Team HRC is looking forward to racing in front of its home crowd this weekend as the 2018 Motocross World Championship heads back to Italy for the third of three back-to-back rounds before the two-event, flyaway trip to Indonesia. At Ottobiano, the team will be back at full capacity with Australia’s Todd Waters re-joining team mates Tim Gajser and Calvin Vlaanderen after a three-round absence due to injury – following his debut in Latvia a month ago.
The MXGP of Lombardia is around the corner in every way: the team’s headquarters in Gorla Minore, Varese, are in fact only 80km away from the Ottobiano motorsport complex, which joined the MXGP calendar only last year.
Tim Gajser heads to Italy with another podium under his belt after the third place scored in France last weekend. The two-time world champion has been racing consistently within the top-five as of late aboard his Honda CRF450RW machine, while getting closer and closer to the type of performance he is known to be capable of.
Calvin Vlaanderen and Todd Waters have performed a successful two-day test in the Netherlands – a very useful one for both riders – which drew to a close yesterday. The young South African rider managed to further improve his feeling with his Honda CRF250RW machine, while Waters got some more track-time ahead of his official return to action, after getting back on the bike for the first time only last week. With no pain or discomfort in his collarbone, the Australian rider is now ready for some MXGP action.
The MXGP of Lombardia will begin this Saturday at 11:30 local time (GMT +2) with the free practice session for the MX2 class, which will be followed at noon by the MXGP one.