GP Bits: MXGP of The Netherlands | Round 4

All photos by MX July

Welcome to Oss.

The typical conditions in The Netherlands, sandy.


Yamaha's Jago Geerts made the math easy with 1-1 moto victories for first overall in the MX2 class.

Jago Geerts: “I am really happy with how it went today. The first heat was really good. I was second in the start and then on the third lap, I made a pass for the lead. From there, I could ride my own race and kept the pace for the whole moto to take the win. I was really happy with that and then in the second heat, I got the holeshot and had a good battle with (Kay) de Wolf, but I still got the win. It’s good to finally be back on the top step of the podium. Now I will try to do the same in the next races.”

The MX2 class is full of fast but unproven racers this year. KTM's Mattia Guadagnini lost the red plate to Maxime Renaux who had it going into round two.

A look at the aluminum-frame "KX125" (KTM motor) of Sasha Coenen on the Bud Racing EMX125 team.

Custom clutch cover on the "KX."

Running the latest Ohlins suspension and a new Bud Racing split triple clamp.


More Bud bling with matchy matchy Neken bar and pad.

Team green would be proud.

Carbon tank is always cool. Man it would be rad to ride this bike!

Maxime Renaux had a solid weekend, with 4th overall, but his consistency this year earned him the red plate.

Maxime Renaux: “It was a tough day for me. I had a big crash in practice, so I had to ride through the pain a little bit. The first race was okay; I just made too many mistakes. I crashed in the first corner and came back pretty good and then I had another crash. Honestly, I was not feeling too comfortable on this track today, so I didn’t want to push really hard. Fourth was enough for me today; we took the red plate in the team and on my bike. That is really good. I am happy to make it through a bad day like this, already looking forward to the next one.”

Privateer team of SM Action GASGAS with a rider in the EMX250 class and MXGP class.

Honda HRC seems to have followed the Husqvarna team's lead and got a crazy futuristic trailer. This one looks to be for their hospitality.

Airoh Helmets also have a sweet rig.

Two MX2 Kawasaki teams ready to go. F&H Crone and Dixon Racing.

Speaking of teams, here is a new one for the 2021 MXGPs... Beta SDM Corse MX Team.

This is a 450 that currently doesn't exist for sale yet, but should be a 2022 model, based on Beta's successful off-road four-stroke enduro racers. Whoever Van Horebeek's mechanic is, they put safety wire on everything as you'll see. Here, the oil fill cap isn't going anywhere.

Safety wire on the radiator crossover hose.
Here you can see it on the fuel line connectors and another filler cap. Looks like they are also trying to get more oxygen to that motor.
From riding the Beta 300 RX, we can say the stock seat is the hardest we've ever felt. Hopefully this isn't stock.
Also, the Beta we rode would have probably felt better with these Xtrig clamps.

Looks like some billet cases going on there.

Running a Nissin rear caliper, no protection. And the blue rims, at least the color, are stock on the 300 moto bike. They stand out from all the red that Beta normally sticks to.

Tim Gajser got the overall with 3-2 moto scores. Got the chicken wing style in full effect.

Tim Gajser: "Overall, I am happy with the day. Coming into the event I knew it would be difficult to take the victory as it was a new track for me and there are a lot of good sand riders, but I tried to ride smoothly, not taking too many risks and it paid off. Of course, I would have liked to have finished off with a win in the second moto but increasing my championship lead and getting on the top step of the podium was a good finish to the day. I know I still need to keep working hard though and I will make sure I’m ready for the hard-pack of Loket next weekend where hopefully there will be a lot of Slovenian fans who can cheer me on."

With GASGAS and Beta adding to the red that usually denoted only Honda, there is a lot of red in the pack this year.

Jed Beaton was stoked to get second overall in the MX2 class.

Speaking of GASGAS, let's take a closer look at the Standing Construct bikes.

You can see clearly here that the lower clamp is not split, but is supposed to look like it is.

Xtrig with a new two-option start device.
Xact Pro shock.

Akro has beautiful craftmanship.

Factory Brembo caliper protected bike more Akro style. Spoke ties are black, not sure exactly what they are using. Kind of looks like small zip ties.

Another look at the non-split clamps. Also, while so many of the teams run carbon tanks, KTM/Husky/GG rarely do. I've asked Carlos, Webb's mechanic why and he said that the stock plastic tanks are lighter.

Prado getting some bright colors on his custom Airoh lid.

Cairoli got the second moto victory good enough for second overall.


Again you can see the non-split clamps. And a new 100% colorway?

Coldenhoff and Febvre batting in moto 1.

... With Herlings flying through like a madman.

Unfortunately, especially since it was his home race, Glenn hit the ground hard in the second moto and rung his bell.

The Dutch fans seem very organized.

A closer look at Febvre's Monster Energy Kawasaki.

Looks like his brake tip is higher than most.

PC shifter.
Factory BFRC shock and carbon fiber subframe.
Oil cooler with protected lines.
Love those fork legs, factory caliper, and carbon guard.
The fans for moto bikes are looking so trick compared to a few years ago.

The cockpit of one of the 114 Hondas.

Another Honda, this time Gajser's.

Some cool coatings on there.

More factory calipers...

And that's where we end. See you in Loket.

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