With two weekends off since the first round in Argentina, Team HRC riders Tim Gajser, Brian Bogers and Calvin Vlaanderen now head to Great Britain for round two of the 2019 motocross world championship, hoping to put together a good run of results in a period of time that sees them race three weeks in a row.
First up is the MXGP of Great Britain, held at the excellent Matterley Basin facility, near the city of Winchester in Hampshire. The track is well-liked amongst pro riders and features big jumps and wide sweeping bends, all set within a layout that provides great viewing for the vast number of spectators expected to visit the first European GP of the year.
After his second place in Argentina, Gajser is hoping to go one better this weekend, something he previously achieved in 2016 when the Slovenian rider went 1-1 in dominating fashion as he swept the field on his way to his first MXGP World Championship title success. Bogers joins his colleague for round two, looking to build upon his results and race himself back into contention for the higher honours after missing so much of the 2018 campaign.
For Vlaanderen, a tie-breaker saw him miss out on the podium in Argentina but the CRF250RW rider likes the Matterley Basin track and is looking forward to getting back to racing after these last couple of weeks away from a gate drop.
Despite the March date, the weather in England is looking promising for this weekend which should help provide really good conditions for all the riders who will be riding on the track, as well as for all the fans who will be in attendance around the track. The opening rounds of the EMX250 and EMX2t are also scheduled for the weekend, so there will be plenty of action to follow, but the first MX2 free practice starts at 11:30 local time on Saturday 23rd March, with racing getting underway at 12:15 on Sunday 24th March.