After all the celebrations from Tim Gajser’s fifth world championship title in Hyvinkaa, Finland last weekend, Team HRC’s focus is now fully on the penultimate round of the series, to be held at the familiar venue of St Jean D’Angely in France.
In one of the most competitive eras in motocross history, for Gajser to make it three championships in four years is an amazing achievement, and like his previous titles, his ability to wrap it up early takes all the pressure off these last two rounds, giving him a great chance to add to his already unmatchable 13 race wins and eight overall GP victories. And having won the last GP to be held at the St Jean D’Angely track, in 2019, he is really looking forward to getting back to winning ways in front of what is sure to be a packed hillside of French fans.
For teammate Mitch Evans, Finland certainly wasn’t his best outing but he is now channelling that frustration into some positive energy for these last two rounds of the season. Setting himself a goal of getting on the podium in 2022, the Australian has put in some really good rides, without gaining the rewards he deserved. Now though, he is determined to put that right, and that starts this weekend where he will be looking to show-off his speed at every opportunity.
In what is the third of three back-to-back rounds, the hard-pack hilly venue of St Jean D’Angely always provides entertainment for the passionate French supporters who line themselves up all around this historic track. And when the gate-drops on Sunday 21st August, Team HRC will be hoping that they’ll be two Honda CRF450Rs up the front of the field, battling for victory.