Motocross

Kevin Strijbos looking ahead after lackluster start to the season

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It‰Ûªs been a whirlwind February for the Suzuki World MXGP team, with the launch of the new RM-Z450WS at the beginning of the month at the headquarters in Lommel, Belgium and then ending it in Qatar at the first round of the 2017 World Championships.

In between were trips to Hawkstone Park in England and Lacapelle in France and while things have been hectic, positive steps have been taken throughout this period.

Kevin Strijbos put in good times in practice and timed practice and showed speed all throughout the weekend, he just wasn‰Ûªt able to do it at the front of the field after bad starts dashed any hopes for a top-five position.

His 11-12 results were only good enough for 11th overall and although he obviously wanted to be higher, the fact that the tricky Qatar track was so difficult to pass on meant that higher finishes just weren‰Ûªt realistic unless you got good starts.
Kevin Strijbos is looking forward to Indonesian after missing the top ten finishing the opening round in 11th.
"First race I got a good start but ran wide and Anstie also ran wide and went off the track," Strijbos explained. "I just about saved it but lost a lot of positions. My riding though, I just couldn‰Ûªt push, I didn‰Ûªt have any energy or anything. I don‰Ûªt know what was wrong. It was better in the second moto as again I got a good jump off the metal mesh but then they moved past me when we got on the soil and I couldn‰Ûªt make it up.

"It‰Ûªs something we have to work on but overall I felt way better than the first moto, I felt strong, I felt good, but it‰Ûªs so difficult to pass, I think I spent the whole race behind Jeffrey Herlings. He‰Ûªs a smart rider and knows how to protect his lines but I tried and the team could see I tried. The result is not great but we are going to stay positive and keep the positive things in mind for next week and we shall see what happens in Indonesia.‰Û

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