Team HRC is currently travelling to the east shores of the Black Sea to take part in the sixth round of the 2018 Motocross World Championship, which takes place this upcoming Monday and Tuesday at Orlyonok in the Southern Federal District of Russia.

Created in close proximity of the namesake all-year Children’s Centre for kids between 11 and 16 years old, the track made its debut on the MXGP calendar last year. Ironically, neither of the two currently active Team HRC riders Tim Gajser and Calvin Vlaanderen have raced there yet as they were both injured at the time of the MXGP of Russia last year.

Both riders are therefore keen on getting to grips with this exciting hard packed motocross track on Monday, April 30th, with the free practice sessions getting underway at 11:30 (MX2) and 12:00 (MXGP) local time (GMT +3). The two MXGP races of the MXGP of Russia will begin on Tuesday May 1st – The International Workers’ day, a public holiday in Russia – at 14:15 and 17:10, while the MX2 ones are scheduled to start just before at 13:15 and 16:10.

Tim Gajser 243

I’m looking forward to my first racing experience at Orlyonok: last year I had to watch the races from the sofa and it wasn’t much fun, but the track looked really good! We will also have many young fans attending the round, so it’ll surely be a very special event for everybody. It was nice to get on the podium last time out at Águeda so the goal will be to do the same there!

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

I’m leaving soon to Russia and I’m excited for it. Obviously, it’s a long trip to a place I’ve never been to before as I was injured last year. I’ve heard some good things about the track and I’ve seen some videos, so I cannot wait to go racing. My shoulder is still not 100% but I’ve had two good weeks on the bike and I’m feeling ready for it!

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

We are happy to have Tim with us this time around as he wasn’t able to join the team last year due to injury. Neither him nor Calvin have raced here previously, so it will be a completely new experience for them in such a unique place and track like Orlyonok. What Tim did in Portugal was more in line with his potential and our all expectations, so our hope is that he will continue to build momentum and keep racing at the front – in order to also improve his position in the championship. Calvin needs some strong results and a smooth weekend to build some momentum, and I’m sure he is up to the task now that he had some time to train and look after his shoulder.

Location Information

Orlyonok Circuit, Krasnodar Krai, Russia, 352815 - View in Google Maps