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Lacapelle – Pre-Season

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Lacapelle Marival is probably not a well-known location so far, but for sure in February it will be different as this French track will met one of the most exciting pre season race. The event is scheduled on February 12th, and the line up is already impressive in both classes for one of the last race organised before the opening GP in Qatar.

Moving their date one week earlier as Valence International is not anymore at the calendar, Lacapelle already reaches his goal as many top teams will be there to finalise their GP preparation. Both Suzuki (World MXGP and MX2) and Rockstar Husqvarna squads (IceOne and Martens) will be there, as well as Monster Kawasaki MXGP, Wilvo Yamaha, Red Bull KTM MX2 (partly) or Kemea Yamaha just to name a few. The main French teams, such as 2B Yamaha, JPM Suzuki, Honda SR and Honda VRT will also be involved.

Winners last year in their class Valentin Teillet and Benoit Paturel will try to get another success, but both will have stronger opponents with so many GP teams involved. Also former winners on this natural track Shaun Simpson, Clement Desalle and Jordi Tixier are some of the favourites in the MX1 class, as well as Gautier Paulin, Max Nagl, Max Anstie, Arnaud Tonus and Kevin Strijbos. And on their home soil never forget Greg Aranda, Xavier Boog, Cédric Soubeyras and Florent Richier, the reigning French MX and SX champions!

The impressive Suzuki MX2 Team will line up his full squad as well as the Kemea Yamaha and the Rockstar Husqvarna teams. It will be one of the most interesting class to watch as the three favourites for the World Title will race together for the first time this season: Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki), Pauls Jonass (KTM) and Benoit Paturel all finished in the top five of the MX2 World Championship last year, and will be ‘the men to beat’ this season. But as Herlings and Anstie (winners of 16 of the 18 GP’s in 2016) moved now in the MXGP class a lot of riders will have high expectations in this class, including Thomas Covington (Husqvarna), Brent Van Doninck (Yamaha), Petar Petrov (Kawasaki) and Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna), MX2 newcomers Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna), Bas Vaessen and Hunter Lawrence (Suzuki) or European hopeful Zachary Pichon (Suzuki), Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) or Stephen Rubini (Kawasaki).

Lacapelle Marival is a natural track, located in the southern west of France, 80km south east of Brive and 180km north of Toulouse. The program will include two races per class and a super final with the best MX2 and MXGP riders, and you can find more information on the web site www.motoclub-lacapelle.com and on the facebook page www.facebook.com/motoclub.lacapellemarival.

Main riders involved in Lacapelle Marival:

MXGP class

Team Suzuki World MXGP

Kevin Strijbos (Belgium)

Arminas Jasikonis (Lithuania)

Team Rockstar Energy IceOne Husqvarna Factory

Max Nagl (Germany)                

Paulin Gautier (France)

Max Anstie (Great Britain)

Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team

Clément Desalle (Belgium) 

Jordi Tixier (France)

Team Wilvo Yamaha

Shaun Simpson (Great Britain)

Arnaud Tonus (Switzerland)

Team 2B Yamaha

Gregory Aranda (France)

Team JPM Suzuki

Cédric Soubeyras (France)

Team SR Honda

Xavier Boog (France)

Team VTR 3 As

Valentin Teillet (France)

Team Suzuki Amexio

Nicolas Aubin (France)

 MX2 Class

Team Suzuki World MX2

Jeremy Seewer (Switzerland)

Bas Vaessen (Netherlands)

Hunter Lawrence (Australia)

Zachary Pichon (France)

Team Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory

Thomas Covington (USA)

Thomas Kjer Olsen (Denmark)

Conrad Mewse (Great Britain)

Team KTM Factory

Pauls Jonass (Latvia)

Team Kawasaki KRT MX2

Petar Petrov (Bulgaria)

Stephen Rubini (France)

Team Kemea Yamaha

Benoit Paturel (France)

Brent Van Doninck (Belgium)

Alvin Ostlund (Sweden)

Team Astes4-Tesar Yamaha

Maxime Renaux (France)

Team JPM Suzuki

Nicolas Barcelo (France)

Florent Richier (France)

Yannis Irsuti (France)

Team Suzuki Amexio

Arnaud Aubin (France)

Team 2B Yamaha

Anthony Boissière (France)

Team SR Honda

Thomas Do (France)

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