FIM Motocross MX1 World Championship – The Netherlands
Although the actual traveling for the second round of the MX1 World Championship is limited for LS Honda RacingÃ¢Â€Â™s
riders Ken De Dycker and Shaun Simpson, the road to success in the black sand wonÃ¢Â€Â™t be any less challenging! De Dycker
and Simpson will be chasing for strong results at the traditional Dutch track just south of Eindhoven after a dismal opening
GP in Bulgaria. Both riders are keen to build on their inspired Lotto Trophy-Belgian Championship rides in Mons last week
where De Dycker won the event and Simpson came third.
While Valkenswaard has a long history of hosting epic racing (the first GP in 1974, MXoN in 1991) the upcoming race with its
main events on Monday -coinciding with Easter Monday- is somewhat of a novelty. Excellent weather conditions in the past
week and continuing for the days to come should mean that the track will be quite fast. Ironically the Valkenswaard track has
lost its deep sand association with the seasoned GP veterans over the years because the harder soil is starting to reach the
surface. In comparison to Lommel and Lierop, the track in Valkenswaard might be a bit less demanding but riders still need
to be in their best shape to tackle the Eurocircuit for two 35 minute plus-two-lap motos.
Both De Dycker and Simpson boast strong past results in Valkenswaard; Ken dominated the GP in 2008 with two wins and
Shaun scored respective 2nd and 4th overall finishes in 2009 and 2010.
Ken De Dycker: “My two wins in Mons last week were a great boost because I had hurt my left hip, leg and back during
the first moto in Bulgaria and didnÃ¢Â€Â™t ride on the bike last week. The soil in Mons is pretty similar to Valkenswaard, but
obviously thereÃ¢Â€Â™s still a big difference between the national championship and GPÃ¢Â€Â™s. First of all I want to be solid in and
perform better than in Sevlievo. Of course my expectations are pretty high after a good winter, me feeling strong and going
to a track that suits me so I think I should be able to challenge for a podium come Monday.Ã¢Â€Â
Shaun Simpson: “I had good preparation with the Belgian Nationals, although Valkenswaard is a bit faster than what we
rode last week.For Valkenswaard I donÃ¢Â€Â™t want to put an aim on my result, if I can get two top-10 finishes that would be great.
ThatÃ¢Â€Â™s also what I wanted to achieve at the first GP, but it didnÃ¢Â€Â™t work out. I like Valkenswaard, I had a moto win in MX2 there
and hopefully it will get rough and heavy! IÃ¢Â€Â™m certainly looking forward to this one.Ã¢Â€Â