After five months of waiting, the 2020 motocross world championships finally resume in Kegums, Latvia on August 9th where Team HRC riders Tim Gajser and Mitch Evans will be hoping to once again show the power of the Honda CRF450RW.
With two race wins and two more podium finishes between the pair in the only two rounds of the season so far, confidence is high within the team that when the gate drops this Sunday, both will be ready to compete at the very highest level in motocross.
First up is the triple-header at the sandy track of Kegums, with the new one-day format meaning that the MXGP riders will be racing on Sunday 9th, Wednesday 12th and Sunday 16th August. It is a different experience for most of the riders to have races so close together but Gajser has been working hard in this break to prepare himself and Evans’ shoulder injury is fine after a warm-up event in France last weekend.
Sitting second in points, but with a lot of races still to come, Gajser knows that consistency as well as speed is crucial if he is to win back-to-back MXGP world titles. And like last year, he is making sure that enjoyment is the first element to this process, with there being little doubt that the Slovenian can’t wait for the first gate drop at a track that he won last year’s Latvian GP.
A third place in the first moto of the season at Matterley Basin, England was a great opening result for Evans in his first ever MXGP race on the Honda CRF450RW and he’ll be hoping to reach those levels again in Kegums, after a break that meant he was able to recover properly from the injury he sustained in round two at Valkenswaard. The Australian finished second in a French event last weekend and will head to Latvia buoyed with the knowledge that he’s back to race pace in what is his rookie 450 campaign.
So while it will most definitely be a different experience with the one-day format, and the three races in seven days, both riders are very happy to be returning to action with the rest of Team HRC ready to support them when the 2020 motocross world championship gets underway again.