This week sees the MX2 season begin in Losail Qatar where Team HRC MX2 will begin their world championship assault for the first time.
Chihiro Notsuka and Michele Cervellin will line up with their CRF250RWs on the new metal start grid in a larger MX2 class for 2017. Losail will be under floodlights in the cool, dry desert air as the only night race of the year.
Cervellin, although no stranger to Honda, will be looking to cement his name firmly in the MX2 class this year in his first season with HRC. Having trained extensively through the winter in Italy and Sardinia he has already had a strong start by winning the last round of the International D‰ÛªItalia Motocross and securing second overall in the championship. Having worked with the Martin Honda team for many years, the young Italian has largely flown under the radar for the past few years but now is ready to show everyone what he is capable of.
"I'm feeling excited to start this new season especially because I'm riding for HRC and the team is giving me every opportunity to get the best results I can," Cervellin said. "I have never ridden outside of Europe before so its a new experience for me and I can't wait to start. The winter training was good, I worked lot with my team to get a perfect feeling with the bike. I‰Ûªm feeling ready to get behind the gate in Qatar."