French qualification success for Team HRCís Gajser

French qualification success for Team HRCís Gajser

25.05.2019: MXGP of France MXGP 2019 Round 7 Tim Gajser continued his good run of form by taking a convincing qualification win at the MXGP of France. The Slovenian rider showed speed in all three sessions and looked r

MXGP of France
MXGP 2019   Round 7



Tim Gajser continued his good run of form by taking a convincing qualification win at the MXGP of France. The Slovenian rider showed speed in all three sessions and looked right at home on the hard-packed St Jean D’Angely surface. 




Teammate Brian Bogers was running just outside the top 10 for the majority of the moto but a mistake near the end dropped him to 17th for the chequered flag. This denied him a decent gate pick for tomorrow’s races but his speed was there and if can get a good jump out of the gate, he can mix it up at the top of the field.



In free practice the gap was 1.7 seconds, in timed practice it was 1.5 seconds and then in the qualification race Gajser posted the fastest lap by just under one second on his way to an extremely impressive Saturday performance. He rounded the first bend inside the top 10 and after a few quick passes he found himself in third place.



After settling in for a couple of laps, he made his move into second and quickly closed the gap to first place. While other riders were struggling to make their moves, the Honda CRF450RW’s superior speed really showed and Gajser quickly passed into first and pulled out a nice lead by the end of the race. After his one-one performance at Portugal it was another reminder of just how well the Slovenian can ride. All of this means he heads into tomorrow’s motos filled with confidence and looking forward to closing the gap at the top of the MXGP championship even more.



Coming into the weekend, Bogers knew that he needed to improve his Saturday, if he wanted a chance to do better on Sunday, and he seemed to be doing just that as he was 12th fastest in free practice. Timed practice didn’t go so well, but the Dutch rider still felt more was to come in the qualification race. After a top 20 start, he quickly worked his way into 11th position, knocking on the door of the riders inside the top 10.



A small bobble lost him a position and then with just a few laps remaining, he crashed which meant that he crossed the line in 17th. It was an unfortunate ending but with a more forgiving start gate in France, he is still hopeful of repeating the speed from the first half of the race, tomorrow.




Races begin at 14:15 local time on Sunday 26th May for the MXGP class, after a morning warm up at 10:45am.   
   
       
   


Tim Gajser  243


The track was quite a tricky one and I wanted to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes because I know how hard it is to pass here. After getting first gate pick for qualification I hoped to get a better start but even when I saw there were a few riders in front of me, I remained patient and picked them off.



Arnaud Tonus was riding really well so I was happy to move into the lead and then I put in a couple of fast laps to give myself a gap so I could cross the line comfortably in first. Tomorrow is of course a different day but I’m really happy with how I rode in all the sessions today and I can’t wait to try and do the same on Sunday. A big thanks to my team for keeping up all the hard work and continuing this positivity from Portugal.         

   
       


Brian Bogers  189



It was not too bad today. I am feeling quite good on this track and I like riding here. The surface is good and I have the feeling that I can faster than what I’m going right now.



The trouble is that when I do, I make small mistakes, so that’s what I want to cut out for tomorrow’s races. I need to focus all moto long, which won’t be easy as it is quite a tricky track but my riding feels good and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.          

   


       
   
Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager - MXGP


Once again Tim is showing just how fast he can be when he is feeling comfortable on the bike. He looked great all day, posting fast laptimes which had a big gap over second place. Even in the qualification race he looked smooth and in control and didn’t panic when he didn’t get the best of starts.



He worked his way to the front of the field and then put in a couple of sprint laps that no one else could match. We really hope for more of the same tomorrow and are confident that if he rides like that, he’ll score a good number of points in the motos.



Brian also looked to be riding much better this weekend. The end result isn’t a fair reflection on how he was riding but we know this track can be tough and that a lot of riders made mistakes so he needs to remain focused and believe that he can find himself inside the top 10 at the end of the race.         

