Round 11 of 18 in the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship sees the Team Suzuki World MXGP and MX2 squads welcoming both Ben Townley and Brian Hsu back into the fold respectively on the works RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 machinery.
Matterley Basin is once again the homing beacon for all native MX and off-road racing fans this weekend with the vast site near Winchester ready to stage the Fullback British Grand Prix for the sixth year in a row.
For Hsu, Matterley represents a long overdue return to the MX2 class. The 18-year-old multi-European and World Champion in junior categories made his debut on the GP stage last season but has had to be patient to begin his first full campaign in the class after needing a substantial period to recover from a broken wrist sustained in the winter. The youngster is finally fit enough to consider rolling into the British start gate and to tackle the wide, quick and flowing English layout.
“This will be my first GP and I’ve only entered two other races and not at full distance yet. So I am not going to Britain with any expectations at all,” he said. “I just want to get out there and see what I can do. Practicing I feel good and we planned to come back earlier but this is the way it has worked out. I am ready, we are ready and I’m excited to be back in MX2.”
Hsu had to delay his ‘active’ status on the RM-Z250 after a recent mishap at the ADAC MX Masters series. Some ‘warm-up’ events didn’t go to plan with a re-aggravation of the injury at round two at Moggers in Austria. “As I won the ADAC last year I have to move up to the 450s,” he explained. “In the second moto and on the second corner in Moggers someone hit me from behind and then I was ridden over by four or five other guys. I hurt the wrist again and broke the two middle fingers on the same hand so I had to sit back and recover again.”
Despite the adversity Hsu is now finally set to take his place next to Jeremy Seewer in the awning and even though he has been missing some testing time on the factory bike he is content with his feeling on the RM-Z. “After four-five months without riding the first time you get on the bike then it feels like everything is new again! Like it was yesterday! So there is always something to improve and work-on in terms of set-up but I am comfortable on the bike.”
Hsu is familiar with the dips and climbs around Matterley Basin and believes the terrain offers a reasonable test for his current condition. “I think Mantova [the Grand Prix of Lombardia, round 12] next week would be tougher,” he mused. “Matterley is a track where you can be smooth and there is not those hard braking and bumps to cope with.”
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