Managing The Champion Team

Marcus Pereira de Freitas the Team HRC general manager for their MXGP effort can feel proud to be involved with the MXGP championships by his rider Tim Gajser. Obviously, the Slovenian does the racing, but the efforts within the team has made the job of Gajser much easier. As Gajser always says, a happy racer is a fast racer and the whole Honda attitude is enjoying the moments.

It isn’t always about just Gajser within the HRC tent, in fact their support of young Australian Mitch Evans has also been a critical part of making sure the team has a good attitude and everyone is walking around with a smile on their faces.

“It’s been another long, tough but successful season.” Pereira de Freitas said. “We are all heading to Turkey to finish this 2022 season off strongly. Tim really showed everyone his champion-mentality to win in France and we are hoping he can do that again and break even more records this season. Mitch has been knocking on the door of the podium for these last few rounds and we are all really hoping he can make that final step and get it done this weekend. I would like to thank everyone in Japan and everyone in the team who has kept working so hard and maintained such a high level of performance this year. It hasn’t been easy, but we have a great group of people and I think that shows in our work ethic and our results.”

Pereira de Freitas, who took over the managerial roll from HRC veteran Roger Harvey many years ago has turned into one of the coolest managers in the paddock, and the success in 2022 and the vibe within the HRC team has been one of the outstanding combinations in the sport.

“It was awesome for Tim to win the title with two rounds still to race, he’s done so well all year and it’s amazing what he’s been able to accomplish in his career. Five world titles at his age puts him up there with the very best of our sport and he still has plenty of time to climb even higher. It is a pleasure to work alongside him, and we all hope he can add to even more championships under the Team HRC awning. Now we are focused on him and Mitch doing as best they can in St Jean D’Angely this weekend, and we are confident they can both be successful.”

So, now as the HRC team head to Turkey, the final round of the 2022 season, you just know they red boys will be working hard soon after and within the winter months to give Tim Gajser the best chance to become a six time World motocross champion in 2023 and going by this year, they will be very hard to stop.


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Geoff Meyer



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