Team HRC head to Valkenswaard, Netherlands, this weekend for round six of the FIM Motocross World Championship, and the first in a back-to-back pairing of European races.
The sandy surface of Valkenswaard will welcome the MXGP contingent on 3-4 May, where a reduced-strength Team HRC will field just Evgeny Bobryshev.
Conspicuous by his absence will be Max Nagl, the qualifying race winner last time out in Bulgaria, who was involved in a multi-rider crash during testing in Holland last week.
Nagl broke the scaphoid in his right hand and suffered a slight metacarpal fracture in his left during the incident and is expected to be sidelined until mid-June.
Bobryshev is continuing his strong recovery since the back injury he sustained in the MXGP of Trentino and will be feeling stronger by the Grand Prix at which he took a second place finish and was third overall last year.
Team HRC come to the Grand Prix also feeling stronger still, following another successful test with the CRF450RW earlier this week in Germany. All Honda-supported teams across the series’ categories were also present as Honda strives to provide maximal support to them all.
A mixture of showers and sunny spells with temperatures nudging 20 degrees Celsius are expected, although heavy rain on an already demanding track could place a premium on fitness and strength in tricky racing conditions.