Today the FIM World Motocross Championship stopped off at the natural amphitheater of Matterley Basin, close to the historic Hampshire town of Winchester – and in all classes Honda riders posted promising podium results.
Team HRC’s Tim Gajser started the day with a challenging qualify session, struggling a little to adjust to Matterley Basin’s loose terrain. The friendly Slovenian finished Timed Qualifying session in seventh place, but felt confident that the races would bring some strong results.
Gajser started race one in fifth place and battled hard through the moto to make progress, eventually moving up one position at the halfway point into fourth place where he finished the race.
As heavy rain began to fall, the gate dropped for race two and ‘Tiga’ dropped into an early third position, but on lap two pushed hard into second place and began to slowly close the gap to the leader. His tenacity and speed on the CRF450RW paid off on lap 12, bursting into the lead and winning the moto by almost 1.5 seconds.
Gajser retains the World Championship lead by 15 points as the MXGP World Championship heads to Maggiora, Italy next weekend.
The 250cc MX2 class also witnessed Honda success as Team Honda 114 Motorsport’s Ruben Fernandez backed up his fantastic first race second place with sixth in race two to secure third overall. The tall Spaniard now leads the MX2 World Championship by five points.
Matterley Basin also hosted round one of the 2021 FIM European EMX250 Championship and Team Honda Racing Assomotor’s Finnish EMX250 racer Emil Weckman had a great day on his CRF250R.
Race one saw Honda’s 2016 150 European Champion progress from a 10th place start to push forward through the pack to finish the moto in a well-earned 7th. The young Finnish racer had a better start in race two and dropped into fourth place on lap one, but pushed hard and moved up to third position on lap two where he remained comfortably for the rest of the race. Weckman now sits in fourth place in the championship. Round two is in Oss, Netherlands on 18th July.