After winning the last five motos, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser is looking to extend that winning streak at the seventh round of the 2022 MXGP World Championship, held at the prestigious Maggiora track in northern Italy.
Having hosted some of the most memorable moments in motocross history, the hillside venue is hoping to become a regular on the MXGP calendar once again, after last year’s return from a five-year hiatus.
So far in 2022, Gajser has stood on the top step of the podium five times out of six, narrowly missing out on a full-house by a couple of seconds. He has won eight of the 12 motos and sits 66 points clear after just six rounds. It has been a season of controlled-speed and impressive passes from the Honda CRF450R rider and he’ll be hoping to continue this form at a track that he actually won at back in 2015 on his way to the MX2 World Championship. Last year’s storm-hit event didn’t quite to plan so he’s fully-focused on making sure that doesn’t happen again and is instead looking to try to increase that five-moto win-streak even higher.
For teammate Mitch Evans, his race experience at Maggiora consists of just the 2016 Motocross of Nations, when the young Australian made his professional European debut. It was a massive step-up, but sowed the seed that eventually saw him make the transition to the MXGP series a few years later. And while 2022 hasn’t gone entirely to plan, he has made positive strides this year and will return to this majestic circuit with the belief that things will get better as he gets more and more track time.
As has been the case this year, the event will be run over two days, with free practice (11:20), timed practice (14:00) and the qualifying race taking place on Saturday 7th May. The two points-scoring motos will then have their gate-drops at 14:15 and 17:10 on Sunday 8th.
|1||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||286||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda|
|2||Prado Garcia Jorge||61||SPA||220||Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing||GasGas|
|3||Renaux Maxime||959||FRA||215||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha|
|4||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||187||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha|
|5||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||177||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha|
|6||Fernandez Ruben||70||SPA||163||Honda 114 Motorsports||Honda|
|7||Bogers Brian||189||NDL||154||Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team||Husqvarna|
|8||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||140||Beta SDM Corse MX Team||Beta|
|9||Forato Alberto||303||ITA||124||SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery||GasGas|
|11||Watson Ben||919||GBR||101||Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP||Kawasaki|
|12||Vlaanderen Calvin||10||NDL||96||Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing||Yamaha|
|13||Evans Mitch||43||AUS||91||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda|
|14||Tixier Jordi||911||FRA||90||JT911 KTM Racing Team||KTM|
|15||Beaton Jed||14||AUS||82||F&H Racing Team||Kawasaki|
|16||Jacobi Henry||29||GER||77||JM Honda Racing||Honda|
|17||Kjer Olsen Thomas||19||DEN||73||Team Diga-Procross||KTM|
|18||van Doninck Brent||32||BEL||61||Riley Racing||Yamaha|
|19||Koch Tom||226||GER||41||KTM Kozak Team||KTM|
|20||Östlund Alvin||161||SWE||33||JK Racing Yamaha Active||Yamaha|
|21||Roosiorg Hardi||75||EST||20||Sahkar KTM Racing||KTM|
|22||Lupino Alessandro||77||ITA||11||Beta SDM Corse MX Team||Beta|
|23||Rolando Nicolas||144||URU||10||Wildcard Rider||Suzuki|
|24||Guillod Valentin||92||SWI||10||iXS MXGP Team||Yamaha|
|32||Trossero Marcos Gabriel||ARG||4|
|33||Zaragoza Jorge||99||SPA||4||Wildcard Rider||Honda|
|35||Galletta Pablo||117||ARG||3||Wildcard Rider||Yamaha|
|36||Jasikonis Arminas||27||LTU||3||Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing||Yamaha|
|39||Zonta Filippo||200||ITA||1||Wildcard Rider||GasGas|
|40||Cabarcos Francisco||112||ARG||1||Wildcard Rider||Suzuki|