Grand Prix of the Netherlands 2008 Vital Motocross

Click the following link for a 28-photo gallery of FIM race action from the Grand Prix of the Netherlands.

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We took a weekend field trip to The Netherlands to Check out the first FIM Grand Prix Motocross of the year, and got to watch a pair of dominating performances by Teka Suzuki's Ken de Dycker in MX1, and Red Bull KTM's Tyla Rattray in MX2. Both riders went 1-1 on the Dutch sand track at Valkenswaard.

The conditions were definitely tough out there, as Saturday rains added a ton of moisture to the track, giving it the consistency of a sandy soup/mud mix in the morning. Though it dried throughout the day, it didn't get any easier, with extremely deep ruts. Actually, though, considering some of the weather options (like the snow that had been predicted, but which hit London instead), it was actually rather nice. Scattered clouds, and temps probably in the 50s.

There will alway be inevitable comparisons between the U.S. National series that we normally cover, and the World Championship series, so here are some quick observations.

Equipment: We have to go with the GPs on this one. With no production rule, the teams can go as wild as they'd like with their bikes. Carbon subframes, exotic materials, non-stock frames, and a wider variety of brands of suspension and aftermarket goodies help give it the nod. Seeing added brands like TM and Aprillia is a bonus.

Field Size: This one goes to the U.S. The GPs use the European Championships as a feeder series, and limit the size of the field on the gate in the GPs to 30 riders. More riders than that try to qualify on Saturday.

Sound: The GPs get the nod here. Sure the field size is smaller, but they also use a lower db limit, and the smaller field size does have the added benefit of reducing the overall roar a bit. They're also working toward a dynamic sound test, which measures sound in a real-world situation, and uses transponders to match the sound to a particular bike.

Overall ambience: It is cool seeing fans waving their country flags, and cheerleading for their favorite riders. U.S. fans seem to come for the overall show...but we have to admit they'd probably look pretty silly waving a flag from California, Florida, or some other state. The mix of languages at the GPs is also interesting, though it makes us wish we'd paid more attention during language classes at school. Being multi-lingual is definitely a benefit.

But all in all it's not about whose version of motocross is better...we can appreciate similarities and the differences, and bottom line, it's about the competition, and about MX. There's good racing on both sides of the Atlantic, and we dig watching them both.

Want to see more? Click the link above to jump to the race coverage for the GP of the Netherlands, or any of the following links to check out the team intros (and close-ups of the equipment for Suzuki, KTM, Kawasaki, and Yamaha.

Results
Grand Prix of the Netherlands

MX1 Overall

     
M1
M2
Total
Points
1
Ken de Dycker BEL Suzuki
25
25
50
2
Steve Ramon BEL Suzuki
20
18
38
3
Max Nagl GER KTM
22
16
38
4
Billy MacKenzie GBR Honda
11
22
33
5
David Phillipaerts ITA Yamaha
18
15
33
6
Josh Coppins NZL Yamaha
15
14
29
7
Manuel Priem BEL Kawasaki
16
13
29
8
Kornel Nemeth HUN KTM
12
12
24
9
Kevin Strijbos BEL Kawasaki
14
7
21
10
Jonathan Barragan ESP KTM
0
20
20
11
Aigar Leok EST Yamaha
9
11
20
12
Mike Brown USA Honda
6
8
14
13
Marc de Reuver NED Honda
13
0
13
14
Marcus Schiffer GER KTM
2
9
11
15
Clement Desalle BEL Suzuki
0
10
10
16
Tanel Leok EST Kawasaki
10
0
10
17
Marvin van Daele BEL Suzuki
7
2
9
18
Bas Verhoeven NED Kawasaki
8
1
9
19
Antti Pyrhonen FIN Suzuki
4
4
8
20
Tom Church GBR Kawasaki
0
6
6
21
Lauris Freibergs LAT Yamaha
0
5
5
22
Sebastien Pourcel FRA Kawasaki
5
0
5
23
Alessio Chiodi ITA TM
0
3
3
24
Pierre Renet FRA Suzuki
3
0
3
25
Alex Salvini ITA Suzuki
1
0
1
26
Julien Bill SUI Honda
0
0
0
27
Scott Columb NZL Suzuki
0
0
0
28
Loic Leonce FRA Yamaha
0
0
0
29
Brad Anderson GBR Suzuki
0
0
0
30
William Saris NED Yamaha
0
0
0

