The seventeenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, that will take place in Afyon, Turkey, this weekend, will pose a new challenge for the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP and Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP teams as the riders will take on an all-new and completely unfamiliar track.
This weekend will be the first time that Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Romain Febvre and Jeremy Van Horebeek line-up on Turkish soil. The last time the country hosted a Motocross Grand Prix was back in 2009, and of Yamaha's Official 2018 line-up, Shaun Simpson was the only rider that raced it. Although, the Yamaha riders of that year won the Grand Prix in both classes, MXGP and MX2 - Antonio Cairoli was victorious onboard his YZ450F in the premier class, while Zach Osborne triumphed the MX2 category onboard a YZ250F.
Left a little disappointed with the result of last weekend, where he finished fifth overall at the Bulgarian Grand Prix and dropped to fifth in the MXGP Championship Standings, Romain Febvre will be focusing on getting better starts and putting his YZ450FM back on the box this weekend. He hopes to surpass Tim Gajser, who he trails by 5-points, in the Championship Standings and move back up into fourth-place. He is currently 37-points off the top-three, which is ultimately where he wants to be when the checkered flag is waved for the final time this season, in Imola, Italy, on the weekend of September 30th.
"I feel OK after two back-to-back GP's, for me it is better to have the GP's closer together so I don't lose the rhythm from racing, so I actually like it," Febvre said. "I was happy to stand on the podium in Switzerland, and last weekend in Bulgaria I was happy with my speed and the way I was riding, but my starts were not great and on that kind of track it was tough to past. I finish fourth and fifth in the races, which was not enough for the podium. I am disappointed with that, but it is what it is. I am looking forward to racing in Turkey, my goal remains the same, I want to be on the podium and to close the gap to the third place in the championship. I will do everything I possibly can to achieve this."