Little rumblings around the internet are saying just that, in fact Herlings himself mentioned it on his Facebook feed. We really do hope he’s not as the kid is amazing around the deep sand of Lommel – it could be mind games though, we’ll see on Saturday when all it kicks off in Belgium and don’t forget you can watch it LIVE ON MOTO.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Roczen seems to be the clear favourite to win the FIM MX2 World Title, but the young talented rider knows that anything may happen, especially in GP like the one of Limburg, where his teammate Herlings is the specialist. However, last year Roczen went out with the overall victory thanks to his 1-2 result, so he is also very confident about this weekend.
Herlings is still second in the point standings, 27 points behind Roczen, and he knows that he has all in favour to win the GP of Limburg and obtain some valuable points for the chase of the Title. Last year, the Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2 rider won the second heat in Lommel, but he missed the first step of the rostrum due to his third position in the first heat.
CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Searle keeps the third position of the FIM MX2 World Championship even having had two DNF in the previous GP. The British rider is always on the podium unless he undergoes a major problem which makes him pull out from the race, so Searle is committed to give his best and fight for the top three positions in Lommel this weekend.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Paulin comes to Lommel after not having had an outstanding weekend in Latvia, where he crashed and injured his shoulder. The GP of Limburg is one of the most demanding tracks in the calendar, so we will have to see if Paulin is at his 100% of possibilities to keep his fourth position in the Championship.
Completing the top five is Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha’s Osborne, who has obtained two consistent results in the last two GP of the season. There are still five more Grand Prix to go, including this weekend’s, for Osborn to fight again for the top three positions and improve his fifth place in the Championship.
Belgian rider Van Horebeek has had some time off the bike to heal his injuries suffered in Teutschenthal and he is now ready to give his best at his home Grand Prix. However, Van Horebeek has always admitted that he is not a sand specialist, as most of his compatriots are.
2010 MX2 PODIUM:
1. Ken Roczen
2. Jeffrey Herlings
3. Marvin Musquin
2010 MX2 POLEMAN: Ken Roczen
The UEM EMX2 Championship is getting to its end, but there is no clear favourite in the series yet. There have been four different overall round winners and four different red plate holders throughout the five events celebrated so far. All the riders have been touched by injuries or misfortunes, so the Belgian round will be crucial for the chase of the Title.
Romain Febvre regained the red plate of the UEM EMX2 Championship thanks to the third overall position he obtained in Latvia. Charles Lefrançois was only 10th in Kegums and he dropped one position in the championship and he is now second, 12 points behind Febvre. His compatriot Dylan Ferrandis, who dominated with superb authority the Spanish and Portuguese rounds, could not take part in the Latvian round because he injured his arm in Teutschenthal during one of the practice sessions of the MX2 class. However, Ferrandis is still third in the point standings, 38 points behind the leader, so he has still some chances to obtain the UEM EMX2 Title.
In the FIM Veterans World Cup there has been a clear dominant, Mats Nilsson, but the riders fighting for the second, third and fourth positions of the championship are closer than ever. Pascal Bal, Alfredo Camps and Roger Jakobsson are all tight in 71 points.
Saturday: VMX Free Practice 7:20; EMX2 Free + Qualifying Time Practice Group A 7:55; EMX2 Free + Qualifying Time Practice Group B 8:35; MX2 Free Practice 9:30; MX1 Free Practice 10:15; VMX Time Practice 11:00; EMX2 Qualifying Race Group A 12:10; EMX2 Qualifying Race Group B 12:45; MX2 Pre-Qualifying Practice 13:15; MX1-Pre Qualifying Practice 14:00; VMX Race 1 15:10; MX2 Qualifying Race 16:10; MX1 Qualifying Race 17:00; EMX2 Last Chance Qualifying Practice 17:45; VMX Race 2 18:35.
Sunday: EMX2 Warm up 8:30; MX2 Warm up 9:00; MX1 Warm up 9:30; EMX2 Race 1 10:15; MX2 Grand Prix Race 1 12:10; MX1 Grand Prix Race 1 13:10; EMX2 Race 2 14:10; MX2 Grand Prix Race 2 15:03; MX1 Grand Prix race 2 16:03.