Team HRC MXGP is back to full strength for this weekend’s GP at Ottobiano with Tim Gajser making a welcome return on his works Honda alongside team-mate Evgeny Bobryshev.

Gajser was forced to sit out the MXGP of Russia with a shoulder injury he picked up in a crash at the German GP. But a period of rest has given him the chance to return to racing this weekend in Italy.

The 20-year-old Slovenian is now set on getting his world championship assault back on track. “I am really looking forward to coming back this weekend,” he said in press statement. 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 “


The sand track at Ottobiano is new to the FIM World Motocross Championship and is part of a huge motorsport facility in Northern Italy. The circuit should suit the HRC duo who have had good results this year on other sand-based tracks.

“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,” added Gajser.

Evgeny Bobryshev: “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.”

HRC General Manager – MXGP, Roger Harvey: “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.”