The 2018 MXGP World Championship heads to Belgium for the fifteenth round of the season, which takes place at the iconic Lommel motocross venue. Considered one of the most challenging tracks on the calendar, Lommel will be a big test for the physical condition and stamina of the team’s standard bearers Tim Gajser, Calvin Vlaanderen (MX2) and Todd Waters.

To prepare for such a demanding racing weekend, all three riders have been training in deep sand aboard their Honda CRF machines until today, when a two-day private test drew to a close at Grevenbroich in Germany. They are now ready to take on the MXGP of Belgium with high hopes and motivation.

Gajser has enjoyed a solid streak of results in the last rounds, which allowed the young Slovenian rider to narrow the gap to third place in the standings down to 29 points. His team mate Calvin Vlaanderen is carrying a similar momentum aboard the all-new Honda CRF250RW machine, as the 22-year-old from Cape Town secured his third consecutive podium finish in Loket – and came very close to winning the second GP of his career. Todd Waters, on the other hand, is still working hard to recover his racing form in order to show his talent, after a few rounds in a row spent on the Honda CRF450RW.

Motocross action will get underway at 11:30 local time (GMT +2) with the free practice session of the MX2 class, while at noon it will be time for the MXGP riders to start proceedings.

MXGP 2018

Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 HERLINGS Jeffrey 84 NDL 633 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 CAIROLI Antonio 222 ITA 603 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 DESALLE Clement 25 BEL 479 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
4 GAJSER Tim 243 SLO 450 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
5 FEBVRE Romain 461 FRA 432 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
6 PAULIN Gautier 21 FRA 419 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
7 COLDENHOFF Glenn 259 NDL 354 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
8 SEEWER Jeremy 91 SWI 319 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
9 VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy 89 BEL 312 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
10 ANSTIE Max 99 GBR 231 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
11 NAGL Max 12 GER 226 TM Racing Factory Team TM
12 BOBRYSHEV Evgeny 777 RUS 226 BOS GP Suzuki
13 LUPINO Alessandro 77 ITA 214 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
14 LIEBER Julien 33 BEL 189 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
15 STRIJBOS Kevin 22 BEL 165 Standing Construct KTM KTM
16 SIMPSON Shaun 24 GBR 126 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
17 SEARLE Tommy 100 GBR 118 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
18 JASIKONIS Arminas 27 LTU 111 Team Honda Red Moto Honda
19 DESPREY Maxime 141 FRA 89 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
20 GUILLOD Valentin 92 SWI 86 Standing Construct KTM KTM
21 LEOK Tanel 7 EST 76 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
22 BUTRON Jose 17 SPA 70 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
23 MONTICELLI Ivo 128 ITA 41 iFly JK Racing Yamaha
24 PATUREL Benoit 6 FRA 40 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha
25 WATERS Todd 42 AUS 33 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
26 PETROV Petar 152 BUL 30 Team Honda Red Moto Honda
27 IRWIN Graeme 55 IRE 28 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM
28 KULLAS Harri 151 FIN 15 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
29 STEWART Lewis 336 AUS 13 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
30 VALENTIN Ander 920 SPA 8 920 Fly Group Husqvarna