The third-from-last round of the 2018 MXGP World Championship will take place this weekend at the brand new Afyon Motor Sports complex in Western Turkey. Team HRC standard bearers Tim Gajser, Calvin Vlaanderen (MX2) and Todd Waters are looking forward to taking on this new challenge with great motivation to succeed. The circuit is located in the outskirts of Afyonkarahisar, the capital city of the Afyon province with a population of around two hundred thousand people.
Tim Gajser arrives in Turkey following a successful event in Bulgaria, where the two-time world champion was second overall, courtesy of a second and a third in the two motos at Sevlievo. With these results, Tim has regained fourth place in the standings behind Clement Desalle and ahead of Romain Febvre.
Calvin Vlaanderen has spent the days after Sevlievo trying to recover from the big crash he had in the first MX2 moto at Sevlievo last Sunday, which ruled him out for the second race, too. The good news for the 22-year-old from Cape Town is the absence of muscle tear in his right leg – meaning that, despite still being in pain, Calvin has not been diagnosed with any major injury. Todd Waters will try to further improve his race day performance while aiming at getting closer to the top-ten.
The timetable for the weekend will be different to the one used in Europe, with free practice scheduled at 10:45 (MX2) and 11:15 (MXGP) on Saturday, timed practice sessions to begin at 13:20 and 14:00 and qualifying races one hour earlier than usual at 15:25 and 16:10. Sunday’s warm ups will still be at 10:25 (MX2) and 10:45 (MXGP), with all the races again moved one hour forward in time – 12:15 and 13:10 for the first races, 15:10 and 16:10 for the final encounters. All times are GMT +3.