Gajser victorious in epic battle at the MXGP of Trentino

Team HRC’s Tim Gajser came out victorious after two incredible motos at the MXGP of Trentino. Engaged in two race-long battles, the Slovenian rider kept calm under immense pressure to make two late passes and claim his first MXGP overall of 2019, at the fourth round, held at the beautiful Arco di Trento track.

After winning the qualification race, Gajser had first gate pick and that allowed him to get out of the gate extremely well in both races. In the first race he rounded the first bend in around fifth position before making a number of passes on the first lap to slot into second place. As he tracked the leader Antonio Cairoli, the pace increased for both riders as they kept raising the bar and lowering the laptimes. With just four laps remaining, Gajser pounced on a slight mistake and took over the lead, much to the delight of the large number of Slovenian fans in attendance. He then held on for the first moto victory despite a last lap charge by Cairoli, but he knew that he still had to secure race two in order to receive the honours of the overall.

The second moto couldn’t have got off to a better start though, as Gajser raced to his first holeshot of the year, putting his Honda CRF450RW in prime position to take the second moto win. As the paced started to rise, Cairoli began to put pressure on once again, taking over the lead at the mid-point of the race. After studying the Italians’ lines, Gajser waited a few laps before making his move to regain the lead, eventually taking over with five laps to go. The two riders then gave everything they had for the remainder of the race, with Gajser coming out victorious to take a clean sweep of all sessions over the course of the weekend.

It was nothing more than Slovenian deserved and it sent his travelling fans into raptures as they celebrated their rider on the top step of the podium, at their adopted home GP in Trentino. Round five also sees the riders’ return to Italy, at the sandy Mantova track near Verona. This event takes place on May 11-12 which gives everyone five weeks to prepare for what is the first of three back to back races in Italy, Portugal and then France.

Tim Gajser  243

It is unbelievable. It’s my first win in over a year and it’s just such a great feeling. To do it here at Arco di Trento is especially special because of all the Slovenian fans that made the trip to come and support me. I had two great battles today, we were both riding so fast but I think the fans gave me that extra boost I needed to take this victory. Every lap I could hear them and it was amazing to win in front of them, just to repay them for their energy that they gave me. I am also so happy for all of the members of Team HRC who work so hard to get me to this level, they all deserve a lot of praise for the effort they put in every week, so a big thanks to them too. Now, there is a bit of a break until the next race but we are heading in the right direction and I can’t wait to try and put this Honda CRF450RW on the top step of the podium again.

Tim Gajser

Brian Bogers  189

The first race I didn’t have the best start and I also crashed, taking too long to get back going because I got stuck under the bike. This left me a long way behind, but I got to work and despite this being a difficult track to pass on, I worked my way back inside the top 20, ending up 19th. Obviously I knew that I needed to improve my start and that’s exactly what happened in the second moto. I rounded the first few turns inside the top 10 and that’s where I was able to finish. You could see that if I can fight with those riders, I can finish in these good positions, so that was another step in the right direction. I improved my season best result with this ninth place but I know I need to keep working and that’s what we are going to do in this break.

Brian Bogers

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

What an amazing performance by Tim today! To ride so well, with such pressure on his shoulders was just really impressive. Both motos was a race-long battle and to come out on top is just such a boost to him and to everyone in Team HRC. The pace he was riding was extremely high and it was great to see how comfortable he was feeling on his Honda CRF450RW and testament to how well the team has worked to try and get him to this level.
It was also good to see Brian put in a top 10 finish, which is something we’ve known he is capable of, he just needed to put everything together. He rode solidly in that second moto and kept the speed of the riders around him and showed that he fits in with that pack of guys. Overall it was an extremely good weekend for Team HRC in the MXGP class and I hope that we can use this as motivation in this break to keep up the high levels and make sure we perform well in round five of the series.
Our best wishes also go to Calvin Vlaanderen as he looks to get surgery on his right leg. It was a real shame to see him get injured this weekend, when he was riding so well, and we hope that he will be fully fit by the time the next round takes place in Mantova.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

