At the final round of the 2018 world motocross championships, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser made it three second place finishes out of the last four rounds by going two-two at the MXGP of Italy, held at the motor racing circuit in Imola. In the MX2 class, Hunter Lawrence also showed impressive speed as he led most of the first race, and then in race two, he came back from outside the top 10 all the way up to second place. The Team Honda 114 Motorsports rider make the technical conditions look easy as he swept through the field and with a couple more laps could have easily taken a much deserved win.
For Gajser, it was a solid end to a campaign that got better as it progressed. The Slovenian rider had to recover from a pre-season injury but once he got back up to full fitness, he proved at numerous rounds that he is one of the fastest riders in the world, especially in the hard pack conditions like the ones found here at Imola. Both Redmoto Assomotor riders Todd Waters and Petar Petrov also fought extremely hard in this final round, to try their best and end the 2018 season on as high as note as possible.
In the MX2 class, Hunter Lawrence showed great speed all weekend, putting his Honda CRF250R right at the front of the field for a long portion of the first moto, building upon his recent run of good form. Unfortunately a technical issue robbed the Australian rider of his first moto win of the season but he didn’t let that setback get him down and he came out determined to repeat the effort in race two. A bad jump out the gate meant he had his work cut out, but he put his head down and charged through the field, on a track that others were finding difficult to pass on. Lawrence came all the way through to second and was closing in on the leader as time expired, proving to everyone watching that he was the fastest guy on the track.
Teammate Bas Vaessen also raced well on the track, making a number of passes himself as he continued his points-scoring streak. After an injury-hit season, the Dutch youngster scored points in the last eight motos and can use that as a good platform as he now gets himself ready for the 2019 MX2 world championship. Calvin Vlaanderen’s attempt at finishing the season strongly were hampered by an outside gate pick, which meant he had to work extremely hard to get inside the top 10. With a full gate of MX2 riders for this find round, he had to settle for an eighth in the second moto, which saw him finish a solid sixth in the championship.
Calvin and Hunter now head to America where they’ll be racing the Motocross of Nations at the iconic Red Bud circuit in Michigan for the Netherlands and Australia respectively. For everyone else, it is now the time to recharge the batteries and have a break before the preparations and hard work begin for next year’s races.