   
       


   
    Qualification Race



1    GAJSER Tim     243    SLO    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda    24:45.598
2    TONUS Arnaud     4    SWI    Wilvo Yamaha MXGP    Yamaha    9.521
3    DESALLE Clement     25    BEL    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki    16.811
4    SEEWER Jeremy     91    SWI    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    20.071
5    FEBVRE Romain     461    FRA    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    25.920
6    VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy     89    BEL    Honda SR Motoblouz    Honda    27.701
7    MONTICELLI Ivo     128    ITA    iFly JK Racing    Yamaha    28.690
8    COLDENHOFF Glenn     259    NDL    Standing Construct KTM    KTM    29.116
9    JASIKONIS Arminas     27    LTU    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna    30.618
10    PATUREL Benoit     6    FRA    Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki    Kawasaki    36.729
11    PAULIN Gautier     21    FRA    Wilvo Yamaha MXGP    Yamaha    38.852
12    LUPINO Alessandro     77    ITA    Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki    Kawasaki    43.941
13    LEOK Tanel     7    EST    A1M Husqvarna    Husqvarna    49.493
14    CAIROLI Antonio     222    ITA    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    51.014
15    LIEBER Julien     33    BEL    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki    52.313
16    STRIJBOS Kevin     22    BEL    JWR Yamaha Racing    Yamaha    1:00.426
17    BOGERS Brian     189    NDL    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda    1:02.943
18    TIXIER Jordi     911    FRA    Team VHR KTM Racing    KTM    1:05.753
19    ULLRICH Dennis     149    GER    Wildcard Rider    KTM    1:08.828
20    BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod     18    RUS    JWR Yamaha Racing    Yamaha    1:11.288
   
   
       
   
    Rider Standings


1    CAIROLI Antonio     222    ITA    285    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
2    GAJSER Tim     243    SLO    251    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda
3    PAULIN Gautier     21    FRA    197    Wilvo Yamaha MXGP    Yamaha
4    DESALLE Clement     25    BEL    175    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki
5    JASIKONIS Arminas     27    LTU    166    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna
6    SEEWER Jeremy     91    SWI    153    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha
7    JONASS Pauls     41    LAT    137    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna
8    VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy     89    BEL    136    Honda SR Motoblouz    Honda
9    TONUS Arnaud     4    SWI    122    Wilvo Yamaha MXGP    Yamaha
10    COLDENHOFF Glenn     259    NDL    120    Standing Construct KTM    KTM
11    SIMPSON Shaun     24    GBR    116    RFX KTM Racing    KTM
12    LIEBER Julien     33    BEL    114    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki
13    LUPINO Alessandro     77    ITA    85    Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki    Kawasaki
14    ANSTIE Max     99    GBR    80    Standing Construct KTM    KTM
15    MONTICELLI Ivo     128    ITA    78    iFly JK Racing    Yamaha
16    SEARLE Tommy     100    GBR    71    Bike It DRT Kawasaki    Kawasaki
17    BOGERS Brian     189    NDL    56    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda
18    LEOK Tanel     7    EST    51    A1M Husqvarna    Husqvarna
19    FEBVRE Romain     461    FRA    47    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha
20    PATUREL Benoit     6    FRA    40    Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki    Kawasaki
21    TIXIER Jordi     911    FRA    36    Team VHR KTM Racing    KTM
22    BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod     18    RUS    31    JWR Yamaha Racing    Yamaha
23    BUTRON Jose     17    SPA    18    JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team    KTM
24    STRIJBOS Kevin     22    BEL    15    JWR Yamaha Racing    Yamaha
25    BERNARDINI Samuele     321    ITA    14    Ghidinelli Racing Team    Yamaha
26    PETROV Petar     152    BUL    14    Team Honda Red Moto    Honda
27    GOLE Anton     297    SWE    13    iFly JK Racing    Yamaha
28    KULLAS Harri     151    FIN    10    Wildcard Rider    Husqvarna
29    VAN DER MIERDEN Sven     94    NDL    8    Wildcard Rider    Yamaha
30    FERRIS Dean     111    AUS    6    Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna
   
   

 

   
     Team HRC – MXGP & MX2,also photos

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