The grand finale of the 2018 MXGP World Championship will take place this weekend at the brand-new motocross track built within the stunning ‘Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari’ in Imola, Italy. Seventy years ago, the first world motocross event took place at this venue and now Team HRC’s Tim Gajser, Calvin Vlaanderen and Brian Bogers will get a taste of the new racetrack built for what is going to be an incredible event of racing.
Tim Gajser is happy to return to his beloved hard-pack surface after a not-too-exciting racing weekend at the TT Circuit Assen two weekends ago. In the Netherlands, the two-time world champion was fifth overall, but he is now looking forward to ending the season in style aboard his Honda CRF450RW while hoping to make a final attack on third place in the standings – currently held by Clement Desalle with a 20-point margin over Gajser.
After showing great speed in Holland and coming short of an MX2 podium finish, only due to an unfortunate combination of other riders’ results, Calvin Vlaanderen is eager to improve on his Dutch performance in order to step back onto the rostrum and build some momentum ahead of his appearance at the Motocross of Nations, which will be contested the following weekend (October 6-7) at Red Bud in Michigan, United States.
Brian Bogers has surprised many with his MXGP-debut performance at Assen a fortnight ago. The recently-turned 22-year-old claimed his first world championship points in the category, and now he is ready to attack his second and final round for the season in order to head into the winter break with a good first-hand knowledge of the series, the competition and his Honda machine.
Motocross action at Imola will begin this Saturday (29 September) at 11:30 local time (GMT +2) with free practice for the MX2 class, while at noon the MXGP field will take to the track.