In what was the tightest battle in recent memory, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser ended up with an MXGP bronze medal for his third place in the championship, after finishing second at the 18th and final round of this year’s motocross world championship.

After an unfortunate incident at the beginning of Sunday’s race one, Gajser came into this round needing to gain 15 points over his rivals and despite his three-two moto scores, he was unable to over-turn that gap and instead had to settle for the third step on the championship podium. It was a disappointing end to what has been an incredible season, filled with many ups and down, but the Honda rider can be proud of an effort that saw him win seven motos and four overalls this year.

In race one, the Slovenian rider was unable to get out front off the start and instead had to work his way through the field. On lap one he was in seventh but as he has proved numerous times during the season, he quickly moved forward and by lap six he was in third and giving chase to the top two. Despite a lot of pressure, he was unable to make the move and as they crossed the line, he had to settle for third place.

Knowing that his championship chances were decreasing all the time, the Honda rider still put in 100% effort into race two, getting a much better jump out of the gate and rounding the first lap in third place. This time he was looking much more aggressive and he quickly moved into second after a mistake by the rider ahead. Setting his sights on a victory in the final moto of the year, he once again put enormous pressure on the leader but he came up just short, crossing the line 1.4 seconds behind the winner.

It was a valiant effort and one that is typical of the #243 who never gave up, despite suffering a number of hardships throughout this 2021 campaign. He also provided a lot of great moments this year with some excellent performances, most notably in Russia when he overtook the entire field, and then when he won in Germany, just a few weeks after recovering from a surgery. However, overall, Gajser will be disappointed not to have added to his four world titles after leading the series for the majority of the rounds.

With the 2022 season scheduled to begin early next year, there won’t be too much time to reflect and recover from this tumultuous campaign, but no doubt that Gajser will ready and raring to go come the first gate-drop of the opening round.

Tim Gajser 243

To come third in the championship is obviously not what I wanted when we came to Mantova last week, but this season has been filled with a lot of ups and downs and sometimes things just don’t go your way. It was a really close season until the very end, and we had some really good battles and I think we put on a great show for all the fans. Congratulations to Jeffrey for winning the title, he did what he needed to do and it was good to finish the season with another tight race with him, pushing until the chequered flag. It sounds like we’ll be starting the season at the end of February so we don’t have much of a break but I will have a little holiday and then prepare myself for 2022. A big thank you to all of the team and all the fans, I am privileged to have such great support on and off the track and I look forward to trying to win my fifth title next year.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Coming into this race, Tim needed a bit of help if he was to become champion but he is still a champion in our eyes because he always gives 100% every time he goes on the track, and because of the way he acts off the track too. Even when he knew that the title was unlikely, he kept pushing, and it was a great riding to come through the field and finish second overall here in Mantova. The whole of Team HRC are very proud of his effort and we thank him for all the great memories he gave us this year. Thank you Tim!

MXGP 2021
Race Round 18   Mantova

Race 1

Cloudy
Air Temp
13°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:20.709
2 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:02.465
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:02.824
4 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:48.484
5 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:56.162
6 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 0:57.371
7 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:58.107
8 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:58.590
9 Watson Ben 919 GBR 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:00.075
10 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 11 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1:02.615
11 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 10 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:08.218
12 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 9 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 1:09.352
13 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 8 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 1:14.347
14 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 7 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:18.547
15 Wright Dylan 109 CAN 6 Wildcard Rider Honda 1:23.846
16 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 5 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM 1:26.792
17 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 4 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:31.348
18 Koch Tom 226 GER 3 KTM Sarholz KTM 1:33.102
19 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 2 JWR Honda Racing Honda 1:37.117
20 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 1 Standing Construct KTM KTM 2:00.747
MXGP 2021
Race Round 18   Mantova

Race 2

Cloudy
Air Temp
13°C
Track Cond
Sandy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:29.493
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:01.497
3 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:41.814
4 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:43.028
5 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 16 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:45.510
6 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 15 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 0:47.004
7 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:50.991
8 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:58.563
9 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 12 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 1:00.963
10 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 11 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:04.187
11 Wright Dylan 109 CAN 10 Wildcard Rider Honda 1:07.051
12 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 9 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 1:08.493
13 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 8 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:09.141
14 Watson Ben 919 GBR 7 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:09.634
15 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 6 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:27.690
16 Koch Tom 226 GER 5 KTM Sarholz KTM 1:32.238
17 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 4 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:35.746
18 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 3 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM 1:37.300
19 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 2 Standing Construct KTM KTM 2:02.454
20 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 1 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1 Lap
Location Information

Viale Learco Guerra, 13m, 46100 Mantova MN, Italy - View in Google Maps