After a pair of second overall’s in Sweden at the last MXGP, Team HRC are back to their full contingent and ready to do even better at the MXGP of Turkey this weekend.
2019 world champion Tim Gajser showed with his second moto victory at Uddevalla that he is back to his best and he’ll be hoping to add another overall to his impressive season when the gate drops at the Afyon circuit. Debuting in last year’s championship, the Turkish track provided a real test for all the riders with the tricky surface and high temperatures making things difficult. However, Gajser had one of his better GPs there in 2018 and he’ll be hoping he can win once again and take his career GP win total to 25.
Joining him on his Honda CRF450RW is teammate Brian Bogers who missed the Swedish GP with the shoulder injury he sustained at Imola. The Dutch rider wasn’t quite able to heal in time for the last round but with a couple of weeks now to prepare, he is back on the bike and up to race pace and ready to challenge once again for top 10 honours.
Rounding out their full house of riders is Swedish MX2 race winner Calvin Vlaanderen. The #10 put in the best performance of his injury-hit season to take victory in the second moto which was good enough for another second overall. The Honda rider has been on the podium regularly since his return from the ankle infection as he continually shows that he is one of the best 250cc riders in the world. With all three riders fully healthy and riding well, the whole team is excited to get to Turkey for the penultimate round of the season.
Action on the track gets underway at 12:30 (GMT+2) on Saturday 6th September for the MX2 class with their 25 minute free practice, which is closely followed by the MXGP riders. They then have a timed practice session before qualifying races that begin at 16:55 (MX2) and 17:40 (MXGP). Gate drops for the points scoring races are then on Sunday at 13:15 and 16:10 (MX2) and 14:15 and 17:10 (MXGP).