Team HRC’s Tim Gajser led from start to finish in the MXGP of Germany qualification race, setting himself up nicely with first gate pick for tomorrow’s motos at the 10th round of the world motocross championship. The Teutschenthal track was a much different test than the last few rounds with deep ruts around a lot of the circuit, but Gajser looked comfortable as he took the win by over five seconds. Team mate Brian Bogers also posted a solid 12th place result as he continues to push towards his goal of regular top 10 finishes.
Extending his lead in the MXGP championship to 33 points at the last round in Latvia, Gajser came into Germany full of confidence and it showed in every session as he posted the fastest times in free and timed practice. With a great setup on his Honda CRF450RW, the #243 then rocketed off to a holeshot in the qualification race and never looked back, pushing out the lead to over 10 seconds at one stage of the race. Gajser then cruised it home to take another qualification victory, making a positive step to towards a possible sixth GP overall when the gate drops in tomorrow’s races.
For Bogers, a good timed qualifying session left him with 11th gate pick and he was able to translate that into a solid start on a track that had been rough from the very first MXGP session of the day. A lot of watering and rain from the week, combined with some deep ripping of the soil surface meant that choosing the right rut was of supreme importance and Bogers was able to do that for the majority of his qualification race. Battling right around the top 10, the CRF450RW rider was pushing hard to break into that pack and he looked at one stage to have made the necessary passes to do so. Unfortunately one lap with a couple of errors dropped him out of contention and he had to settle for 12th place. He is still feeling positive though and knows that with a good start, he can match the speed of those around him and if he rides a mistake-free race, he’ll achieve his goal of two solid moto finishes.
The MXGP races begin at 14:15 local time (GMT +1) on Sunday 23rd June, after a morning warm up at 10:45am. The second moto gate drop is then at 17:10 where Gajser will be looking to extend his lead in the championship race.