Team HRC’s Tim Gajser took his second overall victory of the 2021 MXGP World Championship season after two solid motos at the sandy Oss circuit in the Netherlands. Not only were his three-two scores good enough to secure the top step of the podium, but he also increased his lead in the title standings from six points to 23 points, giving the Slovenian an almost full-moto advantage over his nearest rivals after just four rounds.

The riders knew they would be in for a tough day at the office as sand is well-known for sapping energy, and then combined with temperatures touching 30C at the Dutch track, it really made them work for every point. Thankfully, Gajser was up to the challenge, riding a smooth consistent first moto as those around him had erratic races. The #243 rounded the first lap in third place and made sure to avoid any mistakes, as he eventually crossed the line in the same position.

In race two, another top three start meant he was in a really strong position for the overall, and when he moved into second on lap three, it was all but secured. However, the Honda CRF450RW rider wanted to seal the moto win as well as the overall, and after pressuring the leader for 10 laps, he eventually swept into first. Unfortunately, that battle had knocked him out of his rhythm and he had to surrender the race win later on, but it was done, safe in the knowledge that he’d still be standing atop the podium, and with an even more secure grasp on the championship-leading red-plate.

The gap at the top now stands at 23 points but with the races coming thick and fast, and on all kinds of terrain, Gajser knows he can’t afford to rest on his laurels. Next weekend is the MXGP of the Czech Republic, which is hosted at the old-school venue of Loket, known for it’s hard-pack surface and hilly layout. Like all races this season, the MXGP action will take place on Sunday July 25th, with a morning practice followed by the two motos in the afternoon, where Gajser will be once again  be continuing his quest for his third world title in a row.

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Overall, I am happy with the day. Coming into the event I knew it would be difficult to take the victory as it was a new track for me and there are a lot of good sand riders, but I tried to ride smoothly, not taking too many risks and it paid off. Of course, I would have liked to have finished off with a win in the second moto but increasing my championship lead and getting on the top step of the podium was a good finish to the day. I know I still need to keep working hard though and I will make sure I’m ready for the hard-pack of Loket next weekend where hopefully there will be a lot of Slovenian fans who can cheer me on.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

We are definitely pleased with how the day went, because with the new location, the sandy surface and the high temperatures, it certainly wasn’t an easy event for Tim and Team HRC. However, everyone put in the necessary work in order to come out on top and to extend our lead in the title race is great motivation to keep going in this tough run of races. Tim showed excellent patience today, in what were tough circumstances and despite the commanding lead, we know that things can change very quickly so he rode extremely smart and stayed safe and came out on top. We couldn’t ask for anything more, and are excited to continue the momentum into the Czech Republic next weekend.

MXGP 2021
Race Round 4   Netherlands

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
29°C
Track Cond
Sandy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 36:28.182
2 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:02.563
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:05.559
4 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:11.495
5 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:22.231
6 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:38.861
7 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 14 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:46.584
8 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:48.838
9 Watson Ben 919 GBR 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:50.585
10 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 11 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:58.409
11 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:03.402
12 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 9 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1:06.040
13 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 8 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:08.170
14 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 7 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 1:14.049
15 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 6 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:18.200
16 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 5 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM 1:34.754
17 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 4 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 1:49.918
18 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 3 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:53.337
19 Locurcio Lorenzo 183 VEN 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:55.208
20 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 1 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:59.565
MXGP 2021
Race Round 4   Netherlands

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
29°C
Track Cond
Sandy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:37.324
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:03.782
3 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:05.573
4 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:06.707
5 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 16 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:26.103
6 Watson Ben 919 GBR 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:30.792
7 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 14 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:39.106
8 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 0:42.921
9 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 12 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:44.610
10 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:45.341
11 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 10 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:06.705
12 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 9 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:09.817
13 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 8 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1:14.254
14 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 7 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 1:16.412
15 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 6 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 1:18.225
16 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 5 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:34.816
17 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 4 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM 1:36.475
18 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 3 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:50.990
19 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 2 JWR Honda Racing Honda 2:00.208
20 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 1 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM 2:06.194
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