The hard-pack old-school venue of Loket, near Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic hosts the fifth round of the 2021 MXGP World Championship, and unlike like last weekend in Oss, it is a track that everyone is familiar with.
A mainstay on the GP calendar (except for 2020 due to exceptional circumstances), the hilly circuit continues to provide picturesque views and great racing as the narrow, twisty layout makes passing difficult. Gajser consistently finds himself on the podium there, making the climb in 2019, 2018 and 2016 and he’ll be hoping for more of the same for this year’s event, especially buoyed by the confidence of his second overall victory of the season at Oss last weekend.
While it wasn’t a vintage performance from the Honda CRF450RW rider, he showed an ability to adapt to the surroundings and let the race come to him, rather than force the issue and perhaps make a mistake. It has been impressive to see his race-craft improve this year and there is no doubt that he deserves to be holding the red-plate, by a margin of 23 points.
Unfortunately, he’ll once again be on his own under the Team HRC awning, but teammate Mitch Evans has now had his wrist surgery in Australia and has already begun the path to recovery, after what was a successful operation. Obviously, the #43 can’t wait to be behind the gate once again but the focus is on coming back 100% and it is still too early to give a timeframe for his return.
However, now all eyes are focused on this weekend in the Czech Republic where Gajser will once again try to increase his points lead when the MXGP class take to the track on Sunday 25th July.