After the successful results in the Internazionale d’Italia, Team HRC’s focus has turned towards the first round of the 2020 FIM world motocross championship at the amazing Matterley Basin near Winchester, England.
For defending MXGP champion Tim Gajser, it is a return to a track that he won his first moto of 2019 on, which then set him up for the record-breaking title-winning year that followed.
It is a place that he enjoys riding and after winning five of the six races in Italy, he comes in full of confidence that he can have another good event in 2020.
Meanwhile team-mate Mitch Evans will be making his debut in the MXGP class and while that is a big deal for a lot of riders, the young Australian is just taking it in his stride.
He quickly adapted to the more powerful 450cc machine in Sardinia and then showed everyone the massive progress he’d made when he won the Super-final in Mantova in his last outing.
He also managed to get good starts in most of his races, something that will be crucial in this extremely competitive MXGP class.
Despite the recent bad weather in England, the track at Matterley Basin is still looking in extremely good shape and should provide the excellent racing surface that it’s been known for throughout its time on the world motocross championship calendar.
MXGP riders hit the track at 10:20am
Tim Gajser: “I have been at home in Slovenia training there. We have had good weather so I’ve been able to ride normally during the week. Basically, I’ve just been training hard and making sure I’m ready for this first GP.
“I really like the Matterley Basin track, it is probably my favourite track on the calendar, so I’m sure I will enjoy this race. I have heard that the weather forecast isn’t the best and that it might be a bit muddy but I’m not too worried about it and we will just see what it’s like when we get there.
“It is the first race of the year and we’ve put in a lot of hard work during the winter. I am feeling good on the bike, comfortable and I am ready to start the season.”
Mitch Evans: “Since the last Italian race, I’ve been staying in Milan doing my weekly programme. Doing some gym work, some running and cycling and just making sure I’m ready for round one.
“After getting the taste for racing at the Internazionali d’Italia, it’s been hard having these last few weeks off but I’m really excited to get to England and race the first MXGP round with Team HRC.
“While I’ve heard the weather could be bad, I don’t really care what it’s like. Whatever the conditions, it’s all the same for everyone whether its wet and muddy or dry and hard pack, it doesn’t matter and I think Matterley does a good job in the tough conditions anyway.
“Really, I just can’t wait to get this season started.”