Round 14 of the MXGP World Championship takes Team HRC to Belgium and the revered Lommel track. Just one week after the MXGP of the Czech Republic, it’s the middle of a triple back-to-back of races as the 2016 season starts its final hurrah.
Last year Gautier Paulin, still nursing an injury, finished second at the venue to take his fifth podium of the season, and Evgeny Bobryshev narrowly missed out on the silverware to come home fourth.
Lommel can be classed as something of a home race for many within the motocross paddock, and with bases nearby, Paulin and indeed Team HRC are no exceptions.
Located on the north-eastern border of Belgium, Lommel is a one-of-a-kind sand track – there’s nowhere else quite like it for its deep sand that will get evermore heavily rutted and gnarly throughout the weekend. With the deep holes that will emerge, it’s one of the sternest challenges of rider and machine.