Round 14 of the MXGP World Championship takes Team HRC to Belgium and the revered Lommel track. Just one week after the MXGP of the Czech Republic.
Last year Gautier Paulin, still nursing an injury, finished second at the venue to take his fifth podium of the season, and Evgeny Bobryshev narrowly missed out on the silverware to come home fourth.
Lommel can be classed as something of a home race for many within the motocross paddock, and with bases nearby, Paulin and indeed Team HRC are no exceptions.
Located on the north-eastern border of Belgium, Lommel is a one-of-a-kind sand track – there’s nowhere else quite like it for its deep sand that will get evermore heavily rutted and gnarly throughout the weekend. With the deep holes that will emerge, it’s one of the sternest challenges of rider and machine.
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“It’s fair to say that we know the ground in Lommel but not the track because they can completely change it. Sure it will be a different track to last year, but that’s part of the challenge. It’s one of the tracks I like most. We’re working hard for this weekend, and I bring the same energy and goal as always so I’m looking forward to a positive weekend.”