Iconic Roggenburg is a “must win” for Giraud/Mucenieks
There are few circuits on the WSC Calendar in 2017 that can rival the heritage of Roggenburg in Switzerland.
Set in stunning rolling green countryside in the north-west corner of Switzerland very close to the French border, Roggenburg has played host to the highest level of Motocross, from World Championship Grands Prix, to the ultimate team event, the Motocross Des Nations.
This coming weekend (26-27 August), Roggenburg will once again echo to World Championship action, when round twelve of the Sidecar Motocross World Championship hits town.
Set between steep grassy hills, this circuit has its origins in the old-style traditional mountain grass-track circuits so typical in Austria and Switzerland, and will be a very different prospect from the deep sandy tracks of northern and eastern Europe.
It will almost certainly suit the high speed, high flying style of second in the title chase Valentin Giraud and Elvijs Mucenieks. They came away from Kivioli in Estonia having closed the gap on the leaders Etienne Bax and Nicolas Musset to a slender eight points.
A double victory was just the confidence booster Giraud needed going into the last six races, and he comes here in a rich vein of form.
Ideally, he needs to put clear air between himself, Etienne Bax and third in the standings Daniel Willemsen/Robbie Bax before the finale in Markelo,
Both the Dutchmen will be hard to beat on the type of going they know so well, so you could say, Roggenburg is where Giraud needs to make it count.
Whilst these three crews have their eyes on the title, there is a fierce fight for fourth place, currently held by Britons Stuart Brown and Joe Millard. They must be looking over their shoulders, because just ten points behind sit Dutchmen Koen Hermans and Kenny Van Gaalen. Go back a further three points and you find the Czech Cermak brothers dead level with Latvians Janis Daiders and Kaspars Stupelis.
Expect this battle to be played out in Switzerland, because here we have four different Nationalities, all with eyes on fourth place at the very least.
We will be bringing you all the action from Roggenburg, with daily reports and news feeds, paddock gossip, rider interviews, and live streaming on both qualifying and the two Grand Prix races.
Countdown to the Finale in Markelo starts here, and it could not be closer. Who am I tipping? - Well that's for me to know, and you to guess, but if Giraud and Mucenieks repeats their form from Estonia, they'll be hard to beat.
from Barry Nutley