Securing the first double podium of the year for Honda, Tim Gajser and Evgeny Bobryshev muscled their CRF450RW’s to a spectacular first and third overall today in the beautiful Patagonian landscape, for the third round of the MXGP.

After topping qualifying Saturday, it was clear to see the win was already in Gajser’s sight and he proved he was back on form by taking the double win and the red plate. In the first race Gajser had a good gate and quickly got past Coldenhoff in the first few corners, where he controlled and led the race from there. He kept just enough of a gap between himself and second place; Van Horebeek to ensure that there was a comfortable first place finish. The Slovenian had his work cut out in the start of the second race when he had to challenge Desalle for the lead. Taking it in his stride, Gajser’s smooth style in the roughing terrain ensured he could pass the Frenchman and pull a gap to take the chequered flag in the second race.

Bobryshev who had been feeling particularly unwell from food poisoning in the week right up into the qualifying race on the Saturday, surpassed his own expectations. In the first race Bobryshev had a good gate but soon had a battle on his hands with Van Horebeek, Desalle and Febvre and after tussling with them for a few laps and not feeling quite himself he settled for a fifth-place finish. Not content with fifth or to let a bit of food poisoning deter his goal of reaching the podium this weekend, Bobryshev dug deep in the second race. The steely Russian didn’t drop the pace once through the 30min race and his gritty determination paid off as and he took second place from Van Horebeek only a few laps before the end of the race, earning himself third overall.

Both riders will be hoping they can match this weekend’s results in Leon, Mexico on Sunday 2nd April.

Tim Gajser 243

I am really happy and it was actually a perfect weekend. I really enjoyed the track and I know I was riding well. The crowds here were good and it was nice to hear them cheering when I came past them on the last lap. They have made a few changes to the track this year which suited me. The season didn’t start in the best way but I have been working really hard and training back at home, I never stop working and its now paying off. We are just at the beginning of the season but I aim to ride consistent and get more podiums.

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

I have been sick after Indonesia and I haven’t done any training as I have been in bed recovering. Because of this I really didn’t expect to come here and be on the podium. I have been hoping I would get better every day, even yesterday in qualifying I had a pain in my stomach. Today went a lot better and I was feeling better in myself. The track was the kind of track that I really like which helped me. The team made good changes on the bike from this morning so I felt good on the bike which I thankful to the team for. I am pumped to be third overall.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Obviously, the venue here in Argentina has been very good for our team. What more can we ask for then the perfect result from Tim Gajser and to be backed up by Evgeny Bobryshev also on the podium. Bobby surprised himself today as he has been quite ill in the lead up to the race and even during the race today. We have to congratulate the riders, the engineers and all of the team for delivering this fantastic result.

MXGP 2017
Race Round 3   Neuquen

Results Session 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 35:25.581
2 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +7.150
3 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +10.968
4 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +12.239
5 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 16 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +14.082
6 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +15.046
7 Anstie Max 99 GBR 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +18.326
8 Nagl Max 12 GER 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +19.268
9 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +20.011
10 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 11 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +31.372
11 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 10 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +33.703
12 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 9 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +39.725
13 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 8 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +41.563
14 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 7 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +53.840
15 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 6 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +58.733
16 Butron Jose 17 SPA 5 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:03.842
17 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 4 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:24.264
18 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 3 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:32.603
19 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 2 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1:40.957
20 Salazar Jetro 60 ECU 1 Wildcard Rider Honda - 1 Lap
MXGP 2017
Race Round 3   Neuquen

Results Session 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 34:07.642
2 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +5.315
3 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +6.723
4 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +8.878
5 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +17.959
6 Nagl Max 12 GER 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +22.477
7 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +23.506
8 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +26.071
9 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 12 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +29.400
10 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +35.513
11 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 10 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +36.891
12 Anstie Max 99 GBR 9 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +40.880
13 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 8 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +44.916
14 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 7 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +51.706
15 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 6 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1:01.377
16 Butron Jose 17 SPA 5 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:11.122
17 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 4 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:11.815
18 Salazar Jetro 60 ECU 3 Wildcard Rider Honda +1:50.618
19 Leok Tanel 7 EST 2 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna - 1 lap
20 Poli Joaquin 179 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider Honda +29.879
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