Team HRC ready for battle in first home round at Pietramurata

Scritto giovedì 5 Aprile 2018 alle 10:51.

The fourth round of the 2018 Motocross World Championship will be contested this weekend at the motocross track of Pietramurata in Trentino, Italy. Team HRC’s Tim Gajser and Calvin Vlaanderen are looking forward to resume action in what is probably one of the most anticipated and attended events of the MXGP season – which is also the first of three home rounds for the Milan-based squad this year.

Boosted by the support of the legion of fans who will come in numbers from nearby Slovenia, Gajser will aim to build some more momentum after his return to action in Valkenswaard. Two weekends ago, the two-time World Champion was able to score two solid results in Redsand’s two Sunday motos aboard his Honda CRF450RW machine – after winning the Qualifying race the day before. Last year, Gajser was second overall in the MXGP of Trentino with a first and a third in the two races in front of the Italian crowd.

Calvin Vlaanderen has made perfect use of his time after the event at RedSand to fully recover from the health condition that affected his training program and overall form in the last two rounds. The young South African rider also took part in the second round of the Dutch Masters of Motocross, riding his Honda CRF250RW machine to first and second places in the two motos, which took place last Monday.

MXGP and MX2 action at Pietramurata will kick start this Saturday at 11:30 and 12:00 local time (GMT +2), respectively, with the free practice sessions for the two classes.


Tim Gajser 243

I’m looking forward to Arco because it’s one of the closest GP to home so a lot of fans will be there from Slovenia to support me. It’s surely going to be a special event for me so I cannot wait to get started. I trained very hard after RedSand in order to show up in Italy in the best possible condition; the goal will be to be quick and consistent in order to get in the mix at the sharp end of the field and score two strong results.


Calvin Vlaanderen 10

Round four of the World Championship coming up this weekend in Arco di Trento, and I’m feeling ready! I’m finally better with the small injury and sickness I had in the last two weeks, which means I was back to my normal training program after Spain. I enjoy the Pietramurata track, I’ve raced there a few times and I gel well with the track. I hope to see a lot of fans turning up from Saturday morning, as it’s always the case in Italy!


Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

Arco is a very special place where as a team we have enjoyed some good success in the past. Obviously, we are hoping for good weather as we’re aware of the massive crowd that normally attends this event: we are expecting a lot of fans there – and many Honda ones, too! After Tim’s qualifying race win at RedSand, the goal for him is to keep building confidence as well as getting closer to the front on Sunday. He needs more consistency, but consistency comes through riding and racing, and this is all he needs now. Calvin had a solid weekend in Spain despite not being 100%, so we look forward to seeing more out of him this weekend.

MXGP 2018 

Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 CAIROLI Antonio 222 ITA 141 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 HERLINGS Jeffrey 84 NDL 141 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 DESALLE Clement 25 BEL 103 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
4 FEBVRE Romain 461 FRA 101 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
5 PAULIN Gautier 21 FRA 98 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
6 COLDENHOFF Glenn 259 NDL 79 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
7 VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy 89 BEL 78 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
8 NAGL Max 12 GER 60 TM Racing Factory Team TM
9 SEEWER Jeremy 91 SWI 59 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
10 LIEBER Julien 33 BEL 54 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
11 GAJSER Tim 243 SLO 48 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
12 JASIKONIS Arminas 27 LTU 48 Team Honda Red Moto Honda
13 SIMPSON Shaun 24 GBR 46 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
14 ANSTIE Max 99 GBR 45 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
15 STRIJBOS Kevin 22 BEL 37 Standing Construct KTM KTM
16 BOBRYSHEV Evgeny 777 RUS 30 BOS GP Suzuki
17 DESPREY Maxime 141 FRA 27 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
18 LUPINO Alessandro 77 ITA 24 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
19 SEARLE Tommy 100 GBR 20 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
20 LEOK Tanel 7 EST 20 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
21 KULLAS Harri 151 FIN 14 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
22 IRWIN Graeme 55 IRE 13 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM
23 BUTRON Jose 17 SPA 12 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
24 PETROV Petar 152 BUL 10 Team Honda Red Moto Honda
25 MONTICELLI Ivo 128 ITA 7 iFly JK Racing Yamaha
26 SALAZAR Jetro 60 ECU 5 Wildcard Rider Honda
27 BENGTSSON Filip 20 SWE 3 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
28 PETROV Ivan 142 BUL 2 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
29 VAN DER MIERDEN Sven 94 NDL 1 Wildcard Rider Yamaha