Team HRC’s Tim Gajser and Mitch Evans head to Afyonkarahisar in Turkey for what is the final round of this 2022 MXGP World Championship. In Gajser’s case, it has been an immensely successful campaign, winning 14 motos, nine rounds and wrapping up the title with two rounds to go. And while Evans hasn’t been able to achieve all of his goals, he can still hold his head up high in the knowledge that he has improved significantly as the season has gone on.

Both riders will be looking to finish the season on the podium, which would be the #243’s 13th visit to the box in just 18 rounds. He is the only rider to have held the red-plate and a victory on this Afyon track – a circuit where he has won motos previously – would really seal his position as not just the premier rider in 2022, but also as the most successful rider in recent times, after winning three of the last four MXGP titles. His victory in St Jean D’Angely in the last round, was a true sign that when he is riding at his best, very few can match him, and he’ll be hoping for a repeat performance in what is his final race of the year.

For Evans, he’ll be hoping he can finish on the podium in Turkey, to give himself a nice boost as he heads to the Motocross of Nations in September, where he’ll be representing Australia. The Honda CRF450R rider has been close to the box on numerous occasions in 2022, and with just this round remaining, it is his last chance to get the rewards that all his hard work deserves, after recovering from a serious wrist injury that ruled him out for the entire 2021 campaign.

With temperatures around 30C over the weekend, the riders will need to be at their best in every one of the on-track sessions. First up is the free practice, followed by timed practice which gives the gate-pick for the Saturday evening qualifying race. The result of this race then gives the gate-pick for the two motos which take place on Sunday afternoon at 14:15 and 17:10 local time.

Tim Gajser 243

It’s been another amazing season and I’m really hoping to end it on a high. The last round in France was the perfect result, proving to everyone that I can win again, and for myself to just enjoy my riding after the last few pressure-filled rounds. I really like the Turkey track and it should be a great place to finish this season. Everyone has worked so hard these past couple of years and it’ll be nice to have a bit more of a gap before the start of the 2023 campaign. A big thank you to everyone in Team HRC, for their continued efforts!

Mitch Evans 43

I’ve been putting a bit too much pressure on myself these past few races, trying to do too much, too soon. So now, for Turkey, I just want to take it back a notch and just go out there and let things happen. Obviously, I want to do well, but I’m hoping that I can ride a bit freer and that should just allow me to challenge at the front of the field. It’s certainly been a testing season, but I’ve still learnt a lot, and while the results haven’t always been what I wanted, I know I’ve always tried my best.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It’s been another long, tough but successful season, and we are all heading to Turkey to finish this 2022 season off strongly. Tim really showed everyone his champion-mentality to win in France last time out and we are hoping he can do that again and break even more records this season. Mitch has been knocking on the door of the podium for these last few rounds and we are all really hoping he can make that final step and get it done this weekend. I would like to thank everyone in Japan and everyone in the team who has kept working so hard and maintained such a high level of performance this year. It hasn’t been easy but we have a great group of people and I think that shows in our work ethic and our results.

Location Information

Sadıkbey Mahallesi, Dörtyol Mah. Turgut Özal Cad., Afyon Yeni Şehir Stadyumu Yanı, 03200 Merkez/Afyonkarahisar - View in Google Maps