Following a lot of planning, the JWR Yamaha Racing squad made their full-time debut in the FIM Motocross World Championship at the Grand Prix of Great Britain. Anton Gole and Tim Edberg were under the awning, as Kevin Strijbos is still recovering from the elbow injury and Vsevolod Brylyakov was restricted by problems with his visa. The two Swedish stars flew the flag in an effective manner though.
The Grand Prix of Great Britain also marked the first time that Anton Gole has raced in the premier division, so there was a lot to adjust to, but he made good use of the practices on Saturday and made improvements with the team throughout the programme. Twenty-first was the spot that he secured in the qualifying heat. Gole then improved on that in a big way on Sunday, as he managed to add seven points to his total.
Seventeenth was the position that Gole secured in race one on Sunday and he had to move forward to get that position, as he completed lap one in twenty-third. The fact that he refused to give up served him very well in that encounter and then when moto two fired into life as well. Gole ended the first lap of moto two in twentieth, then made it into eighteenth by the time that the chequered flag waved. Gole was nineteenth in the overall classification and now runs twenty-first in the championship standings.
Tim Edberg was just as tenacious in the EMX250 category, as he charged towards the top ten in both motos. A seventeenth in the first moto was not a true reflection of his speed, sadly, as he was docked two positions for jumping on a waved yellow flag after the race. Edberg was desperate for redemption in the next outing, as he started seventeenth and charged all of the way up to eleventh to clinch thirteenth overall. Six measly points separated him from the rider in ninth overall.
JWR Yamaha Racing have absolutely no time to rest now, as the Grand Prix contingent will be back in action this weekend. Valkenswaard, in The Netherlands, will play host to the third round and also mark the debut of Vsevolod Brylyakov in the premier category.
Anton Gole: "It was an awesome weekend in Great Britain!I had a really good feeling on the bike and a lot of fun with the JWR Yamaha Racing team, which is very important. There is small stuff that we need to work on, but overall it was a good start of the MXGP season."
Tim Edberg: "I have got to say I am happy about the weekend! Going fifteenth with a crash and a penalty in the first race and then in the second race I had a first-lap crash, but I battled my way back to eleventh and my speed was good enough to be inside the top ten! A big thanks to my team and all of my sponsors!"