Tim Gajser 243

Since the end of 2013 when 'Tiga 243' was picked up by Honda and Giacomo Gariboldi’s eponymous outfit, the rise of Gajser has been meteoric. His flamboyant style mixed with his otherworldly ability to scrub has won him fans and fame across the world as well as a string of European and World Championships, becoming Honda's first back-to-back World Champion in the MXGP era at just 19 years old, and then being crowned World MXGP champion once again in 2019 when he broke numerous records on his way to a third world title. He continued breaking records in 2020 as he won his fourth world title for Honda, also moving clear at the top of the GP overall wins list for Honda with 29 victories. He added four more victories in 2021, but he wasn’t able to add to his title count, and will head into 2022 looking to once again be crowned MXGP champion.

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Mitch Evans 43

After impressing everyone in his rookie MXGP season, Mitch Evans signed a multi-year deal at the end of 2020 to extend his stay with Team HRC, where he’ll be looking to improve upon a disrupted season that saw him battle with the top riders in his class on the new CRF450R.
A victory in the 2020 preseason international race in Mantova, Italy gave everyone a glimpse at just how well Evans took to riding the new CRF450R and he continued that form in the first MXGP of the season in Great Britain, going three-seven for fifth overall. Unfortunately, he suffered an injury at the second round and spent the break in the season recovering from the shoulder injury. In each of the next rounds, he worked his way up through the field, consistently inside the top 10 and regularly battling it out for top five positions before an injury in Spain when he was running fourth curtailed his season. Unfortunately, that injury proved to be extremely difficult to recover from as it forced the Australia to miss the entire 2021 season. Although he was watching from the sidelines, his motivation never wavered and he put all his energy into getting ready for the 2022 season and whilst it will definitely be a tough challenge to get back to the front of the field, it is one that the #43 won’t give up on.

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