TEKA SUZUKI MX1 READY FOR LIEROP GP2009-08-26 04:31
The Braun Grand Prix of the Netherlands will represent the 14th round of 15 in the 2009 FIM MX1 Motocross World Championship this weekend and the sand of Lierop, relatively close to the German border, will provide Teka Suzuki World MX1 riders Ken De Dycker and Steve Ramon with a decent chance of adding more silverware to the Belgian team's cabinet.
Between the pair, seven podium trophies and one winner's garland has been obtained during the season with the works RM-Z450s. De Dycker claimed the crew's home event the last time the series went into the sand four weeks ago at Lommel. Three weeks have passed since the Grand Prix of Czech Republic, and, after the Dutch motos this Sunday, a further fortnight separates the riders and teams from the trip to Canelinha, Brazil for the final meeting of the current championship.
De Dycker spent the second summer break continuing his 100% record of podium finishes in the United Telecom Belgian Championship. The 25 year old was runner-up in the Grand Prix at Lierop 12 months ago and claimed victory in the second moto.
"I am feeling good and motivated for this weekend," he said. "I feel like I want to show or prove some things to people and my speed on the sand has always been a strong point. Lierop is different to Lommel in some ways but the technique needed is more or less the same; it will be a physical GP. I am looking forward to be racing again because the three-week break felt like quite a long time."
Steve Ramon will be contesting just his seventh GP of the season. He can now work towards a 25-point gap in the standings to seal a potential top-10 placing with a maximum of 100 points left to win. Since making his debut in the class in 2004, Ramon has never finished outside the first four positions in the standings.
"I have been doing quite a lot of sand riding for the last few weeks so I am looking forward to the weekend," said the 29 year old who toasted his 2007 World Championship at Lierop two years ago. "It is different to Lommel mainly because the corners are more open and the speed is higher, even if the bumps do get pretty big. I am confident of going for a good result there. My riding has been good recently and I just need to put it together and the podium will be reachable."
Lierop is third of three races held within a small geographical radius between Holland and Belgium (around 50km) with GPs at Valkenswaard and Lommel having already taken place this year. The wide, sandy layout is fast but technical due to the ruts, bumps and waves of the shifting terrain.
De Dycker is fifth in the MX1 table and needs 19 points more than David Philippaerts to breach the top three. Ramon is 12th.
The weather forecast for the weekend predicts sunshine on Saturday with clouds and slightly lower temperatures on Sunday.
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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