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Prominent visit and mutual respect this afternoon in Valkenswaard as Ferrari F1 star Kimi Räikkonen, hot of finishing 2nd last week in Bahrain, chilled out this afternoon in the relaxing surroundings of the IceOne Husqvarna awning together with ex-Liverpool FC star Sami Hyypiä, Giuseppe Luongo and his charming wife Ursula. MXGP supremo Luongo, the man who has turned MXGP into a truly global series in recent years, expressed his gratitude to the Finnish F1 champion: "We are delighted that you have shown such interest to support our sport and wish you further success." Kimi's IceOne team has even upstaged the Cairoli-Villopoto hype so far this year as Max Nagl has raced the blue-yellow rocket to three wins in the first four GPs.
Jeremy Van Horebeek is out of the Valkenswaard GP this weekend and will also miss Talavera. The 2014 world number two fractured a bone in his left foot when he crashed during the second moto of the Trentino GP and is currently in plaster :( "The crash was not so bad but I caught my foot under the bike when I fell and it twisted it badly. I had an x-ray and the doctors could see an old injury and also a big new one where the bone is not completely broken but has a large crack. For sure I am disappointed…but that's life. I have the speed but I've been down too many times this year already. I want to come back and just focus on being as fast as I can possibly be."
Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team leader Ryan Villopoto will make a decision about his participation in this weekend's MXGP of Europe at Valkenswaard in Holland after tests later this week. Villopoto was injured when he crashed during the second race of the GP of Trentino last weekend; he has undergone medical examination this week and has been informed by the doctors that he suffered from a coccyx failure.