Bikes: Teka Suzuki set for home MX1 GP

Team Teka Suzuki WMX1 riders Steve Ramon and Ken De Dycker confidently head into their home GP this weekend - the Grand Prix of Belgium held at Lommel - looking to land themselves as well as their factory RM-Z450s on top of the podium.

For reigning MX1 World Champion Ramon a good result this weekend could well see him move into the MX1 series lead as he's taken points from the current series leader David Philippaerts for the last two GPs in a row and now just sits 11 points behind the Italian with just five rounds left to run.

"I'm feeling very confident," said Ramon. "My riding is going good at the moment and the deep sand at Lommel will be good for me. I'm feeling fit, my bike is performing very well and everything is looking good for a strong end to the season for me - I want to win more races and I want to win my third world championship."

De Dycker enters the Belgian GP on a high too after performing well at last weekend's Belgian National championship round at Nismes where he narrowly missed taking the overall win after crashing in race one and then dominating the final two motos.

Excelling in the kind of deep sand conditions found at Lommel the former championship leader and winner of the only other sand GP held so far in 2008 is looking forward to racing in front of his home crowd even though he knows it will be a tough race.

"It's going to be heavy for sure," said De Dycker. "There will be a lot of guys who can go for the win like normal but it's going to be a very hard race and it will be interesting to see what happens. I want to be on the podium and I want to make up points in the championship too because I want the red plate back and I want to repay the team for all the hard work they have put in."

The weather forecast for this weekend's race - that incidentally is being promoted by the Teka Suzuki WMX1 team manager Eric Geboers - is mostly dry with temperatures expected to be in the region of 23 degrees Celsius.