The 19-year-old Slovenian Tim Gajser holds an 18-point advantage in the lead of the MX2 World Championship, with 50 points still on the table. As recent races have shown, the result is anything but a foregone conclusion, but Gajser has taken the red plate and built himself a lead with three podiums in the last three GPs and so the momentum is with him.
As it stands, he is on the cusp of becoming the first World Champion riding the Honda CRF since Fred Bolley in 2000.
The fast, flowing and iconic Glen Helen track should play well to the strengths of Gajser’s riding style, though in recent races he’s shown just how versatile a rider he is. Indeed, he took the lead of the World Championship on sand in Assen – a surface that he previously hasn’t been considered a specialist on.
In what will be a remarkable season no matter what the end result, Gajser and the Honda Gariboldi Racing team have won more GPs than any other rider in 2015 with five victories, and he’s stood on the podium a total of eight times to demonstrate a consistency worthy of a World Champion.
Giacomo Gariboldi, Team Principal
“Tim has had a remarkable last three races; first closing the gap to the championship lead in Italy, then taking the lead in Assen, and now extending that lead in Mexico. This weekend is the last of the season – what it all comes down to. Anything can still happen so we must remain calm, try not to think too much about the championship, and do as we have done all season. It’s been working because we’ve had a very good year, so we don’t change that now. Tim is relaxed and feeling strong and we are working very well as a team so we all just need to keep doing our job to the best level. We are taking nothing for granted, leaving nothing to chance, working very hard this week since Mexico, and making sure we are the most prepared we can possibly be for the weekend.”
Tim Gajser, no.243
“I’ve never been to the USA before so it’s the first time there and the first time at Glen Helen for me. My mindset for this race is the same as with the other races though – if you think about the championship too much then it can go worse for you, so I want to go out, ride like I know and enjoy my races. There are two to go, and then we will see where we are! I have watched many videos of AMA races there and actually I like the track from what I see so I’m really looking forward to getting there. The start straight and the first corner look unbelievable so I can’t wait for it!”