Courtesy of Infront Moto Racing
For Belgian motocross, all eyes are on the Lommel circuit now as Grand Prix riders start to make their return to training and continue their preparation for a restart to the MXGP and MX2 championships foreseen in August.
Of course, governments hand out their rules and regulations, but for the Belgian riders, public and even the promoter of the Lommel GP, they know what they want.
MX2 rider Jago Geerts from the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team cannot wait to see his fans return and looks forward to a GP in his country, no matter when, where or how. Racing in the deep sand in Belgium is something the youngster loves and while he does lap after lap in training, racing in front of his beloved public is what makes him dream about when we do return.
“Yes, for me it would be really good,” Geerts said. “I live like 10 minutes from Lommel and it is also one of my favourite circuits. I think it will be maybe possible to start in August and have maybe more races in Europe, even a double GP could be a good idea.”
As for the promoter of the Grand Prix of Limburg, Johan Boonen, he is prepared to do whatever it takes to get at least one Grand Prix in his village but wouldn’t say no to having two held at the famous circuit.
“We would be really pumped to run the MXGP of Belgium this year,” Boonen said. “It would be an honour for us, and we want to change it around, the VIP and the press centre and give it a new look. It would be nice to show we can do this. The Lommel council said they help us 100%, but we must follow the rules. For sure this year it will not be like a normal Grand Prix.”
As for spectators, even with social distancing Boonen feels that the Lommel facility could handle large numbers of spectators. Although with the Grand Prix of Limburg set for October, there is every chance that the event will go ahead just as he has in the past, with big numbers and massive support from the motocross public in Belgium, Holland and France.
“I think we can fit a big number of spectators, plus there are many people who work in the paddock. We have so many things to work on. I have a good relationship with Infront Moto Racing, we are in a daily contact and we trust each other with this.”
So now, as we have all done for a few months, we wait the outcome of the governments and start to prepare for the remainder of the 2020 season. One thing is sure, the Belgian promoters are excited to be involved and will give it 100% to make the Lommel experience in 2020 as good as it has been in the past.
Photo copyright: Yamaha Racing Author: Geoff Meyer