Team HRC’s Tim Gajser kept his race win-streak alive with a dominating second moto victory at the MXGP of Portugal in Agueda. The #243 was second round the first turn, before making his move and controlling the rest of the race for his fourth race win of what is turning into an excellent season so far.

In what were almost perfect conditions at the beautiful Agueda track, the Team HRC duo were looking to bounce back after a difficult qualification day yesterday, with Gajser having seventh gate-pick and Mitch Evans down in 15th after a couple of inopportune mistakes from the pair in their qualifying races.

In race one, that gate-pick proved a bit of a hinderance for Gajser who was only able to round the first corner in mid-pack. By the end of the first lap, he was in sixth position but with the front two pulling away, he knew he’d have his work cut out to reach them. However, gradually he started making moves and with six laps remaining he was in third, seven seconds behind the pair. He started laying down really fast laptimes but unfortunately time was against him as he crossed the finish line in third, just two seconds behind the leader.

Motivated to fix that in race two, he swept round the first corner in second place, perfectly poised to make the pass and win the second moto. After watching and waiting for five laps, he pounced on lap six and quickly pulled out a gap that he extended every lap until the chequered flag. This marked his fourth moto win of the season, and although he just missed out on the overall by two points, he still extended his lead at the top of the 2022 MXGP World Championship to 21 points, after just four rounds.

For Evans, the 15th gate-pick really posed him problems as he wasn’t able to avoid the chaotic first turn in either race. In moto one, a couple of bikes came together in front of him and by the time he had negotiated the carnage, he was way down the field. Then in race two, he had to pick himself off the ground after another bike hit him, re-joining the race right at the back of the class again.  However, that didn’t discourage the Australian and he set about trying to make the best of a bad situation, passing eight guys in race one and an even more impressive 10 guys in race two, to finish 15-12 for 12th overall.

Next weekend, the riders are back in action for round five at the picturesque MXGP of Trentino, home of the familiar Pietramurata circuit. After hosting six rounds in the last two seasons, the venue has changed the layout for this year to give everyone a fresh start and hopefully provide another beautiful setting for what has been an amazing beginning to this 2022 MXGP campaign.

Tim Gajser 243

I had a really good day today, winning that second race and just really enjoying my riding on what was a difficult track. It wasn’t quite enough to take the overall but I am still very happy with how it went and how I was able to come out and perform in the second moto. The first gate-drop didn’t go so well and it took me a bit of time to get my rhythm and make the passes I needed, and finishing third, I knew it would be difficult to take the overall. Still, it was a good day, with a lot of fans cheering me on and it was nice to back in Agueda because I really enjoy riding here. Next up is Trentino, which I’ve heard will be a different layout so that should be interesting for everyone. A big thanks to the team for all their work so far this season and let’s keep this momentum going!

Mitch Evans 43

Today definitely didn’t go to plan as both races were pretty much ruined after the first turn. I wasn’t able to come through it cleanly and that meant I had a lot of work to do in the rest of the race, to even get to challenge with the top guys. In race one I was 23rd after one lap, and in race two I was 22nd so that tells the story of how my motos started. However, I didn’t give up in either race, keeping a good pace and trying to pass as many guys as possible. This resulted in 15-12 results for 12th overall, which aren’t where I want to be, but it still gives me a bit of satisfaction because of where I started. Hopefully next week in Trentino I can get better starts and show my speed nearer the front of the field, because that’s where I feel I belong.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was great to see Tim respond so well in the second race and just completely dominate the field. He was a bit unlucky in the first moto, coming third, only two seconds behind the leader but he is riding so well right now that we are very happy with how the season has started. He got another good start in race two from seventh gate-pick so that is another step he has made and we hope this can continue in Trentino which is a venue that he loves to ride at.
Mitch had a very difficult day but he never gave up and was pushing until the chequered flag in both races. We know he can get better results and I think he is believing that now too, it is just the start straight that is proving hard for him. Still, we will keep working and keep trying to improve and make sure that next weekend it goes better.

MXGP 2022
Race Round 4   Portugal

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
15°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas 34:59.835
2 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 22 Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna 0:01.021
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:02.556
4 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:15.088
5 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:15.906
6 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 15 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 0:16.694
7 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 14 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:18.114
8 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 13 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:19.865
9 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 12 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 0:22.798
10 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 11 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas 0:24.339
11 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 10 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:38.135
12 Watson Ben 919 GBR 9 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki 0:39.120
13 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 8 JT911 KTM Racing Team KTM 0:48.032
14 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 7 JM Honda Racing Honda 0:51.497
15 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 6 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 1:04.184
16 Koch Tom 226 GER 5 KTM Kozak Team KTM 1:05.660
17 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 4 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 1:18.286
18 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 3 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 1:25.371
19 Lapucci Nicholas 211 ITA 2 Steels - Dr. Jack Racing KTM 1:27.711
20 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 1 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM 1:39.367
MXGP 2022
Race Round 4   Portugal

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
15°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 35:18.400
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas 0:05.119
3 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:05.980
4 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 18 Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna 0:11.416
5 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 16 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:14.562
6 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 15 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:15.709
7 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:26.364
8 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 13 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas 0:28.735
9 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 12 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 0:38.354
10 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 11 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 0:45.595
11 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 10 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:50.523
12 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 9 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:52.590
13 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 8 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 0:59.989
14 Koch Tom 226 GER 7 KTM Kozak Team KTM 1:01.628
15 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 6 Riley Racing Yamaha 1:05.117
16 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 5 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 1:05.490
17 Watson Ben 919 GBR 4 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki 1:22.774
18 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 3 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:26.329
19 Paturel Benoit 16 FRA 2 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:34.803
20 Lapucci Nicholas 211 ITA 1 Steels - Dr. Jack Racing KTM 1:37.748
Location Information

Agueda, Portugal - View in Google Maps