The championship heads into the final furlong as Loket represents the start of the first of two back-to-back races that round out the season – from Czech Republic to Belgium followed by Goiania to Mexico, albeit after the summer break in the wake of the cancellation of the Ukrainian round.
Last year Evgeny Bobryshev took third overall in the MXGP of the Czech Republic for Honda with fifth and third place finishes respectively in the two races, though unfortunately Max was sidelined with the Epstein-Barr virus. This year the fortunes are reversed as Bobby sits it out whilst in convalesce whilst Max continues to build upon his momentum of strong results since returning in Germany last month.
Loket has been a mainstay of motocross in the region, tracing its roots back to October 1972. Since then, the hard-pack track has undergone many modifications and alterations but the result is a fantastic venue that the MXGP paddock enjoys racing at.
The race engenders a fantastic atmosphere with a well organised schedule of musical acts performing live on both Friday and Saturday and partying into the night.