MX2 OVERALL

     
M1
M2
Total
Points
1
Tyla Rattray RSA KTM
25
25
50
2
Antonio Cairoli ITA Yamaha
22
22
44
3
Erik Eggens NED Suzuki
18
20
38
4
Tommy Searle GBR KTM
20
16
36
5
Rui Goncalves POR KTM
15
18
33
6
Shaun Simpson GBR KTM
16
12
28
7
Nicolas Aubin FRA Yamaha
12
15
27
8
Xavier Boog FRA Suzuki
13
13
26
9
Joel Roelants BEL KTM
11
11
22
10
Jeremy van Horebeek BEL KTM
14
7
21
11
Davide Guarneri ITA Yamaha
6
10
16
12
Stephen Sword GBR Kawasaki
0
14
14
13
Gert Krestinov EST KTM
8
5
13
14
Manuel Monni ITA Yamaha
2
9
11
15
Rinus van de Ven NED KTM
7
3
10
16
Jeremy Tarroux FRA KTM
10
0
10
17
Anthony Boissiere FRA KTM
9
0
9
18
Mike Kras NED Suzuki
0
8
8
19
Gautier Paulin FRA Kawasaki
0
6
6
20
Rob van Vijfeijken NED Yamaha
1
4
5
21
Pascal Leuret FRA Suzuki
5
0
5
22
Joaquim Rodrigues POR KTM
4
0
4
23
Avis Wyatt RSA Honda
3
0
3
24
Marcus Norlen SWE Suzuki
0
2
2
25
Evegeniy Bobryshev RUS Yamaha
0
1
1
26
Shannon Terreblanche RSA Suzuki
0
0
0
27
Carl Nunn GBR Suzuki
0
0
0
28
Steven Frossard FRA Kawasaki
0
0
0
29
Angelo Pellegrini ITA KTM
0
0
0
30
Marvin Musquin FRA Honda
0
0
0
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1 comment
  • TomB1551

    4/12/2008 8:02 AM

    Guy,

    I was fortunate enough to be stationed in Belgium on the dutch border in the early 80s. We lived a short drive from Valkenswaard and attended many GP's, including the 500 GP finale at Ettlebruck, Luxemburg when Brad Lackey won the 1982 500 world title.

    I agree with you. There are lots of similarities and lots of differences but great racing on both sides of the pond. We enjoyed the large multi-lingual crowds, the food, and the legendary racing. Watching Andre Vromans, Andre Malherbe, Brad Lackey, Gerit Wolsink and Hekki Mikkola mix it up at Namur and in the Dutch sand was incredible. I'll never foreget the battle Danny Laporte and Georges Jobe had at the Dutch 250 GP in 82.

    And the getting to attend the 1983 Motocross Des Nations in Angreau, Belgium was, I think, the highlight of my entire life. Watching Bailey, Ward, Barnett and Glover spank a field of GP superstars was almost too much to bear. I sat next to a French guy with his beret and wine, with my American flag and Miller beer. He and I had a great time ribbing each other all day - he didn;t speak English and I didn;t speak French - but we both spoke motocross. A Belgian mx buddy rode down with me. We spent the weekend camped in my Eurpean spec'd Toyota van and hung out in the local pub with the likes of Graham Noyce.

    I'm glad you made it over there and hope more Amercians get the chance. The GP circuit is something every motocrosser should get to see at least once.

    Great pics as always!

    Tom B.
    www.mxsafety.org

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