Tim Gajser's 2016 Gariboldi HRC Honda CRF450RW

Pit Bits 2016 - MXGP GH

Since Tim Gajser was still trying to wrap up the 2016 MXGP championship coming into the two US rounds, it didn't make sense to send him out on the 2017 model but to keep him on his trusty 2016 bike that's dialed in. While Gajser is a factory HRC Honda rider, he still technically rides for the Gariboldi team he won his MX2 title with. The HRC MXGP team didn't see it fit to separate him from the program he was clicking so well on, so they just upped his support as he moved up to the premier class, giving him a full factory bike and allowed the team to switch over a few pieces.

Although Tim Gajser has earned the number one plate, we don't expect to see him running it in 2017, as the number 243 is in remembrance of his older brother who passed away.

One of the most notable parts changes from the HRC team to Gajser's outfit is the Yoshimura RS-9 exhaust system, similar to the one used by the US based HRC Honda team.

From this angle, you can see the carbon fiber support behind the radiator shroud, along with the custom made radiators. There are empty mounts around the backside of the radiators, as the team usually runs an oil cooler. The bike we shot was his back-up bike, and didn't have one equipped.

Due to the carbon fiber fork and triple clamp protection, another mount for the front brake line guide was needed.

The Slovenian rider was on KYB components when he won his MX2 World Championship in 2015, but is running the same suspension as the HRC MXGP squad by using Showa in 2016.

Utilizing Showa's SFF TAC air forks, along with...

...The BFRC shock. Honestly, the BFRC on this bike is possibly the most trick shock we've ever laid eyes on. There's some serious machining work going on here.

As mentioned before, the HRC Honda tanks come from Martin Technologies. If you really, really want one, you now know who to call and beg to.

Rekluse picked up a MX2 World Championship last year, a 250 West Coast and 250 AMA National titles this year... Now adding the 2016 MXGP World Championship. Not too shabby for the relatively newer clutch company out of Idaho.

Tim Gajser's 2016 bike features the same hydraulic clutch as Evgeny Bobryshev's 2017 model.

Along with some protection for the HRC supplied ecu.

Renthal's FatBar leaves a bit more bar area than the Twinwalls, leaving room for the all the electronic switches without placing them in the bar pad.

Vital MX Pit Bits: 2016 MXGP of USA

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