Gajser fights back with moto win and second overall, Evans top five -results,standings

Gajser fights back with moto win and second overall, Evans top five -results,standings

02.03.2020: MXGP of Great Britain MXGP 2020 Round 1 Team HRC got off to a great start in the 2020 world motocross championship as Tim Gajser fought back from an eighth in race one to win the second moto by over 20 seconds.

MXGP of Great Britain
MXGP 2020   Round 1

 

Team HRC got off to a great start in the 2020 world motocross championship as Tim Gajser fought back from an eighth in race one to win the second moto by over 20 seconds. Team-mate Mitch Evans, also produced two excellent displays of riding to go three-seven for fifth overall at the MXGP of Great Britain.


After storms hit the track on Friday night, the Saturday schedule was shortened in order to limit the damage but Sunday was a completely different story as the Matterley Basin circuit was at its picture-perfect best for the two MXGP motos.



In race one, both of the new Honda CRF450RW riders got decent jumps out of the gate and rounded the first corner inside the top 10. Unfortunately, in the second corner, with the riders all bunched together, Gajser got bumped out of a rut and lost his balance. By the time the #243 had picked his bike up, he was at the back of the field and left with a lot of work to do.


 Evans managed to avoid this incident and instead found himself in third place and within striking distance of the top two. He then quickly moved into second place and then even made a move for the lead but wasn’t quite able to make it happen.


Meanwhile, Gajser was working his way quickly through the field, getting inside the top 10 by lap four. However, each pass was getting more difficult and he eventually got to eighth, five places behind Evans who crossed the line in his maiden MXGP moto in an impressive third.



For race two, it was Gajser’s turn to take control and he swept into the lead right after the holeshot line. The Slovenian rider had a point to prove and he put on a display that was one of the most impressive of his career, winning by over 20 seconds and posting a laptime more than one second quicker than his nearest rival. The victory gave him a total of 38 points, which was good enough for second overall and a solid beginning to the defence of his MXGP crown.


Unfortunately, Evans wasn’t able to repeat his moto one start and was down the field as they rounded the first few corners. By the time they crossed the line for the first time, the Australian was in 15th place and charging hard, and within two more laps, he was inside the top 10. Despite this being his first MXGP on a 450cc machine, he continued to overtake much more experienced competitors and eventually finished in seventh place, giving him an excellent fifth overall.



The team now head straight to the Netherlands in order to prepare for the second round of the MXGP championship, which will be held at the sandy Valkenswaard track on March 7-8.   
   



       
Tim Gajser  243



I’m happy with how this first round of the season went. Just I had a couple of crashes in the first moto, with one right at the beginning of the race which meant I started from dead last. I worked my way through the field to finish eighth, after the second crash right at the end dropping me one spot.


In the second race I was hoping to get a good start and show my riding a bit better and that’s what happened. With the low sun and the ruts, the track was really quite tricky but I felt good and the moto felt comfortable. Second overall isn’t too bad after my first moto so now we move onto Valkenswaard for a new challenge.         

   
       
Mitch Evans  43


It was a good weekend, excluding the start of that second moto. Everything else went really well. In the first race I had a good start, avoiding some of the early race carnage and made my way into second. Unfortunately, I struggled with my breathing a bit because of my chest infection and finished third.


I felt a lot better in the second moto although I had to push throughout the race because of the bad start. I used a lot of energy to get around guys as fast as I could and I hit a bit of a wall with eight minutes to go. Overall it was a good weekend though, I’m happy with my MXGP debut and now I get ready for Valkenswaard next weekend.         

   
       

   
Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager - MXGP



The team is very happy with how the racing went today. Of course we would have loved to have taken the overall victory, but Tim’s performance in race two was amazing. He looked really smooth and comfortable on the new Honda CRF450RW and showed great speed to win by 23 seconds, and it probably could have been an even bigger gap.


We were also very happy with how Mitch started his MXGP career. A third in race one was great and the way he rode in race two, coming through the field, really showed what a strong rider he is. It is a long season, but we have started well and that is important.         

