With three weeks before the opening MXGP of Argentina, this weekend is a last opportunity for the teams and riders to test in race conditions during one of the pre season events. The Lacapelle Marival INternational in France sees many of the factory teams and top riders set to clash.
Last year’s winner Clement Desalle will have his first race this season, and the Belgian will face strong opponents as Husqvarna Ice One, Yamaha Wilvo and KTM factory teams have also selected the French race to finalise their GP preparation – although some riders are contesting the Italian championship instead.
Back on this track where he raced the European series in 2009, Jeffrey Herlings will be one of the favourites, as well as Gautier Paulin and Max Anstie who also got podium results earlier this year. After struggling in Sardinia both Shaun Simpson (winner here in 2015) and Jeremy Seewer (runner up last year in the MX2 class) will look for good results, as well as teammate Arnaud Tonus or Kevin Strijbos who didn’t race yet this season. Glenn Coldenhoff, GP veteran Ken De Dycker and fellow countryman Damon Graulus will also be there, as well as a lot of fast French riders: Xavier Boog, Valentin Teillet, Nicolas Aubin and Maxime Desprey to name just a few. But Jordi Tixier will sit out the race to give his thumb a rest after hurting it this week.
In Lacapelle all the riders will do two races per class, and the fifteen best riders of each class will also enter the super final. Winner in Hawkstone, Pauls Jonass will be the favourite of the MX2 class, but in France he will have more rivals than in Sardinia or UK as teams Husqvarna, Kawasaki F&H, Kawasaki Bud, Honda 114 Motorsports and Yamaha Kemea will be also behind the gate. Hunter Lawrence who already beat Pauls in Sardinia, Thomas Kjer Olsen (third last year in Lacapelle), Brits Ben Watson and Adam Sterry, Brian Hsu, Jago Geerts and Jed Beaton will be some of the guys to follow in France. In this class also many young Frenchies will be involved: Mathys Boisrame, Zach Pichon, Brian Moreau, Pierre Goupillon, Arnaud Aubin, Tom Vialle, Scotty Verhaeghe or David Herbreteau.
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