After posting the fastest lap in timed practice, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser endured a tough qualification race as the Slovenian rider ended up in 18th place at the MXGP of Latvia. Held at the sandy Kegums track an hour south of Riga, Gajser will now have a difficult job in tomorrow’s motos, but the red plate holder is still confident that he can perform well and maintain his championship lead. Fellow CRF450RW rider Brian Bogers had a decent finish though, posting a 13th place after fighting through the pack at a track that he enjoys riding.
Coming into the weekend, confidence was high with the #243 having won the last six motos in the 2019 world motocross championship series. And after a second place in free practice and then grabbing the fastest lap in timed practice, things seemed to be going well on a track that isn’t quite as sandy as it has been in years past. Unfortunately, despite having first gate pick, he wasn’t able to get out of the gate well and while fighting in sixth place, he made a mistake in the wave section and ended up on the ground. With the handlebars a bit twisted from the impact, Gajser pulled into the pits to straighten them, before re-joining the race outside the top 20. As the laps counted down, he made a couple of passes and ended up the race in 18th which leaves him with a tough assignment in the races tomorrow. Still, he knows he has the speed to challenge at the front and with some starts like he had in Russia last weekend, he can set about trying to win another overall which he has achieved at the last three rounds.
For Bogers, the qualification race was a hard fought battle from lap one until the chequered flag. All race long he had riders around him and with the tricky conditions forcing riders into mistakes, he performed well to move through the field and finish in 13th place. His target is still to place in the top 10 though and he knows a lot of that is down to the start but with a slightly better gate pick for tomorrow, the Dutch rider is confident that he can get the job done when the gate drops tomorrow.
The MXGP races begin at 14:15 local time (GMT +2) on Sunday 16th June, after a morning warm up at 10:45am with the second moto gate drop at 17:10.
|1||Herlings Jeffrey||84||NDL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||24:36.646|
|2||Jasikonis Arminas||27||LTU||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||4.138|
|3||Tonus Arnaud||4||SWI||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||12.069|
|4||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Honda SR Motoblouz||Honda||16.422|
|5||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||19.591|
|6||Jonass Pauls||41||LAT||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||22.128|
|7||Monticelli Ivo||128||ITA||Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team||GasGas||24.301|
|8||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Standing Construct KTM||KTM||25.651|
|9||Febvre Romain||461||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||30.560|
|10||Lieber Julien||33||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||35.372|
|11||Anstie Max||99||GBR||Standing Construct KTM||KTM||43.779|
|12||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||46.381|
|13||Bogers Brian||189||NDL||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||48.242|
|14||Searle Tommy||100||GBR||Buildbase Honda||Honda||50.450|
|15||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||52.414|
|16||Tixier Jordi||911||FRA||Team VHR KTM Racing||KTM||54.519|
|17||De Waal Micha-Boy||34||NDL||Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team||Honda||58.292|
|18||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||1:01.005|
|19||Strijbos Kevin||22||BEL||JWR Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||1:03.702|
|20||Petrov Petar||152||BUL||Team VRT Nordpesca Holland||KTM||1:04.773|