Team HRC got off to a great start in the 2020 world motocross championship as Tim Gajser fought back from an eighth in race one to win the second moto by over 20 seconds. Team-mate Mitch Evans, also produced two excellent displays of riding to go three-seven for fifth overall at the MXGP of Great Britain.

After storms hit the track on Friday night, the Saturday schedule was shortened in order to limit the damage but Sunday was a completely different story as the Matterley Basin circuit was at its picture-perfect best for the two MXGP motos.

In race one, both of the new Honda CRF450RW riders got decent jumps out of the gate and rounded the first corner inside the top 10. Unfortunately, in the second corner, with the riders all bunched together, Gajser got bumped out of a rut and lost his balance. By the time the #243 had picked his bike up, he was at the back of the field and left with a lot of work to do. Evans managed to avoid this incident and instead found himself in third place and within striking distance of the top two. He then quickly moved into second place and then even made a move for the lead but wasn’t quite able to make it happen.

Meanwhile, Gajser was working his way quickly through the field, getting inside the top 10 by lap four. However, each pass was getting more difficult and he eventually got to eighth, five places behind Evans who crossed the line in his maiden MXGP moto in an impressive third.

For race two, it was Gajser’s turn to take control and he swept into the lead right after the holeshot line. The Slovenian rider had a point to prove and he put on a display that was one of the most impressive of his career, winning by over 20 seconds and posting a laptime more than one second quicker than his nearest rival. The victory gave him a total of 38 points, which was good enough for second overall and a solid beginning to the defence of his MXGP crown.

Unfortunately, Evans wasn’t able to repeat his moto one start and was down the field as they rounded the first few corners. By the time they crossed the line for the first time, the Australian was in 15th place and charging hard, and within two more laps, he was inside the top 10. Despite this being his first MXGP on a 450cc machine, he continued to overtake much more experienced competitors and eventually finished in seventh place, giving him an excellent fifth overall.

The team now head straight to the Netherlands in order to prepare for the second round of the MXGP championship, which will be held at the sandy Valkenswaard track on March 7-8.

Tim Gajser 243

I’m happy with how this first round of the season went. Just I had a couple of crashes in the first moto, with one right at the beginning of the race which meant I started from dead last. I worked my way through the field to finish eighth, after the second crash right at the end dropping me one spot. In the second race I was hoping to get a good start and show my riding a bit better and that’s what happened. With the low sun and the ruts, the track was really quite tricky but I felt good and the moto felt comfortable. Second overall isn’t too bad after my first moto so now we move onto Valkenswaard for a new challenge.

Mitch Evans 43

It was a good weekend, excluding the start of that second moto. Everything else went really well. In the first race I had a good start, avoiding some of the early race carnage and made my way into second. Unfortunately, I struggled with my breathing a bit because of my chest infection and finished third. I felt a lot better in the second moto although I had to push throughout the race because of the bad start. I used a lot of energy to get around guys as fast as I could and I hit a bit of a wall with eight minutes to go. Overall it was a good weekend though, I’m happy with my MXGP debut and now I get ready for Valkenswaard next weekend.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

The team is very happy with how the racing went today. Of course we would have loved to have taken the overall victory, but Tim’s performance in race two was amazing. He looked really smooth and comfortable on the new Honda CRF450RW and showed great speed to win by 23 seconds, and it probably could have been an even bigger gap. We were also very happy with how Mitch started his MXGP career. A third in race one was great and the way he rode in race two, coming through the field, really showed what a strong rider he is. It is a long season, but we have started well and that is important.

MXGP 2020
Race Round 1   Great Britain

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
6°C
Track Cond
Rutted
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:33.506
2 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 11.870
3 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 17.051
4 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 25.377
5 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 29.331
6 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 15 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 30.365
7 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 38.148
8 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 13 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 39.702
9 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 41.135
10 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 11 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 56.640
11 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 10 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 57.589
12 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 9 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 58.850
13 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 8 SDMCORSE Yamaha Yamaha 1:17.796
14 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 7 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:29.863
15 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 6 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:35.062
16 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 5 Standing Construct KTM KTM 1:36.763
17 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 4 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:37.453
18 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 3 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM 1:39.063
19 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 2 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:43.703
20 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 1 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM 1:45.672
MXGP 2020
Race Round 1   Great Britain

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
5°C
Track Cond
Rutted
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 35:44.501
2 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 23.382
3 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 28.395
4 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 30.195
5 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 32.276
6 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 15 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 33.945
7 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 14 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 36.870
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 38.209
9 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 12 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 48.109
10 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 11 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:00.115
11 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 10 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM 1:04.176
12 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 9 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:16.479
13 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 8 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:16.823
14 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 7 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:18.556
15 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 6 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:22.820
16 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 5 SDMCORSE Yamaha Yamaha 1:35.393
17 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 4 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:38.339
18 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 3 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:39.769
19 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:42.534
20 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 1 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM 1:52.981
Location Information

matterley basin, Lower Baybridge Lane, Winchester, United Kingdom - View in Google Maps