EUROPE. Oh yeah, it is that time of year again, under a month out from the start of the world championships and all the media outlets are bombarded with press releases on the new team; well, for KAJX.NET it is an internet search for ‘pressos.’ HRC, KJ is a little dark on HRC at the moment as it would have been really cool to see Aussie Jed Beaton on the red rocket for 2018, however, the Aussie lad is looking pretty awesome on the Kawi from the photos KJ has seen. Also, KJ is dark about HRC how Evgeny Bobryshev was let go from the team. Anyhow, it is a new year and KJ is hoping that Tim Gajser will be in form as Antonio Cairoli is looking like 2018 is his year for his 10th World championship. And KJ would love to be a ‘fly on the wall’ under the KTM pit tents as Jeffery Herlings wants to win his first MX1 Championship. March won’t come quick enough for KJ, as the MXGP is going to have so many potential winners on paper, it will be a battle of who has the best preparation and racing luck.
“Team HRC is ready to spearhead their attack on the 2018 MXGP and MX2 titles with a strong rider line up consisting of two-time World Champion Tim Gajser and new signings Brian Bogers (MXGP) and Calvin Vlaanderen (MX2). For the forthcoming 19-round 2018 season, the team will field the latest evolution of last season’s race-winning CRF450RW and the much-anticipated, all-new Honda CRF250RW, two machines that build on Honda’s history of success in the series.
Tim Gajser needs no introduction: the sensational 21-year-old Slovenian rider has made history with Honda by winning back-to-back MX2 and MXGP titles in 2015 and 2016 and taking the whole MXGP championship by storm. With one more year of experience within the class and a strong finish to his 2017 campaign, Gajser is now looking forward to trying to regain the crown that slipped from his grasp last year.
Brian Bogers is one of the two new arrivals in the Team HRC’s family: the 21-year-old from the Netherlands will enter his rookie season in the MXGP class alongside Gajser, although he is still recovering from a foot injury that will briefly delay his debut in the senior class.
Calvin Vlaanderen is the new standard bearer of Team HRC in the MX2 class. The young South African rider has already shown great speed in the championship and is now looking forward to stepping up his game on board the new Honda CRF250RW, which he rode to third place in the first race of the ‘Internazionali d’Italia’ in Riola last weekend.
The 2018 MXGP season will get underway at Villa La Angostura (Argentina) on March 3-4.” HRC Press Release.