Team HRC is on its way to Indonesia to take part in the first of two back-to-back events in the Southeast Asian country, scheduled at Bangka Island’s largest city Pangkal Pinang. The team will be at full capacity again, with Tim Gajser and Todd Waters riding the Honda CRF450RW in the MXGP class and Calvin Vlaanderen representing Honda Racing Corporation in the MX2 category aboard the all-new CRF250RW machine.
With the round now taking place on the border between the months of June and July, everyone involved in the event now hopes to avoid the type of weather encountered one year ago, when torrential rain led to the cancellation of Saturday’s timed practice and qualifying races for both classes – with no second moto for MXGP on Sunday either. Even the sessions and race that actually took place where marked by an unprecedented level of difficulty.
After missing the podium by one point at Ottobiano two weekends ago, despite a second-place finish in race two, Tim Gajser is looking forward to returning to action in order to try and make some ground to the top of the standings while aiming at entering the top-five. Fifth place is where Calvin Vlaanderen is currently placed in the title race, with the recently-turned 22-year-old South African hoping to bounce back after a bittersweet MXGP of Lombardia. Following an expectedly demanding return to action from injury, Todd Waters hopes to build some momentum and speed on a track he has never race upon before.
The schedule for the weekend sees all sessions and races taking place earlier than the European rounds, with free practice for MX2 and MXGP underway this Saturday (30 June) at 9:45 and 10:15, respectively. The gates will drop for the first Sunday motos at 12:15 (MX2) and 13:15 (MXGP), with the second races set to begin at 15:10 and 16:10 local time (GMT +7).