Difficult qualification race for Gajser at the MXGP of Latvia

Difficult qualification race for Gajser at the MXGP of Latvia

15.06.2019: MXGP of Latvia MXGP 2019 Round 9 After posting the fastest lap in timed practice, Team HRCís Tim Gajser endured a tough qualification race as the Slovenian rider ended up in 18th place at the MXGP of Latvia. H

 MXGP of Latvia
MXGP 2019   Round 9



After posting the fastest lap in timed practice, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser endured a tough qualification race as the Slovenian rider ended up in 18th place at the MXGP of Latvia. Held at the sandy Kegums track an hour south of Riga, Gajser will now have a difficult job in tomorrow’s motos, but the red plate holder is still confident that he can perform well and maintain his championship lead. Fellow CRF450RW rider Brian Bogers had a decent finish though, posting a 13th place after fighting through the pack at a track that he enjoys riding.




Coming into the weekend, confidence was high with the #243 having won the last six motos in the 2019 world motocross championship series. And after a second place in free practice and then grabbing the fastest lap in timed practice, things seemed to be going well on a track that isn’t quite as sandy as it has been in years past.



 Unfortunately, despite having first gate pick, he wasn’t able to get out of the gate well and while fighting in sixth place, he made a mistake in the wave section and ended up on the ground. With the handlebars a bit twisted from the impact, Gajser pulled into the pits to straighten them, before re-joining the race outside the top 20.



As the laps counted down, he made a couple of passes and ended up the race in 18th which leaves him with a tough assignment in the races tomorrow. Still, he knows he has the speed to challenge at the front and with some starts like he had in Russia last weekend, he can set about trying to win another overall which he has achieved at the last three rounds.


For Bogers, the qualification race was a hard fought battle from lap one until the chequered flag. All race long he had riders around him and with the tricky conditions forcing riders into mistakes, he performed well to move through the field and finish in 13th place. His target is still to place in the top 10 though and he knows a lot of that is down to the start but with a slightly better gate pick for tomorrow, the Dutch rider is confident that he can get the job done when the gate drops tomorrow.


The MXGP races begin at 14:15 local time (GMT +2) on Sunday 16th June, after a morning warm up at 10:45am with the second moto gate drop at 17:10.   
   


       
   
Tim Gajser  243



The day started well and I was feeling good on the bike. I set good laptimes in free practice and timed practice but then in the qualification race I didn’t get the best jump and then I lost a couple of spots in the first corner too when I almost spun out because it was a bit looser than I expected. I was around fifth or sixth but I wasn’t feeling like myself, I didn’t find nice lines and I just wasn’t happy with how things were going.



Then I made a mistake in the wave section and the bike hit the ground quite hard and it bent it. I pulled into the pit lane to straighten it up because it was almost unrideable so overall it was a disappointing qualification race. I finished 18th, so I don’t have the best gate pick for tomorrow but I will give my best and try to have two good races.         

   

       
Brian Bogers  189


The day actually went well because I came into this weekend feeling sick, which I think I got from the travelling to Russia and back. In these conditions, with the temperature and the track surface it is quite tough but the day didn’t go too badly overall. Of course I want to do better than 13th in qualification because it is a little bit sandy and I know this kind of track well.




However I didn’t get a great start though which doesn’t help but I worked my way up through the field and had some good battles along the way. It’s not too bad for tomorrow though, it’s quite a good gate pick and I need to make sure that I capitalise on that when the gate drops.         

   
       
   
Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager - MXGP



It wasn’t a great day for Tim because he now has an outside gate pick for tomorrow and this isn’t such an easy start if you are down the field. Still, it is good that he is okay and we know his speed is up there with the top guys so if he can get out of the gate well, he is extremely capable of winning another MXGP event. The red plate looks really good on the Honda and Tim has proved he can overcome difficulty before, so we are confident that we will still have it after the two motos on Sunday.


For Brian, it was a good solid performance and it was nice to see him battling so hard with the riders around him. He showed that he can pass riders and has the speed to get higher up in the placings if he can get out of the gate so that’s what we’ll be hoping he can do in the races.         

