Team HRC’s Tim Gajser battled hard for every point at the MXGP of the Czech Republic this weekend, still maintaining the championship-leading red-plate as he finished sixth overall at the picturesque Loket track.

Coming into this fifth round, the Slovenian rider was confident of collecting his first overall at this hard-pack facility and those chances rose after what was an impressive second place in race one. For the whole moto he stalked the leader, posting the fastest laptime and eventually crossing the finish line just 0.5 seconds behind in the race to the chequered flag. The tight and twisty circuit has always been known as one that is difficult to pass on, and the Honda CRF450RW rider wasn’t quite able to make it happen in the 30 mins plus two laps.

Still, he knew his speed was good and if he got out of the gate well in race two, he’d stand a really strong chance of winning his third overall of the season. When the #243 rounded the first bend in fifth place, he knew it would be tough, but he quickly moved into fourth and then set about moving further forward. Unfortunately, just as he was lining up another pass, his back-end slipped out and he had to bail from the bike. As is his way, he quickly remounted, barely losing a place, but as he looked to get going again, he discovered the clutch lever was lodged in the hand-guard. He rolled into the pit-lane, losing almost a minute of time in the process, but thanks to the quick-thinking of the mechanics, they were able to fix the problem and he set off, re-joining the track almost in last place.

Knowing that every point is crucial in this championship campaign, he reeled in rider after rider, posting laptimes faster than the leaders as he eventually worked his way into the top 20. Not finished there, he was passing multiple riders per lap and by the time the chequered flag was waved, he ended up in 15th place.

While he was obviously disappointed with the overall outcome, his speed and determination shone brightly in the difficult second moto and he will head to the sands of Lommel, Belgium next weekend looking to repeat his 2020 exploits where he won two of the three events they held at what is known as the toughest track in the world.

Tim Gajser 243

The first moto was good today, I was happy with how I was riding and it was good to finish second. Then in the second race, I had another solid start, made a quick pass to move into fourth and then on the fourth lap I had a crash and I had a bit of bad luck as my clutch lever went into the hand-guard so I couldn’t use the clutch. I had to roll into pit lane where they were able to fix it and by the time I re-joined I was near the back. Thankfully I was able to ride well and saved some points, coming back to 15th but overall I am of course a bit disappointed. Still, I am ahead in the championship so I can’t complain too much and next week we have Lommel which I’m looking forward to.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It is hard to really sum up this event as there was both good and bad things, but overall, there were a lot of positives we can take home from this event and while the points total wasn’t what we were after, I am very pleased with how Tim and the team reacted to what was an unusual situation. Tim didn’t let the situation affect him, and his riding after the incident was excellent, and deserved a lot more. The team were also very quick to identify and fix the problem with the lever and the hand-guard and that allowed him to get back on track and score points, which could be extremely important at the end of the season. It was really good to see from everyone in Team HRC.

MXGP 2021
Race Round 5   Czech Republic

Race 1

Cloudy
Air Temp
24°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:10.919
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:00.529
3 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:21.968
4 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:23.975
5 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:25.449
6 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:36.914
7 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 14 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 0:41.288
8 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 13 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 0:42.728
9 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 12 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:42.842
10 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 11 JM Honda Racing Honda 0:51.359
11 Watson Ben 919 GBR 10 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:52.489
12 Locurcio Lorenzo 183 VEN 9 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:00.260
13 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 8 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:03.010
14 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 7 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:05.710
15 Koch Tom 226 GER 6 KTM Sarholz KTM 1:09.166
16 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 5 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 1:16.332
17 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 4 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM 1:21.986
18 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 3 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1:25.350
19 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 2 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM 1:30.752
20 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 1 JT911 KTM Racing Team KTM 1:33.673
MXGP 2021
Race Round 5   Czech Republic

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
25°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 33:52.869
2 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:04.369
3 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:07.715
4 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:10.589
5 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:23.625
6 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 15 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:26.110
7 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 14 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM 0:28.763
8 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 13 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 0:30.342
9 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 12 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 0:35.811
10 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:42.162
11 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 0:43.720
12 Watson Ben 919 GBR 9 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:50.479
13 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 8 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM 0:55.115
14 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 7 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:05.478
15 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 6 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 1:07.228
16 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 5 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:18.267
17 Locurcio Lorenzo 183 VEN 4 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:20.023
18 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 3 JWR Honda Racing Honda 1:22.112
19 Butron Jose 17 SPA 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:22.529
20 Koch Tom 226 GER 1 KTM Sarholz KTM 1:31.518
Location Information

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