Round two of the 2020 World Motocross Championship visited the North Brabant, Dutch circuit of Valkenswaard this weekend.
Although Saturday’s qualifying was blessed with sunshine and occasional showers, Sunday’s weather deteriorated as rain fell on the sandy circuit for most of the day’s racing adding to the track’s challenging character.
Although HRC’s Tim Gajser had a poor start-gate position for both races, in race one he blasted his CRF450RW into an early lead and was never challenged – going on to win the race by over 21 seconds. Race two witnessed an early battle for Tim that continued throughout the moto, but he settled for second place and second overall with a valuable 47 points in his MXGP account.
Gajser’s teammate Mitch Evans suffered some bad luck in race one, just a few turns from the start colliding with other riders on a tough downhill section. The likeable Australian unfortunately suffered a dislocation to his right shoulder, but initial examinations show no serous signs of damage and he hopes to return to racing as soon as possible.
Team SR Honda Motoblouz rider Jeremy Van Horebeek finished the day with an excellent fifth overall. ‘Jerryman’ showed early speed in Saturday’s qualifying and was on-form all weekend aboard his CRF450R.
In the MX2 class its was Honda 114 Motorsport’s Nathan who took his Honda’s CRF250R to 12th overall, improving on his first race 17th to finish race two in 11th – one place ahead of his teammate Bailer Malkiewicz.