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The eyes and minds of motorcycle #racing enthusiasts that follow the FIM #motocross World Championship were drawn in and blown-away by Monster Energy #yamaha Factory #racing #mxgp rider Jeremy Van Horebeek's speed as he took his #yz450fm to second overall at the #mxgp of #patagonia Argentina. Hosting the third stop of nineteen in the 2017 #mxgp series, the small village of Villa la Angostura witnessed Monster Energy #yamaha Factory Racing's Romain Febvre giving the 29,500 fans that turned up something to roar about as he fired back from two middling starts and a small crash for two hard-fought results, fourth and eighth for fifth overall.
Nestled in the greenery of the Correntoso and Nuhuel Huapi lakeshores, the spectacular track in Argentina is fast, wide and flowing, and is made out of a strange, dark and grainy volcanic soil. While the dirt here looks perfect and grippy, everyone knows looks can be deceiving and as it turns out, in Argentina, they are.
Riders needed to be cautious while walking a fine line between carrying momentum via the freewheel method or getting hard on the throttle. Too much of one is slow, and too much of the other would end in tears. Mastering the tricky dirt and extremely bumpy terrain, Monster Energy #yamaha Factory Racing's #jeremyvanhorebeek bought the typically quiet and serene venue to life onboard his works #yamaha #yz450fm. The Belgian was flawless in his pursuit to second place in the Qualifying Race yesterday which made him the second rider in line to select his starting position for the two 30 minute plus 2 lap races today. Armed with a good gate pick, the twenty-seven-year-old got off to a decent start in the first race, which got even better when he held a tight line around turn one and passed four riders in one fell swoop. Emerging from turn two in second place, he hooked onto the back of the reigning world champion, Tim Gajser, and chased him home for second. The final race of the day played to a similar tune with the number '89' getting off to another good start and putting in a couple of good passes to finish in third place, which was enough for second overall and his first top two finish since the #mxgp of Lombardia 2015.
Romain Febvre was determined to make amends to his 'off' start to the season and in the initial stages of the grand prix it appeared as though he would. The Frenchman set the fastest time in Timed Training but made a slight mistake during the Qualifying Race when he connected with another rider and crashed. Nevertheless, he made a fast remount and recouped as many spots as he could and finished up tenth.
With only the tenth pick of the gate, the Monster Energy #yamaha Factory #racing rider had two mediocre starts in the races today. On both occasions he attacked the choppy surface with all of the skill and throttle finesse he is so well known for and even held the fastest lap time in race two for almost the entire #moto despite being stuck in traffic. In the first race he earnestly battled his way from outside of the top fifteen to cross the line in fourth place, a result he may have bettered in the second race if it wasn't for an error in the latter stages that dropped him back to eighth for that race and fifth overall for the grand prix.
The uncanny soil proved a happy riding spot for Wilvo #yamaha Official MXGP's Arnaud Tonus who forged his name inside the top five after the first gate-drop when he qualified in fourth. His teammate Shaun Simpson, on the other hand, admitted he would prefer a ruttier and more technical surface, yet managed to finish eighth in the Qualifying Race which was a result he was content with.
Tonus' chances of a top five slot in the Grand Prix overall went out the window when an odd footpeg issue forced him out of the opening race, while Simpson dashed to the flag and crossed the line in tenth. In the second race, it was like magnetic force drew the teammates together. They connected and went down, but were both able to run a mean pace on their way back to eleventh and thirteenth respectively. Simpson wrapped up the GP in twelfth while Tonus was awarded fifteenth.
The next round of the FIM #motocross World Championship will take place on the weekend of April 2nd in Leon, Mexico.
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