The sixth round of MXGP returns to the popular Belgian sand track in Valkenswaard this weekend for the MXGP of Europe just one week after Trentino.

The track is well known for its tough conditions, the deep black sand is difficult to master as it’s condition becomes more challenging throughout the day.

Last year, red plater holder Gajser achieved third place here after winning the first race but made some costly mistakes in the second race as the track grew more demanding. Gajser is still leading the world championship with an 18-point lead following his second-place finish in Trentino. The Slovenian’s smooth riding style on the CRF450RW should secure him his fifth podium of the season.

Currently standing at fourth place in the world, Bobryshev will want to better his sixth place finish he achieved in Valkenswaard last year. The Russian, who enjoys riding in the tough conditions and is coming off the back of narrowly missed podium in Trentino, will play to his strengths and focus on getting the start he needs to keep his podium goal in sight.

MXGP qualifying starts at 17:10 on Saturday 22nd April.

Tim Gajser

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I am looking forward to Valkenswaard. I think I am in good shape and I feel good on the bike, I am riding in some sand this week to train for it as we all know the track gets rough. Sand isn't my favourite terrain to ride in but we have to be prepared for any kind of track. I hope to have a consistent weekend I will do my best. I will be ready for it.

Evgeny Bobryshev

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Valkenswaard is a really nice track, it's sand so you can use all the power on the bike. I would say that this is one of my favourite tracks overall on the MXGP calendar. It is fairly local to where I live and I hope we have good weather there. I am going to do some riding in the sand this week in preparation for it so by the weekend I will be ready for a good result. Two Hondas up front this weekend will be really good.

Roger Harvey

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Valkensward has been a track that has been good to us in the past and each year we look forward to coming back to race here. It is a very difficult track to ride in and it use to be really deep sand but over the years the track has changed. Nowadays it is quite hard at the base which can catch riders out very easily. We are looking forward to both riders continuing their good run of form in Europe.

GP of Europe

Valkenswaard, Netherlands

MXGP 2017, Round 6

Rider Standings
Sunday, 16 Apr 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 201 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 183 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 151 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
4 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 145 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
5 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 145 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
6 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 144 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
7 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 106 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
8 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 101 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
9 Max NAGL 12 GER 95 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
10 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 90 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki
11 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 88 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
12 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 84 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
13 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 77 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
14 Max ANSTIE 99 GBR 69 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
15 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 56 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki
16 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 49 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
17 Rui GONCALVES 999 POR 42 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
18 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 37 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
19 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 36 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
20 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 29 Honda Red Moto Honda
21 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 26 Honda Red Moto Honda
22 Jake NICHOLLS 45 GBR 15 Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM KTM
23 Maxime DESPREY 141 FRA 7 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
24 Damon GRAULUS 71 BEL 7 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda
25 Jetro SALAZAR 60 ECU 4 Wildcard Rider Honda
26 Joaquin POLI 179 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider Honda
27 Farhan HENDRO FAHRODJIE 261 THA 1 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki