GP Bits: MXGP of Flanders - Belgium

All photos by MX July.

The BFRC shock hasn't gotten a lot of love over in the States, but if it works for Tim Gajser on a track like Lommel...

How about some up close and personal time with Jeremy Seewer's Yamaha? Apparently Jeremy likes a lot of front brake.

The radiator hose insulation is a nice touch.

Sweet carbon guards to fill in some of the blank spots on the Yamaha bodywork.

We're used to seeing Akropovic exhausts on KTMs and GasGas bikes over here, but not so often on Yamahas.

Hinson clutch and a whole lot of ti bolts to hold the cover on.

Renthal bars, nice clean GET GPS mount, and...what's the cannister next to it?

We like the hub color...and a whole lot of cool componentry.

Moto art.

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That's a stout-looking front end setup.

CRM handles the protection side.

Add in a billet GYTR cover on the ignition side.

Careful, those things bite.

How trick is this Bud Racing-modded powerplant?

The bikes for Brian Bogers and Pauls Jonass under the Standing Construct GasGas tent.

Powerplant check.

See anything trick for your GasGas here?

If you want photos that don't have the riders coated in sand, get them early.

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Maxime Renaux has been having a great season so far.

You'd better have everything prepped to the max for this kind of sand. Gear, goggles, bike...everything.

Was Romain Febvre stoked with his overall win? You bet.

Tim Gajser retained the red plate by five points over Febvre.

Sand dreams.

If this doesn't speak volumes about what it's like to ride at Lommel, we don't know what does.

Romain Febvre doing some sandblasting under threatening skies.

Kay de Wolf showed some serious sand prowess with a 3-1 day in MX2. That netted him second overall.

Maxime Renaux left Lommel with a 27-point lead in the MX2 title chase.

Romain Febvre went 1-2 in the Belgian sand for the overall in MXGP.

We've seen Malcolm Stewart rock this color combo of Gaernes before. The purple and gold is great for Vikings and Laker fans.

Jordi Tixier headed to the starting line.

Racing with a broken shoulderblade is not high on our recommended list of things to try. That he could score a moto win and finish second overall on the day to stay in championship contention is pretty amazing.

Simon Laengenfelder finished the day ninth on the MX2 results.

Jago's fans had plenty to cheer about.

It was a tough weekend for Mattia Guadagnini, with a 12th overall.

Grit. And determination. But definitely a lot of grit.

Jeffrey Herlings is a bad dude. “We didn’t ride much in practice but we had a good gate pick and then in the first moto Romain had really good pace, so I just sat there to save energy. As everybody knows, I broke my shoulder blade and it’s not normal to be riding again in thirteen days. I didn’t know if my speed would fade because the track was so rough and hard on the body. At one point I felt I could run a faster pace. I passed Romain and made a gap. I started well in the second moto – fourth or fifth I think - but came together with Glenn going for an inside line. It was a shame to be last but I fought my way back to 5th…then I faded! I couldn’t hold onto the bike that well and I didn’t want to make a big crash. To go 1-5 is a good day. One week ago we thought the championship was over – and I still need to hunt down the points – but 42 points is not too bad and there are still a lot of races and options ahead. 42 away is not where I want to be but if I had this offer a week ago I would have signed for it.”

Jago Geerts went 1-2 to nab the MX2 overall.

Who says you need lots of hills to make a gnarly MX track? Lommel says otherwise.

It gets remade, reshaped, and turns into a wicked mean place. Sand specialists thrive here. Others just struggle.

Tom Vialle getting some post-race debrief from Joel Smets. “7th is not what we want but after the injury I have not ridden in the sand for a long time. I tried twice this week but it wasn’t going too well with my hand. In another way I’m quite happy because my hand came through the motos well. We can build from here. I was already tired at the start of the second moto and the track was really tough today. If you are not ‘bike fit’ then it is extra difficult here. I think I would have enjoyed today a lot more if I had that fitness. I know from here we will be a bit better every day. We will train hard this week and I know I will be 100% by the time we go to Turkey.”


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