Reigning MXGP World Champion Tim Gajser heads to Orlyonok, Russia this weekend for the much-anticipated first round of the 2021 series. The Team HRC rider is looking for his third title in a row on-board the Honda CRF450RW and while the first race has continually been pushed back, he still feels like he is in good shape to defend his title successfully.
However, his teammate Mitch Evans won’t be making the trip as he is still recovering from complications from his wrist surgery and isn’t feeling 100%, which is necessary when trying to race in this highly competitive MXGP class.
For Gajser though, the Orlyonok venue holds good memories as he won here the last time they held the race here in 2019, giving him the red plate as he went on a record-breaking run of form that saw him end up capturing the championship by over 200 points. With the weather looking good for the weekend, the high-speed, hard-packed circuit should provide more close racing and the perfect spectacle as the MXGP season finally gets underway.