Despite this being the seventh race held at the picturesque Pietramurata track in just three seasons, there is a lot of excitement for Team HRC duo Tim Gajser and Mitch Evans as the track layout will be reversed, giving the riders a completely new challenge for this 2022 edition.

Hosted in the beautiful alpine region, the MXGP of Trentino is always marked on the calendar for Gajser, as it represents the nearest race for his Slovenian countrymen to visit and cheer him on. So much so, that there is even a corner of the spectator area called ‘Gajser Corner’ where all the ‘Tiga243’ flags, banners and supporters create a tremendous atmosphere for their national hero.

And for Gajser himself, this track holds a lot of great memories and he’ll be hoping to create more as he looks to continue his 2022 podium-streak, that has seen him win three of the first four rounds this year and open up a 21-point lead at the top of the MXGP World Motocross Championship. Last time out he went three-one, despite starting from seventh gate pick, and he’ll be hoping to improve that this weekend and give himself the best opportunity to rip another holeshot on his Honda CRF450R.

Australian rider Evans didn’t have his best day last Sunday, struggling to escape the first corner without any issues and having to come through from the back of the field in both races. However, overtaking 18 riders over the course of the two motos was a good achievement and gives himself hope that he is getting back to his best form.

Now though, the task is to get to grips with the new Pietramurata track layout and make sure they are ready for this fifth round of the series, held on April 9-10.

Tim Gajser 243

It’ll definitely be interesting to see how the new track layout works, and whether it is better or not. It will be a little difficult to adjust, just because we have ridden there on the old layout so often recently. However, ‘new’ is a good thing and it shows that they are trying to make an effort for the riders and the fans, so that is important. Hopefully, there will be a good turnout of Slovenian fans as they always make it special for me, and I hope that I can continue this good run of form that I have started 2022 with.

Mitch Evans 43

It’s actually been a while since I raced in Trentino as I missed the last couple of seasons through injury, but I’ve ridden there a good amount in training and testing so it will be cool to see how it flows in this reverse direction. Last weekend, things didn’t go my way but I’m determined to keep improving and if I can get out of the gate well, I know I can show more of what I am capable of and challenge with the top guys.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

I feel like the season is really hitting its stride now, with races becoming more regular and we’re getting into a bit more of a normal routine for the travel again. For Team HRC, Trentino is a bit like a home GP as we are only a few hours from the workshop, and we always get a lot of fans, both Italian and Slovenian, coming round the truck to support Tim, so we always enjoy going to this race. Both Tim and Mitch are feeling fit after last weekend, no injuries or any problems so we expect a set of good results from the pair and more Hondas at the front of the field.

MXGP 2022

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 186 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 165 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
3 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 144 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
4 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 124 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
5 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 109 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
6 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 101 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
7 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 99 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta
8 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 97 Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna
9 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 82 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas
10 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 73 Team Diga-Procross KTM
11 Jonass Pauls LAT 72
12 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 69 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
13 Watson Ben 919 GBR 64 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
14 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 60 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
15 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 57 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
16 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 55 JT911 KTM Racing Team KTM
17 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 52 JM Honda Racing Honda
18 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 34 Riley Racing Yamaha
19 Koch Tom 226 GER 24 KTM Kozak Team KTM
20 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 22 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha
21 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 11 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta
22 Rolando Nicolas 144 URU 10 Wildcard Rider Suzuki
23 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 10 iXS MXGP Team Yamaha
24 Villaronga Sergio CHI 6
25 Arco Dario ARG 6
26 Martin Humberto VEN 5
27 Trossero Marcos Gabriel ARG 4
28 Toro Lautaro ARG 4
29 Carrasco Agustin ARG 4
30 Monticelli Ivo ITA 3
31 Galletta Pablo 117 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
32 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 3 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
33 Lapucci Nicholas ITA 3
34 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 3 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM
35 Paturel Benoit FRA 2
36 Cabarcos Francisco 112 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider Suzuki
37 Zonta Filippo 200 ITA 1 Wildcard Rider GasGas
Location Information

Pietramurata, Trentino, Italy - View in Google Maps