   
       
   
    Qualification Race



1    HERLINGS Jeffrey     84    NDL    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    24:36.646
2    JASIKONIS Arminas     27    LTU    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna    4.138
3    TONUS Arnaud     4    SWI    Wilvo Yamaha MXGP    Yamaha    12.069
4    VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy     89    BEL    Honda SR Motoblouz    Honda    16.422
5    SEEWER Jeremy     91    SWI    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    19.591
6    JONASS Pauls     41    LAT    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna    22.128
7    MONTICELLI Ivo     128    ITA    iFly JK Racing    Yamaha    24.301
8    COLDENHOFF Glenn     259    NDL    Standing Construct KTM    KTM    25.651
9    FEBVRE Romain     461    FRA    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    30.560
10    LIEBER Julien     33    BEL    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki    35.372
11    ANSTIE Max     99    GBR    Standing Construct KTM    KTM    43.779
12    CAIROLI Antonio     222    ITA    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM    46.381
13    BOGERS Brian     189    NDL    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda    48.242
14    SEARLE Tommy     100    GBR    Bike It DRT Kawasaki    Kawasaki    50.450
15    PAULIN Gautier     21    FRA    Wilvo Yamaha MXGP    Yamaha    52.414
16    TIXIER Jordi     911    FRA    Team VHR KTM Racing    KTM    54.519
17    DE WAAL Micha-Boy     34    NDL    Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team    Honda    58.292
18    GAJSER Tim     243    SLO    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda    1:01.005
19    STRIJBOS Kevin     22    BEL    JWR Yamaha Racing    Yamaha    1:03.702
20    PETROV Petar     152    BUL    Team Honda Red Moto    Honda    1:04.773
   
   
       
   
    Rider Standings


1    GAJSER Tim     243    SLO    351    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda
2    CAIROLI Antonio     222    ITA    338    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
3    PAULIN Gautier     21    FRA    231    Wilvo Yamaha MXGP    Yamaha
4    SEEWER Jeremy     91    SWI    220    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha
5    JASIKONIS Arminas     27    LTU    212    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna
6    DESALLE Clement     25    BEL    208    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki
7    TONUS Arnaud     4    SWI    206    Wilvo Yamaha MXGP    Yamaha
8    LIEBER Julien     33    BEL    172    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki
9    VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy     89    BEL    170    Honda SR Motoblouz    Honda
10    COLDENHOFF Glenn     259    NDL    168    Standing Construct KTM    KTM
11    JONASS Pauls     41    LAT    167    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna
12    SIMPSON Shaun     24    GBR    129    RFX KTM Racing    KTM
13    FEBVRE Romain     461    FRA    117    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha
14    LUPINO Alessandro     77    ITA    103    Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki    Kawasaki
15    MONTICELLI Ivo     128    ITA    100    iFly JK Racing    Yamaha
16    ANSTIE Max     99    GBR    97    Standing Construct KTM    KTM
17    SEARLE Tommy     100    GBR    86    Bike It DRT Kawasaki    Kawasaki
18    BOGERS Brian     189    NDL    70    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda
19    LEOK Tanel     7    EST    69    A1M Husqvarna    Husqvarna
20    PATUREL Benoit     6    FRA    65    Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki    Kawasaki
21    TIXIER Jordi     911    FRA    56    Team VHR KTM Racing    KTM
22    STRIJBOS Kevin     22    BEL    41    JWR Yamaha Racing    Yamaha
23    BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod     18    RUS    33    JWR Yamaha Racing    Yamaha
24    HERLINGS Jeffrey     84    NDL    32    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
25    BUTRON Jose     17    SPA    18    JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team    KTM
26    PETROV Petar     152    BUL    18    Team Honda Red Moto    Honda
27    BERNARDINI Samuele     321    ITA    14    Ghidinelli Racing Team    Yamaha
28    GOLE Anton     297    SWE    14    iFly JK Racing    Yamaha
29    KULLAS Harri     151    FIN    10    Wildcard Rider    Husqvarna
30    VAN DER MIERDEN Sven     94    NDL    8    Wildcard Rider    Yamaha
   
   
       
   
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