Team HRC’s Tim Gajser finished the season as he started it six months ago, winning the MXGP of Turkiye in and ending this amazing 2022 MXGP World Championship on a high. It ended up being his 10th GP overall of this season, and his 100th career podium and was a fitting finale to another record-breaking year in another excellent event at the Afyonkarahisar track in Turkey.

In race one, a small tip-over in the second corner meant that Gajser started from right near the back of the field, and gave him a lot of work to do on a track that wasn’t easy to pass on. Gradually, every lap he moved further and further forward and soon he was inside the top five. Just as it looked like fourth would be his ceiling, he put in the fastest lap of the race and closed right up to third with a lap to go. In what ended up to be a crucial pass, the #243 made his move and crossed the line in an impressive P3 finish.

Knowing that he would have to improve upon that in race two, he made a much better start and was soon battling in the podium positions. Knowing that all his main rivals were behind him, the five-time champion knew he just had to keep consistent and try to pick off riders when he could, and on the halfway mark that strategy moved him into second. Despite not needing to, the Slovenian tried his best to track down the leader, and another fastest lap of the race got him almost within striking range. However, time expired and he instead settled for second place and his 10th GP victory, in what has been a truly incredible championship.

In what was a day filled with ups and downs, Team HRC teammate Mitch Evans proved he can battle with the very best, leading a number of laps in race one, and then battling for the lead in race two. Unfortunately in both races he was unable to maintain that level for the duration of the moto and he had to retire from race two after a crash just before the finish line. With a couple of weeks off before the Motocross of Nations, the Australian has time to rest up and recover, before preparing himself for what is the biggest event on the motocross calendar, when the ‘Olympics of Motocross’ takes place in RedBud, United States on September 24-25.

For Gajser, he will take a well-deserved break before preparing his assault for next year’s title where he will attempt to become a six-time champion and write himself even further into the world motocross championship history books.

Tim Gajser 243

It was a great way to finish the season. Winning 10 GP overalls is a great achievement and I really can’t thank the whole of Team HRC enough, for all their work this year and throughout all the years. I also want to thank all the fans who came to Turkey to support me and all those around the world who send me messages. It all means so much and this year and I’m glad you all got to attend the races this year and cheer me on and meet me in person. This weekend wasn’t always the best, but I fought hard and in the end it turned out really well. I like coming to Turkey as they always do a fantastic job with the facility and the track and this year was no different. 2022 has been a great year, and I can’t wait to begin 2023!

Mitch Evans 43

It seems like every time I’m making progress, something happens and I lose that work. In the first race, it felt great to lead the field for the first half and I was riding really well. Unfortunately I hit a bit of a wall, and I couldn’t maintain that level and I dropped down the standings. Then in race two, I once again got a good start and was battling for the lead, when I hit big bump just before the finish line and crashed. Thankfully I am just battered and bruised, so now I just need to have a few days to just relax and recover, before I head to America and try to win the Motocross of Nations with Team Australia.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Tim winning this MXGP of Turkiye was the perfect way to end this 2022 season. Even though the title has already been decided, he still fought for every position, and posted the fastest lap in both races. He came through from way back in race one to finish third and then did enough in race two to take his 10th overall of the season. A great effort! For Mitch, we really thought he could achieve his goal of a podium, and for the first part of race one it looked really likely. However, we are still proud of his efforts because he never gave up and put in all the work necessary to get back to the front of the field. The results might not always show it, but he is one of the best motocross riders on the planet and we really hope he can put it all together at the Motocross of Nations.

MXGP 2022
Race Round 18   Turkey

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
30°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 25 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 35:35.228
2 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:04.307
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:09.782
4 Guadagnini Mattia 101 ITA 18 Husqvarna Junior Racing Maddii Husqvarna 0:14.401
5 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 16 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas 0:16.034
6 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 15 iXS MXGP Team Yamaha 0:18.931
7 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 14 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas 0:23.582
8 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 13 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:25.213
9 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 12 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:26.724
10 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 11 Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna 0:32.646
11 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 10 JM Honda Racing Honda 0:34.416
12 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 9 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:34.733
13 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 8 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 0:47.222
14 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 7 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:57.502
15 Watson Ben 919 GBR 6 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki 1:03.171
16 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 5 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:08.941
17 Lapucci Nicholas 211 ITA 4 Steels - Dr. Jack Racing KTM 1:39.154
18 Kouzis Panagiotis 38 GRE 3 Wildcard Rider Honda 15 laps
19 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 2 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 19 laps
MXGP 2022
Race Round 18   Turkey

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
28°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 35:28.577
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:02.084
3 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:20.116
4 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 18 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas 0:27.183
5 Guadagnini Mattia 101 ITA 16 Husqvarna Junior Racing Maddii Husqvarna 0:29.654
6 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:33.305
7 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 14 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas 0:39.836
8 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:50.034
9 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 12 iXS MXGP Team Yamaha 1:00.040
10 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 11 Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna 1:04.134
11 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 10 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:17.802
12 Watson Ben 919 GBR 9 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki 1:19.570
13 Lapucci Nicholas 211 ITA 8 Steels - Dr. Jack Racing KTM 1:41.614
14 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 7 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 1:52.131
15 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 6 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1 lap
16 Kouzis Panagiotis 38 GRE 5 Wildcard Rider Honda 2 laps
17 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 4 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 8 laps
18 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 3 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 17 laps
Location Information

Sadıkbey Mahallesi, Dörtyol Mah. Turgut Özal Cad., Afyon Yeni Şehir Stadyumu Yanı, 03200 Merkez/Afyonkarahisar - View in Google Maps