In the final race of the weekend roles had reversed between the two YZ450FM riders. Jeremy Van Horebeek ripped a decent start with his teammate Romain Febvre in his wake. The duo bought the typically quiet and serene venue to life with their bar-to-bar battle for fourth place, which raged on until the flag. Despite suffering from a stomach bug, Van Horebeek managed to keep his teammate at bay for fourth place in both the race and the overall results, while Febvre was forced to be content with fifth.
"It has been a perfect weekend to start the season," Van Horebeek declared. "I didn't have enough for a podium today. I battled for third place because the other two guys were on another planet. I just feel the key to the race for me is the start. I need to work on my starts because my first start was really bad but my speed in the race was okay. I got sick after the first race but I still enjoyed the day and I feel it was a good first GP."
Likewise Romain Febvre was happy to his start to 2018.
"I'm happy to start the season like this," Febvre said. "I finished inside the top five in both races and I know my speed is there. In the first race I got a good start, I just struggled a little bit in the wave section, which was disappointing. It was the first GP of the season, to be inside the top five is good."
Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP duo of Shaun Simpson and Jeremy Seewer put in a series of promising performances all weekend. Simpson achieved his goal of finishing inside the top-eight despite crashing in the opening race of the weekend, in which he finished eleventh. The Scot put in a praiseworthy ride in the final race of the day for seventh place, and seventh overall.
"I am absolutely pumped with the overall result," Simpson said. "I came here to get inside the top-eight in both races, and if I hadn't crashed in the first race, I would have achieved that. The second race I finished seventh. I know I don't quite have the speed to run with the top-five right now, but from where I was last year to where I am today. I am happy with how I've bounced back, with my own motivation, and the team's motivation as well. It's quite exciting to see what else we can achieve as I know the bike has a lot of potential left to explore. We will go back to the workshop, make some small changes and improve. We will come out in Valkenswaard really swinging and try and get back inside the top-five. Let's see where the next eighteen rounds will take up. I'm really excited."