The third round of the 2021 FIM World Motocross Championship takes place at the old-school venue of Maggiora, Italy and Team HRC’s Tim Gajser heads there holding the red-plate and an all-important 15-point lead over his nearest rival.
Having won three of the four motos held so far this year, the Honda CRF450RW rider is full of confidence and is probably riding better than ever, which is a strong statement given he is the reigning MXGP champion. The first moto of the year in Russia was a controlled race, getting out front after a couple of corners before maintaining a good gap from the chasing field until the chequered flag. Then in the second motos of both Russia and Great Britain, Gajser put in a passing-masterclass, overtaking the entire field at the hard-packed Orlyonok track before slicing through the pack and putting on a last-lap pass for the win at Matterley Basin, England.
Now the series goes to Maggiora, a venue not seen on the calendar since 2015, where Gajser won the MX2 class on his way to his maiden world championship title. Located a few hours from the Slovenian border, the #243 often has good support there and he’ll be hoping that his famous fans will be amongst the limited numbers who have bought tickets to what is a sold-out venue.
Whilst the MXGP schedule hasn’t been Maggiora, Gajser actually rode there in April this year at an Italian Championship, going one-one and looking extremely comfortable in the process. Of course, it’ll be harder this coming weekend, but the omens are good that he can put in another two good motos and maintain or even extend his lead in the 2021 title-race.