Motocross

Townley and Strijbos ready for the Thailand heat

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Team Suzuki World MXGP and World MX2 have decamped from Losail, Qatar to Thailand this week where a new circuit in Suphan Buri, north-east of Bangkok, will play host to a humid and hot second round of the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship this weekend.

Kevin Strijbos and Ben Townley will be looking for more progress in terms of defining optimum race set-ups for the long season ahead.

Little is known about the third venue in three years for the Thai stop on the MXGP trail but temperatures are set to hover around the 40-degree mark meaning that the Asian fixture will again be one of the most demanding.

The Grand Prix of Qatar, run under floolights last Saturday night, was a tough introduction to the campaign for the team and both riders, with Strijbos‰Ûª eighth position in the first moto the highest classification from the four results. Importantly it was the first step of a lengthy trajectory that takes in another 17 meetings and 34 motos starting this weekend in the Thai ‰Û÷sauna‰Ûª.

‰ÛÏWe will have to put our heads together to see what we can do, or what I can do or what I did wrong in Qatar,‰Û
Kevin Strijbos last week in Qatar
Acclimatising to the heat and with the RM-Z450s in freight and set to arrive at Suphan Buri any day, the possibilities for extra riding and testing this week have been minimal but General Manager Stefan Everts knows that Thailand is another mark in the learning process.

‰ÛÏWe can start again from zero in Thailand,‰Û
Jeremy Seewer

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