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.