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.
|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 HRC - MXGP||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|