Team HRC rookie claims third in moto one at Matterley Basin.
Australian Mitch Evans has revealed he battled an illness on his premier class debut in the 2020 MXGP World Championship at Matterley Basin, where he still managed to land a third in moto one.
The Team HRC newcomer admits he struggled with breathing due to a chest infection that hindered him over the weekend, while the second moto saw the number 43 forced to battle his way back from a less than stellar start.
He pressed on to cross the line in seventh, which paired with his opening podium, granted the Queenslander with fifth overall – just four points of shy of second’s Tim Gajser (Team HRC).
“It was a good weekend, excluding the start of that second moto,” Evans commented. “Everything else went really well. In the first race I had a good start, avoiding some of the early race carnage and made my way into second.
“Unfortunately, I struggled with my breathing a bit because of my chest infection and finished third. I felt a lot better in the second moto although I had to push throughout the race because of the bad start.
“I used a lot of energy to get around guys as fast as I could and I hit a bit of a wall with eight minutes to go. Overall it was a good weekend though, I’m happy with my MXGP debut and now I get ready for Valkenswaard next weekend.”
The MXGP World Championship heads to Valkenswaard this weekend in the Netherlands for round two of the 20-stop series.