Team HRC’s Tim Gajser won his fifth race of the season at the beautiful Faenza track, to move within striking distance, as the battle for the lead of the 2020 MXGP world championship intensifies. Teammate Mitch Evans also impressed as he finished in fourth place in the second moto, posting the fastest laptime of the race and reminding everyone just what he is capable of when he is fully fit.

In what is the seventh round of the series, and the second of this triple-header at the hillside track, Gajser started off the day well by qualifying in first position, giving himself first gate pick and setting himself up for an important two races. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to capitalise in the opening moto, just getting edged wide across the holeshot line and losing some positions in the process. As he was fighting for position, the harsh roost took its toll and he was forced to settle for fifth place.

Despite having an outside shot of the overall victory, Gajser showed up for the second moto in determined mood and when he rounded the first lap in second place, expectations were high that he would add to his four previous race wins. Within a few more laps, the Honda CRF450RW rider was in the lead, which he eventually pulled out to just under five seconds, in another great display of hard-pack riding. His five-one results meant he finished second overall, and more importantly, closed the gap at the top of the championship with plenty of racing still to go.

In what was a great moto for Team HRC, Evans came extremely close to making it a Honda one-two as the Australian fought for 35 minutes to score his best race finish since round one in Great Britain. Sitting in third at the halfway point of the moto, the #43 tried his best to follow his teammate home, even posting the fastest lap of the race, but it wasn’t quite to be as he had to settle for nine-four scores for seventh overall. It was still another encouraging step for the rider in his first season in the MXGP class as he comes back a shoulder injury sustained in round two of the series, and with a third race on Sunday before three rounds in Mantova at a track he won at in pre-season, he will be looking for even more improvement in the coming weeks.

First up though is the third of the triple-headers in Faenza, on Sunday 13th September for what should be another hot day of racing in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy.

Tim Gajser 243

It was a good feeling to get back out and winning races again. I’ve had some bad luck in the last few rounds, and even again today but I’m extremely happy with how that second moto went. The first moto I wasn’t able to push as much as I wanted but I was riding well and was still able to come out in fifth. I wanted to really show everyone again just how fast I can be in race two and I think with the victory I am back to where I want to be and standing in a good position in the championship battle. Now I just need to continue this with two good starts on Sunday and if I manage that, I’m sure I will get a good result.

Mitch Evans 43

Very good day which started off well in timed practice, where I was in first position for awhile in the session. That was a cool feeling but I knew the racing was the main focus. In the first moto I got a really good start but struggled a bit with arm-pump due to probably pushing too hard at the beginning. I wasn’t riding myself and ended up in ninth which I wasn’t too happy about, but I put it behind me for moto two.
I didn’t get quite such a good start in race two but I kept pushing the whole moto and made some passes and I was battling with the front guys, which was very satisfying to be back up there and running their pace. I was really happy with how that race went, finishing fourth and now I’m looking forward to getting some more top fives when we race again on Sunday.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

In the second moto, it was great to see Team HRC riders in first and third and pushing hard. This is what we hoped for when we signed Mitch to join Tim and it is amazing to see them doing this on the new Honda CRF450RW. The riders showed determination to improve upon their first race results and we are now heading into the third race here with both riders showing speed and stamina on what is a very tricky Faenza track. The starts are important but we saw that they were able to push early-on and we’ll be looking for more wins and podiums come Sunday.

MXGP 2020
Race Round 7   Italy

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
29°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 25 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 35:00.143
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:15.681
3 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:34.451
4 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:36.731
5 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 16 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:40.143
6 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 15 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:46.374
7 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 14 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:48.024
8 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:49.952
9 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 12 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:50.234
10 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:00.342
11 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 10 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:06.314
12 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 9 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:10.876
13 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 8 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:18.038
14 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 7 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:24.124
15 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 6 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:27.415
16 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 5 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 1:33.276
17 Rauchenecker Pascal 281 AUT 4 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:37.967
18 Walsh Dylan 53 NZL 3 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:40.785
19 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 2 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:43.189
20 Lapucci Nicholas 211 ITA 1 Steels - Dr. Jack Racing KTM 1:44.529
MXGP 2020
Race Round 7   Italy

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
29°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 35:30.119
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:04.289
3 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:05.114
4 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 18 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:07.098
5 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 16 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:08.679
6 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:13.530
7 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:14.697
8 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 0:39.999
9 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:43.128
10 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:48.777
11 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 10 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:03.589
12 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 9 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:10.340
13 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 8 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:13.497
14 Rauchenecker Pascal 281 AUT 7 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:14.811
15 Leok Tanel 7 EST 6 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna 1:36.357
16 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 5 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 1:38.874
17 Covington Thomas 64 USA 4 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:41.873
18 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 3 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna 1:48.180
19 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 2 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM 1:49.369
20 Walsh Dylan 53 NZL 1 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:52.858
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