Posted on July 23, 2019
When Stefan Everts and Antonio Cairoli raced for Yamaha, it was clear they owned the MXGP and MX2 class. Victory after victory, and World title after World title, but once the Belgian great retired in 2006, things went a little quiet, at least in the big bike class. Fortunately, Cairoli was still winning World championships for the blue brigade, an MX2 title in 2007 and an MXGP title in 2009, but once the Italian legend moved to KTM, things dried up a little for Yamaha.
They did capture the 2015 MXGP title, when Frenchman Romain Febvre blitzed through the season to his first World motocross championship, and Febvre continued to give Yamaha reason to cheer with some solid MXoN performances, but in general, it was KTM and Honda who were taking title in both MX2 and MXGP throughout the last 13 or so years.
With Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings both out injured, and KTM not having a rider under their team truck, HRC rider Tim Gajser has taken over, but what we have seen on the podium in the last two months is a lot of blue, with riders like Febvre, Arnaud Tonus, Gautier Paulin and Jeremy Seewer putting in solid performances.
Below are some cool images from the Ray Archer camera from the blue boys in Indonesia last week. While a GP win hasn't come their way in 2019, don't be surprised to see either Seewer, Paulin, Febvre or Tonus on top of the box in Loket this weekend.