Riders begin to train again in Belgium and Holland

Great news this week as circuits around Europe began to open and Grand Prix riders have their chance to ride their bikes again. Training tracks in Belgium and Holland opened up for riders, with federations working overtime to get the circuits up and running.

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 rider Ben Watson is still in the UK, although in a week he will head back to his Belgian base and start working again with his team member.

“Lommel is open to a few Belgian GP riders now,” Watson said. “My plan is to get work papers from Yamaha so I can cross the border. Flights are not possible, but the Eurotunnel is open, so I plan to go back to Belgium around the 11th, so not too long.”

​Standing Construct Gas Gas Factory MXGP rider Glenn Coldenhoff is more than excited and appreciates the work his federation put in to get some professional riders riding again after it was originally only okayed for under 18 years to ride. 

“Last week we got some good news that selected professional motocross riders are allowed to ride again, which is big news from our federation the KNVB and a big effort and we can ride two days in the week. We can ride a little bit, so Tuesday is hard pack and Thursday is a deep sand track, so we have a bit of a mix. I think there are eight to 10 professional motocross riders and they have made a schedule that we don’t all ride together.

EMX125 red plate holder Liam Everts can’t wait to get back on the track, and although he has done some riding in the forest on to his families property, the idea of riding places like Lommel again and continue his improvement is a big step for such a young rider.

“I haven’t ridden there yet,” Everts said. “Lommel won’t open until the 14th, because they are still waiting on permission. Of course, when we get the green light, I am very excited to race again. It will be nice to train again.”

So, with riders back on their bikes throughout Europe, hopefully we can all be as positive as possible, and the 2020 season can once again fire into life.

Author: 
Geoff Meyer

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