Team HRC is en route to the second-largest city of Indonesia, Semarang, to take part in the first-ever edition of the MXGP of Asia – the second of two back-to-back events in the Southeast Asian country. The thirteenth round of the 2018 Motocross World Championship will be held at a brand-new, spectacular red-sand motocross track, one that the team’s standard bearers Tim Gajser, Calvin Vlaanderen and Todd Waters are looking forward to trying aboard their CRF machines.
A few days after his maiden overall win in the MX2 class – with the FOX holeshot, fastest lap of the race and first place in the second moto – Calvin Vlaanderen is ready to jump back aboard the all-new Honda CRF250RW in order to try and keep the momentum going and make some more ground to the top of the standings. In the last five rounds, Calvin was the third top scorer in terms of overall points – tied with Thomas Covington – and was able to make up 37 points from current third-place rider Thomas Kjer Olsen.
At Pangkal Pinang, Tim Gajser narrowly missed out on a podium finish for the second consecutive time, although he managed to move up to fifth place in the championship standings. The two-time world champion has shown great speed – albeit combined with a few too many mistakes – so he is now eager to show more consistency and fight for a top result in both races.
After showing some improvements in the second moto last Sunday, Todd Waters hopes to further improve his performance throughout the whole race distance and aim for the top-10.
The timetable for the MXGP of Asia will be the same as the previous Indonesian round, with all Sunday races moved forward by one hour – 12:15 and 15:10 for MX2, 13:15 and 16:10 for MXGP (GMT +7).