News 23 Jan 2020

Team HRC uncovers all-new CRF450RW in MXGP

All-new premier class bike anticipated to be basis of 2021 production model.

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Team HRC has uncovered an all-new Honda CRF450RW that will be piloted by reigning champion Tim Gajser and premier class rookie Mitch Evans in the 2020 MXGP World Championship.

The bike, which has been overhauled for the pair grand prix contenders, is anticipated to be the basis of the production 2021 CRF450R.

“We have been working very hard over the off-season to get ready for the first round and with this new Honda CRF450RW, we believe we are in a very good position to be able to go out and win races just like I did in 2019,” Gajser explained.

“It will be tough as there are a lot of fast riders in the class but I feel as though I am still improving as a rider and knowing that Honda are continually trying to improve my bike is a massive confidence boost too.

“They did an amazing job on this new machine and I felt good straight away in testing, it really suits my style and I already feel stronger on it than this time last year. It will be a long season with 20 rounds, however I am ready to put in the necessary work and with Matterley Basin being a track I really enjoy, I believe I can start out strongly.”

Evans, who is no stranger to a 450 after representing Team Australia at RedBud’s Motocross of Nations in 2018, states he feels at home aboard the all-new machine leading into the world championship.

“My off-season has gone well and when I jumped on this brand new Honda CRF450RW, I felt good right away,” said Evans. “Each time I get on the machine I feel like I am improving and when I’m riding with Tim, I have the perfect gauge to see just how well I am doing.

“He has been a great team mate so far but I know the results are down to me and that’s what I am concentrating on when the season begins at the MXGP of Great Britain on 1 March.”