HRC are optimistic that MXGP World Champion Tim Gajser will not need an operation to fix a cracked right collarbone and battered shoulder after two accidents in the space of two weeks that caused a painful conclusion to the Slovenian’s startling first term in the premier class of MXGP.

Gajser fell twice at the inaugural SMX Rider’s Cup at the Veltins Arena in Germany and re-aggravated the joint he damaged while riding supercross prior to the Motocross of Nations that kept the 20-year-old away from the Maggiora Park spectacle. Prior to the accident Gajser had set a masterful SuperPole lap and won the first race on the new 2017 CRF450R – his first outing on Honda’s revitalised off-roader.

“Unfortunately Tim landed on his shoulder again and where he’d suffered a small crack in his collarbone,” said HRC MX General Manager Roger Harvey. “At the moment he shouldn’t need an operation and we’re hoping to see him back on the bike for 2017 testing in the coming weeks.”


Gajser had been set for a milestone appearance at the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas last weekend – the first time the MXGP World Champion would have taken on the hybrid circuit and the best of AMA Supercross in what is the sixth edition of the event – but had to pull out and a rumoured trip to Sugo, Japan was never part of the agenda after a long campaign for the Gariboldi Honda team. HRC have confirmed that American Cole Seely will be going to Japan for the last round of the national series.