Team HRC’s Tim Gajser was comfortably leading the MXGP qualification race at Valkenswaard, Netherlands when an unfortunate electrical issue forced the rider to pull off the track on the sixth lap. Gajser had led the race from the beginning, after grabbing a great holeshot from third gate pick and had pulled out over five seconds to the next rider when the unfortunate issue took place. This now means that the defending champion will line up from the very outside in tomorrow’s points scoring motos, which will be a real challenge due to the angled nature of the starting gate at the Dutch sand circuit.
For team mate Mitch Evans, it was a bit of an up and down day, but the Australian finished it strongly by overtaking six riders in the last six laps to finish 12th place. With really difficult on-track conditions due to the heavy rain which had hit the facility, putting together a clean lap with over 35 other riders proved hard, but Evans was eventually able to get ninth gate pick for the qualification race.
The #43 didn’t get the best jump out of the gate and had to fight to round the first lap in 15th place. Although he made a couple of passes early on, a crash on lap five dropped him down to 18th when he remounted. However, as he proved in Matterley Basin last weekend, Evans was able to pass a lot of experienced MXGP regulars to give him 12th gate pick and a chance at repeating his efforts from Great Britain where he finished fifth overall on his MXGP debut.
The next time the riders hit the track is at 9.45am Sunday morning for the 15 minute warm-up session, before they have their two motos which drop the gates at 13:15 and 16:10. Both Gajser and Evans will be hoping that their Honda CRF450RW’s can propel them to good starts as they look to build upon their round one points totals.
|1||Jasikonis Arminas||27||LTU||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||24:57.401|
|2||Herlings Jeffrey||84||NDL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1.155|
|3||Prado Garcia Jorge||61||SPA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||18.997|
|4||Jonass Pauls||41||LAT||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||20.402|
|5||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||SS24 KTM MXGP||KTM||25.324|
|6||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team||GasGas||30.564|
|7||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||32.631|
|8||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Honda SR Motoblouz||Honda||36.289|
|9||Desalle Clement||25||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||40.917|
|10||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||46.861|
|11||Tonus Arnaud||4||SWI||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||54.352|
|12||Evans Mitch||43||AUS||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||55.843|
|13||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||1:00.989|
|14||Kullas Harri||151||FIN||Wildcard Rider||Husqvarna||1:01.024|
|15||Monticelli Ivo||128||ITA||Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team||GasGas||1:08.713|
|16||Jacobi Henry||29||GER||Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori||Yamaha||1:15.237|
|17||Cervellin Michele||747||ITA||SDMCORSE Yamaha||Yamaha||1:30.493|
|18||Paturel Benoit||6||FRA||JM Honda Racing||Honda||0:59.362|
|19||Bobryshev Evgeny||777||RUS||PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna||Husqvarna||1:34.259|