After triple-headers in Latvia, Faenza and Mantova, Team HRC and the world motocross championship heads to Arroyomolinos near Madrid, Spain for an intense single round of action at a track that no one has raced on before.
Built near the impressive Xanadu shopping mall on the south-west outskirts of Madrid, not much is known about the track, but it is likely to be in the same ilk as recent circuits in Turkey and China which were well-received by the MXGP riders. Only a few locals have had the privilege of riding the track, so all the contenders will be coming in with no advantage, but with the weather forecast looking promising, it should be a great venue for another weekend of racing with the EMX125 and EMX250 on Saturday 10th, followed by MX2 and MXGP on Sunday 11th.
Both Tim Gajser and Mitch Evans are showing good form right now, with Gajser winning the most recent round of the MXGPs in Mantova last Sunday. It was the reigning world champion’s first overall the season but it extended his lead to 11 points as he continued to hold onto the red plate. The overall victory also included his eighth moto win of the season and he’ll be looking for more of the same when they take to the track on Sunday morning.
Evans also showed his excellent speed in Mantova by grabbing his joint-best overall of the season by going four-eight for fifth. He has been improving ever since the restart and this track is another opportunity for him to keep that ball rolling as the season enters its hectic final chapter.
While there are still seven rounds left, those are taking place in only three different venues over just 28 days with triple-headers in Lommel and Arco di Trento rounding off the season. Both those tracks are extremely familiar to the majority of the MXGP paddock, so this weekend is a completely new challenge and one that Team HRC are fully prepared for.