Team HRC’s Tim Gajser was denied a 10th MXGP overall victory as a last lap pass elsewhere on the track meant that the Slovenian’s second moto victory wasn’t quite enough for the win at the 2019 MXGP of Sweden.

While there was a little disappointment that his 16th race win didn’t result in the top step of the podium, it was still an impressive performance from the Honda CRF450RW rider after wrapping up the MXGP world championship title last weekend in Italy. His three-one finishes were a perfect way to get over the potential title-winning hangover and the win in the second race proves once again he is the fastest rider in this highly competitive MXGP class.

Passing was most definitely at a premium on this Uddevalla track, as riders tried desperately to find different lines on the hard-packed stony surface. With two good starts, Gajser put himself in a strong position in both races, but he’ll be left to rue a small mistake in race one when running in second place. This only dropped him down to fourth place, but it was enough to put him out of his rhythm and it forced him to try and make more passes on this technical circuit. In the end he was able to get up to third place, which would have been good enough if the second moto had finished one lap earlier.

In race two, he once again was in second place after lap one, but this time he rode in a smooth manner, keeping the pressure on and looking for passes for the duration. Eventually, after finding the right spot to make his move, he swept round the outside and into first place with just a few laps remaining. As it stood at that moment he would have won the overall, but as the laps ticked down, others riders made mistakes which moved the eventual overall winner up to the second place he needed on the very last lap.

With two events left to race, Gajser now has a weekend off, before back to back races in Turkey and China which will round out his highly successful 2019 campaign. Hopefully by then teammate Brian Bogers will be fully recovered from his shoulder injury and he’ll meet up with the rest of Team HRC at Afyonkarahisar on September 7-8.

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Overall I was quite happy with the weekend. In the first moto I had a solid start and was in second place, but then I made a mistake and two guys passed me. It was really difficult to pass them back but I was able to finish in third. The second moto went a lot better, with another good start putting me in second once again. My riding was good and I was feeling comfortable but I didn’t want to pass him too early in the race because I saw that we had a good pace and I didn’t want to give him any lines. Then with five laps from the end, I made a push to pass him and I made it happen, immediately pulling out a gap. I could then see the battle behind and I could see the battle for second, so I knew when Glenn passed Pauls that I would finish second overall. Still, it was a good performance and I’m happy with the day.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was definitely nice to see Tim back winning a race again, after all the pressure of having to win the championship these past few rounds. He showed good speed all weekend and if wasn’t for one small mistake, he would have got the overall too. The track was very difficult to pass on though and that was critical because normally he would have been able to come back from that much better. However, three-one is a good result and now we can look forward to a weekend off after a couple of very intense events.

MXGP 2019
Race Round 16   Sweden

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
23°C
Track Cond
Stony
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 25 Standing Construct KTM KTM 34:53.626
2 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1.070
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 7.239
4 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 17.369
5 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 16 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 36.305
6 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 15 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 45.441
7 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 49.112
8 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 13 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki 53.522
9 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 12 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha 55.459
10 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 58.189
11 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 10 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:00.542
12 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 9 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 1:07.498
13 Gole Anton 297 SWE 8 iFly JK Racing Yamaha 1:08.602
14 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 7 RFX KTM Racing KTM 1:10.220
15 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL 6 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda 1:11.656
16 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 5 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:19.570
17 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 4 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 1:24.863
18 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 3 Team Honda Red Moto Honda 1:33.539
19 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 2 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 1:40.384
20 Leok Tanel 7 EST 1 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna 1:42.936
MXGP 2019
Race Round 16   Sweden

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
23°C
Track Cond
Stony
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 34:44.502
2 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 22 Standing Construct KTM KTM 4.820
3 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 6.741
4 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 16.320
5 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 18.793
6 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 15 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 29.379
7 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 14 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 33.891
8 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 13 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 36.572
9 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 12 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha 38.461
10 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 11 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki 42.154
11 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 10 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 52.484
12 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 9 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 57.614
13 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 8 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha 58.629
14 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL 7 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda 1:07.271
15 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 6 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 1:12.871
16 Gole Anton 297 SWE 5 iFly JK Racing Yamaha 1:15.341
17 Koch Tom 226 GER 4 KTM Sarholz KTM 1:20.097
18 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 3 Team Honda Red Moto Honda 1:42.261
19 Leok Tanel 7 EST 2 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna 1 Lap
20 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 1 RFX KTM Racing KTM 1 Lap
Location Information

Äsperödsvägen 81, 451 34 Uddevalla, Sweden - View in Google Maps