Gajser well placed after Russian MXGP qualification race

Gajser well placed after Russian MXGP qualification race

08.06.2019: MXGP of Russia MXGP 2019 Round 8 Team HRCís Tim Gajser finished just over one second behind the winner in the MXGP of Russia qualification race, giving him second pick and a good chance to extend his run of four race victories in a row, when t

MXGP of Russia
MXGP 2019   Round 8




Team HRC’s Tim Gajser finished just over one second behind the winner in the MXGP of Russia qualification race, giving him second pick and a good chance to extend his run of four race victories in a row, when the races resume tomorrow. In scorching temperatures, the Orylonok track near the Black Sea in Russia turned into an extremely tricky proposition with CRF450RW teammate Brian Bogers one of a few riders to fall victim to the slippery hard-pack conditions, as he crashed and finished just outside the top 20.



After posting the second fastest time in free practice, Gajser showed great speed and resilience to take the first gate pick in qualification, posting a few laptimes that were slightly slower before finally getting the top spot with his penultimate lap. Although he had the benefit of the number one spot, he wasn’t able to take full advantage of this as he rounded the first bend in around 10th place. On a track that is difficult to pass on, the Slovenia rider had to move quickly to get into position and by the end of the first lap had moved up to sixth place.



A few more passes followed before he was held up for five laps in third place. Eventually he moved into second place but with only three laps left he didn’t have enough time to make a move for the lead and instead had to settle for second. However, Gajser knows he has the speed and if he can get out the gate well in both races, he has a very good chance to take more races wins, and add to the victories he picked up at the last two GPs in Portugal and France.



Unfortunately for Brian Bogers, a crash early on in his qualification race when running in 13th ended his chances of a good finish and instead the Dutch rider has to start from 21st gate pick tomorrow. It was a shame because the #189 got a good jump out of the gate and was around the top 10 as they rounded the first bend.




In the initial first few laps he dropped a couple of spots but he was still running well and looking to find a consistent pace. That all changed though when he crashed on a downhill section that claimed a number of riders due to the rock-hard slick conditions. It was a big disappointment but he proved that he can get a good start from the outside gates and he’ll be hoping he can reproduce that two more times in tomorrow’s motos.


These MXGP races begin at 14:15 local time (GMT +2) on Sunday 8th June, after a morning warm up at 10:45am with the second moto gate drop at 17:10.   
   
       
   



Tim Gajser  243



I enjoyed myself today, right from the first time that I got on the track. It ended up getting quite sketchy, but not rough, more hard-pack and when they put a little bit of water on it, it turned into ice. This made it important to stay away from those parts of the track but overall I felt good.


Hopefully tomorrow I can make a better start as I was only around 10th place and although I managed to come through, it wasn’t easy to pass as there was just one main line. My speed is good though and I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.         

   


       
Brian Bogers  189



I feel quite good on this track, I like the layout so that is good. The only thing is that it is very dry and hard-pack, so that is a negative from my point of view, but that is the same for everybody. Timed practice wasn’t too good but the times were very close and I was only just over a second from being in the top 10. Still, I need to find that second to get in that position and that will be make the qualification race easier.



However I did get quite a good start, around 11th and after the first couple of laps when I didn’t feel comfortable, I was just starting to find my rhythm. Then, I had quite a big crash on the downhill which wasn’t great. I know I wasn’t the only one to crash there because it was quite a sketchy part of the track but when I remounted I was in last so I was riding on my own. Not the best gate pick for tomorrow but I hope I can get another good start tomorrow and try and put in two good motos.         

   


       
   
Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager - MXGP



We go into tomorrow’s races with Tim in quite a good position to add to his run of four race wins. He showed that he was fastest in timed practice, and then in qualification race he closed right up on first place when he finally moved into second place. If he gets a good start tomorrow, I really believe he has the speed to take victory once again and everyone in Team HRC is obviously very hopeful that he can do it.



Unfortunately Brian suffered a crash when running in a good place and that undid the work he put in off the line. That was much improved from the previous rounds and it is a positive sign that he can start getting involved in the top 10 at the beginning of these races. Overall though, I’m excited for another race day and confident both riders can put in some good results.         

