Marshal Weltin looks ahead to Valkenswaard GP

Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda at full strength for Valkenswaard!

Marshal Weltin looks ahead to Valkenswaard GP

The GP of Europe represents the first motocross world championship round on European soil after the spectacular Argentinian opener. Held in Valkenswaard, Holland it’s also the first home race and first GP of the season for returning Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda rider Micha Boy De Waal. Michigan's Marshal Weltin aims to build on the form he displayed at the Dutch Masters of Motocross last weekend.

Both De Waal and his team mate Marshal Weltin are familiar with the classic GP track just over the Belgian border, only 30 minutes from the Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda workshop. The 1550m long sand circuit features soil that’s not as soft and deep as Lommel or Assen but the Eurocircuit is guaranteed to become physically punishing. Rain in the area during the week and a packed race schedule will make the track only more rough and rutted as the weekend progresses.

Marshal Weltin is competing in his GP rookie year after finishing 6th in the EMX250 series last season.

Last year Micha De Waal picked up points in Valkenswaard in what was his first MX2 Grand Prix in a long time. The determined Dutchman has a productive winter behind him and showed impressive speed last weekend at the highly regarded Dutch Masters of Motocross in Markelo. Micha rode his Honda CRF250R to 5th in the 2nd moto while Weltin scored a credible 9th overall and finished 7th in the final moto. Although far from a sand specialist Marshal has made significant headway racing on soft soil in the last few months.

Marshal Weltin:  “I’m going into the Valkenswaard weekend with a bit of a weird feeling. The Dutch Masters went great for me. I loved the Markelo track, the weather conditions were nice too. My riding felt good and everything gelled. I have to take my hat off to the team because the Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda was honestly a great machine. Hopefully that will carry over to this GP. This week we did more training and testing in wet sand and that’s just hard for me. To get comfortable on that kind of track and to let my body relax on the bike, and get into the flow is for sure not easy! 

Hopefully it won’t get too gnarly but it's looking like it will be freezing conditions so it’s going to be difficult from that aspect. With the hands freezing and the perspiration with the hot and cold. For sure I'm excited for this one. A nice thing about a home GP is laso that I actually can just go home, sleep in my own bed and have my usual routine.”

Micha Boy De Waal was on fire in Markelo and is definitely someone to watch out for in Valkenswaard!

Micha Boy De Waal:
 “I felt immediately well last weekend in Markelo and posted the 6th fastest time in qualifying. Overall it was a great day, apart from the big crash I had in the first moto! Although many GP riders lined up for the Dutch Masters the field is not as strong as we have in the World championship so it’s hard to say what we can expect. For sure I’ll give it everything I have. At least I want to score points again, but even more than that I want to show what I’m made of!”

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