After the successful results in the Internazionale d’Italia, Team HRC’s focus has turned towards the first round of the 2020 FIM world motocross championship and fine-tuning the new Honda CRF450RW to make sure it continues its excellent beginning at the amazing Matterley Basin facility near Winchester, England.
For defending MXGP champion Tim Gajser, it is a return to a track that he won his first moto of 2019 on, which then set him up for the record-breaking title-winning year that followed. It is a place that he enjoys riding and after winning five of the six races in Italy, he comes in full of confidence that he can have another good event in 2020.
Meanwhile team-mate Mitch Evans will be making his debut in the MXGP class and while that is a big deal for a lot of riders, the young Australian is just taking it in his stride. He quickly adapted to the more powerful 450cc machine in Sardinia and then showed everyone the massive progress he’d made when he won the Super-final in Mantova in his last outing. He also managed to get good starts in most of his races, something that will be crucial in this extremely competitive MXGP class.
Despite the recent bad weather in England, the track at Matterley Basin is still looking in extremely good shape and should provide the excellent racing surface that it’s been known for throughout it’s time on the world motocross championship calendar. The first time the MXGP riders hit the track is at 10:20am on Saturday 29th February, with the qualification race at 16:10 that afternoon. The riders then get a warm-up on Sunday morning before their two points-scoring motos at 13:15 and 16:10.