Honda head to Mexico for the finale of the 2014 MXGP season
The final round of the 2014 MXGP season at León, Mexico comes just seven days after the riders had to endure the heat of Goias, Brazil where Team HRC’s Max Nagl took a dominant overall victory on his CRF450RW.
Mexico hasn’t been on the calendar since 2012 when the MXGP riders visited the Guadalajara circuit. Much the same as then, Evgeny Bobryshev won’t be able to compete due to injury leaving just Nagl on the No.12 machine. There is a little bit of uncertainty as to how this final round will play out as León is another new circuit for the 2014 MXGP season, which makes this last round all the more challenging for the riders and the teams who will need to get up to speed quickly on Saturday morning.
After the performance in Brazil though, where Team HRC and Max Nagl wasted no time in getting to grips with the similarly new Goias track, the team’s confidence is high.
The León circuit has been constructed inside the ‘Parque Metropolitano de León’, one of Mexico’s most beautiful attractions. The Parque Metropolitano de León caters for many activities including bird watching, hiking, mountain biking, football and now motocross. The state of Guanajuato is fast becoming one of the most popular tourist destinations in Mexico with motocross becoming another big attraction for both the tourists and the local residents.
León features the third different surface in three events as the 1500m intermediate soil layout follows on from the deep sand of Lommel and the hard pack of Goias. This weekend should be comparatively cooler than last with an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius.
Max Nagl 12
“Last weekend was a sensational day for me, to win again a Grand Prix and with both races. You can not imagine how emotional this moment was when I crossed the finish line! Now I'm looking forward to the Grand Prix in Mexico and will try to get on the podium again. It's another new track, but in Brazil we had the whole weekend a great setup for the bike so we'll try hard to do the same”.
“As it’s a totally new venue nobody knows what to expect; it’s a bit of an open book so we don’t really know what we’re going into. It’s a new organiser and a new promoter but they are guided by Youthstream so everything should be very good. We believe there’s been a fair bit of rain there recently. After the weekend in Brazil, with the double win and overall victory, we want to keep the momentum going. Everyone has been pushing hard 100 per cent all year, fully committed, so at the moment there’s just a great feeling throughout for everybody. In Mexico it would obviously be great for a repeat or to get near a repeat of it".