After a break of what will be five months by the time of the next gate drop, Team HRC are set to resume the MXGP season on August 9th at the Latvian track in Kegums, an hour south of Riga.
In what is a much-changed calendar from the before the COVID-19 outbreak, this new schedule looks set to include multiple rounds at the same venue, midweek races, and an all-new one-day format.
This is a major step forward for a campaign where reigning world champion Tim Gajser was on the podium at the only two rounds held so far.
With two moto wins out of the four races, the Honda CRF450RW rider was in a strong position before the postponement of the season and he‰Ûªll be looking to come back where he left off in Kegums, for what is scheduled to be three races in seven days.
"I was really surprised to see the new calendar, especially to do three races in Kegums and also three races in Lommel, in the deep sand." Gajser said. "It is how it is though, so I know I need to work hard in the deep sand between now and then and try to get as ready as possible.
"I‰Ûªm just looking forward to going racing again after such a long break. I miss the races, the weekends at the race tracks so I‰Ûªm excited to get back to it.
"I‰Ûªm not sure how this one-day format will work completely but it will mean that track time is much more critical and we need to be ready to work on bike setup quickly and efficiently. Thankfully I know I have a really good team around me so I‰Ûªm confident we can cope.
"Really though, I am just happy that they have released a calendar and we are going racing in one month‰Ûªs time.