The JWR Report: China

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The 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship concluded over the weekend. The eighteenth and last round of the campaign was run on a purpose-built layout in Shanghai, China, that featured a sandy surface, which played to the strengths of JWR Yamaha Racing rider Kevin Strijbos. Strijbos was the sole representative for the JWR outfit on Chinese soil.

Qualifying was a positive exercise for Strijbos, who secured ninth and yet another top-ten ranking. The first points-paying moto on Sunday was then a turbulent affair. A fall early on in the moto left him with a painful shoulder and no choice but to pull out prematurely. In an effort to stay safe and not cause further damage, the decision was made to miss moto two and watch the spectacular Grand Prix of China from the sidelines. It was a crushing end to a consistent run of top-twelve finishes.

Kevin Strijbos will now focus on recovering ahead of the Motocross of Nations in two weeks, where he will represent Team Belgium in the power-sapping sand of Assen. Vsevolod Brylyakov will ride for Team Russia and Anton Gole will be on Team Sweden.

Kevin Strijbos: "I had a huge crash in the first moto and hurt my shoulder, so I did not start the second moto. I will stay positive, because in two weeks there will be the ‘Nations in Assen and we go all in with Team Belgium!"

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