The 2018 MXGP series returns to Europe this week after the long trip to Argentina for the first race.

Jeffrey Herlings and Tony Cairoli set out their stall in the second moto with an instant classic. Both men are sand experts and Herlings was unbeaten at Valkenswaard until last year when he finished second nursing an injury, so the scene is set for another battle royale between the KTM rivals…I mean team-mates.

But this is the Brit report so let’s focus on our stars.


Shaun Simpson and Max Anstie both live locally and are hungry for podium pie. Its hard to count either one out around here, they just need to start near the front and both have the pace to stay there.

Tommy Searle needs a good year, he’s already said this could be his most important year after a few years wrecked by injuries. No slouch in the sand, Tommy should be aiming for a top 10 in each moto.

Graeme Irwin took the holeshot in the qualifying race in Argentina before getting pushed wide. It’s going to be a learning year for Graeme in MXGP but the reigning British champion is up for it and looking for two more points scoring races.

In MX2, all eyes will be on Ben Watson who seems to have blossomed through the winter. The Kemea Yamaha man narrowly missed third overall in Argentina so expect a big year for Ben.

Conrad Mewse took over Watson’s place at Hitachi/ASA KTM and looks much happier, which can only be a good thing. With support from KTM factory, there’s no reason why he won’t be consistently in the top 10 and a podium threat at any race.

Adam Sterry missed most of last year, clashing with Calvin Vlanderan at this race and wrecking his knee.

A move to F&H Kawasaki and a solid winter of training with RMJ Academy have Adam looking strong and ready to pick up where he left off last year.

The weather could be factor with cold, windy weather forecast. The sandy track can handle rain but does become very rutted and heavy if it’s too wet. Check back with for a full Brit race report.