Amidst northern Italy’s picturesque mountainous backdrop, Trentino plays host to round four of the FIM Motocross World Championship as the paddock heads to the Arco di Trento track this weekend. It represents the start of the European portion of the season.
The hard-pack and rocky track made its MXGP debut only last year during the 2013 season and was immediately a great hit with the passionate Italian crowd.
Owing to the provenance of Team HRC and the workshop’s location in Italy, it’s also the closest the team will get this season to a home Grand Prix.
After a victory in the season-opener on his CRF450RW, Max Nagl has relished in his early season form and fitness to be at the sharp end of the standings after the opening trio of races. He’s strongly positioned as the championship returns to the harder compound tracks.
Continuing his recovery after surgery to his ankle on 12 March, Evgeny Bobryshev is feeling stronger and more comfortable and has been able to return to the training routine that he had to abandon before the Brazilian GP two weeks ago.
Team HRC started a two-day test in Italy yesterday with both Max and Bobby that will be concluded later today. HRC engineers were present at the pre-GP test as work focused on fine-tuning areas of the Honda CRF450RWs highlighted after analysing the data and testing new parts.
The weather forecast is for highs of 20 degrees Celsius, scattered showers and low humidity; a relief certainly from the 30+ degree temperatures that were commonplace in the last two rounds.