Defending MXGP world champion Tim Gajser will have first gate pick after posting the quickest laptime in the timed qualification session, which replaced the usual qualifying race after a storm hit the Matterley Basin circuit overnight. Fellow HRC team-mate Mitch Evans also did well, and will line up eighth in what was is his first MXGP race.
With the decision made to cancel the morning free practice and the afternoon race, that meant the riders only had an abbreviated 10 minute warm-up before they had 20 minutes to navigate the muddy conditions and post their hotlap. Both Gajser and Evans got the job done in their third laps as snow fell, adding limited visibility to the windy, cold and wet weather.
Tomorrow’s forecast is a little bit better so hopefully the riders will be able to race in much better conditions and show their speed on a much nicer race track. First up is the warm-up session at 9.45am before the first gate drop of the season at 13:15. Race two then gets underway 16:10 which will decide the first overall of the 2020 world motocross championship.