The JWR Report: MXGP of Italy

Insight from 24MX-backed team

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The JWR Yamaha Racing team entered the fifteenth round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship with high hopes, having seen flashes of the potential at the previous stop. A man-made layout was built on the historic road-race facility and overlooked by grandstands that hosted 24,896 fans across the weekend.

Kevin Strijbos was already impressive on Saturday morning, as he posted the fourth-fastest lap during free practice on Saturday and showed what his YZ450F is truly capable of. There was more positivity across the weekend, as he was eleventh in the first race (after running ninth for fifteen of the twenty laps) and backed that up with a twelfth in race two. The consistent results left him in twelfth overall and helped him maintain twenty-first in the series standings. The momentum will come in handy at the Grand Prix of Sweden, a race that he has enjoyed success at in the past, next weekend.

Vsevolod Brylyakov was also impressive, as he showed top twelve speed at points, but mistakes forced him to charge forwards and salvage points on the difficult circuit. Brylyakov once again proved that he will never give up, as he eventually worked up sixteenth and eighteenth in the two motos. Sixteenth was the position that he occupied in the overall classification, following those results, and he still runs twenty-second in the series standings.

The third premier-class rider on the team, Anton Gole, scored a single point in the first moto, but chose to not line up for the second race, as he is still not quite one hundred percent after recovering from an illness. Gole will be stronger when the Grand Prix contingent hit Sweden, his home event, for round sixteen of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship this weekend.

Kevin Strijbos: "I had a good first moto, going in P9, but made a small crash and lost the rhythm a bit after that. Second moto I had a bad start and it was a tough moto with the heat. Anyway, I need to be happy with the results as I tried my best. I still want to be better. Next up is the MXGP of Sweden." 

Vsevolod Brylyakov: "Max frustration level! It's so hard to accept the results I've put on the table this weekend, especially with how I rode! Both races yesterday, after okay starts, I felt like I had it in my hands with battling inside top twelve and moving forward, but after some things happened I had to fight back from being far off the points zone. Anyway I'll not let myself down and will do my best to put the right results in at the next MXGP round in Sweden, Uddevalla."

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