After conquering the toughest motocross race on the planet last year, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser heads to Lommel, Belgium once again, this time prepared for three rounds in the deep sand-track close to the Dutch border.
His victory in the 2019 MXGP of Belgium (one of his nine overall wins last year) was a milestone event for the Slovenian rider as he showed the world just how far his sand riding had progressed. Known in his early-career as a hard-pack rider, the two-two results for first place was a culmination of months and months of training in sand and a just-reward for all that effort he put in. He since showed at Valkenswaard in March this year that he still improving, going one-two in the horrible conditions there, confirming he can win on his Honda CRF450RW anywhere.
Now, with six rounds left, three in Lommel and three in Trentino (another venue where the Team HRC rider has won) and with a 24-point lead in the championship, this coming month of racing represents a really good chance for Gajser to win his third MXGP world championship.
Unfortunately, teammate Mitch Evans won’t be racing in Lommel after the injuries he sustained at the previous round in Spain have now ruled him out. Evans travelled back to Italy to see a specialist in Milan on Monday, where he had surgery on his fractured left wrist. The procedure was a complete success, but during the examination, it was also found that Evans broke six ribs in the incident. It is disappointing news for the Honda CRF450RW rider, who was showing good speed and was running in fourth place when he flat-landed on one of the big double-jumps at the Arroyomolinos circuit, but now he must stay off the bike in order to let his body recover from the injuries.
Like previous triple-headers, Gajser will be racing on Sunday 18th, Wednesday 21st and Sunday 25th October with everything taking place in a one-day format once again. It isn’t a schedule that the #243 prefers but he has been able to adapt well to it so far this year, winning plenty of qualifying sessions and races on his way to taking the championship leading red-plate.