Deep sand awaits Team HRC for MXGP round two at Valkenswaard

Deep sand awaits Team HRC for MXGP round two at Valkenswaard

04.03.2020: MXGP of the Netherlands MXGP 2020 Round 2 Tim Gajser and Mitch Evans head to Valkenswaard, Netherlands this weekend for what should be another tough test for them and their new Honda CRF450RW. After successfully ne

MXGP of the Netherlands
MXGP 2020   Round 2




Tim Gajser and Mitch Evans head to Valkenswaard, Netherlands this weekend for what should be another tough test for them and their new Honda CRF450RW. After successfully negotiating the first round of the 2020 MXGP season with second and fifth overall results respectively, both riders are confident that they can maintain their high standards at this Dutch sand-track, located near the Belgian border.


With the vast quantities of rain that have fallen over northern Europe in the past few weeks, many expect the facility to be a lot rougher than in previous years, where the cold temperatures meant that it was almost hard-pack in places. This should provide a much different challenge than the rutted-dirt that was present at round one in Matterley Basin, Great Britain.



Last year, Gajser went seven-two for third overall here but he’ll be hoping for a bit more after another year of working on his sand skills. His improvement was highlighted when he won the Lommel GP in August 2019, known as the toughest motocross race in the world, so together with his new CRF450RW, expect the #243 machine to challenging right at the front of the field.



For Evans, his first and only visit here ended up with him scoring a 10th in race two in the MX2 class.



However, after his excellent three-seven results in his MXGP debut last weekend, he’ll be hoping to cement himself as a top five prospect in conditions which should be similar to the pre-season race in Mantova, in which he came away victorious in the Super-final there.



Now though, the riders are preparing for Valkenswaard in what will hopefully be a return to the usual schedule with free practice at 10:20 on Saturday 7th March, with a qualifying race at 16:10 that same afternoon. The points scoring motos then take place at 13:15 and 16:10 on Sunday 8th March.   
   

       
Tim Gajser  243



Matterley went well overall. I’m a little disappointed with the first moto and making a couple of mistakes, but the second race was much better. I’m happy with my speed, with my fitness and with how the new CRF450RW performed so I’m really looking forward to going racing in Valkenswaard.


It’s not my favourite track, but I’ve had some good results there in the past so hopefully I can repeat those and enjoy my races. This week, I came straight to the Netherlands from England but we have struggled to find any good tracks that are open to practice on, so I will go to Germany to train one day, just to make sure we are ready for the weekend.          

   


       
Mitch Evans  43



I’m really happy with how the British GP went, going three-seven for fifth overall. So no complaints. Really happy with my riding over the weekend and definitely glad to get the season underway. A little bit of pressure has gone now that we’ve done the first race, and now we can just concentrate on each weekend as it comes.



This week we’ll just do one day of riding and I can just get ready for the sand in Valkenswaard. Last year it was a little bit hard pack but with the weather being so wet, I think it’ll be a lot deeper and rougher this year, so I’m looking forward to getting out there and doing my best.         


   
       
Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager - MXGP



So round one is over and the season has officially started. I think both riders at Team HRC did a good job and showed everyone what they are capable of, so now it is just making sure that they are in the position to repeat that every weekend.


Valkenswaard will be a much different test than Matterley Basin but we feel with the work we did in Sardinia that our level of riding in the sand is very high and hopefully both Tim and Mitch can display that on Saturday and Sunday.         

   
       
   
    Rider Standings



1    HERLINGS Jeffrey     84    NDL    47    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
2    GAJSER Tim     243    SLO    38    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda
3    CAIROLI Antonio     222    ITA    38    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
4    SEEWER Jeremy     91    SWI    35    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha
5    EVANS Mitch     43    AUS    34    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda
6    PAULIN Gautier     21    FRA    32    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha
7    DESALLE Clement     25    BEL    32    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki
8    COLDENHOFF Glenn     259    NDL    30    Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team    GasGas
9    JACOBI Henry     29    GER    23    Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori    Yamaha
10    PRADO GARCIA Jorge     61    SPA    21    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
11    SIMPSON Shaun     24    GBR    13    SS24 KTM MXGP    KTM
12    JASIKONIS Arminas     27    LTU    13    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna
13    CERVELLIN Michele     747    ITA    13    SDMCORSE Yamaha    Yamaha
14    TONUS Arnaud     4    SWI    13    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha
15    BOGERS Brian     189    NDL    12    Marchetti Racing Team KTM    KTM
16    PATUREL Benoit     6    FRA    11    JM Honda Racing    Honda
17    VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy     89    BEL    11    Honda SR Motoblouz    Honda
18    JONASS Pauls     41    LAT    9    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna
19    LUPINO Alessandro     77    ITA    6    Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing    Yamaha
20    GUILLOD Valentin     92    SWI    5    Standing Construct KTM    KTM
21    STERRY Adam     811    GBR    2    JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team    KTM
22    PETROV Petar     152    BUL    2    Team VRT Nordpesca Holland    KTM
23    VLAANDEREN Calvin     10    NDL    2    Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing    Yamaha
   
   
       
   

   
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