Both reigning MXGP world champion Tim Gajser and exciting Honda CRF450RW rookie Mitch Evans are looking forward to this third triple header, which is taking place at the sandy Mantova circuit in northern Italy. With races on Sunday 27th and Wednesday 30th September and then finally on October 4th, the format is becoming familiar for Team HRC but everyone is approaching these events with increasing optimism after the results in Faenza last time out.
For Gajser, his six race wins head the class, and he now sits just seven points away from a deserved championship lead. His aim in Mantova will be to continue to show the speed which has seen dominate large portions of the 2020 season races, but to do so over both motos. If he is able to do that, then he’ll be hopeful of leaving the Italy, after the 11th round of the series with the red plate.
Before we returned to MXGP racing in Latvia, Evans’ aim was to improve at every event, and over the course of the past six rounds, he has done exactly that. He left Faenza having gone eighth, seventh and then sixth overall and he heads into Mantova with buoyed confidence, as well as with the knowledge that he is extremely good on this sandy terrain. In the Internazionali D’Italia race in February, the Australian rider won the super-final at this very track and while the weather should be a lot different, the circuit won’t have changed too much. He is now back to full fitness after his shoulder injury and having placed fourth in a couple of races in Faenza, he’ll be looking to place even higher in the six motos spread over seven days.
Like the rounds since the restart, all the MXGP action will take place all on one day with a 20 minute free practice leading straight into 25 minutes of timed practice. These results will then decide the gate pick for the races that take place the same afternoon.