News 30 Sep 2016

Off-season races still on the agenda for MXGP champion Gajser

World title winner confirms SMX and Monster Energy Cup entries.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Recently crowned MXGP world champion Tim Gajser has confirmed he will contest the Monster Energy Supermotocross (SMX) Riders Cup in Germany and the Monster Energy Cup in the US next month.

Gajser attendance at both events was in doubt after he withdrew his entry from last weekend’s Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations following a practice crash in the lead-up to the event, which saw the Gariboldi Honda rider taken to hospital and advised to to remain rested.

The Slovenian explained that it was difficult to be sidelined for a such a prestigious event, however he is excited to return to racing, which will see him make his debut on the 2017 Honda CRF450R.

“I’m very happy to confirm that I will compete at the Monster Energy SMX Riders Cup and at the Monster Cup,” said Gajser. “I will ride the 2017 Honda CRF at both events too, so I’m very excited to get behind the gate again.”

“It was a tough decision to have to miss the nations, but in the end I think we made the right choice because in the week since the crash already I’ve had some rest and my body is starting to recover. This week I’ve started cycling again and working back towards fitness for SMX. Because a lot of the injury was muscular I think I will still feel some pain there next weekend, but I’m sure it will be ok.”

Gajser will be joined by Gautier Paulin (Team HRC) and Evgeny Bobryshev (Team HRC) on the Honda team at the SMX Cup, before flying out to the United States of America the following week for the Monster Energy Cup.