April 18, 2017


The fifth round of the MXGP 2017 took place this weekend under the shadow of the Dolomites, in the beautiful scenario of Arco di Trento's track. The hard pack circuit welcomed the top of the Motocross World riders for the fifth year in a row and with a nice sunny day and the natural tribunes filled of spectators, was a beautiful day of sport for the MX fans coming from all over Europe to see their heroes. Both the Suzuki World MXGP riders had a decent ride in Italy, taking back home a positive experience, just a week before the next round that will be hosted in Holland, on the well know sandy track of Valkenswaard. Unfortunately Kevin was able to take points only in the first heat, because of a technical problem in the second one but Arminas won a top ten overall what is his best result so far this year.


Kevin Strijbos: “I didn’t get good start in the first moto and was around 20th in the first corner but then I started to make a lot of passes in the next couple of corners which has previously been a weak point of mine, so that’s a positive thing. I ended up getting to ninth which was the best I could do on this track which was so difficult to pass on. I was feeling good, laptimes were decent, fifth or sixth could have been possible.Then I pulled a wheelie in the second start so once again I was down the field, but like in the first moto I was able to make a lot of passes in the first few corners and was running 10th. I had good speed but I couldn’t quite close the gap to the rider in front and then with one lap to go the bike stopped working so obviously I dropped down the placings."


Arminas Jasikonis: "It was a good day, I’m improving in every GP I think and 12-11 isn’t too bad when you look at all the experienced GP riders in front of me. It’s been a good weekend for me considering the track was so narrow and there were no lines to pass but I still could make it through the pack. Not many guys could do that so I’m pleased with that aspect; I just need to work on my starts a bit. I’m happy, there are some positive things and I owe a big thanks to my team for working so hard to help me get better on the new RM-Z450WS. The next GP is sandy so again we will try to improve and put everything together for a better result.”


First race of the year for the JTech Suzuki Valenti team that made the seasonal debut with his riders in Arco di Trento this week end. After almost two years Ken De Dycker came back on a MXGP starting gate and for the Belgian giant the focus was on survive and bring back home as much laps as possible, without taking too much risks, gaining the confidence to ride a Grand Prix after such a long stop. For Giuseppe Tropepe the goal was taking points and make a solid first step in to the 2017 World Championship. Both riders hit the target and now the focus is on the sixth round of the MXGP, in Holland in seven days on the sandy track of Valkenswaard.


20st. during the qualifying race of Saturday, the Belgian rider struggled a bit at the first start Sunday, passing at the first corner out of the thirty and managed to finish 26th in the first moto. At the second start Ken was even farther than at the first, but found a good rhythm that let him gain a lot of positions, overtaking more than 10 riders, to finish in  22nd. place the second moto, for a 23rd. overall.


After a brilliant qualifying race Saturday and a good start in the first moto, Giuseppe lost some position, fighting with other riders and finished in 18th. place. In race two the Italian had to pass some riders because the start didn't went so good as in the first moto and crossed the finish line 17th. for a 22nd. overall, taking back home the first 7 points of the year. 

photo credits: Davide Messora