After the hilly, hard pack conditions of the Czech Republic, Team HRC riders Tim Gajser, Brian Bogers and Calvin Vlaanderen all packed up and headed a few hundred kilometres west to Belgium in order to prepare for the deep sand conditions of Lommel, which hosts the 14th round of the 2019 world motocross championship.
With a week of testing under his belt, and coming off the back of his eighth podium in a row, Gajser will be looking to extend that run when the gate drops on Sunday in what could be momentous day for the Slovenian rider. Currently with a 177 point lead over his nearest rival and with just 250 points remaining, he has an outside chance of wrapping up his third championship after the chequered flag of the second moto. However, his focus right now is riding to the best of his ability and continuing a run of form that has seen him pick up 381 out of the last 400 possible points.
Fellow Honda CRF450RW rider Bogers is hoping that a return to a track that he has grown up riding, will give him a chance to put in the two top 10 results that he has tried so hard to achieve this year. Living just 30 minutes from Lommel, across the border in the Netherlands, Bogers has ridden this track ever since he was a kid and while the layout continually changes, he knows he still has the knowledge and ability to ride the toughest track on the MXGP calendar.
For Vlaanderen, he’ll be hoping to get back to the podium like he achieved in Semarang, after missing out at the Czech GP last weekend. Despite showing top three speed over the whole weekend, the CRF250RW rider was unable to get the results he deserved and was instead left to rue a missed opportunity. Thankfully with such a quick turnaround, he has chance to right that wrong and show once again that he is one of the best riders in the MX2 class.
This weekend the MXGP and MX2 riders are joined by the EMX250 and EMX125 classes which means they’ll be a lot of bikes on this treacherous Lommel circuit. Action for the Team HRC trio gets underway at 12:30 (GMT+1) on Saturday 3rd August with the MX2 25 minute free practice, closely followed by the MXGP riders. They then have a timed practice session before qualifying races that begin at 16:55 (MX2) and 17:40 (MXGP). Gate drops for the points scoring races are then on Sunday at 13:15 and 16:10 (MX2) and 14:15 and 17:10 (MXGP).