It’s all go this weekend with the return of MXGP, US supercross and the start of the MX Nationals in the UK!
MXGP sees its first true hard pack event of the year on the rocky but picturesque hilly venue of Arco di Trento in Italy. The event was memorable last year thanks to Tony Cairoli’s sensational comeback from last to second place to save his overall victory and after a his double win in Spain the Italian will be motivated not to let Herlings beat him on his home turf.
The hard pack nature of the circuit might allow more riders to contend for the win, riders like Clement Desalle, Tim Gajser, Gautier Paulin and Romain Febvre shave all shown flashes this year of what they can do and the all shine on the slick circuits, so it might not just be Cairoli v Herlings this weekend.
Pauls Jonass is equally adept at hard pack and the sand but the change of surface might give other riders some fresh motivation to beat the defending world champ who has had it all his own way in MX2 so far. The weekend also including the EMX125 class as well as the first round of WMX which proved to be a nail-biting championship last year and could do so again in 2018.
In th States the Seattle supercross takes place but press day was cancelled due to rain and with poor weather forecast for Saturday and an outdoor stadium, this might be the chance for Marvin Musquin to get some much needed points on rival Jason Anderson for the title!
Back in the UK the MX Nationals kicks off at Preston Docks after a last minute change of venue due to the poor weather. The British regulars will all be there and with MX2 mixed with MX1 it will be interesting to see how the likes of Natzke, Gilbert, Barr and Pocock to name a few get on shading Whatley, EBB and Jake Nicholls as the British guys start to get into the flow of the season.
It’s going to be a busy weekend, but you can keep track of everything right here at Gatedrop.com!