May 8, 2017


The seventh round of the MXGP 2017 took place this weekend on the challenging Latvian track of Kegums, about 50 kilometers from the capital of Latvia Riga. With Kevin Strijbos injured, the Suzuki World MXGP team, has deployed at the two moto of the Grand Prix only the Lithuanian Arminas Jasikonis, who however gave to the Belgian structure, managed by the ten-time World Champion Stefan Everts, some great satisfaction, bringing home an hole-shot in the race two and a third place also in the second race. The Lithuanian was particularly comfortable on the Baltic sand and was able to make the most of the charge given by his supporters massively coming from Lithuania, resulting in all sessions of practice and racing, one of the fastest riders of the MXGP class.


Kevin Strijbos didn't made the trip to Latvia as he is still recovering from the surgery to his elbow, which he had done after having to pull out of the Valkenswaard MXGP with too much pain. Thankfully there has been some positive news already and while there is still no expected comeback date, it is good that the injury seems to be healing up well. Strijbos had this to say about the chain of events: “The surgery all went well, my cast was already removed on Friday which is earlier than expected. Yesterday they just checked it but it all looked ok so now I can start to do some physio on it to make it stronger. We’re just going to take it day by day though and see how it goes.”


“Today was a wonderful feeling. In the first moto I had a good start but someone pushed me from behind in the first corner so I went a bit wide and lost some places. I came from around 10th to seventh and I felt I could have gone higher, but then the bike had some issues so I had to pull out, which was obviously disappointing. Then in the second moto, I just had this feeling I could pull a holeshot on my RM-Z450WS and although some people say it’s down to luck, I really felt I could do it in this moto. So after the holeshot I led for about 10 minutes and that was amazing with all the Lithuanians in the crowd. It was just so nice to be upfront and leading a race. I got a bit tired but still ended up top three. It was crazy. I have to give a big thanks to Stefan, and just the whole Suzuki World team. It’s been a tough winter but we’ve made huge steps and this top three is reward for everyone who’s worked so hard for it. Thank you again to everyone that helped and all my fans for supporting me.”


Third round of the MXGP for the italian structure that had to  face the Baltic transfer without the MX2 rider, Giuseppe Tropepe's who is out for an injury. The team JTech Valenti Suzuki raced with only De Dycker in MXGP and Weckman in EMX125. In the cadet class, the apprenticeship of the small Finnish proceeds according to the plans and in MXGP some positive signals came from the expert Ken, who remains one of the most experienced pilots in the paddock and is working to develop the Japanese bike together with the team.

MXGP 9 KEN DE DYCKER 19th. 18th.

No points on the familiar soli if the European GP for Ken, who showed a great potential during the all weekend of races. Seventeenth on the qualifying race of Saturday De Dycker had a very good jump ut of the gate in race one Sunday and he battled close to the top ten for a while, before to get tired and loose some position, ending 25th. Unfortunately the big Belgian wasn't able to finish race two and he had to pull off before the end of the heat. 


Still far from race fields Giuseppe Tropepe, who should return to competitions on the occasion of Germany's next GP in 15 days, if the injury will be fixed.

EMX125 125 EMIL WECKMAN 24th.

Another point to be put by the side for the young Emil, who is facing this year for the first time the European Series for 125cc. bikes. The Finnish man with the Suzuki prototype made by Valenti was put on display in the last chance race, qualifying himself  with the second place scored on Saturday. In the first race Weckman failed to enter the points area, while in race two he managed to finish in the 20th. position, bringing home the ninth point of the season.

photo credits: Davide Messora