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Honda Factory Riders Looking Ahead to Latvia

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MXGP heads into Latvia this weekend for the seventh round of the series and the second sand track in succession.

Team HRC Honda's Tim Gajser had what was described as ‰Û÷one of his best victories‰Ûª here in 2016. After winning the first race he crashed and had to fight back from 23rd to fourth position, which in the end was enough for him to take the overall victory. This was also where he took the lead of the world championship away from Febvre with only one point separating the two.

"I like the track and did well there last year its another sand track with harder bumps in which can catch you out." Gajser said. "I really like going back home in-between the races to just reset.

"I take part in a local Slovenian race event when I go back. Being home means I can train normally and have my routine back to normal so that I will be ready for Latvia.

Even with Russia on the calendar this year, this is something of a home race for Evgeny Bobryshev as many fans make the journey over, to cheer on their local hero. Last year Bobby made a ‰Û÷gutsy‰Ûª ride to sixth place after a painful crash in qualifying lef the Russian uncertain as to whether he would even compete

"It is no secret that Valkenswaard was tough for me but Latvia is a nice track, it is one of my favourites and it is close to my house." Bobryshev commented. "Many fans and friends come over to see me so I am excited for this race. I look forward to taking some time out before the next race. I know I have the speed and the starts to be capable of winning I just need it all to come together.

The week break between Valkenswaard and Latvia has allowed Honda's MX2 hope, Michele Cervellin to rest up his hand injury which he has been suffering with since Trentino. The feisty Italian will want to get back to business and focus on improving his overall championship standings.

"I have been fighting to improve my result every time but my injury has been holding me back and I want to come into Latvia stronger to be back where I know I should be and to fight for the higher championship position I know I am capable of achieving."

After his debut race in Valkenswaard for HRC, Lars Van Berkel will be riding the CRF250RW once again this weekend. The Dutchman, who feels at ease in the sand will be hoping for a better result this weekend away from his home crowd and at a track he is familiar with.

"Latvia shares some similarities in terrain to Valkenswaard as you have the harder bumps there but other than that they are completely different. Latvia can also be different depending on the weather, if it rains there it is far sandier then if it is sunny.

"I like the track in Latvia the layout is good and flows nicely. My focus for Latvia is to ride like I did in the qualifying race in Valkenswaard as I know that‰Ûªs what I can achieve."

Kegums is located 50km southeast of Riga on the banks of the Daugava River, which flows to the southern tip of Latvia and then across the border into Belarus.

The MX2 qualifying race starts at 16h25 on Saturday 6th May.

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