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The DIRTY LONG WEEKEND AHEAD: 25th-28th of March 2016

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Fullnoise.com.au's Look At The Major Australian, International and Local State Races and Events Being Held This Weekend

2016 World Motocross Championship Round 3, Valkenswaard
The third round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands this Easter weekend, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th of March.

There is never any guarantee who is going to top the box in MXGP these days. Once upon a time Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli was the steady bet for the win, especially in the sand, but last year it was his undoing after he crashed during race one and broke his hand. The dominator of the grand prix thereafter was Team HRC‰Ûªs Gautier Paulin who was on rails all weekend long and rode to an easy double victory for his first and only MXGP win of the year.

Devastatingly, Paulin‰Ûªs dream of another MXGP of Europe victory has gone up in smoke after a training accident in Lommel a couple of weeks ago has forced him out with a back injury.

On a more positive note, Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Clement Desalle should be back on the pace this weekend if all has gone to plan, and also the eight time FIM Motocross World Champ, Cairoli, should be a little further down the road in terms of his return to 100% fitness and strength. We will be able to ask him directly as he will be LIVE on the Studio Show with Paul Malin and Lisa Leyland on Sunday 27th March on www.mxgp-tv.com.

Meanwhile, the defending champ Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Romain Febvre hasn‰Ûªt wasted anytime reclaiming the red plate and if we include the results of last years championship, the fiery Frenchman hasn‰Ûªt missed the podium in the last fifteen rounds of MXGP. Last year though, the MXGP of Europe in Valkenswaard was his worst result of the year where he finished seventh, but to counter that, the year before he finished second in MX2 behind none other than Jeffrey Herlings. This weekend he will head in with a six point lead over the new rookie sensation, Tim Gajser.

As for the flashy teenage wunderkind Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser, he also had a shocker at Valkenswaard last year where he had one of the most horrific crashes of the season in Qualifying, and then ended up in the pond during race one and had a few other drama‰Ûªs in race two. This year, a few people questioned how Gajser would gel with the 450, and at the tender age of 19 probably thought it was a dramatic move to jump up to the premier class. Regardless of what the bench racers were revving up about, Gajser has already proven he can handle the bigger bike with his dominating performance at the season opener in Qatar where he went 1 ‰ÛÒ 1 for the overall, and then again in Thailand where he rode a mature race for 3 ‰ÛÒ 4 and second overall.

Meanwhile, in 2014 a podium finish at the MXGP of Thailand sent Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeremy Van Horebeek on a podium streak where he racked up eleven podium finishes on the bounce. Can he do it again? We are about to find out.

Team HRC‰Ûªs Evgeny Bobryshev is another rider who has curbed back his bull-dog natured riding style and now takes a calmer and more methodical approach to his racing. After trying to conserve energy in the stifling heat of Thailand, Bobby will be over the moon to be back in cooler temperatures and on the sand where he finished fourth last year.

As for the local speedster, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Glenn Coldenhoff has entered his second full season in the MXGP class. The kid known to his fans as ‰Û÷The Hoff‰Ûª has already proven he‰Ûªs capable of winning grand prix‰Ûª as he won the MXGP of Latvia fair and square last year. The circuit here in Valkenswaard is very familiar territory for the young gun on orange and he will definitely be looking to do something special for his fans here this weekend.

Pressure is no stranger to Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings who will line up this weekend with arguably the entire crowd behind him as he tries to win his 50th grand prix for both himself and his devoted fans. Valkenswaard is his back yard and since he was old enough to race MX2, 15 years old, he is yet to be beaten on this circuit. This exact track and location was also his first ever grand prix victory, back in 2010, and if he wins again this year it will not only be his 50th overall win of his career, it will be his seventh consecutive grand prix win at the circuit of Valkenswaard.

To view this weekends racing action live head to MXGP-tv.com



LOCAL AND STATE RACING
- 2016 King N Prince of the Gulf + Womens Cup - PPMC, Port Pirie, SA
- FIM Speedway Sidecar Gold Cup, Gillman Speedway, SA
- 2016 Oceanic Sidecar Championship - Round 1, Gillman Speedway, SA
- Morgan Club MX Series Round 2, Morgan, SA
- 2016 King of the Murray Arenacross Mildura, Victoria
- Easter in the Country - Roma Queensland
- Orange to Ocean Interclub Rd2 - Gladstone, Queensland
- 2016 Bike Bonanaza - Broadford, Victoria
- 2016 Australian Junior Track Championship - Nudgee

FULLNOISE.COM.AU's Weekend Ahead
With Easter upon us it will be a bit of a quiet weekend around here at Fullnoise.com.au

With the third round of the 2016 World Motocross Championship being held at Valkenswaard, we will be keeping a close eye on qualifying and the racing when it gets underway and have our MXGP-TV subscribtion fired up and ready to go for the weeked.

As for riding, the weekend will be spent at Port Pirie in South Australia at the Prince and King of the gulf getting a little seat time aboard our RM-Z450 in the Vets and Clubman Open class.

Keep an eye on the site over the weekend for updates and be sure to head back Monday morning for MONDAY MOTOBOARD where will put all the weekends racing results and links to local racing results in one easy to find page.

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