Team HRC is back in action this weekend as the 2018 MXGP World Championship heads to Belgium for the fifteenth round of the season, which takes place at the iconic Lommel motocross venue. Considered one of the most challenging tracks on the calendar, Lommel will be a big test for the physical condition and stamina of the team’s standard bearers Tim Gajser, Calvin Vlaanderen (MX2) and Todd Waters.
To prepare for such a demanding racing weekend, all three riders have been training in deep sand aboard their Honda CRF machines until today, when a two-day private test drew to a close at Grevenbroich in Germany. They are now ready to take on the MXGP of Belgium with high hopes and motivation.
Gajser has enjoyed a solid streak of results in the last rounds, which allowed the young Slovenian rider to narrow the gap to third place in the standings down to 29 points. His team mate Calvin Vlaanderen is carrying a similar momentum aboard the all-new Honda CRF250RW machine, as the 22-year-old from Cape Town secured his third consecutive podium finish in Loket – and came very close to winning the second GP of his career. Todd Waters, on the other hand, is still working hard to recover his racing form in order to show his talent, after a few rounds in a row spent on the Honda CRF450RW.
Motocross action for Team HRC will get underway at 11:30 local time (GMT +2) with the free practice session of the MX2 class, while at noon it will be time for the MXGP riders to start proceedings.