Team HRC’s Tim Gajser was at his dominant best at the MXGP of Flanders, putting in a near-perfect performance to not only take the overall victory, but to also extend his lead in the 2020 MXGP World Championship to 48 points.

A second place in qualification gave him second gate pick and he took full advantage to get excellent starts on the Honda CRF450RW in both races at the Lommel circuit. In moto one, the #243 quickly swept into the lead on the first lap and was looking extremely comfortable, pulling out a small lead from the chasing pack. Unfortunately, he made one small mistake two-thirds of the way through the race and dropped back to second, which is where he ended up finishing. It was a minor disappointment, but Gajser was determined not to let it affect him, as he tried to back up his overall win here from 2019 when he went two-two.

Last year’s event was a milestone victory for the Slovenian rider as Lommel is called the toughest race on the calendar due to the deep, ever-changing sand that makes up this whole facility. Known as a hard-pack rider earlier in his career, Gajser has worked tirelessly to improve his sand abilities and the second moto today was an example of the high level he has now reached. Once again, he rounded the first corner in second place and after a lap of following the leader, he made his move and never looked back. Every lap he would pull out another second on the riders behind, and by the time the chequered flag was waved he crossed the line over 10 seconds ahead. This gave him two-one results for the overall victory and 47 crucial points in the championship battle.

Coming into this Belgian triple-header Gajser was 24 points clear of second place, but that has now doubled to 48, and with two more events here, he will be looking to increase that gap even more this coming week. Now though, he has a couple of days off, before racing again on Wednesday 21st October for round 14 of this 18-event world championship.

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From the beginning of the day, I felt great on the track and on the bike. In the first moto, I got a good start, in second place around the first corner and then I moved quickly into the lead, pulling out a little gap. Unfortunately, I made a small mistake and fell, which allowed Gautier to pass me and I finished second. In the second moto, I had a good first corner and came out second again. I passed Jorge in the second lap and then pulled out a decent gap to control the race and take the overall. I’m really happy to take the victory here because we have worked so hard to get better in the sand and this is toughest race to win. Everyone in the team has been great and we just keep on pushing to get better and better and I can’t thank everyone enough!

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

What a great couple of motos for Tim today. He really looked smooth and fast throughout the entire day and if it wasn’t for one small mistake in the first race, he would have got a thoroughly deserved one-one performance. However, to go two-one and win a GP at Lommel is a great achievement and it was further proof of just how much his sand riding has improved. He has now won the last two GPs here and was also able to double his points lead in the championship to 48 points, which just rounds off an amazing day.

MXGP 2020
Race Round 13   Belgium

Race 1

Cloudy
Air Temp
10°C
Track Cond
Deep Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 25 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 36:38.456
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:08.713
3 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:19.653
4 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 18 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 0:21.723
5 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 16 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 0:33.340
6 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:34.647
7 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:35.438
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:55.038
9 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 12 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 1:01.292
10 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 11 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 1:05.035
11 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 10 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:09.755
12 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 9 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM 1:21.265
13 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:22.425
14 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 7 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna 1:28.324
15 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 6 Standing Construct KTM KTM 1:49.638
16 Leok Tanel 7 EST 5 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna 1:53.116
17 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 4 SDMCORSE Yamaha Yamaha 2:17.905
18 Koch Tom 226 GER 3 KTM Sarholz KTM 1 Lap
19 Walsh Dylan 53 NZL 2 JM Honda Racing Honda 1 Lap
20 Rannikko Rene 191 FIN 1 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna 1 Lap
MXGP 2020
Race Round 13   Belgium

Race 2

Cloudy
Air Temp
10°C
Track Cond
Deep Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 36:21.474
2 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:12.666
3 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:13.976
4 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:29.157
5 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:32.265
6 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:38.527
7 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 14 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:14.279
8 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 13 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 1:15.053
9 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 12 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:16.036
10 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 11 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:47.967
11 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 10 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1:52.693
12 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 9 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna 2:07.121
13 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 8 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 2:23.801
14 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 7 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 1 Lap
15 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 6 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1 Lap
16 Leok Tanel 7 EST 5 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna 1 Lap
17 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 4 SDMCORSE Yamaha Yamaha 1 Lap
18 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 3 Standing Construct KTM KTM 1 Lap
19 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1 Lap
20 Koch Tom 226 GER 1 KTM Sarholz KTM 1 Lap
Location Information

Dodenveldstraat, 3900 Overpelt, Belgium - View in Google Maps