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This week sees the MX2 season begin in Losail Qatar where Team HRC MX2 will begin their world championship assault for the first time.
Chihiro Notsuka and Michele Cervellin will line up with their CRF250RWs on the new metal start grid in a larger MX2 class for 2017. Losail will be under floodlights in the cool, dry desert air as the only night race of the year.
Cervellin, although no stranger to Honda, will be looking to cement his name firmly in the MX2 class this year in his first season with HRC. Having trained extensively through the winter in Italy and Sardinia he has already had a strong start by winning the last round of the International D’Italia Motocross and securing second overall in the championship. Having worked with the Martin Honda team for many years, the young Italian has largely flown under the radar for the past few years but now is ready to show everyone what he is capable of.
Notsuka has come fresh to the world series from taking the JMX MX2 title with HRC. Being new to the grand prix paddock, Notsuka is looking forward to experiencing the variety of tracks and conditions the series brings. In 2016 he raced in the GP of Switzerland and Nations so is graduating to a full campaign in 2017 after last year’s taster. During the winter he has been training in Italy alongside his team mate Cervellin he has also competed in the International D’italia Motocross in preparation for the opening rounds of the FIM world motocross championship. He will be representing his country as the only Japanese rider in the series.
MX2 qualifying starts on Friday 24th February with the first MX2 race starting on Saturday 25th February.