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Petar Petrov at the 2016 MXGP of Belgium

Petrov survives Lommel sand for first Grand Prix podium of ‘16

Aug 012016

The Lommel sand has swallowed hope, hearts, destroyed engines, minds and energy reserves but arguably the toughest and most technical of surfaces in MXGP and the FIM Motocross World Championship has also created heroes. The Fiat Professional Grand Prix of Belgium slithered into the myriad of bumps, holes and ruts that is the Limburg terrain for the third year in a row and showcased motocross at its most extreme and brutal; they don't come much harder than this.

In front of 25,000 spectators who relished the sand acumen and stamina of the world’s best and took delight in seeing the ebbs-and-fros of the different rhythms and pace among the leaders, it was Monster Energy’s Petar Petrov who ended up spraying champagne by sealing third position in the MX2 class for what was the fourteenth stop on the eighteen round 2016 trail. Also catching the eye was Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser with a blazing second race victory in the premier class of MXGP.

“After the first moto I was really disappointed,” 243 revealed. “I crashed twice and couldn't start the bike again for forty seconds or something like that. I finished the race and took some points…the second one was much better and it was easier to ride in front; you have clear vision and you can pick your lines. Overall I’m still disappointed but you always have to look at things positively. This was the first real, deep sand race for me on the 450 and I felt good and I learned a lot. On one side this weekend was good and on another side: horrible! That's motocross…and on a track like this you can make a mistake so quickly, lose the focus for one moment and you are on the ground. So I’m glad that this one is done!”

“I did some good stuff in the first moto but I made a small mistake in the second one that broke my rhythm and also meant my front brake was jammed a little bit so it was bad for cornering and speed in general; I could never get the rhythm back,” said Desalle, illustrating further the unforgivable nature of Lommel. “I’m really disappointed with that second moto because a podium – and more – would have been possible.”

“I felt good all weekend long and tried not to make the same mistake that I did last year by going too hard on Saturday,” ‘152’ said. “It was cool to lead a few laps in the first moto but I tightened up and dropped back a bit before regrouping and recovering. The second moto was tougher and once you lose the rhythm at this place then it’s ‘over’. I really feel that I should have had a podium by now this season and it should have happened in a few other places.”