Team HRC’s Tim Gajser wrapped up both the MX1 and the Superfinal championships in the Internazionali d’Italia, winning five of the six races, and finishing second behind team-mate Mitch Evans in the other. This made it a clean sweep for the new Honda CRF450RW, which also led every lap of the six motos and included five holeshots across the rounds in Riola Sardo, Ottobiano and this weekend in Mantova.
While the 2020 MXGP world championship starts in England in three weeks’ time, this was a great way to warm-up and provide some very important gate drops before the first round of the series in which Gajser will look to defend his title. The Slovenian had great starts in all the races and his confidence will have been boosted by how well the new machine performed in the variety of track surfaces these past three weekends.
It was also great to see Evans ride so well throughout the three-round series and finish off with a moto victory in the Superfinal. In what is his first year on the Honda CRF450RW, he has adapted really well to the new bike and looked extremely comfortable as he took his first race win in Europe. That result meant he finished second in both the MX1 and Superfinal classes and backed up the decision by Team HRC to pick up the talented Australian.
Both riders now have a little break from race action, before heading to Matterley Basin, Great Britain which is hosting round one of the MXGP series on February 29-March 1st.