Photo Feature: Monster Army Dukes it Out on Toughest Grand Prix Track of the Year
Max Anstie and Steven Frossard got a proper workout at the Grand Prix of Limburg and posted top five finishes for the Monster Army for what was the eleventh round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. The Lommel sand in Belgium was an ***-kicker and gave some of the fastest off-road motorcycle racers in the world their hardest weekend of the season. The bumps and gnarly holes and ruts in the soft-stuff forced plenty of mistakes and was demanding of man and machine in practically every way.
23,300 fans packed into the site that will host the Motocross of Nations in thirteen months and the blue skies and good weather from recent rounds was replaced by something more ‘northern European’ e.g. clouds and cool temperatures. There was still a good vibe around and the amplified Monster rig was again the place to hang out for the best views of what the riders had to deal with. Metal legends, Campus also made the short trip to the track and joined us to spend the day mingling with fans and the riders.
Ken De Dycker warmed-up for his home grand prix on Friday by hitting the lake on a brutally-quick Monster Energy jet-ski (naturally with one of the girls for company). De Dycker was zoned out of contention for a podium place after a crash on the first corner and another couple of spills that led to a painful neck but he ignored the discomfort to place tenth overall.
It was Frossard in MX1 who grabbed a top five result and fought with Desalle and Cairoli for the lead in the first moto. The upshot of the impressive French rookie’s result is just an 11 point deficit from second place in the world championship standings. “Like most of the riders I feel tired! I had a good race in the first moto. I was very focussed and riding easily. I could play with the track and had some fun,” No.’183′ said. “I have never seen the track like this before. It was more like enduro than motocross; very, very difficult.”
In MX2 it was British teenager Anstie who upstaged CLS Kawasaki team-mate Tommy Searle and Monster Energy Yamaha’s Gautier Paulin to rip through the sand and finish fourth overall for an impressive Lommel GP ‘baptism’. “It’s the first track this season that I really knew before coming as I rode here many times when I was younger,” the youngster said. “I love Belgium. There were many British fans to support us, all my family was here and I felt good during the weekend.”
Only a couple of days separate the next outing for the Monster Energy motocross crew with a trip across the continent and into the trees of Loket for the Grand Prix of Czech Republic. Meanwhile check out the carnage photos below by Milagro from Belgium: