Team HRC is back in action this weekend as the 2018 Motocross World Championship heads to the Netherlands for the MXGP of Europe, which takes place at Valkenswaard. After missing the opening event of the season, two-time World Champion Tim Gajser will join MX2 team mate Calvin Vlaanderen, as the Slovenian rider reunites with the squad for the first time since fracturing his jaw in Mantova last month.
Gajser jumped back aboard his Honda CRF450RW for the first time last week to test his condition and felt no pain or discomfort. Further rides confirmed the good fitness status of Tim, who is now ready to tackle the first European event of the season.
After his encouraging comeback to fifth place in the second MX2 race at Villa La Angostura, Calvin Vlaanderen is eager to continue building momentum as he keeps gelling with the all-new Honda CRF250RW.
The MXGP of Europe is a home event for Eindhoven born-and-raised Brian Bogers who, despite still being unable to compete, will nevertheless attend the event to catch up with fans, media and his team. The 21-year-old Dutch rider was back on a motocross bike earlier this week – for the first time since injuring his foot last November – to test his condition and the progress of his recovery.
Motocross action at Valkenswaard will get underway this Saturday at 11:30 local time (GMT +1) with the 25-minute free practice for the MX2 class, which will be followed by the MXGP FP session at noon. Sunday’s MX2 two races are scheduled at 13:15 and 16:10, while the MXGP encounters will begin at 14:15 and 17:10.