The only night race on the calendar of the FIM Motocross World Championship, the event is also significant in being the first Grand Prix for the newly renamed Team HRC, the Honda works MXGP team formally announced on 7 February 2014 as the next chapter in Honda’s increasing support of world motocross.
As was the case with last season’s opener, the inaugural Motocross GP of Qatar, racing will again take place on Saturday night under the floodlights, as opposed to the usual Sunday afternoon slot. In under a month, Losail will also play host to the opening round of the MotoGP World Championship where the factory Honda team will be flying the Honda and HRC flags as reigning World Champions.
Team HRC’s Evgeny Bobryshev ran well at the sandy Losail circuit last time around, finishing an overall fifth, although teammate Max Nagl’s illness hampered him from the start before a first lap collision restricted him to an 11th place Honda debut.
Bobryshev and Nagl have both enjoyed successful and fruitful off-season programmes with Team HRC in 2014, including extensive testing and development of the 2014 CRF450RW and fitness training at Team GB’s Olympic training base before Christmas.
After a string of podiums last year, including three from the last four rounds for Bobryshev and fourth for Nagl at the Motocross of Nations, the 2014 season is being started from a solid foundation.
See below to watch the pre-season video teaser of Team HRC: