which he also gathered his first British Championship. “I’m really happy to finish the season on the podium with my teammates; it was a nice event.”


For the majority of the MXGP based racing elite the 2016 competitive season has now come to a conclusion. For the AMA contingent next weekend’s Monster Energy Cup at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas is the first key moment in testing and preparation for the 2017 Supercross term that is due to kick off in the confines of the Angel Stadium in Anaheim next January.