   

       
   
    Qualification Race



1    FEBVRE Romain     461    FRA    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    24:57.281
2    GAJSER Tim     243    SLO    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda    1.614
3    PAULIN Gautier     21    FRA    Wilvo Yamaha MXGP    Yamaha    12.408
4    ANSTIE Max     99    GBR    Standing Construct KTM    KTM    23.785
5    SEEWER Jeremy     91    SWI    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    28.076
6    DESALLE Clement     25    BEL    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki    31.789
7    JASIKONIS Arminas     27    LTU    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna    34.015
8    TIXIER Jordi     911    FRA    Team VHR KTM Racing    KTM    37.227
9    TONUS Arnaud     4    SWI    Wilvo Yamaha MXGP    Yamaha    40.573
10    JONASS Pauls     41    LAT    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna    43.399
11    BOBRYSHEV Evgeny     777    RUS    BOS GP    Kawasaki    45.374
12    PATUREL Benoit     6    FRA    Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki    Kawasaki    45.917
13    VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy     89    BEL    Honda SR Motoblouz    Honda    48.717
14    COLDENHOFF Glenn     259    NDL    Standing Construct KTM    KTM    55.854
15    STRIJBOS Kevin     22    BEL    JWR Yamaha Racing    Yamaha    1:00.813
16    HERLINGS Jeffrey     84    NDL    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    1:04.014
17    LIEBER Julien     33    BEL    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki    1:06.255
18    PETROV Petar     152    BUL    Team Honda Red Moto    Honda    1:15.268
19    LEOK Tanel     7    EST    A1M Husqvarna    Husqvarna    1:16.695
20    BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod     18    RUS    JWR Yamaha Racing    Yamaha    1:25.410
21    BOGERS Brian     189    NDL    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda    1:33.656
   
   
       
   
    Rider Standings


1    CAIROLI Antonio     222    ITA    311    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
2    GAJSER Tim     243    SLO    301    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda
3    PAULIN Gautier     21    FRA    218    Wilvo Yamaha MXGP    Yamaha
4    DESALLE Clement     25    BEL    208    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki
5    JASIKONIS Arminas     27    LTU    190    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna
6    SEEWER Jeremy     91    SWI    184    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha
7    TONUS Arnaud     4    SWI    162    Wilvo Yamaha MXGP    Yamaha
8    VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy     89    BEL    156    Honda SR Motoblouz    Honda
9    COLDENHOFF Glenn     259    NDL    144    Standing Construct KTM    KTM
10    LIEBER Julien     33    BEL    141    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki
11    JONASS Pauls     41    LAT    138    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna
12    SIMPSON Shaun     24    GBR    129    RFX KTM Racing    KTM
13    LUPINO Alessandro     77    ITA    103    Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki    Kawasaki
14    MONTICELLI Ivo     128    ITA    87    iFly JK Racing    Yamaha
15    SEARLE Tommy     100    GBR    86    Bike It DRT Kawasaki    Kawasaki
16    FEBVRE Romain     461    FRA    85    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha
17    ANSTIE Max     99    GBR    80    Standing Construct KTM    KTM
18    LEOK Tanel     7    EST    65    A1M Husqvarna    Husqvarna
19    BOGERS Brian     189    NDL    62    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda
20    PATUREL Benoit     6    FRA    53    Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki    Kawasaki
21    PRADO GARCIA Jorge     61    SPA    47    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
22    GEERTS Jago     193    BEL    47    Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team    Yamaha
23    TIXIER Jordi     911    FRA    40    Team VHR KTM Racing    KTM
24    KJER OLSEN Thomas     19    DEN    36    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna
25    EVANS Mitchell     43    AUS    32    Honda 114 Motorsports    Honda
26    BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod     18    RUS    31    JWR Yamaha Racing    Yamaha
27    STERRY Adam     811    GBR    30    F&H Racing Team    Kawasaki
28    WATSON Ben     919    GBR    29    Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team    Yamaha
29    POOTJES Davy     46    NDL    29    Team Diga-Procross    Husqvarna
30    STRIJBOS Kevin     22    BEL    29    JWR Yamaha Racing    Yamaha
   


   
   
       
Team HRC – MXGP & MX2, also photos
   

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