In what is the closest title-race in recent memory, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser heads into the final two rounds of the season just one point off the championship lead, but buoyed by the fact the he won the last of the six motos held at the Trentino track last week.
Hosting the season-finale double-header will be the Mantova track in northern Italy, which also hosted the Motocross of Nations earlier this year. On that occasion, rain hammered the track and turned the track into a sandy, muddy mess, which everyone hopes can be avoided for this Sunday-Wednesday schedule.
With six podium performances in a row, the Honda CRF450RW rider knows that his consistency is good, and that he also proved with the race win on Sunday, that his speed is a match for anyone as well. However, with just four motos left and three riders separated by just three points, he knows that he has to put it all together if he wants to become world champion for the fifth time in seven years.
This week the team stayed in Italy for a couple of training sessions, just to keep in race-shape and make sure everything was ready for the two races in four days that will round out this season. The penultimate round will be this Sunday 7th November, before the final event will take place on Wednesday 10th. After the clock change last week, the MXGP gate-drops will be at 12:15 and 15:10 local time, where Gajser will be hoping to make more history for himself and Honda.