The 2015 MXGP season kicks off this weekend with the now regular season-opener at the floodlit track of Losail, Qatar. Team HRC riders Evgeny Bobryshev and Gautier Paulin will be looking to build on the Honda CRF450RW’s success in Qatar from last year, where it took a moto victory.
Qatar will signal Bobby’s return to GP racing after a 2014 season hampered by injury. The popular Russian rider has not competed in a GP since Maggiora in June of last year so, after an off-season spent getting back to optimal fitness, he is hungry to make a strong return in the season opener.
New signing Gautier Paulin will be making his Honda GP debut this weekend with Team HRC. The Frenchman will be looking to maintain his momentum from the French domination of last year’s Motocross of Nations in Latvia and the moto victory from last month at Riola Sardo, the first round of the Italian International Championship.
The off-season testing programme has seen comprehensive development of the CRF450RW and, along with rider-based input from new Sporting Manager Jean Michel Bayle, has ensured that the race-winning machine is even better than last year. Alongside the signings of Paulin and Bayle, Team HRC has also welcomed new sponsor Motul to the racing family.
The Losail track in Doha, Qatar, is situated next to the road race circuit used by MotoGP and World Superbike championships. Since its inception two years ago, the circuit has firmly cemented its place as season opener for the MXGP championship. Action gets underway at 1900hrs local time on Saturday night with the first MX2 race.