Team HRC’s Tim Gajser was second in today’s qualifying moto of the MXGP of Asia, which took place at Semarang, at the end of 12, demanding laps of the new red-sand circuit located near the outskirts of the Indonesian city. His team mate Todd Waters took part in the race despite poor health conditions, and was 14th at the chequered flag.

Gajser had a convincing start to the race and tailed leader Jeffrey Herlings from up close as the two swapped positions briefly on lap two. Despite some early attempts from the Dutchman to pull away, the two-time world champion managed to stay within reach as he powered his Honda CRF450RW in style around the fast Indonesian track.

After setting the fastest time of the race on lap five – which was bettered towards the end by Romain Febvre – Gajser cut his gap to the lead down to half a second but was unable to get to the front of the field, and began losing ground from first place. Tim had to push hard to keep himself ahead of Jeremy Seewer, who kept himself within close range for the entirety of the moto, eventually crossing the line 0.5seconds ahead of his opponent.

With a debilitating sickness bug affecting him in what was a very hot day, Todd Waters was nowhere near 100% fit but managed in any case to finish the race in 14th position.

Tim Gajser 243

Today went well. The track is really nice and I enjoyed it a lot: it’s quite wide so you have many lines available, and I felt good on the bike straight away. My performance in timed practice was good and the speed was there. I took a great start to the qualification race and it was nice to be battling with Jeffrey at the front. I really look forward to tomorrow; the start is going to be crucial as there are only two-three spots where to overtake. I will push as hard as I can and try to be consistent, and hopefully we’ll go home with two great results.

Todd Waters 42

Definitely not my best day. I haven’t been feeling well since last night and this stomach bug has hit me really hard. I was completely out of energy, so all I could do was to make sure I showed up and finish the race, which I did. It wasn’t easy, though, but hopefully I’ll feel better tomorrow because I really like the track and it’s not fun to ride around here in this physical condition.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Tim rode good today and was near the front in all sessions, which was very encouraging. In the race he couldn’t stay with Jeffrey, but he still held on to second until the chequered flag and he looked very comfortable aboard his Honda. The situation is promising for tomorrow; these are the track conditions he likes so hopefully he can be up there battling for the top spot. Todd unfortunately was not feeling well today so hats off to him to get out on track and finish the race. Fingers crossed he’ll feel better tomorrow so that he can push to get closer to the top-10.

MXGP 2018
Qualifying Round 13   Indonesia

Qualifying race

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
Track Cond
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:08.172
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Team HRC - MXGP Honda +4.011
3 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +4.592
4 Febvre Romain 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +4.931
5 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +24.354
6 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +26.475
7 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +27.857
8 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +29.174
9 Anstie Max 99 GBR Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +30.881
10 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +34.576
11 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +37.375
12 Nagl Max 12 GER TM Racing Factory Team TM +39.597
13 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:13.327
14 Waters Todd 42 AUS Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +1:15.827
15 Stewart Lewis 336 AUS Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 lap
16 Hanif Kusparwanto Rizky 705 IDN Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +2 Laps
17 Hendro Farhan 162 IDN Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +2 Laps
18 Sondakh Andre 114 IDN Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +10 laps
19 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS BOS GP Suzuki +11 laps
20 Lazaroni Aldi 288 IDN Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +13 laps
Location Information

Semarang, Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia - View in Google Maps