Tim Gajser had a successful season debut in the Netherlands today as he claimed ninth place overall in the MXGP of Europe at Valkenswaard. After finishing ninth in the opening encounter of the day, he crossed the finish line of race two in thirteenth place despite crashing unhurt in two separate occasions.

Gajser got a good launch as the gates dropped and ran fourth in the early stages of race one. After a couple of strong laps, the Slovenian rider was unable to match the improving pace of the riders around him and had to give up a number of places, moving down to 8th. From there Tim did his utmost to maintain his position but after dropping one more place he was eventually ninth at the finish line as the chequered flag was deployed.

Tim had an even better start to the second encounter, running in second place as the MXGP field entered turn two. Gajser had a difficult time in maintaining the position as he quickly dropped down to 5th place before eventually losing the front and crashing unhurt halfway through the second lap. The former MXGP and MX2 world champion managed to jump back on his Honda CRF450RW and from 18th place he made his way back to 14th position before another crash occurred; Gajser re-joined the race and was 13th at the end of the encounter.

Team HRC will now pack up and get back on the road towards Spain to contest the MXGP of Spain at Redsand next weekend.

Tim Gajser 243

Actually I am a little bit disappointed because yesterday I had good speed and the qualification race went well, so I was expecting a bit more from today. I had two good starts but made quite a few mistakes that cost me a lot of time but I’m happy that finished both races – and that I didn’t get hurt. We did some important laps, so now I’m looking forward to Spain.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

After what he’s been through lately in terms of injury and recovery, we can be quite happy with Tim’s performance and results for this weekend. He was fast but lacked a bit of consistency, and he ended up making some mistakes which fortunately left him unhurt. The season has just started for him, so it’ll be important to build some momentum in the upcoming races. The Honda CRF450RW worked really well throughout the weekend so a thank you goes to all the team members for the great job.

MXGP 2018
Race Round 2   Netherlands

Race 1

Cloudy / Dry
Humidity
54%
Air Temp
-1°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:25.408
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +17.536
3 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +29.712
4 Anstie Max 99 GBR 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +35.842
5 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +39.777
6 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +41.582
7 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +41.778
8 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 13 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:00.045
9 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 12 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1:07.341
10 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 11 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:15.242
11 Nagl Max 12 GER 10 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:26.700
12 Desprey Maxime 141 FRA 9 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:28.267
13 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 8 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1:29.874
14 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 7 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:31.581
15 Kullas Harri 151 FIN 6 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:34.418
16 Leok Tanel 7 EST 5 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:51.662
17 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 4 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1 Lap
18 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 3 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1 Lap
19 Irwin Graeme 55 IRE 2 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1 Lap
20 Van der Mierden Sven 94 NDL 1 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1 Lap
MXGP 2018
Race Round 2   Netherlands

Race 2

Cloudy / Dry
Humidity
51%
Air Temp
0°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:46.875
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +3.882
3 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:06.699
4 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:09.303
5 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:15.542
6 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 15 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:17.843
7 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:46.947
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 13 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:54.337
9 Anstie Max 99 GBR 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:56.307
10 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 11 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:57.072
11 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 10 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1 lap
12 Desprey Maxime 141 FRA 9 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1 lap
13 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 8 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1 lap
14 Nagl Max 12 GER 7 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1 lap
15 Leok Tanel 7 EST 6 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 lap
16 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 5 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1 lap
17 Kullas Harri 151 FIN 4 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 lap
18 Bengtsson Filip 20 SWE 3 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1 lap
19 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 2 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1 lap
20 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 1 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1 lap
Location Information

Eurocircuit, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps