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Herlings to face Simpson in France

Last year’s race was a stunner

Jeffrey Herlings will once again face Shaun Simpson this weekend in France, just seven days after they tied on points in the Hawkstone International.

The Lacapelle Marival international will celebrates its 10th running this weekend on February 15th and 16th with many top riders and teams in both the MX1 and MX2 classes. 

The MX1 starting list is the best the club’s history, as Jeffrey Herlings (KTM Factory) will line up alongside Jeremy Seewer, Gautier Paulin and Arnaud Tonus (Yamaha MXGP Factory team), Clément Desalle and Romain Febvre (Kawasaki Racing Team), Pauls Jonass (Husqvarna Factory Team), Calvin Vlaanderen, Thomas Covington and Alessandro Lupino (Yamaha Gebben), Julien Lieber and Benoit Paturel (JM Honda racing), Shaun Simpson (SS24 KTM), Henry Jacobi (SM Action Yamaha), Evgeny Bobryshev (PAR Husqvarna), Kevin Strijbos (Suzuki) and most of the top French guys with Zach Pichon (Honda), French Elite champion Maxime Desprey (Yamaha), Christophe Charlier (Kawasaki SN) and Jordi Tixier (KTM) to name the top guys.

The MX2 line up is also really strong with the factory KTM riders (Tom Vialle and René Hofer), the factory Yamaha MX2 team (Jago Geerts and Ben Watson), Jed Beaton and Kay De Wolf (Husqvarna factory), the Hutten Metaal Yamaha duo (Thibault Bénistant and Gianluca Facchetti) Bailey Malkiewicz and Nathan Crawford (Honda 114), the factory GasGas team (Jeremy Sydow and Simon Laengenfelder) and some fast French kids (Calvin Fonvieille, Tom Guyon, the Miot brothers, Maxime Grau).

A 125 class is also scheduled, with a round of the regional championship; some famous kids got a ‘wild card’ and Liam Everts as well as the Yamaha MJC Team (Ivano Van Erp, Kay Karssemakers and Mairis Pumpurs) and Saad Soulimani will enter the two heats.

The race format is as usual with two races per class (20mn + 2 laps) and a super final for the best 20 riders of each class.