The JWR Yamaha Racing team entered the Grand Prix of The Netherlands, the third round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship, with a spring in their step, as Vsevolod Brylyakov was set to make his full-time debut in the premier MXGP category. Anton Gole was on track as well, of course, so the Swedish team were well-represented in the Dutch sand.
Qualifying was a tricky exercise, as both Brylyakov and Gole made mistakes, but the duo eventually reached the finish line in twenty-first and twenty-third respectively. It was then Gole who faired the best in the first premier-class race on Sunday, which was held in front of 26,000 spectators, as he used that speed to battle forward from twenty-second on the first lap to nineteenth at the end of the seventeen-lap encounter. Two more valuable points were added to his championship tally.
Unfortunately, a crash in the second moto stopped Anton Gole from scoring points. Gole did jump up from that fall though, put his head down and charged into twenty-second at the chequered flag. Twenty-third is where he ended up in the overall classification and, funnily enough, he occupies the same spot in the series standings, which means that he is still the highest-placed JWR Yamaha Racing in the premier-class points.
Vsevolod Brylyakov was unable to score any points in his first round on the YZ450F, sadly, as there were mistakes that hindered him. The second moto looked a lot more promising, as he battled on the cusp of the top fifteen, but a crash pushed him further down the order and left him without a single point to his name. The good thing is that the Grand Prix contingent will reconvene at Pietramurata, in Italy, this weekend, so he will have another shot at success there.
The Grand Prix of Trentino is, of course, the next stop for the JWR Yamaha Racing team. Vsevolod Brylyakov and Anton Gole will tackle the premier division, then Tim Edberg will sit alongside them beneath the awning and take part in the second EMX250 round.
Anton Gole: "On Saturday I struggled a lot, but today I had a good flow. In the first moto I had a really bad start, but I rode good and finished nineteenth or something. I got points. The start in the second race was really good and I felt like I rode really good too, but I crashed with another rider. Luckily I was okay: Stuff happens. I really like Trentino, so I'm looking forward to next weekend."
Vsevolod Brylyakov: "Definitely happy to be here and back racing. This was my first MXGP weekend since my last one, in Russia in May last year, so it has been a while really and I am so happy to be back into the MXGP paddock and one of the guys there. The weekend was quite tough for me, but nobody said it would be easy, so it was tough to prepare for that. It did not go as I expected to have it. I am still positive. I got through this one and showed quite good possibilities for myself. I was positive about my riding, especially in the second moto, but unfortunately in that race I had a big crash with another rider. We got caught up on the landing, but it happens: It was a racing accident. I am looking forward with many more to go. We will keep on working."