Last year, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser was looking forward to extending his points lead even more as he left the MXGP of Afyon with a 28-point lead over second place. However, a training session crash left him with a broken collarbone and just seven days to recover before the MXGP of Sardegna and what turned out to be the toughest race on the calendar.

High temperatures and the deep sand Riola Sardo circuit meant only the fittest could survive, and it was a superhuman effort by the #243 to salvage 15-points as he kept himself in the 2021 title hunt. Fast forward a year and Gajser is showing the best form of his impressive career, reeling off seven moto wins in a row and extending his points lead to 81 after just seven rounds, and he is looking forward to the chance to put those demons to bed and show everyone what he is truly capable of as the series returns to Sardinia, the island off the west coast of Italy. Once again, he has chosen the Croatia sand-track over the border from his Slovenian home to prepare, but this time he is confident that he can give a real account of himself as looks to win his seventh round out of eight.

Mitch Evans is also showing signs of his pre-injury self as the Australian posted a season-best sixth place in moto two in Maggiora. The #43 came through the field, passing riders on the same corner on numerous laps and with a bit more time on the clock, could easily have found himself on the podium. He’s looking to take that momentum into Sardinia where fitness will again be critical on the treacherous sandy terrain, and if he can get out of the gate well, he’ll be looking for another season-best performance.

After the rain-hit weekend in Maggiora, the weather is looking much better for the weekend of May 14-15 when the best motocross riders in the world descend on Riola Sardo. The first time they hit the track will be in a free practice on Saturday morning, culminating in the second gate-drop at 17:10 on Sunday evening, where Gajser and Evans will be hoping they are challenging for the podium positions.

Tim Gajser 243

Maggiora was another great weekend for the team and I, going one-one and extending our lead in the championship. I felt really good throughout the weekend and it was just more evidence of how well everything is working within Team HRC. Last year Riola Sardo was one of the most difficult races of my career, going there having broken my collarbone just one week before. In the end, I was able to salvage some points but I’m looking forward to riding there fully fit and just showing everyone what I am capable of on this track when I’m at 100%.

Mitch Evans 43

Maggiora was a big step for me mentally, knowing that I was pushing right until the end of the moto and riding faster laptimes than almost everyone as I was coming through the field. Now, I just need to work on my starts for this weekend and if I can show that speed, but starting in the top five or even top 10, I know I’ll be challenging for podium positions. Riola will be a much harder prospect though as the deep sand won’t make things easy but I’m excited to head to races and keep showing my improvement.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was another good weekend in Italy at Maggiora, and we are all hoping for the same again on the island of Sardinia. Tim looked fantastic, as he has looked in previous rounds and Mitch also had a really impressive second moto, passing a lot of riders as he moved into sixth place. We are hoping the weather will be better this time around because the Riola Sardo track is already extremely difficult so rain would make things even harder. Both guys have done some sand training in preparation and are feeling solid, so now we hope they can put their work into the races and get those Honda CRF450R’s at the front of the field.

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Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 336 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
2 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 255 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
3 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 231 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
4 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 220 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
5 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 199 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
6 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 194 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
7 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 173 Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna
8 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 166 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta
9 Jonass Pauls LAT 149
10 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 132 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas
11 Watson Ben 919 GBR 130 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
12 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 128 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
13 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 114 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
14 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 105 JT911 KTM Racing Team KTM
15 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 93 JM Honda Racing Honda
16 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 82 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
17 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 80 Riley Racing Yamaha
18 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 73 Team Diga-Procross KTM
19 Koch Tom 226 GER 41 KTM Kozak Team KTM
20 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 39 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha
21 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 23 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM
22 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 18 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta
23 Zaragoza Jorge 99 SPA 12 Wildcard Rider Honda
24 Rolando Nicolas 144 URU 10 Wildcard Rider Suzuki
25 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 10 iXS MXGP Team Yamaha
26 Sihvonen Miro FIN 9
27 Monticelli Ivo ITA 7
28 Philippaerts David 15 ITA 6 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
29 Villaronga Sergio CHI 6
30 Leok Tanel EST 6
31 Arco Dario ARG 6
32 Charlier Christophe 23 FRA 5 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
33 Martin Humberto VEN 5
34 Toro Lautaro ARG 4
35 Trossero Marcos Gabriel ARG 4
36 Carrasco Agustin ARG 4
37 Zonta Filippo 200 ITA 4 Wildcard Rider GasGas
38 Galletta Pablo 117 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
39 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 3 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
40 Lapucci Nicholas ITA 3
41 Paturel Benoit FRA 2
42 Cabarcos Francisco 112 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider Suzuki
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