Valentin Teillet took a decent second position at Reid im Innkreis for the sixth round of eight in the ADAC MX Masters German Championship last weekend in what was a positive warm-up for the British Grand Prix at Matterley Basin and the 13th event in the FIM Motocross World Championship this coming Sunday.
The Frenchman took his RM-Z250 to first and third places in the two motos across the hard-pack and jumpy course that holds some similarities to the English layout that hosted a GP for one year only in 2006. Matterley Basin is spread around the confines of a natural valley setting offering great views for the spectators and a quick and flowing course for the riders. The site was a popular choice for the 2006 Motocross of Nations and proved to be one of the premier tracks in the UK. Its return to the FIM schedule has been long overdue.
Teillet has not raced at Matterley, having begun his career as a Grand Prix rider in 2009, but has a good feeling from what he has seen of the venue and his increasing speed and fitness.
"I felt fast and things were going well last weekend in the ADAC MX Masters. I won the first heat by 20 seconds and took the holeshot against the 450s which was awesome," said the recently-turned 21 year old. "I was fighting with Soubeyras and had a crash five laps before the end but still managed third with a broken front brake."
"I've never been to Matterley Basin but I saw the Nations there and it looks like a track I will enjoy," added the former European Champion who needs less than 10 points over several rivals to nudge into the top 15 of the MX2 standings despite missing six races through a shoulder injury. "I think I can make a good result because everything has been getting better recently; my speed, physical condition and also confidence and that has shown in some of the results."
Teillet will come to the UK hot after his best finish of the season - 6th overall - in the Czech Republic two weeks ago and looking to build momentum ahead of the final run-in with Grands Prix in Germany and Italy on successive weekends a fortnight after the UK event.
MX2 World Championship standings (after 12 of 15 rounds): 1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 540 points; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 513 p.; 3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 435 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 389 p.; 5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), 325 p.; 6. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), 318 p.; 7. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 295 p.; 8. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 268 p.; 9. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, KTM), 227 p.; 10. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 206 p.; 11. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 179 p.; 12. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 165 p.; 13. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 150 p.; 14. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), 124 p.; 15. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 118 p.; 16. Antonio Jose Butron Oliva (ESP, KTM), 118 p.; 17. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), 116 p. 18. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Suzuki Europe MX2), 109 p.