Team HRC’s Tim Gajser leaves Loket with his massive points lead the same as when he entered the Czech Republic, with a five-moto advantage over his nearest rivals. The Slovenian went two-three for third overall and is still 125-points clear with the season now over two-thirds completed. Teammate Mitch Evans continued his strong form, with two finishes just outside the top five to give him seventh overall as he closes in on the championship top 10.

In hot, sunny and dry conditions, the Loket track was at its roughest and toughest, causing riders problems as they tried to keep their 450cc machines under control. For Gajser, he was able to make solid starts in both races onboard his Honda CRF450R and was inside the top three in both motos on lap one. In the first race, with passing once again difficult, he was in second early-on, before dropping back to third for a few laps. As the track got harder, he made a push once again and moved into second place, setting his sights on the leader. Unfortunately, he was never really able to put in the laptimes that he wanted and had to cross the line in second place. A victory in race two would have still given him the overall, but he never really felt comfortable to ride the pace of the leaders and instead settled for third, knowing that another round had been completed and he was still in command of this 2022 MXGP World Championship.

After his season-best performance in Indonesia, Evans came in looking to continue his good form and keep pushing towards the podium positions. After a second in timed practice, things were certainly trending in that direction and a sixth in race one gave him another opportunity to get his best points tally of the season. A great first lap put the Australian in fifth position, and despite pressure from behind, he maintained his pace and looked well on course to match those results from the previous round. Unfortunately, near the end of the race, the hard, bumpy track took its toll on his hands and blisters caused him to drop a couple of places. Seventh was still a great result and there were a lot of positives to take away from his first motos at the Czech facility, and he’ll be looking forward to another new experience when he takes on the deep sands of Lommel next weekend.

In what will be the 14th round of this championship, the riders will head to Belgium straight away to prepare themselves for what is known as the toughest test in motocross. Gajser has won there on a couple of occasions before and he’ll be looking for the top step again next weekend, while Evans will be hoping that all the work he’s done this season will pay-off, and he can keep up the momentum that has seen him challenging the top five. While the heatwave that will hit northern Europe should be over, it is still expected to be good weather for when the riders hit the track on July 23-24.

Tim Gajser 243

It was a tough day out on the track today. I never really felt comfortable and couldn’t push like I wanted to, and so I couldn’t close that gap on the riders in front. It was still good to get on the podium, and I still remain 125 points ahead in the championship, so in that respect I am happy, but I wanted to perform a little bit better for all the fans that came to support me. It was great to see and hear them all around the track and I appreciate everyone of them for making the journey to come and see me ride.

Mitch Evans 43

Overall I am happy with how the races went, going six-seven for seventh overall. Whilst the results weren’t quite as good as my results in Indonesia, I felt that I was able to keep the pace of the top guys and other than the end of the second moto when I had really bad blisters, I felt like I was doing a good job of matching their speed. I was in fifth for the majority of that second moto and if I would have stayed there, I would have been fifth overall so it is all positive. Now I have to let my hands heal a bit before heading to Lommel and doing my first ever laps on that track this coming weekend.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Despite not performing at the highest level that he has set himself, Tim still was able to come in third and maintain his championship lead. He has shown real maturity not to push too hard when he’s not feeling it and that’s why he is such a good championship rider. We are all very proud of him though and are sure he’ll be challenging for victory next weekend. For Mitch, he is also showing that he is right there with the top guys, battling with them for the entire motos and that is great to see two Honda’s at the front of the field. Lommel next week will be a completely different challenge but we are sure that the guys will adapt and come out swinging. A big thank you to all the work that our team have gone through since Indonesia, they all continue to maintain a really high standard and it is great to see them keep working so well together.

MXGP 2022
Race Round 13   Czech Republic

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
25°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 25 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 35:32.284
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:07.283
3 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:14.721
4 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:17.730
5 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 16 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas 0:19.496
6 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 15 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:28.327
7 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 14 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:30.901
8 Guadagnini Mattia 101 ITA 13 Husqvarna Junior Racing Maddii Husqvarna 0:33.576
9 Watson Ben 919 GBR 12 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki 0:34.684
10 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 11 Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna 0:36.406
11 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 10 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 0:43.115
12 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 9 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:46.143
13 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 8 iXS MXGP Team Yamaha 0:56.397
14 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 7 Riley Racing Yamaha 0:59.869
15 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 6 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:15.822
16 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 5 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:18.052
17 Paturel Benoit 16 FRA 4 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:19.271
18 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 3 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM 1:26.524
19 Brumann Kevin 87 SWI 2 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:28.357
20 Kullas Harri 151 FIN 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 1:31.495
MXGP 2022
Race Round 13   Czech Republic

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
25°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 25 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 35:34.878
2 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:03.257
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:11.975
4 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:23.177
5 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 16 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas 0:29.285
6 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 15 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:33.632
7 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 14 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:35.697
8 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 13 Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna 0:36.955
9 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 12 iXS MXGP Team Yamaha 0:44.873
10 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 11 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 0:48.247
11 Guadagnini Mattia 101 ITA 10 Husqvarna Junior Racing Maddii Husqvarna 0:52.001
12 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 9 Riley Racing Yamaha 0:55.161
13 Watson Ben 919 GBR 8 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki 0:58.563
14 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 7 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:04.462
15 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 6 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:06.814
16 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 5 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas 1:08.567
17 Koch Tom 226 GER 4 KTM Kozak Team KTM 1:21.151
18 Paturel Benoit 16 FRA 3 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:29.059
19 Brumann Kevin 87 SWI 2 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:36.975
20 Drdaj Dusan 188 CZE 1 Wildcard Rider GasGas 1:39.650
Location Information

Československé armády 350/40, 357 33 Loket, Czech Republic - View in Google Maps