Joining Michele Cervellin in HRC MX2, riding the CRF250RW, is 22-year-old Dutchman Lars Van Berkel who will be filling in for the injured Chihiro Notsuka.

Coming just one week after the MXGP of Trentino as the European season starts to come thick and fast, the MXGP of Europe represents the first real sand race of the year. Located just over the Dutch / Belgian border, Valkenswaard is old-school motocross and equally popular with the fans as it is challenging for the riders. 

Fresh from his MX2 debut with Honda Europe team Vamo Racing in Argentina and Trentino, Van Berkel is graduating to HRC for the next two rounds of the MX2 Category in Valkenswaard and Latvia. As a good sand rider, these two races should suit him well, and he is no stranger to Honda having won the Dutch championship on the Honda CRF150R in 2009. Vamo Racing have released Van Berkel to HRC to give the Dutchman the opportunity to showcase his talent as the Honda Racing Family continues to search for and promote new talent. This will be his last year in MX2 before moving up to the MXGP class next season. 

Following a Grand Prix career-best qualifying in Trentino despite nursing a hand injury, Michele Cervellin will be looking to continue the form he showed in Italy and climb back up the championship table this weekend in Valkenswaard. He is familiar with the popular Belgian sand track having raced there in the European rounds last year.

The MX2 qualifying race starts at 16:25 local time on Saturday 22nd April.

Michele Cervellin

Michele Cervellin 747

I rode at Valkenswaard for the first-time last year when I was racing in the Europeans and I got seventh overall so I know I can do ok here. My focus is getting a top 10 finish and I don’t mind the tough sandy conditions here. My goal is to get a good start and ride smoothly and consistently as the track is very rough and will get worse throughout the day.

Team HRC – MX2
Lars Van Berkel

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It is a dream come true to ride for the Honda Racing Corporation Factory team for the next two rounds. I am going to make the best of it and try to show that I deserve the ride. I was riding for Vamo Honda this year and I am grateful that they have allowed me to take this opportunity. I have ridden Hondas for many years so I know the bike well and it is a bike that I feel good on. Valkensward is a track I know fairly well as it is a home race so I am going to go there with my ‘A’ game. The most important thing for me is that I ride like I know I can.

Team HRC – MX2
Roger Harvey

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

We are pleased to have Lars on-board with HRC for the next two rounds.He has been a loyal Honda rider for many years and as a Dutchman, he is looking forward to riding in the sand in Latvia and Valkenswaard.
Michele proved in Arco that he has grown as a rider and is starting to show what he is capable of. Although he will still be riding with a small hand injury this weekend his consistent riding and strength should pay off this weekend in the difficult Dutch sand track.

