Reigning MXGP king Tim Gajser heads to Orlyonok, Russia this weekend for the much-anticipated first round of the 2021 series and says he won’t be taking too many risks as he seeks his championship hat-trick.

The Team HRC rider is looking for his third title in a row on-board the Honda CRF450RW and Orlyonok venue holds good memories as he won there the last time the race was held in 2019, giving him the red plate as he went on a record-breaking run of form that saw him end up capturing the championship by over 200 points.

With the weather looking good for the weekend, the high-speed, hard-packed circuit should provide more close racing and the perfect spectacle as the MXGP season finally gets underway.

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“I’m really excited to finally start this 2021 season. It has been a long-time training and getting ready and I can’t wait for that first gate drop. I know that there are a lot of fast riders in the class and that the Orlyonok track isn’t easy to pass on so I need to make sure my starts are good and I keep my concentration levels high for both motos,” said Gajser.

“It is planned to be a long championship so I don’t need to take too many risks in the first event, but instead just enjoy the fact that I’m back racing again. Hopefully soon I will get to see a lot of fans at the track but I have really appreciated all the support I’ve received during this long off-season.”

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