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Team Honda HRC MXGP has announced they will be at full force for the upcoming 2017 MXGP of Lombardia, as Tim Gajser returns to action after missing races in France and Russia with injuries. The 2016 MXGP champion has experienced a number of crashes and setbacks in his title defense, including get-offs at rounds in Latvia and Germany, which ultimately led to a broken shoulder blade. During his time away from the races (rounds in France and Russia) Gajser received treatment from a specialist at Slovenia’s National Sports Injury clinic.

Gajser’s season started well enough, as he claimed five moto victories at the first eight rounds and led the championship standings at certain moments. Things first came unraveled with the 2017 MXGP of Latvia, where Gajser had run-ins with other riders and crashed in a high-speed roller section. He crashed again at the 2017 MXGP of Germany and after this incident, the full scope of the injuries became clear. Gajser is currently ranked fifth in the championship standings, one hundred and twenty points behind leader Antonio Cairoli.

Gajser isn’t the only rider on the team to have injuries this year, as teammate Evgeny Bobryshev missed races at Germany and France due to a broken collarbone.

The full press release from Team Honda HRC MXGP is posted below…

This weekend HRC welcomes back #243 Tim Gajser on the CRF450RW alongside team mate #777 Evgeny Bobryshev.

Gajser was forced to sit out the Russian MXGP due to a shoulder injury he sustained from crashing in the German MXGP. After a period of rest and recuperation, he is now ready to focus on getting his world championship assault back on track.

Ottobiano is a sand track which is part of a huge motorsport facility in Northern Italy. It is a new track on the MXGP calendar and should suit the duo who have had good results this year on other sand based tracks.

MXGP qualifying starts at 17h10 local time on Saturday 24th June.

I am really looking forward to coming back this weekend. It was really difficult having to miss a race to allow myself to heal but I now see it was the best thing for me. I like Ottobiano as I enjoy racing in the sand. Now I feel ready to come back fighting and ride like I know I can. – Tim Gajser

I have raced at Ottobiano many times, we have had the Italian international championships there in the past. I like the track, the sand there suits my riding style. I still have to consider that I am still recovering from my injury, I am pleased with how Russia went so I feel that I will be stronger in Italy. I am just going to keep working hard to get my physical condition back to where it should be and get back onto the podium. – Evgeny Bobryshev

We are really pleased to be heading into Ottobiano with both riders back on the bike again. Bobby has been working on strengthening his shoulder so this weekend he should come back stronger. Tim is keen to come back and resting up over the last few weeks has helped him heal to get back on his CRF450RW. I am looking forward to seeing what we can do this weekend. – Roger Harvey