Team HRC – MXGP
GP of Trentino

Pietramurata, Italy

MX2 2017, Round 5

Cloudy/Dry / 19
Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 23:44 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard
  • Air Temp: 19°C
  • Humidity: 37%
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 33:41.859
2 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2.010
3 Thomas Covington 64 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +3.078
4 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 18 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki +3.503
5 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 16 LRT KTM KTM +13.092
6 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +23.082
7 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 14 HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM +43.966
8 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA 13 TM Racing Factory Team TM +46.843
9 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +49.002
10 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 11 Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +49.844
11 Hunter Lawrence 96 AUS 10 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki +52.485
12 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 9 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +56.840
13 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA 8 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +59.141
14 Anton Gole 297 SWE 7 CEC Husqvarna Sweden Husqvarna +1:02.542
15 Ben Watson 919 GBR 6 Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM Husqvarna +1:03.913
16 Conrad Mewse 426 GBR 5 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:08.113
17 Giuseppe Tropepe 223 ITA 4 Jtech Suzuki Valenti Suzuki +1:13.133
18 Darian Sanayei 57 USA 3 Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:17.715
19 Karei Kutsar 152 EST 2 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:25.189
20 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 1 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +1:27.683
Cloudy/Dry / 19
Sunday 16 Apr 2017, 23:30 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard
  • Air Temp: 19°C
  • Humidity: 37%
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:10.629
2 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.498
3 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 20 LRT KTM KTM +2.887
4 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 18 Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +11.055
5 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +33.985
6 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 15 Team HRC – MX2 Honda +37.855
7 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 14 HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM +39.695
8 Brian Hsu 81 GER 13 Husqvarna Maurer-gep Racing Team Husqvarna +41.316
9 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 12 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki +45.901
10 Conrad Mewse 426 GBR 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +50.089
11 Thomas Covington 64 USA 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +51.655
12 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL 9 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +52.519
13 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE 8 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +53.921
14 Anton Gole 297 SWE 7 CEC Husqvarna Sweden Husqvarna +54.802
15 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 6 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki +57.829
16 Darian Sanayei 57 USA 5 Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +59.667
17 Ben Watson 919 GBR 4 Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM Husqvarna +1:01.215
18 Giuseppe Tropepe 223 ITA 3 Jtech Suzuki Valenti Suzuki +1:08.318
19 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 2 HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM +1:11.302
20 Ivan Petrov 142 BUL 1 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:12.336
Cloudy/Dry / 16
Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 21:43 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard/Sand
  • Air Temp: 16°C
  • Humidity: 71%
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 23:39.305
2 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki +4.224
3 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +6.897
4 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA Team HRC – MX2 Honda +11.179
5 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +14.103
6 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +18.172
7 Thomas Covington 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +20.375
8 Julien Lieber 33 BEL LRT KTM KTM +23.795
9 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +24.656
10 Darian Sanayei 57 USA Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +26.764
11 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM +27.219
12 Giuseppe Tropepe 223 ITA Jtech Suzuki Valenti Suzuki +31.712
13 Anton Gole 297 SWE CEC Husqvarna Sweden Husqvarna +32.526
14 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +40.420
15 David Herbreteau 338 FRA F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +41.474
16 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +46.500
17 Ben Watson 919 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM Husqvarna +47.455
18 Conrad Mewse 426 GBR Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +48.018
19 Brian Hsu 81 GER Husqvarna Maurer-gep Racing Team Husqvarna +48.536
20 Hunter Lawrence 96 AUS Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki +54.192
Rider Standings
Sunday, 16 Apr 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 192 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 183 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki
3 Julien LIEBER 33 BEL 175 LRT KTM KTM
4 Thomas KJER OLSEN 19 DEN 158 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
5 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 147 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
6 Brent VAN DONINCK 172 BEL 123 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
7 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 117 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
8 Thomas COVINGTON 64 USA 112 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
9 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 110 Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
10 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 99 Team HRC – MX2 Honda
11 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 93 TM Racing Factory Team TM
12 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 76 HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM
13 Darian SANAYEI 57 USA 74 Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
14 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 72 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
15 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 70 HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM
16 Hunter LAWRENCE 96 AUS 61 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki
17 Ben WATSON 919 GBR 49 Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM Husqvarna
18 Iker LARRANAGA OLANO 66 SPA 43 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
19 Davy POOTJES 46 NDL 42 HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM
20 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 38 CEC Husqvarna Sweden Husqvarna
21 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 38 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
22 Alvin OSTLUND 161 SWE 27 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
23 Conrad MEWSE 426 GBR 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
24 Caleb WARD 170 AUS 14 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
25 Freek VAN DER VLIST 88 NDL 14 Creymert Racing KTM
26 Brian HSU 81 GER 13 Husqvarna Maurer-gep Racing Team Husqvarna
27 Magne KLINGSHEIM 67 NOR 11 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
28 Bas VAESSEN 98 NDL 11 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki
29 Stephen RUBINI 118 FRA 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
30 Giuseppe TROPEPE 223 ITA 7 Jtech Suzuki Valenti Suzuki
31 Karei KUTSAR 152 EST 2 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
32 Chihiro NOTSUKA 28 JPN 1 Team HRC – MX2 Honda
33 Ivan PETROV 142 BUL 1 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
34 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 1 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki
35 Jay WILSON 48 AUS 1 iFly JK Racing Yamaha
36 Aaron TANTI 218 AUS 1 Wildcard rider Husqvarna