Team HRC’s Tim Gajser wasn’t quite able to maintain his podium streak at the Turkish GP after a couple of mistakes cost him the chance of battling at the front of the field. Teammate Brian Bogers also wasn’t able to capitalise on two good starts, narrowly missing out on 10th overall by just two points.

In both races, the two Honda CRF450RWs were at the sharp end of the field, with Gajser and Bogers both getting good jumps out of the gate and rounding the first few turns inside the top five. However just as Gajser was looking to put pressure on the leaders, he made a mistake in both races which meant that he lost touch and was instead battling for the podium spots. In race one, he dropped all the way to 14th spot on an Afyonkarahisar track that was difficult to pass on, but he fought his way through to sixth place by the time the chequered flag was waved. Knowing that he’d have to perform really well to get on the podium, he rounded the first lap in third place, just a couple of seconds off the lead. Learning the lines of those in front, he was poised to make a move, when a small tip-over cost him time and a couple of spots. He did eventually make his way back to third but his six-three scores were a couple of points short of third place on the podium. Despite the disappointment, he did still climb the steps to receive the golden plate once again that marks his achievement of winning the 2019 world motocross championship.

For Bogers, he spent almost half of both MXGP motos inside the top five, running good laptimes and holding his own in this competitive class. Unfortunately as the races wore on, he slipped down the field with the hot temperatures playing a part as he ended up with 13-11 results. While the end results weren’t what he was hoping, it was definitely a positive sight to see the #189 showing top five speed for a good portion of the racing.

The riders now get to head home for a couple of days before getting on a flight to Shanghai, China which is where the final round of the MXGP championship will take place on September 14-15.

Tim Gajser 243

It was a tough weekend, but yesterday I felt okay. My speed was good, I just had that crash in the qualification race which meant I wasn’t completely 100% today. I got a good start in the first race, but crashed in the wave section and managed to climb back to sixth place after remounting in around 15th. I still knew I could better and I wanted to prove that in race two and again I got a good start, in the top three where again I felt I could I run with the leaders. However I made a small mistake in a corner, tipped over and dropped to fifth. By the time I got back to third they were gone so that’s where I finished. I am disappointed but I will try to take some positive things from this GP and do better next weekend in China. A big thanks to the whole team for their work again and helping me feel comfortable out on the track, and thanks for all the birthday wishes from everyone.

Brian Bogers 189

There were both positives and negatives from today’s racing. I’m quite happy with my speed and I got two good starts which allowed me to race for 15-20 minutes with the top five guys. That is definitely something I’m happy with and it felt good when I was out there. Unfortunately the negative thing is the conditioning because it is still not on the level that it needs to be on and I wasn’t able to stay in the top five. I think when it gets like this, I am still feeling the effects of missing the whole 2018 campaign because to lose all that time off the bike in my rookie 450 season is quite a big loss. I now that is something I can work on though and I do think it is improving all the time so that is something I will continue to work on. However I will definitely take the positive things into China and hope to get two more good starts because that really was a good feeling.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Weekend’s like this prove just how impressive Tim’s seven-round win streak earlier in the season was, because it is so easy not to win races and GPs. Just two small mistakes cost him that opportunity and that is just how motocross can be sometimes. Tim is obviously disappointed that it happened but it really does highlight how well he has ridden in the rest of this championship winning season and we’re sure he can bounce back in China.
It was also great to see Brian up the front of the field in the first half of both races. He got two good starts and rode with a fast pace and hopefully that will give him confidence for the final round in China next weekend.

MXGP 2019
Race Round 17   Turkey

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
30°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:00.462
2 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 5.289
3 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 20 Standing Construct KTM KTM 14.900
4 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 16.700
5 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 16 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 19.149
6 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 15 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 20.070
7 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 14 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 21.909
8 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 13 iFly JK Racing Yamaha 23.649
9 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 12 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 25.023
10 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 26.621
11 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 10 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha 27.911
12 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 9 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 57.701
13 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 8 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 1:07.082
14 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 7 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 1:22.847
15 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 6 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:26.674
16 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 5 RFX KTM Racing KTM 1:34.385
17 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 4 Team Honda Red Moto Honda 1:38.796
18 Leok Tanel 7 EST 3 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna 1:41.033
19 Renkens Nathan 83 BEL 2 KMP-Honda Repsol Racing Honda 1 Lap
20 Guryev Artem 555 RUS 1 Wildcard Rider KTM 1 Lap
MXGP 2019
Race Round 17   Turkey

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
30°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:07.079
2 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 22 Standing Construct KTM KTM 2.297
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 33.532
4 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 18 iFly JK Racing Yamaha 37.616
5 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 39.820
6 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 15 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 41.352
7 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 14 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 43.332
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 49.145
9 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 12 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha 53.575
10 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 11 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 1:03.479
11 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 10 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 1:09.513
12 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 9 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:11.077
13 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 8 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:15.108
14 Rodriguez Anthony 127 VEN 7 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha 1:17.088
15 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 6 RFX KTM Racing KTM 1:20.873
16 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 5 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 1:25.369
17 De Waal Micha-Boy 34 NDL 4 Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team Honda 1:25.626
18 Leok Tanel 7 EST 3 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna 1 Lap
19 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 2 Team Honda Red Moto Honda 1 Lap
20 Renkens Nathan 83 BEL 1 KMP-Honda Repsol Racing Honda 1 Lap
Location Information

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