Tim Gajser has stepped on the podium for the third time this year by finishing third overall in the MXGP of France, which drew to a close today at Saint Jean d’Angely. With a fourth and a third in the two, tenth-round races, the Team HRC rider is now only one point away from fifth place in the championship standings.

The first MXGP encounter of the day saw Gasjer have a near-crash at turn one, which cost him some ground from the front and a few places early on. As the race progressed, however, the young Slovenian rider built speed upon speed and, with four minutes to go on the clock, he entered the top-five with a masterful overtaking manoeuvre on Jeremy Seewer. With some late speed left in the tank, Tim managed to bridge the gap to Coldenhoff and pass him before the finish line for fourth.

Gajser had an incredible start to race two as he powered his Honda CRF450RW machine up to second place before entering the first full lap. In the early stages, he was able to match the pace of leading rider Cairoli until current championship leader Herlings passed him on lap nine. Gajser then smartly controlled his pace and position in the remaining laps to grant himself a spot on the rostrum in front of the passionate French crowd.

MXGP will return to action this Saturday for the Grand Prix of Lombardy, which will be contested at Ottobiano (16-17 June).

Tim Gajser 243

I’m quite happy with third place and the podium finish. My riding was good and the speed was there, just in the first moto we had some issues at the start as I had a coming together with another rider and almost went down. We came from behind to finish fourth, which wasn’t a bad result all things considered. The second moto was much better: I had a great jump out of the gate and I was near the front early on. I rode at a good pace for twenty minutes, but Toni and Jeffrey were faster so I did my best to keep third place at the line. We’re quite happy, but we still need to improve a little bit in every area. The bike was really good though, so thanks to the team for their hard work!

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was quite a hard race day for everyone given the conditions of the track and the heat. Tim did a good job today after getting a good gate-pick yesterday in qualifying and his results were enough for him to get another podium. The speed is there, but we still need to make some little step forwards in order to get closer to the two guys at the front. The level is extremely high so it’s important to stay focused; thank you to the team for giving Tim once again a great bike to ride.

MXGP 2018
Race Round 10   France

Race 1

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
24°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 34:05.232
2 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +5.660
3 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +6.322
4 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 18 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +27.283
5 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +28.840
6 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 15 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +29.420
7 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +31.420
8 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:03.975
9 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 12 BOS GP Suzuki +1:14.751
10 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 11 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:16.726
11 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 10 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:17.852
12 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 9 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:18.188
13 Nagl Max 12 GER 8 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:21.902
14 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 7 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:45.633
15 Desprey Maxime 141 FRA 6 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1 lap
16 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 5 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1 lap
17 Anstie Max 99 GBR 4 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1 lap
18 Aranda Gregory 20 FRA 3 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1 lap
19 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 2 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1 lap
20 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 1 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1 lap
MXGP 2018
Race Round 10   France

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
25°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 34:38.032
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +8.838
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +40.401
4 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +49.798
5 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +52.800
6 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +55.315
7 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +56.529
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 13 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +56.531
9 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 12 BOS GP Suzuki +1:16.573
10 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 11 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:17.441
11 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 10 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:18.040
12 Nagl Max 12 GER 9 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:24.213
13 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 8 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:34.364
14 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 7 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:38.072
15 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 6 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:40.131
16 Anstie Max 99 GBR 5 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:41.834
17 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 4 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:41.982
18 Leok Tanel 7 EST 3 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:56.161
19 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 2 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1 lap
20 Butron Jose 17 SPA 1 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1 lap
Location Information

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