The MXGP Championship is about to hit the half-way mark in the 2016 with round nine of eighteen taking place this weekend on the old-school circuit of Talavera de la Reina, Spain.
Talavera de la Reina first hosted a round of the FIM Motocross World Championship back in 1994 where American Donny Scmidt was the winner on a Yamaha YZ 250cc, while its most recent round was last year where Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli won in MXGP and Kemea Yamaha Racing‰Ûªs Valentin Guillod won his first ever grand prix in the MX2 class.
This year is the tenth time that Talavera de la Reina will host the MXGP of Spain and in addition it will also host the fifth round of the European Championship EMX250 series as well as the third rounds of the European Championships EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing and EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing.
So far we have no clues as to who will win the premier class. The rookie, Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser leads by 4 points over the defending champion Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Romain Febvre, while both will have to keep an eye on the eight-time FIM Motocross World Champ Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli as he quietly chips away at their points in third.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli is the most recent winner of the MXGP of Spain. Although Tony has many accolades and multiple GP wins, last years win here in Talavera wasn‰Ûªt just any old win.
If Honda Gariboldi‰Ûªs Tim Gajser impressed you with his sick scrubs in Germany, you better hold your jaw in place because it‰Ûªs bound to drop at the circuit renowned for its scrub enticing hills. Putting his insane whips aside, Tiga will also be running the red plate for the third time this year as he leads the championship, 4 points clear of Romain Febvre.
The MXGP of Spain in Talavera de la Reina was the first sign of big things to come for Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing‰Ûªs Romain Febvre who hit a career milestone here when he landed on the podium for the first time in the premier class.
The Frenchman‰Ûªs most recent grand prix win was back in March in the sand of Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, which could fool you into thinking he‰Ûªs a better sand rider, yet most people that know him as a rider would say he is definitely one of the strongest riders in the world on hard and slick surfaces which will make him a huge threat for the win this weekend.
In MX2 class The Bullet, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Jeffrey Herlings has won here once, back in 2014, but he only finished second last year after having a biggie which you can watch on our Youtube channel by clicking HERE.
While Herlings is labeled the king of sand and Talavera couldn‰Ûªt be further from a sand circuit, it just makes smoking everyone on the hard-pack a sweeter feeling, which is what he‰Ûªll be aiming to do.
Team Suzuki World MX2‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer broke his podium streak last weekend after having a few spills. Nevertheless he is still sits second in the championship, 37 points up on Pauls Jonass.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Pauls Jonass is also not a huge fan of clay, but the Latvian wonder child knows that it is his weakness and after being the surprise of the season last year when he finished as the vice world champion, it‰Ûªs apparent he is a pretty fast learner.
One rider that is fond of a hard surface TM Racing Factory Team‰Ûªs Samuele Bernardini who was on fire a couple of weeks ago in Italy. If the Italian star on the rise can keep his focus sharp, he could be in for his first ever podium finish this season.
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