Factory KTM rider Jamie Dobb enters the Grand Prix of Belgium, round eight of the Motocross GP World Championship, this weekend at the historic Namur circuit hoping for a repeat performance of his finest ever GP ride - in 16 years of competition at the highest level.

The last British World Champion and GP winner, triumphed at the track back in 2001 on the way to winning the 125cc crown.

In rainy conditions Dobb crossed the finish line goggle-less in first position and despite breaking both collarbones in a period of five weeks prior to the GP. A crushing achievement at the time Dobb then went onto seal Britain's first and only 125cc title two races after Namur at Gaildorf in Germany.

"I have good memories of Namur," remarked Dobb. "I had my finest GP there and I hope that the track will again give me some good fortune so I can turn this season around with a decent result.

"This year the GP will be a different ball game to 2001," he admitted. "I have had a productive two weeks in terms of training hard and getting more familiar with the 450 and if I get anywhere near the performance of two years ago then I know I'll be on course for a good showing."

The 31 year old is now entering his third race on the KTM 450cc four-stroke and will counting on the Namur circuit to again play a vital part in his campaign. Since switching to the bigger machine from the 250cc two-stroke Dobb has posted results of 8th and 11th as he continues to adapt and work with the relatively new motorcycle.

He currently rests 11th in the inaugural Motocross GP standings after a turbulent season battling injury niggles and enduring development work with firstly the 250 and then trying to support fellow rider Joel Smets on the 450 as the Belgian pushes Stefan Everts and Mickael Pichon for the Championship.

Namur was part of the first ever Motocross World Championship in 1957 and is often referred to as the 'Monaco' of Motocross thanks to the history of the venue - atop the mount in the city centre and based within the ruins of a castle - and the unique character of the course.

The track winds its way up and down the slope within the recreational park, through narrow and dense woodland and even past a pub and under a footbridge. Containing hardly any man-made obstacles or jumps, the track is more akin to an Enduro route.

"A Grand Prix at Namur is part of the history of the sport, the atmosphere is special and it reminds me of the old days. It should always be on the calendar; it is a staple part of Motocross," said Jamie. "The course probably isn't the most fun to ride but it is a real thinking man's racetrack. Getting the line right in one bend will mean good speed for the next five and the most natural path isn't always the fastest."

The weather forecast for the weekend is cloudy but with warm temperatures.