The JWR Report: France

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The JWR Yamaha Racing tent was full of talent at the Grand Prix of France, held at St. Jean d’Angely, as Tim Edberg re-joined his teammates to chase success in the EMX250 division. Vsevolod Brylyakov, Kevin Strijbos and Anton Gole also strived to make some more progress in the premier category at the French stop, which marked the seventh round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship.

Kevin Strijbos was the best-placed JWR Yamaha Racing pilot in qualifying on Saturday, as he was sixteenth. It was a positive result and one that was replicated in the first points-paying moto, as he added some points to his championship total with an eighteenth. The second moto was a massive leap forward, as he used all of the power within his YZ450F to complete the first lap in eighth and then held the position for a very long time. Tenth was the spot that he eventually claimed, which was a season-best finish and put him fourteenth overall at the Grand Prix of France.

Anton Gole had a consistent day and was right on the cusp of the points each time. A twentieth in race one was another great step forward for the Swedish rider, but he just missed out on points in the second moto. Twenty-fourth was where he finished in race two. The one point that was gained in France was enough to put him in twenty-second overall on the day though and it also helped him slide into twenty-seventh in the current standings, so progress was made.

Unlike his premier-class teammates, Vsevolod Brylyakov did not manage to claim some points at the Grand Prix of France. A freak technical issue halted his charge towards the top ten in moto one, which was a great shame, and he then got caught up with a downed guy in the second encounter and had a lot of work to do to get back into the top twenty, so could only manage to claim twenty-sixth in the moto. Brylyakov still sits in twenty-second in the championship standings, following round seven of eighteen.

Tim Edberg had a tough weekend in the EMX250 category, as a crash in race one left him in need of stitches. Although he had five of those in his elbow on Saturday evening, which was less than ideal, he still lined up for race two and desperately tried to chase some points, but the minor injury left him with no choice but to withdraw early. Edberg is twenty-second in the EMX250 championship standings.

The next round of the SVEMO Motocross series is now a priority for JWR Yamaha Racing, as the event will run at Uddevalla next week. The 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship will resume in two weeks.

Kevin Strijbos: "The first moto did not go that great. I had a decent start but, when I am mid-pack, I feel really tight and stressed. After five or six laps I started to ride a bit better, but I only got eighteenth. In the second moto I got a really good start, around eighth, so pushed really hard to stay with the guys and ended up tenth. I was pretty happy with the result, considering I really do not like the track and the way that things have gone over the last couple of months. Let’s take the positives and move onto Russia."

Anton Gole: "I was quite happy about my riding in the first moto. I had a bad start, but other than that it was an okay moto and I finished twentieth. Moto two was just tough. My riding was okay, but I should have been more aggressive and attacked a bit more. I am healthy and motivated to come back stronger at the next round."

Vsevolod Brylyakov: "The weekend was quite difficult for me. I could not really find the rhythm or get myself comfortable on the bike. The first moto started well, and I had the speed, but then technical issues forced me to stop. I had an okay start in the second moto, but then I got caught in a crash with some other guys and was really stuck there. After that I could not find any speed and could not get the result I really wanted. I am frustrated, obviously, but I need to regroup and work now before the Swedish round and the MXGP of Russia."

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