Team HRC’s Tim Gajser put in another display of controlled speed, on a tricky Maggiora track to win both motos of the MXGP of Italy, making it seven moto wins in a row and extending his lead at the top of the MXGP championship to 81 points.

After a dry Saturday, the overnight rain turned this iconic venue into a tricky, muddy venue for the early morning sessions. However, by the time the MXGP class dropped their gate for the first time, the surface had dried considerably and this allowed for some creative line choices from the best motocross riders on the planet.

In both races, Gajser worked his way into the top three by the time they crossed the line for the first lap and after studying the riders in front, he worked out exactly when and where to pass them in what were further examples of just how much control his has over his nearest MXGP rivals. In race one, he waited until the final third of the race to make his move, whilst in race two it took him only four laps before he took the lead. And in both cases, he was able to pull out a gap immediately, and cruise to two more moto wins. This takes the Slovenian’s tally to 10 out of a possible 14 race wins, and six overalls out of seven in what is an extremely impressive start to the 2022 season.

Mitch Evans wasn’t able to replicate Gajser’s starts, but what he lacked in lap one, he more than made up for in the rest of the motos as the Australian was able to pass a total of 15 riders across the two races on what wasn’t an easy track to make moves. He ended up going 13-6 for ninth overall, but his performance in race two was especially impressive as his laptimes were right up there with his fellow Team HRC rider at the front of the field. With better starts, the #43 is now definitely becoming a top five threat and that will be his aim when the next round of the championship takes place next weekend, at the Riola Sardo track, located on the island of Sardinia. Gajser will also be hoping to continue his winning-streak and show his speed at what is the first really difficult deep-sand track of this 2022 campaign.

Tim Gajser 243

Today the conditions were a lot different than yesterday and that allowed more lines to form, which gave me more opportunity to make the passes I needed. I was able to get two good starts and move into the top three in both races early on. From there, I just had to choose the right time and the right place to make my moves and try to control the race afterwards. The track certainly wasn’t easy after the rain but I enjoyed creating my own lines and I’m just really enjoying my riding out at the moment and this win was a nice moment. A big thank you to Team HRC for all their work with the bike, and just being great people to be alongside during a race weekend. Also thank you to all the fans who come to these races, it is much better this year having a good crowd to cheer us along.

Mitch Evans 43

Other than my starts, I had a good couple of races, especially race two where I came from 14th on lap one, to finish in sixth place. This was my best moto result of the season and it was such a nice confidence boost to be passing guys, coming through the field and pushing right until the very end. Of course, I’d prefer to be up front to begin with, but I know that will come as I am doing all the right things off the grid, so I’m just going to keep working hard and I’m sure next weekend in Riola will be much better.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Tim is just going from strength to strength, showing everyone not only his speed, but his improved ability to pick the right times to make his move. He knows that if he is near the front early on, he can make the necessary passes and that’s exactly what he has been doing. Seven race wins in a row is a massive achievement and testament to how well he is riding the Honda CRF450R and obviously we hope he can keep that run going as long as possible.
For Mitch, this was another mixed weekend, because other than the first lap, he was one of the best riders on the track. He easily passed more riders than anyone else in the field and him coming through to sixth was a great effort in race two. We are going to try and help him do whatever is necessary for getting his starts right, and I’m sure in Riola it will go a lot better. With over a third of the season gone, I must thank every member of Team HRC for all their hard work and for doing such a great job, and I’m excited for how the rest of the season will go.

MXGP 2022
Race Round 7   Italy

Race 1

Rain
Air Temp
15°C
Track Cond
Mud
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 35:54.476
2 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:05.940
3 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:14.816
4 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 18 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:17.013
5 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 16 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:32.750
6 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 15 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 0:42.759
7 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 14 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 0:47.237
8 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:49.316
9 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 12 Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna 0:50.318
10 Watson Ben 919 GBR 11 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki 0:52.029
11 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 10 JM Honda Racing Honda 0:55.286
12 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 9 Riley Racing Yamaha 0:56.470
13 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 8 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 1:33.961
14 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 7 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 1:42.040
15 Philippaerts David 15 ITA 6 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki 1:44.662
16 Charlier Christophe 23 FRA 5 Wildcard Rider Yamaha 1:47.325
17 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 4 JT911 KTM Racing Team KTM 1:49.451
18 Zaragoza Jorge 99 SPA 3 Wildcard Rider Honda 1 Lap
19 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 2 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 1 Lap
20 Zonta Filippo 200 ITA 1 Wildcard Rider GasGas 1 Lap
MXGP 2022
Race Round 7   Italy

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
15°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 34:52.491
2 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:20.264
3 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:30.434
4 Watson Ben 919 GBR 18 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki 0:32.382
5 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 16 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 0:34.972
6 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 15 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:37.428
7 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 14 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:40.473
8 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 13 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:47.135
9 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 12 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 0:49.210
10 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 11 JT911 KTM Racing Team KTM 0:52.099
11 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 10 Riley Racing Yamaha 0:54.819
12 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 9 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:55.718
13 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 8 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas 0:57.387
14 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 7 Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna 1:11.484
15 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 6 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:14.665
16 Zaragoza Jorge 99 SPA 5 Wildcard Rider Honda 1:51.788
17 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 4 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 1:56.472
18 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 3 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM 2:03.851
19 Zonta Filippo 200 ITA 2 Wildcard Rider GasGas 1 Lap
20 Sihvonen Miro 147 FIN 1 JWR Honda Racing Honda 1 Lap
Location Information

Via Fornaci, 25, 28014 Maggiora, Novara, Italy - View in Google Maps