Strijbos Takes Second And Third At Final Round

/ September 15, 2014
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Strijbos05Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Kevin Strijbos took a second and a third placed finish from the two motos at Leon and the Grand Prix of Mexico at the weekend, as the Belgian wrapped up his 2014 MXGP season.

Already safe in third place in the championship, Strijbos still put the work in over the course of the weekend, qualifying in third place on his RM-Z450.

He followed that up with the holeshot in race one, followed by eventual race winner Max Nagl. The pair fought for the duration of the moto, with Strijbos finishing just a second off the win at the chequered flag.

The second moto was an even closer affair, with four riders all looking for glory and hoping to round off the season with a win. After a poorer start, Strijbos worked his way from fifth up to third, as the top four took the flag just three and a half seconds apart.

Strijbos’ third place was enough to tie him on points with Antonio Cairoli, but with Cairoli awarded third place overall due to his finish the second moto.

He said, “I’m quite pleased with my riding today and I feel like I did a good job. it was a shame to miss the last podium, especially after the first race, but I pushed as hard as I could on this track.

“Third overall was a target this year. It was hard because of the pre-season injury, but in the second half of the season I was going well and I’m happy about that.

“We worked week-by-week and step-by-step and once we came to Loket it reached a good point. I’ve had some bad years but to be back in the top three is great.”

Strijbos was again flying solo in the MX1 class for the Rockstar Energy Suzuki team, as Clement Desalle, who still managed to finish fourth overall, continues his recovery from injury.

In the MX2 class, Glenn Coldenhoff’s return from injury continued positively, with the Dutchman┬átaking a best finish of fifth place and seventh overall, with teammate Jeremy Seewer behind him in eighth.