The 2015 FIM Motocross World Championship reaches its halfway point this weekend with round nine, the MXGP of Italy, held at the classic Maggiora track on 13-14 June.
There has been a short break since the MXGP of France two weeks ago, and Team HRC have made the most of this time with intensive testing in Italy to continue improving the CRF450RW.
Both Evgeny Bobryshev and Gautier Paulin have shown race-winning pace this season, which has led to a Qualifying race victory for Bobby at the last Italian round in Arco, and an overall GP triumph for Paulin in The Netherlands. Bobby also scored his first podium for Team HRC last time out in France, although luck wasn’t on the side of Paulin at home in Villars Sous Ecot.
On the subject of luck, it was also in scarce supply for both riders in Maggiora last year. Paulin missed the race altogether whilst recovering from an injury sustained in Valkenswaard, and Bobby suffered a broken fibula and tibia in race two that ruled him out of the rest of the season. Nevertheless, the team are confident of repeating the podium-performance they have showed for much of this season.
The Maggiora venue is a classic Italian motocross venue with elevation changes aplenty and passionate fans lining the track in their tens of thousands. Although rain is forecast for the weekend, it won’t dampen the Italian spirit as the gate drops for race one at 1315hrs local time on Sunday.