Itís been a whirlwind February for the Suzuki World MXGP team, with the launch
of the new RM-Z450WS at the beginning of the month at the headquarters in Lommel, Belgium and then ending it here in Qatar at the
first round of the 2017 World Championships.
In between were trips to Hawkstone Park in England and Lacapelle
in France and while things have been hectic, positive steps have been taken
throughout this period.
Kevin Strijbos put in good times in practice and
timed practice and showed speed all throughout the weekend, he just wasnít able
to do it at the front of the field after bad starts dashed any hopes for a
top-five position. His 11-12 results were only good enough for 11th overall and
although he obviously wanted to be higher, the fact that the tricky Qatar track
was so difficult to pass on meant that higher finishes just werenít realistic
unless you got good starts.
The Belgian rider had this to say about his two races: ďFirst race I got a good
start but ran wide and Anstie also ran wide and went
off the track. I just about saved it but lost a lot of positions. My riding
though, I just couldnít push, I didnít have any energy or anything. I donít
know what was wrong. It was better in the second moto as again I got a good
jump off the metal mesh but then they moved past me when we got on the soil and
I couldnít make it up.