Still buzzing from his first ever GP victory two-weeks ago at Loket - Kevin Strijbos heads for the small town of Gaildorf for this weekend's Grand Prix of Germany optimistic of further success.

The German Grand Prix is the first of four remaining meetings set to take place in four weeks with trips to England, Holland and Ireland closing the hefty 2005 campaign that will be reduced to 15 races for 2006.

Strijbos managed to banish memories of painful early season injuries in the Czech Republic a fortnight ago when he clinched his first ever Grand Prix overall success at the age of 19.

The Belgian proved that he was firmly back to speed with the historic MX1 World Championship achievement for Suzuki and their four-stroke project - he had gained two moto wins and a debut overall podium result in 2004.

"I had a nice trip back from the Czech Republic and the win only really started to sink in on Tuesday when I thought a lot about the race and realised that I had actually beaten all of them," he admitted. "I went practising that day and it had never been better!

"I have been impatient for the next Grand Prix and I only hope I can do something similar in Gaildorf," he added. "The track there is pretty tricky and I am not a fan of the new section they put in last year. The course is fast and a few more guys like Seguy and those who are not normally at the front can cause some problems. I think a top five result is realistic but of course now I want better."

Competing alongside Joel Smets, the team will have both riders physically fit and race-ready for the first time this season. The standings show that Smets can still finish third in the series but will need to close down KTM's Ben Townley by 41-points while Strijbos could still aim towards the top 15 despite missing half of the races.

"Gaildorf is a nice track. The ground is pretty hard and it is nice to go from circuits that are sandy or have been artificially changed to ones that are more natural," said motocross legend Joel. "The track is fast but it has normally been a good place for me. I also like visiting that area of Germany and the whole town seems to make the Grand Prix a special event so for sure it is one to look forward to."

However, the weather outlook for the weekend is not good with showers and rainfall predicted for both days.


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