As the motocross world championship enters its final third of the season, all three members of Team HRC are looking forward to a return to Europe after the back-to-back rounds in Indonesia. For Tim Gajser, that means attempting to increase his record breaking win streak to eight overalls in a row, when the gate drops at the hillside track in Loket, Czech Republic, while fellow Honda CRF450RW rider Brian Bogers will once again taking aim at the top 10 in the competitive MXGP class. In the MX2 class, Calvin Vlaanderen had a promising return to action, getting his first podium of the season in Semarang at the last round and he’ll be hoping to keep that momentum at a track that he has performed well at in the past.
After his victory at round 12 at the MXGP of Asia, Gajser broke the Honda world motocross championship win-streak record for a single rider and more importantly for the Slovenian, took another massive step towards a potential third world title and his second championship in the 450 class. The #243 plated Honda CRF450RW now leads the MXGP table by 173 points over second place, with just 300 points still to play for and he’ll be looking to maintain or even extend this gap at the hard-pack Loket facility. Having led every lap at Semarang, and having won 12 of the last 14 motos, confidence is extremely high within the camp and with a weekend off to recharge the batteries, Gajser should be able to come out swinging when the gate drops this coming Sunday for what should be another weekend of hot temperatures.
Teammate Bogers will be hoping a solid Dutch championship performance at the weekend, will give him the boost he needs to place himself in the top 10 in the Czech Republic. With some time at home to recuperate and with an easier journey to the western province of Karlovy Vary, Bogers is looking to improve upon what has been a fairly consistent run of results, these past few rounds.
After a solid seventh overall (including a fourth place moto result) in the Palembang GP, Vlaanderen scored his first podium of the season in Semarang with five-three race results. It was an impressive return to action after missing the previous five rounds and it is something that the Honda CRF250RW rider will be keen to build upon in Loket. In 2018, Vlaanderen won a moto on his way to second overall so he knows he can perform well there and with two more good motos at the Dutch championship under his belt, he’ll head to the Czech Republic hoping to find himself on the podium once again.
Action on the track gets underway at 12:30 (GMT+1) on Saturday 27th July for the MX2 class with their 25 minute free practice, 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).