MXGP enters one of the busiest parts of its season as the series heads to Latvia for the first of five rounds to take place in the coming six weekends. Team HRC's Tim Gajser and Calvin Vlaanderen will be joined by returning MXGP rider Todd Waters, who makes his debut aboard the CRF450RW as he steps in for the injured Brian Bogers in the MXGP class. After a trip of mixed emotions to Russia, Gajser is ready for the new event knowing he has the speed to fight for strong results, following his delayed start to the season. Gajser is keen to right past wrongs at the Kegums track after last year's nightmare weekend, whn the Slovenian came away with a 14th place finish in race one (after being involved in another rider's crash) and a DNF due a heavy tumble in the second moto. Vlaanderen is setting his sights on the podium at a track that saw him third overall last year. The young South African rider had a strong performance on race day last time out, as he came less than a second short of third place at the MXGP of Russia. Waters is eager to get things started after the news of his return to the world stage: the 27-year-old has had some days to get to grips with the factory-spec version of Honda's 450cc motocross machine, and will be looking forward to getting in the mix with some of the rivals he has raced against in the past.
Red Bull Honda welcomes back Leon Camier and Jake Gagne this weekend at the revered Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy. After they were unable to race at Assen, both riders have made the trip to Imola with the aim of racing their CBR1000RR SP2s. Camier has been cleared by medical staff to take part in Free Practice 1 and his condition will be reviewed afterward to determine whether he will continue for the rest of the race weekend. In case Camier is unable to continue, the team has drafted Australian rider Jason O'Halloran as a reserve rider. The good news on Gagne's side of the garage is that the American rider has recovered from the injuries and has been passed fit, giving him the opportunity to race at the iconic circuit for the first time. Imola features a mix of slow chicanes, fast corners, and elevation changes over 22 corners.
GNCC resumes this weekend in Peru, Indiana, for the second annual X-Factor Whitetails round, after a two-week break. Co-sanctioned with Indiana Cross Country Racing, the event is held in an area that is largely flat with some rolling hills, plus some brand-new trail. JCR Honda rider Trevor Bollinger sits fourth in the standings and has yet to finish out of the top five. The CRF450RX racer will be looking to replicate the podium finish that he posted at round four, and after dominating last week’s Shelby, North Carolina, round of the Mideast Hare Scramble series, he has momentum on his side.
AMERICAN FLAT TRACK
Parkinson Brothers Racing rider Brandon Price leads America Flat Track’s AFT singles points chase heading into this weekend’s race in Phoenix, but fellow Red Rider Ryan Wells has the momentum after winning last week’s round in Calistoga, California. It will be the first Mile event of the season, and it promises some of the fastest racing of the year. With four different winners in the first four races, it should be a good battle.