Team HRC’s Tim Gajser won both motos at the MXGP of Latvia, to extend his moto win-streak to five and increase his points gap at the top of the championship to an impressive 66 points.
On what was a miserably wet day at the Kegums circuit, 50km south of Riga, Gajser took control of both races in what was another impressive display of riding, in what were not very easy conditions. The rain had slowed the track down, providing more ruts and bumps to challenge the best motocross riders on the planet, but after winning the second moto in Portugal and both races in Trentino, the #243 proved he can handle any conditions with a perfect display in the wet sand in Latvia.
He swept around the first turn well inside the top five in motos one and two, and by the end of lap one, was in third and second place respectively. With every rider at their strongest, and the track at its flattest, the Slovenian rider took his time to figure out where to make his move, but when he did put the hammer down, he was into the lead after passes on two consecutive laps.
Race two went even better, as he swept around the first turn in second place, once again putting himself in perfect position to stalk his prey and make the move at exactly the right time. With the track conditions getting harder, this came earlier in the race as others struggled to maintain their speed and he moved into the lead on lap six. From there he controlled the race, taking the win, the overall and further extending his championship lead, to give himself more than a two-moto buffer to those behind.
Unfortunately, teammate Mitch Evans didn’t enjoy such a successful day, as issues in the second and first corner gave himself an uphill battle to get inside the top 10. In race one, he was involved with another rider that left him on the deck and while he was able to move through the field to 17th midday through the race, another mistake dropped him back again and he had to settle for crossing the line in 19th.
Things went slightly better in race two as he crossed the first lap in 16th place, despite a stall in the first corner. This gave him an improved platform to try and break into the top 10, and while he was able to get as high as 10th, he couldn’t quite hold on and eventually finished in 12th.
Both riders now have another weekend away from the MXGPs, before they head to Italy for the prestigious challenge of Maggiora on May 7/8. Last year saw rain affect the motos, but everyone will be hoping for better weather as Gajser attempts to keep his win-streak alive, and maintain his stranglehold on this 2022 World Motocross Championship.
|1||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||25||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||35:04.928|
|2||Jonass Pauls||41||LAT||22||Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team||GasGas||0:04.327|
|3||Fernandez Ruben||70||SPA||20||Honda 114 Motorsports||Honda||0:06.506|
|4||Forato Alberto||303||ITA||18||SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery||GasGas||0:10.820|
|5||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||16||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:13.984|
|6||Renaux Maxime||959||FRA||15||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:16.967|
|7||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||14||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:18.623|
|8||Bogers Brian||189||NDL||13||Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team||Husqvarna||0:26.359|
|9||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||12||Beta SDM Corse MX Team||Beta||0:33.651|
|10||Jacobi Henry||29||GER||11||JM Honda Racing||Honda||0:35.938|
|11||van Doninck Brent||32||BEL||10||Riley Racing||Yamaha||0:37.029|
|12||Prado Garcia Jorge||61||SPA||9||Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing||GasGas||0:41.282|
|13||Watson Ben||919||GBR||8||Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP||Kawasaki||0:52.153|
|14||Vlaanderen Calvin||10||NDL||7||Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||1:16.904|
|15||Roosiorg Hardi||75||EST||6||Sahkar KTM Racing||KTM||1:26.278|
|16||Tixier Jordi||911||FRA||5||JT911 KTM Racing Team||KTM||1:30.501|
|17||Monticelli Ivo||128||ITA||4||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||1:43.892|
|18||Sihvonen Miro||147||FIN||3||JWR Honda Racing||Honda||1:44.574|
|19||Evans Mitch||43||AUS||2||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||2:16.554|
|20||Leok Tanel||7||EST||1||A1M Husqvarna||Husqvarna||1 Lap|
|1||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||25||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||36:22.500|
|2||Jonass Pauls||41||LAT||22||Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team||GasGas||0:05.744|
|3||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||20||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:11.680|
|4||Fernandez Ruben||70||SPA||18||Honda 114 Motorsports||Honda||0:11.769|
|5||Renaux Maxime||959||FRA||16||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:16.016|
|6||Bogers Brian||189||NDL||15||Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team||Husqvarna||0:18.485|
|7||Vlaanderen Calvin||10||NDL||14||Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||0:35.200|
|8||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||13||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:47.049|
|9||Forato Alberto||303||ITA||12||SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery||GasGas||0:50.160|
|10||Watson Ben||919||GBR||11||Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP||Kawasaki||0:51.649|
|11||Tixier Jordi||911||FRA||10||JT911 KTM Racing Team||KTM||1:11.265|
|12||Evans Mitch||43||AUS||9||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||1:15.694|
|13||Prado Garcia Jorge||61||SPA||8||Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing||GasGas||1:23.208|
|14||Jacobi Henry||29||GER||7||JM Honda Racing||Honda||1:23.731|
|15||Roosiorg Hardi||75||EST||6||Sahkar KTM Racing||KTM||1:56.036|
|16||Leok Tanel||7||EST||5||A1M Husqvarna||Husqvarna||1:58.416|
|17||van Doninck Brent||32||BEL||4||Riley Racing||Yamaha||1 Lap|
|18||Östlund Alvin||161||SWE||3||JK Racing Yamaha Active||Yamaha||1 Lap|
|19||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||2||Beta SDM Corse MX Team||Beta||2 Laps|
|20||Sihvonen Miro||147||FIN||1||JWR Honda Racing||Honda||11 Laps|