Race 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 GAJSER Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP 34:13.822
2 CAIROLI Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1.081
3 PAULIN Gautier 21 FRA 20 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP 53.919
4 TONUS Arnaud 4 SWI 18 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP 1:00.314
5 MONTICELLI Ivo 128 ITA 16 iFly JK Racing 1:03.786
6 LUPINO Alessandro 77 ITA 15 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki 1:05.635
7 SIMPSON Shaun 24 GBR 14 RFX KTM Racing 1:06.887
8 SEEWER Jeremy 91 SWI 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team 1:07.631
9 JASIKONIS Arminas 27 LTU 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 1:13.322
10 VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy 89 BEL 11 Honda SR Motoblouz 1:20.698
11 JONASS Pauls 41 LAT 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 1:23.090
12 DESALLE Clement 25 BEL 9 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing 1:27.064
13 LIEBER Julien 33 BEL 8 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing 1:31.829
14 COLDENHOFF Glenn 259 NDL 7 Standing Construct KTM 1:35.950
15 LEOK Tanel 7 EST 6 A1M Husqvarna 1:38.113
16 PATUREL Benoit 6 FRA 5 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki 1:51.684
17 SEARLE Tommy 100 GBR 4 Bike It DRT Kawasaki 1:57.950
18 PETROV Petar 152 BUL 3 Team Honda Red Moto 1 Lap
19 BOGERS Brian 189 NDL 2 Team HRC – MXGP 1 Lap
20 BUTRON Jose 17 SPA 1 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team 1 Lap

Race 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 GAJSER Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP 34:11.454
2 CAIROLI Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 24.305
3 PAULIN Gautier 21 FRA 20 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP 53.333
4 TONUS Arnaud 4 SWI 18 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP 57.384
5 JASIKONIS Arminas 27 LTU 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 58.712
6 MONTICELLI Ivo 128 ITA 15 iFly JK Racing 1:18.314
7 COLDENHOFF Glenn 259 NDL 14 Standing Construct KTM 1:18.657
8 SEARLE Tommy 100 GBR 13 Bike It DRT Kawasaki 1:25.075
9 BOGERS Brian 189 NDL 12 Team HRC – MXGP 1:31.843
10 LUPINO Alessandro 77 ITA 11 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki 1:36.522
11 SIMPSON Shaun 24 GBR 10 RFX KTM Racing 1:37.584
12 LIEBER Julien 33 BEL 9 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing 1:55.458
13 PATUREL Benoit 6 FRA 8 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki 1 Lap
14 SEEWER Jeremy 91 SWI 7 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team 1 Lap
15 BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod 18 RUS 6 JWR Yamaha Racing 1 Lap
16 LEOK Tanel 7 EST 5 A1M Husqvarna 1 Lap
17 BUTRON Jose 17 SPA 4 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team 1 Lap
18 BERNARDINI Samuele 321 ITA 3 Ghidinelli Racing Team 1 Lap
19 JONASS Pauls 41 LAT 2 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 1 Lap
20 RAUCHENECKER Pascal 281 AUT 1 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing 1 Lap

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 CAIROLI Antonio 222 ITA 191 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2 GAJSER Tim 243 SLO 175 Team HRC – MXGP
3 PAULIN Gautier 21 FRA 142 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
4 JASIKONIS Arminas 27 LTU 120 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
5 VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy 89 BEL 113 Honda SR Motoblouz
6 DESALLE Clement 25 BEL 112 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
7 SEEWER Jeremy 91 SWI 98 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
8 SIMPSON Shaun 24 GBR 88 RFX KTM Racing
9 LIEBER Julien 33 BEL 79 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
10 TONUS Arnaud 4 SWI 71 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
11 JONASS Pauls 41 LAT 69 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
12 MONTICELLI Ivo 128 ITA 66 iFly JK Racing
13 COLDENHOFF Glenn 259 NDL 65 Standing Construct KTM
14 ANSTIE Max 99 GBR 62 Standing Construct KTM
15 LUPINO Alessandro 77 ITA 60 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki
16 SEARLE Tommy 100 GBR 58 Bike It DRT Kawasaki
17 TIXIER Jordi 911 FRA 36 Team VHR KTM Racing
18 LEOK Tanel 7 EST 35 A1M Husqvarna
19 BOGERS Brian 189 NDL 32 Team HRC – MXGP
20 FEBVRE Romain 461 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
21 BUTRON Jose 17 SPA 16 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team
22 PATUREL Benoit 6 FRA 13 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki
23 KULLAS Harri 151 FIN 10 Wildcard Rider
24 GOLE Anton 297 SWE 9 iFly JK Racing
25 PETROV Petar 152 BUL 7 Team Honda Red Moto
26 BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod 18 RUS 6 JWR Yamaha Racing
27 FERRIS Dean 111 AUS 6 Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing
28 BERNARDINI Samuele 321 ITA 3 Ghidinelli Racing Team
29 POLI Joaquin 179 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider
30 RAUCHENECKER Pascal 281 AUT 1 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing