Winning feelings boost Team HRC ahead of Latvian GP
Both Tim Gajser and Mitch Evans are heading to Latvia, coming off the back off one-one performances in their last outings, for what should be another strong showing for the Team HRC duo on this tricky Kegums circuit.
In the case of four-time world champion Gajser, that was in the previous MXGP round in the picturesque Trentino region in Italy, where the Slovenian dominated proceedings in front of thousands of fans who crossed the border to support their national hero.
The #243 then took last weekend off, in order to keep himself fresh for this sixth round of a championship where he has already won four overalls. However, Evans is looking to continue racing himself into shape so decided to compete in the French Championship at Castelnau-de-Levis, which he then won both motos convincingly, to give himself a nice confidence boost heading into this world championship event.
Known as being sandy on top, with a hard base, the Kegums track always provides a difficult test for riders as they try to get to grips with the terrain, but having raced here multiple times in the last couple of years, combined with the two-day format, the Honda CRF450R pair should be comfortable by the gate drops for the two motos on Sunday 24th April.
Tim Gajser 243
Since Trentino, I kept up my training both on and off the bike. Having learnt from last year, I don’t want to over-do things, especially at this early stage of the season. Obviously, the previous MXGP went really well, getting my first one-one of the season and just having a great time riding my Honda CRF450R in front of so many of my fans. It is always good to see and hear them, and I can’t thank them enough for cheering me on. Latvia has some good and bad memories for me, but I’m focusing on the positives, including winning last year, and I’m looking to just continue how I’ve been riding so far this year and go out there and enjoy myself.
Mitch Evans 43
I had a good weekend away from the MXGPs, choosing to race the French Championship where I went one-one. It was good to lead laps, win some races and just have a good solid day on the bike and boost my confidence heading into this race in Latvia. The last round in Trentino also had a lot of positives, so I’m hoping to keep improving and working my way towards the front of the MXGP field.
Marcus Pereira de Freitas
It was good for Mitch to have that victory in the French Championship, because as riders, winning races is always a good thing. And that adds to good season that Team HRC is already having, and hopefully he can bring that sort of speed to Latvia this weekend. He showed in Trentino he can run with the top guys, so we’re looking for him to show that more and more as the season progresses. For Tim, he is in a really good place right now and we just try to make things comfortable for him, and keep him enjoying coming to races. Last time out he rode amazingly well and we’d love to see him do the same in Kegums.
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|2||Prado Garcia Jorge||61||SPA||203||Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing||GasGas|
|3||Renaux Maxime||959||FRA||184||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha|
|4||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||160||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha|
|5||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||141||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha|
|6||Bogers Brian||189||NDL||126||Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team||Husqvarna|
|7||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||126||Beta SDM Corse MX Team||Beta|
|8||Fernandez Ruben||70||SPA||125||Honda 114 Motorsports||Honda|
|9||Forato Alberto||303||ITA||94||SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery||GasGas|
|10||Beaton Jed||14||AUS||82||F&H Racing Team||Kawasaki|
|11||Watson Ben||919||GBR||82||Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP||Kawasaki|
|12||Evans Mitch||43||AUS||80||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda|
|14||Vlaanderen Calvin||10||NDL||75||Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing||Yamaha|
|15||Tixier Jordi||911||FRA||75||JT911 KTM Racing Team||KTM|
|16||Kjer Olsen Thomas||19||DEN||73||Team Diga-Procross||KTM|
|17||Jacobi Henry||29||GER||59||JM Honda Racing||Honda|
|18||van Doninck Brent||32||BEL||47||Riley Racing||Yamaha|
|19||Koch Tom||226||GER||41||KTM Kozak Team||KTM|
|20||Östlund Alvin||161||SWE||30||JK Racing Yamaha Active||Yamaha|
|21||Lupino Alessandro||77||ITA||11||Beta SDM Corse MX Team||Beta|
|22||Rolando Nicolas||144||URU||10||Wildcard Rider||Suzuki|
|23||Guillod Valentin||92||SWI||10||iXS MXGP Team||Yamaha|
|24||Roosiorg Hardi||75||EST||8||Sahkar KTM Racing||KTM|
|28||Trossero Marcos Gabriel||ARG||4|
|29||Zaragoza Jorge||99||SPA||4||Wildcard Rider||Honda|
|33||Galletta Pablo||117||ARG||3||Wildcard Rider||Yamaha|
|35||Jasikonis Arminas||27||LTU||3||Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing||Yamaha|
|38||Zonta Filippo||200||ITA||1||Wildcard Rider||GasGas|
|39||Cabarcos Francisco||112||ARG||1||Wildcard Rider||Suzuki|
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