Strong ride for Gajser and good comeback from Bogers in Belgium qualification

Strong ride for Gajser and good comeback from Bogers in Belgium qualification

04.08.2019: MXGP of Belgium, Lommel MXGP 2019 Round 14 Team HRC’s Tim Gajser put in a strong performance to take second at the MXGP of Belgium qualification race, held in the deep sand of Lommel.


MXGP of Belgium, Lommel
MXGP 2019   Round 14




Team HRC’s Tim Gajser put in a strong performance to take second at the MXGP of Belgium qualification race, held in the deep sand of Lommel.



 With heavy rain yesterday dampening the track, and with three classes racing before them, the track was at its most difficult when the MXGP riders took to the circuit but Gajser proved his world championship class by riding a controlled race after a couple of early sprint laps. Teammate Brian Bogers wasn’t able to match that though, as he struggled to get going, but he did finish strongly in 13th place with the important motos taking place tomorrow.


After the hard pack of Loket last weekend, the sand was a totally different prospect and with a lot of riders littering the circuit in the timed session, Gajser wasn’t able to put together a completely clean lap, having to settle for 10th place gate pick for the qualifying race.



Once again though, he got great drive out of the gate and was quickly able to work his way to the front of the field, on a track that offered plenty of passing opportunities. With chaos reigning behind him, he set about breaking clear and although he did drop to second place after three laps, he ended up finishing over 20 seconds clear of third, which is exactly the sort of race he needs to ride at this treacherous track.



Unfortunately Bogers struggled to get going in the early sessions, with the track having already been beaten up by the EMX125, EMX250 and the MX2 classes before he was able to touch the circuit. He recovered well for timed practice though, going four seconds quicker and finishing as the top Honda rider in seventh place.



 With a good gate pick, he was hopeful of a strong start, but that wasn’t the case and instead the CRF450RW was forced to battle through the field to finish in 13th position. It still leaves him with a chance tomorrow and if he can get out the gate well, he proved he can make passes in the deep sand.


The forecast looks good for Sunday, which should mean the track is a bit drier by the time first warmup comes around at 10.45am. That should give them a chance to finalise their settings, ready for the motos which start at 14:14 and 17:10 on Sunday 4th August.   
   
       


   

Tim Gajser  243


All day I was feeling good on the bike, I just struggled to get a clean lap in timed practice. I couldn’t put all the sectors together as there were many riders on the track but the qualifying race went well. I was in fourth place round the first bend and ended up passing all four guys on the first lap so I was very happy how that went.



 I wanted to find some flow and some good lines and everything is just easier when you are out front. Overall I’m happy with how it went and I know that starts will be important so hopefully we can take two solid starts and ride well.         

   
       
   

Brian Bogers  189



Again, I need to switch on for 1pm and for the first session. Already the track had a lot of riders going over it so it was beaten up by the time we got to ride it for the first time. I found it hard to get the speed but we did some changes in the break and timed practice went a lot better with my time getting better by four seconds. Unfortunately I was sleeping at the start and for the first two laps of the qualification race so everyone passed me.



Eventually I woke up and started to ride properly and I passed like 10 or 11 guys and managed to finish 13th. It’s not exactly what we wanted but I feel good for tomorrow and physically I feel good so I’m really looking forward to tomorrow.         

   
       

Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager - MXGP




Lommel certainly isn’t an easy track and it was proving that way in the timed session when Tim just wasn’t able to put in a clean lap. Thankfully, he showed once again the power of the Honda CRF450RW by pulling out a good start from 10th gate pick, rounding the holeshot line in fourth place.



He quickly moved into the lead and rode a really smooth a comfortable race as those around him were battling hard. Tomorrow is a different day but it was certainly a promising performance from Tim.




Unfortunately a bad start really hindered Brian’s chances of getting a good result today. However he was able to recover and finish 13th but we know there is more to come and still believe there is a good chance of two HRC bikes in the top 10 tomorrow.         

