Team HRC’s Tim Gajser continued his reign as the MXGP championship leader after Lommel proved itself once again as the toughest race on the calendar. The track, located on an industrial estate in northern Belgium is made-up entirely of deep sand, and combined with the rainstorms that hit the track during both races, it made conditions extremely challenging for all the riders.

In the first race, a good jump out of the gate wasn’t enough to round the first turn cleanly as he then had to battle with the rest of the top 10. Unfortunately, midway around the first lap, Gajser made a mistake and eventually crossed the line down in 11th place. As he always does though, he didn’t give up and in the deteriorating conditions, he made pass after pass to work his way into seventh place by the time he received the chequered flag.

Knowing that he’d have to ride well to get onto the podium, he had a good first lap in race two, rounding in third place. After one more lap he was into second place and closing in on the leader, but as he tried to swept around the outside, he lost control and had to remount in fourth place. Another mistake a couple of laps later meant the top three looked to have broken well clear but Gajser then proceeded to put in the fastest laps of the field and closed an almost 20 second gap to the leading trio. As the two-lap board came out, he moved back into third place and then as he went to move into second place, one final mistake cost him as he eventually crossed the line in fourth. It was a disappointing end to a day that started so brightly having qualified with the fastest laptime in timed practice, but he still heads to Latvia next weekend with the red-plate and the knowledge that when everything is flowing, he is fully capable of winning races.

After the triple-header in 2020, Kegums, Latvia will host a solitary seventh round of this years’ championship, with the less-sandy circuit there providing a different challenge to bottomless Lommel circuit. Still, Gajser has won there before in 2019 and 2016, and will focus on those experiences as looks to get back to winning ways in this hard-fought 2021 campaign.

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I was really happy with my speed this weekend, posting the fastest laptime in qualifying and then running good laptimes in the races. However, I just made too many mistakes and that cost me in both races. They were tough motos and the rain didn’t help the conditions as it seemed softer than previous years, but I am proud to know that I never stopped trying, I never settled for a position and kept fighting until the end. There are a lot of races left, and even after these bad races, I am still leading the championship so I know I can ride better and that’ll help me out when we go to Latvia next weekend.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

We came into this race knowing that Tim had the speed to challenge for wins, and I think that he showed that he could in both races. Unfortunately, Lommel is known as the toughest track for a reason and it caught Tim out a few times. However, he didn’t give up or stop pushing and that is an important thing because this season is already proving to be a difficult one and we know Tim won’t stop trying to be better. Next up is Latvia and we’ll be working on making sure that Tim gets back on the podium where he belongs.

MXGP 2021
Race Round 6   Belgium

Race 1

Rain
Air Temp
16°C
Track Cond
Deep Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:37.691
2 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:28.149
3 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:36.418
4 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 18 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:41.724
5 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:49.914
6 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:56.529
7 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 14 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:57.895
8 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:00.916
9 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:10.924
10 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 11 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:19.128
11 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 10 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1:29.092
12 Watson Ben 919 GBR 9 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:40.563
13 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 8 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM 1:43.351
14 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 7 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:46.311
15 Genot Cyril 105 BEL 6 Wildcard Rider KTM 1:53.682
16 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 5 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 1:55.247
17 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 4 JT911 KTM Racing Team KTM 2:00.475
18 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 3 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 2:01.906
19 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 2 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 2:22.356
20 Van Berkel Lars 107 NDL 1 Wildcard Rider Honda 1 Lap
MXGP 2021
Race Round 6   Belgium

Race 2

Rain
Air Temp
15°C
Track Cond
Deep Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 35:47.024
2 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 22 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:04.339
3 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:09.748
4 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 18 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:11.213
5 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:31.247
6 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 0:34.905
7 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:37.604
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:39.296
9 Watson Ben 919 GBR 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:47.333
10 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 11 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:49.616
11 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 10 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:50.407
12 Genot Cyril 105 BEL 9 Wildcard Rider KTM 1:07.126
13 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 8 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:24.122
14 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 7 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:35.825
15 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 6 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna 1:51.088
16 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 5 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:53.497
17 Van Berkel Lars 107 NDL 4 Wildcard Rider Honda 1:54.109
18 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 3 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:57.406
19 Koch Tom 226 GER 2 KTM Sarholz KTM 2:12.629
20 Kellet Todd 998 GBR 1 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha 2:23.155
Location Information

Dodenveldstraat, 3900 Overpelt, Belgium - View in Google Maps