Joel Roelants nearing better fitness after Portuguese Grand Prix

Photo: Yamaha-Racing
Photo: Yamaha-Racing
Photo: Yamaha-Racing

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Joel Roelants continues to feel his way back into top level Grand Prix competition after scoring points across the Agueda circuit in Portugal and one of the hardest circuits seen in the FIM Motocross World Championship this year. The sixth round of seventeen took place in hot and sunny conditions and in front of 15,000 people; the Belgian was able to take 12th and 14th on the factory YZ450FM.

The deep ruts and plentiful bumps of the distinctive red dirt at Agueda meant a punishing test for the premier MX1 class. It was on this surface that MX1 rookie Roelants tried his best to rise through the classifications of both 35 minute and 2 lap motos only three weeks after suffering a slight concussion at the Grand Prix of Trentino.

Although not a protagonist on this occasion the former MX2 GP winner was able to complete full race distances and will now look to the Brazilian round at Beto Carrero in two weeks for further improvement.

Joel Roelants
“A bad day and not much more to say. The first heat was OK but in the second I couldn’t find any rhythm and was riding terribly. I think the reason for this is because I haven’t been able to do any training for a couple of weeks, since the crash in Italy, and I think you could see this today. I hope now I can look forward to the next race and try to prepare better and fully.”