Team HRC is heading to the north of Switzerland to take part in the sixteenth Grand Prix of 2018, the first of three back-to-back events that will keep the MXGP paddock alive and busy until early September. The standard bearers of the Milan-based official Honda effort in the motocross championship are looking forward to the challenge, with a mix of fond memories and curiosity for what could be in store.
The 1560m-long, hard-pack Frauenfeld-Gachnang motocross track made its first appearance on the MXGP calendar in 2016, and it was the debut edition of the MXGP of Switzerland that was the most successful one for Tim Gajser and Calvin Vlaanderen: Gajser was second overall in the 450cc class aboard his Honda CRF450RW machine – with a win in the second moto – while Vlaanderen finished within the top-five on different machinery. Currently fourth and fifth in the championship standings, respectively, Tim and Calvin are looking forward to entering the last leg of the season strongly in order to move closer to the top-three whilst aiming at more success.
Todd Waters will be racing at the Swiss track for the first time, but with a dozen days away from racing to train in perfect health, the Australian rider is keen to show what he is capable of after what was a brutal weekend in Lommel.
Motocross action will begin in Frauenfeld-Gachnang on Saturday with the usual free practice sessions at 11:30 (MX2) and 12:00 (MXGP) local time (GMT +2).