Team HRC’s Evgeny Bobryshev and Gautier Paulin are prepared for the final back-to-back trio of MXGP events which kicks off this weekend with round 16 in the Netherlands.
The Assen TT Circuit plays host to MXGP for a second year, as once again 25,000 cubic metres of sand will be brought into the historic road-racing venue to construct a track that takes in the final corner, main straight, pit lane and a portion of the paddock as the track winds its way around the VIP boxes.
Last year’s inaugural event was a raging success with packed grandstands of fans eager to see this road-race-meets-motocross spectacle. The deep sand made for some interesting racing which yielded a Honda 2-3 in the opening moto for Paulin and Bobryshev respectively.
It’s the last European race of the season, before the paddock packs up on Sunday night to freight the bikes and equipment to America first thing Monday morning for the final USA pairing in Charlotte, which holds its maiden event, and the iconic Glen Helen which by contrast is no stranger to motocross.
Action gets underway at 1045hrs on Saturday morning with the start of free practice, and the gate drops on Sunday’s racing at 1415hrs. On Friday evening, Bobryshev, Paulin and Tim Gajser will also unveil the 2017 Honda CRF450R and CRF450RX to the attending media.