   
       
   
    Qualification Race




1    ANSTIE Max     99    GBR    Standing Construct KTM    KTM    25:58.059
2    GAJSER Tim     243    SLO    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda    4.352
3    FEBVRE Romain     461    FRA    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    25.759
4    TONUS Arnaud     4    SWI    Wilvo Yamaha MXGP    Yamaha    27.595
5    VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy     89    BEL    Honda SR Motoblouz    Honda    28.311
6    JASIKONIS Arminas     27    LTU    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna    28.909
7    SEEWER Jeremy     91    SWI    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha    29.190
8    SIMPSON Shaun     24    GBR    RFX KTM Racing    KTM    42.246
9    COLDENHOFF Glenn     259    NDL    Standing Construct KTM    KTM    49.000
10    MONTICELLI Ivo     128    ITA    iFly JK Racing    Yamaha    51.402
11    PAULIN Gautier     21    FRA    Wilvo Yamaha MXGP    Yamaha    53.793
12    TIXIER Jordi     911    FRA    Team VHR KTM Racing    KTM    54.783
13    BOGERS Brian     189    NDL    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda    55.093
14    JONASS Pauls     41    LAT    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna    1:15.230
15    VAN BERKEL Lars     107    NDL    Wildcard Rider    Husqvarna    1:19.111
16    LEOK Tanel     7    EST    A1M Husqvarna    Husqvarna    1:21.744
17    BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod     18    RUS    JWR Yamaha Racing    Yamaha    1:25.883
18    DEWULF Jeffrey     212    BEL    Wildcard Rider    KTM    1:34.535
19    DE WAAL Micha-Boy     34    NDL    Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team    Honda    1:40.506
20    KOCH Tom     226    GER    KTM Sarholz    KTM    1:40.828
   
   
       
   
    Rider Standings



1    GAJSER Tim     243    SLO    582    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda
2    SEEWER Jeremy     91    SWI    405    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha
3    PAULIN Gautier     21    FRA    379    Wilvo Yamaha MXGP    Yamaha
4    TONUS Arnaud     4    SWI    373    Wilvo Yamaha MXGP    Yamaha
5    CAIROLI Antonio     222    ITA    358    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
6    JASIKONIS Arminas     27    LTU    327    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna
7    COLDENHOFF Glenn     259    NDL    309    Standing Construct KTM    KTM
8    VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy     89    BEL    300    Honda SR Motoblouz    Honda
9    JONASS Pauls     41    LAT    297    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing    Husqvarna
10    FEBVRE Romain     461    FRA    293    Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team    Yamaha
11    ANSTIE Max     99    GBR    237    Standing Construct KTM    KTM
12    DESALLE Clement     25    BEL    208    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki
13    MONTICELLI Ivo     128    ITA    189    iFly JK Racing    Yamaha
14    LIEBER Julien     33    BEL    184    Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing    Kawasaki
15    BOGERS Brian     189    NDL    165    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda
16    SIMPSON Shaun     24    GBR    146    RFX KTM Racing    KTM
17    LEOK Tanel     7    EST    142    A1M Husqvarna    Husqvarna
18    SEARLE Tommy     100    GBR    112    Bike It DRT Kawasaki    Kawasaki
19    LUPINO Alessandro     77    ITA    107    Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki    Kawasaki
20    TIXIER Jordi     911    FRA    86    Team VHR KTM Racing    KTM
21    PATUREL Benoit     6    FRA    65    Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki    Kawasaki
22    STRIJBOS Kevin     22    BEL    60    JWR Yamaha Racing    Yamaha
23    BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod     18    RUS    58    JWR Yamaha Racing    Yamaha
24    HERLINGS Jeffrey     84    NDL    57    Red Bull KTM Factory Racing    KTM
25    GOLE Anton     297    SWE    30    iFly JK Racing    Yamaha
26    LUSBO Andero     621    EST    29    Wildcard Rider    Yamaha
27    STEWART Lewis     336    AUS    29    Wildcard Rider    KTM
28    PETROV Petar     152    BUL    24    Team Honda Red Moto    Honda
29    COLES Adam     227    AUS    22    Wildcard Rider    Husqvarna
30    BUTRON Jose     17    SPA    18    JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team    KTM
   
   



 Team HRC – MXGP & MX2, also photos

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