Team HRC riders Tim Gajser, Brian Bogers and Calvin Vlaanderen are heading to China looking to round off their respective 2019 world motocross championships on a high note in what will be brand new experience for everyone at the Shanghai facility.
After the hot temperatures of Turkey last weekend, things are expected to be even tougher in the Chinese metropolis with brutal heat and suffocating humidity expected over the weekend when the MXGP and MX2 riders take the line. For world champion Gajser, he’ll be hoping to add to his nine overall victories and extend his lead even further at the top of the MXGP table. Currently sitting at 202 points, if he manages to score nine more points than his nearest rival, he’ll become the most dominant champion in history, which would be just reward for such an amazing season of performances.
Team mate Bogers will also have the top 10 in his sights once again as he looks to build upon the speed he showed in the two motos in Turkey. For the first half of both races, the Honda CRF450RW rider was inside the top five and although he wasn’t able to keep it going until the chequered flag, he’ll still be hoping that he can get another two good starts and battle against the best motocross riders in the world.
In the MX2 class, Vlaanderen is hoping to make it four podiums since his return from the mid-season ankle injury that caused him to miss five rounds. Standing on the box in Semarang, Lommel and Uddevalla (which also included a moto win), the #10 has proved he is capable on any surface and that should hold him in good stead as no one is quite sure what to expect at the brand new track in Shanghai.
For the final round of the season, it is just the MXGP and MX2 classes with the MX2 class first hitting the track at 10:45am local time on Saturday 14th September, follow by the MXGP class at 11:15. The qualification races then take place at 16:10 and 16:55 respectively that evening. On Sunday 15th September, warm-ups are at 10:25 and 10:45 before the first MX2 and MXGP gate drops are at 12:15 and 13:15.