For the 11th round of the 2019 world motocross championship, Team HRC head to Palembang, Indonesia where MXGP riders Tim Gajser and Brian Bogers will once again be joined by MX2 rider Calvin Vlaanderen.
Palembang, nestled in the south of the island of Sumatra should provide some testing conditions as the weather is likely to be hot and humid when the riders take to the track. However all three Honda riders are looking forward to the challenge and hoping to build some momentum as the season heads towards its final third.
For Gajser, he’ll be hoping to extend his winning streak to six overalls in a row after wrapping up the German GP with another convincing one-one performance. Ripping off two holeshots on board his Honda CRF450RW, he then led every lap to give him maximum points and increase his lead at the top of the MXGP championship to 83 points. With eight rounds still to race though, the Slovenian rider knows he can’t afford to take his hand off the throttle too much and has continued to put in the work this past couple of weeks.
Teammate Bogers has also been working hard as he looks to build upon his nine-eleven results in Teutschenthal at the last round. It was the first time the Dutch rider has scored double-digit points in both races and he’ll be hoping for more of the same at this flyaway venue that is completely new for all the riders on the grid.
Meanwhile CRF250RW rider Vlaanderen will just be happy to be back behind a world championship start gate after missing the last five GPs through an ankle injury that then got infected. It’s been a tough period of time for the rider but after seeing off the infection, he has been able to get some decent time back on the bike and was even able to line up for a German ADAC event in Molln at the weekend, finishing third overall in what was a very impressive comeback performance. Palembang will be a tougher test though and the team know that it might be a couple of rounds before he is back challenging for podiums, like he was doing before the injury in at round four in Trentino.
The timetable for the action is slightly different than for European rounds, with the MX2 first getting on the track at 10:45 local time (GMT +7) on Saturday 6th July, followed by the MXGP class at 11:15. The qualification races then take place at 16:10 and 16:55 respectively that evening. On Sunday 7th July, warm-ups are at 10:25 and 10:45 before the first MX2 and MXGP gate drops are at 12:15 and 13:15.