Van Horebeek is finding an effective rhythm and feeling on the works YZ450FM and showed positive speed in just his second outing on the new motorcycle. The circuit at Noto was bumpy and technical but ‘JVH’ attacked the surface with confidence. Jeremy had to work in the first sprint to recover from a mid-top ten start but was able to find room past Todd Waters and other GP peers to reach second spot. A top three launch in the next moto put him right at the front from the get-go but Cairoli’s holeshot and pace on home turf was tough to match.
“Overall another good weekend with some solid results,” evaluated Team Manager Mino Raspanti. “Jeremy improved his start in the second moto and his riding was good on a track that was occasionally too narrow in places but had some nice line choices.”
Van Horebeek is 65 points ahead of Waters in MX1 with DP19 Racing’s David Philippaerts also high up the table in fifth.
Christophe Charlier scored another podium result with second place in the MX2 race behind Jordi Tixier. The Corsican upped his game in the Elite moto (run with the 450s) but a mistake on a jump saw him exit the track and crash. Charlier was unharmed but was unable to complete the race distance.
“Christophe is OK after his crash and we’re happy that he managed to close the distance in speed to Tixier in the second moto. Again there were encouraging signs that we are on a good path in our preparation for Qatar,” commented Raspanti.
“We’ll do some training and testing on Wednesday this week and then we’ll have our 2014 photoshoot before the final round at Montevarchi,” he added.