News 18 Aug 2016

MXGP leader Gajser confirmed for Monster Energy Cup

World motocross ace set for American supercross debut this October.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

For the first time in his young career, Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser will contest the 2016 Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas on 15 October.

The current FIM Motocross World Championship MXGP leader admits racing in America has been a life long dream as a child growing up in Slovenia.

“It’s been one of my dreams since I was a kid to race in America, and I really can’t wait for the Monster Energy Cup,” said Gajser. “We talked with Honda and the team about the chance of doing it and we all came to an agreement, so now I can say with excitement I’m racing the Monster Energy Cup!

“All the time when I post pictures on Instagram and Facebook I get so many comments about coming to the US and coming to race in America, it’s crazy! It’s really great to see that so many people want to see me race over there, and that I have so many fans and such support in the US, and I’m really looking forward to meeting the fans there too.

“It’s good that the American fans are looking more at MXGP and starting to follow the GPs much more now. I think they started already with Villopoto when he came here last year, and also when Chad Reed came, then they continued following because they saw that we are really fast.”

Gajser trains on his own supercross track but believes the experience of racing an actual supercross event inside Sam Boyd Stadium will be a completely new experience.

“I train a lot on my supercross track, but I have never raced or even been a spectator at a supercross race inside a stadium before so it will all be totally new for me,” he added. “I don’t know what to expect, but I know it will be huge! Of course I’ve been in the US for the GP when I won the MX2 title last year, but I think the show will be just crazy, like I’ve never seen before.

“I don’t feel any pressure at all, I just can’t wait to go there. I feel like a kid at Christmas! I go with no results expectation, just to have fun and soak up the whole experience. All the team and I are really excited about it and looking forward to it so much!”

Gajser will line up alongside the likes of Australia’s Chad Reed, current Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX champion Ryan Dungey and current Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship 450 Class series leader Ken Roczen in October.