Lommel, Belgium has rightfully built up its reputation as being the toughest motocross track in the world and this weekend Tim Gajser and Team HRC head there for the sixth round of the 2021 MXGP world championship.
Located in an industrial park on the outskirts of the town, the flat terrain doesn’t immediately intimate the arriving rider, but the consistently deep sand layout and the ever-evolving nature of the bumps and rollers make it both mentally and physically draining.
Early-on in Gajser’s career, this circuit would have filled him with dread, but after working extremely hard the past couple of off-seasons on sand tracks in Croatia, the #243 has shown that he has mastered this surface as well. He won the 2019 overall here, and then went two-one-one-three-one-one for two overalls at the triple-header events last year. It was a marked turnaround and proved just how much both Gajser and his Honda CRF450RW have improved.
This year, the Slovenian once again enters as the red-plate holder with a lead of 11 points over his nearest rival, but a mistake in the second moto at Loket last week meant that the gap is a little smaller that he’d hoped. However, he did show great determination to fight back from way outside of the top 20 and he’ll need more of that fighting spirit for these two gruelling motos, when the gate drops on Sunday 1st August.