   
   

   
   
    Race 1




1    HERLINGS Jeffrey     84    NDL    25    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    35:33.506
2    SEEWER Jeremy     91    SWI    22    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    11.870
3    EVANS Mitch     43    AUS    20    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda    17.051
4    CAIROLI Antonio     222    ITA    18    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    25.377
5    DESALLE Clement     25    BEL    16    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki    29.331
6    COLDENHOFF Glenn     259    NDL    15    Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team    GasGas    30.365
7    PAULIN Gautier     21    FRA    14    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    38.148
8    GAJSER Tim     243    SLO    13    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda    39.702
9    PRADO GARCIA Jorge     61    SPA    12    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    41.135
10    JACOBI Henry     29    GER    11    Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori    Yamaha    56.640
11    TONUS Arnaud     4    SWI    10    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    57.589
12    JONASS Pauls     41    LAT    9    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna    58.850
13    CERVELLIN Michele     747    ITA    8    SDMCORSE Yamaha    Yamaha    1:17.796
14    VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy     89    BEL    7    Honda SR Motoblouz    Honda    1:29.863
15    JASIKONIS Arminas     27    LTU    6    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna    1:35.062
16    GUILLOD Valentin     92    SWI    5    Standing Construct KTM    KTM    1:36.763
17    BOGERS Brian     189    NDL    4    Marchetti Racing Team KTM    KTM    1:37.453
18    SIMPSON Shaun     24    GBR    3    SS24 KTM MXGP    KTM    1:39.063
19    VLAANDEREN Calvin     10    NDL    2    Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing    Yamaha    1:43.703
20    PETROV Petar     152    BUL    1    Team VRT Nordpesca Holland    KTM    1:45.672
   
   
       
   
    Race 2




1    GAJSER Tim     243    SLO    25    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda    35:44.501
2    HERLINGS Jeffrey     84    NDL    22    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    23.382
3    CAIROLI Antonio     222    ITA    20    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    28.395
4    PAULIN Gautier     21    FRA    18    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    30.195
5    DESALLE Clement     25    BEL    16    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki    32.276
6    COLDENHOFF Glenn     259    NDL    15    Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team    GasGas    33.945
7    EVANS Mitch     43    AUS    14    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda    36.870
8    SEEWER Jeremy     91    SWI    13    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    38.209
9    JACOBI Henry     29    GER    12    Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori    Yamaha    48.109
10    PATUREL Benoit     6    FRA    11    JM Honda Racing    Honda    1:00.115
11    SIMPSON Shaun     24    GBR    10    SS24 KTM MXGP    KTM    1:04.176
12    PRADO GARCIA Jorge     61    SPA    9    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    1:16.479
13    BOGERS Brian     189    NDL    8    Marchetti Racing Team KTM    KTM    1:16.823
14    JASIKONIS Arminas     27    LTU    7    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna    1:18.556
15    LUPINO Alessandro     77    ITA    6    Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing    Yamaha    1:22.820
16    CERVELLIN Michele     747    ITA    5    SDMCORSE Yamaha    Yamaha    1:35.393
17    VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy     89    BEL    4    Honda SR Motoblouz    Honda    1:38.339
18    TONUS Arnaud     4    SWI    3    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    1:39.769
19    STERRY Adam     811    GBR    2    JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team    KTM    1:42.534
20    PETROV Petar     152    BUL    1    Team VRT Nordpesca Holland    KTM    1:52.981
   
   
       
   
    Rider Standings




1    HERLINGS Jeffrey     84    NDL    47    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
2    GAJSER Tim     243    SLO    38    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda
3    CAIROLI Antonio     222    ITA    38    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
4    SEEWER Jeremy     91    SWI    35    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha
5    EVANS Mitch     43    AUS    34    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda
6    PAULIN Gautier     21    FRA    32    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha
7    DESALLE Clement     25    BEL    32    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki
8    COLDENHOFF Glenn     259    NDL    30    Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team    GasGas
9    JACOBI Henry     29    GER    23    Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori    Yamaha
10    PRADO GARCIA Jorge     61    SPA    21    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
11    SIMPSON Shaun     24    GBR    13    SS24 KTM MXGP    KTM
12    JASIKONIS Arminas     27    LTU    13    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna
13    CERVELLIN Michele     747    ITA    13    SDMCORSE Yamaha    Yamaha
14    TONUS Arnaud     4    SWI    13    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha
15    BOGERS Brian     189    NDL    12    Marchetti Racing Team KTM    KTM
16    PATUREL Benoit     6    FRA    11    JM Honda Racing    Honda
17    VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy     89    BEL    11    Honda SR Motoblouz    Honda
18    JONASS Pauls     41    LAT    9    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna
19    LUPINO Alessandro     77    ITA    6    Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing    Yamaha
20    GUILLOD Valentin     92    SWI    5    Standing Construct KTM    KTM
21    STERRY Adam     811    GBR    2    JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team    KTM
22    PETROV Petar     152    BUL    2    Team VRT Nordpesca Holland    KTM
23    VLAANDEREN Calvin     10    NDL    2    Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing    Yamaha
   
   
       
   
   
   
Team HRC - MXGP, also photos

 

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