The Brits abroad! MXGP of Russia Preview – The British perspective!
Who would have thought we would ever see a Grand Prix Season Opener in June? 2020 was a bizarre year for racing, and 2021 is definitely following suit when it comes to the calendar! That being said, it’s awesome to finally be within touching distance of the World Championship.
Words and Images by Marc Carter
For us at home, sitting in a not so dreary United Kingdom (touch wood this weather holds out), we are certainly optimistic about the season ahead; with SIX British Riders heading over to Orlyonok to rip some hard pack, many of us will be invested in the first round to say the least.
In MX2, we will see the young talent that is Joel Rizzi out on his Honda 114 Motorsport Machine for the first time at a GP! It will be exciting to see how Joel’s adapted to riding and training in Europe over the past few months, and how that will translate into his races in the MX2 Class is definitely something we are looking forward to!
And of course, Conrad. Our young rider out of the South West who has shown some real speed at home in the domestic championships; we all have him pitted as front runner in the GPs this year and hopefully this is the season where it all comes together for him. In a recent interview at the MX Nationals, Conrad spoke openly about how he is comfortable with his programme this year and how at home he feels with the Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee Team – if all goes well Conrad will be a real contender for the MX2 World Championship!
Moving on to the MXGP Class, Hitachi KTM’s Adam Sterry will also be lining up. Sterry will no doubt be looking to build from some solid results last season and hopefully his off-season training will allow for some Top 15 in the premiere class!
SS24’s very own, Shaun Simpson will also continue to represent the Scots in the MXGP as a hardened veteran of the class. As a Grand Prix victor, Shaun will no doubt be itching to re-establish himself as a consistent front runner on a regular basis. We know Shaun is a meticulous grafter and will no doubt give 110% each and every week, and hopefully we will a couple of impressive motos from Shaun this coming weekend!
Finally, The Watson Brothers!
Starting off with Nathan… after his successes in Enduro and Beach Racing, Nathan returns to racing the MXGP with Honda SR Motoblouz. For some this may seem like an unexpected move, but for us at Dirthub, we’re excited to see him back battling it out with the best in the world! With some awesome results in Assen for the 2019 Des Nations (as part of Team GB’s Podium trio), we are sure that Nathan will be quietly confident and looking to turn a few heads throughout the season.
Moving on to Ben… transcending into the Monster Energy Factory Yamaha MXGP line-up was the logical move for Ben and Yamaha following some awesome results in his final year in MX2. It goes without saying, Ben looks on fine form on that 450! His moto victory at Lyng over The Bullet and other pre-season results in Europe this year, solidifies Ben’s place as a force to be reckoned with on the Factory Yamaha team. The move up into the premiere class is of course a big jump, but I think I speak for everyone when I say I am expecting big things from the young rider over the course of the season!
Remember you can watch all of the action this weekend on www.mxgp-tv.com both live and on demand! No matter where you are, make sure you are sending your support to our guys and reignite some positive British Motocross fever all over the internet!