Team HRC’s Tim Gajser kept hold of the championship-leading red-plate, after a rain storm hit the beautiful Maggiora track before his second race. Unfortunately, the weather meant the track in northern Italy turned from a pristine circuit into a mud-fest, and it made the moto a battle for survival in the extremely difficult conditions for all riders.

Coming into the race, the Honda CRF450RW rider had won three out of the four motos so far this season but he was unable to add to his tally in what was a very much an afternoon of two halves. In the first moto, the track was dry with very few lines and that made passing extremely difficult. Despite pressuring the riders in front for the entire race, Gajser received the chequered flag in fifth place, exactly where he crossed the line for the first time. It was a frustrating moto, but like in Matterley Basin where the risk of passing was too great, he hoped to make up for it in race two.

Unfortunately, 30 minutes before the race was about to begin, the rain storm that had been threatening all day, finally materialised. Within minutes, the track became slick and slippery and it made the start even more critical, as the riders tried to preserve their vision from the muddy roost off other bikes. For Gajser this became a difficult proposition as he rounded the first lap in 11th place, but knowing that every position would be important in order to hold onto the championship lead, he put his head down and went to work. Showing some excellent line choices, he eventually worked his way up to sixth, passing some of title rivals and securing the red plate with his 31 points which was good enough for seventh overall.

The next round of the motocross world championship will take place on July 18th at the new MXGP venue of Oss, in the Netherlands. The sandy terrain wasn’t a favourite of Gajser’s, but after working hard in the past couple of off-seasons, he will look forward to the new challenge and hope to continue his form on sand that saw him dominant the triple-header at Lommel last year.

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It was a difficult day, with the weather and the results but I’m still leading the championship so I have to look at the positives. In the first moto I had a decent start but I couldn’t work my way through the field so I just had to be happy with a fifth place, although I felt I was faster than those in front. Again, I struggled out of the gate in race two and with the heavy rain that made things hard. Then a rock hit my goggles in the first lap and that was really difficult because it meant I was having to work even harder to make passes but I made my way up to sixth and I still keep hold of the red plate. I am excited to go to Oss though as it’s a new track and I’m enjoying riding sand so it should be fun.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Sometimes things just don’t quite go to plan and this was unfortunately one of those days. The important thing was the start in both races as in race one, none of the top five made a pass on each other the entire moto so where you started is where you finished. And then in race two, due to the rain, the track completely changed and it was a totally different challenge with mistakes easy to make in the slippery conditions. Overall though, after six motos, Tim has won three of them and we lead the MXGP championship so we are happy with how 2021 has gone so far. We know there are still a lot of races to go and that starts with Oss in a couple of weeks, so we will all keep working hard and trying to make sure that Tim continues to lead the championship.

MXGP 2021
Race Round 3   Italy

Race 1

Cloudy
Air Temp
22°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 34:00.711
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:02.948
3 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:05.240
4 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:06.961
5 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 16 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:09.446
6 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:13.052
7 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 14 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:14.708
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:30.816
9 Watson Ben 919 GBR 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:37.357
10 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 11 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:46.310
11 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 10 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 0:51.219
12 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 9 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:53.810
13 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 8 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 0:54.440
14 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 7 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:54.786
15 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 6 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM 0:56.841
16 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 5 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM 0:57.337
17 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 4 JM Honda Racing Honda 0:58.941
18 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 3 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 1:00.133
19 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 2 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:00.918
20 Gole Anton 297 SWE 1 JWR Honda Racing Honda 1:01.051
MXGP 2021
Race Round 3   Italy

Race 2

Rain
Air Temp
20°C
Track Cond
Mud
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:58.417
2 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:06.911
3 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:29.021
4 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 18 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:31.204
5 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 16 JM Honda Racing Honda 0:31.717
6 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 15 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:32.851
7 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:46.734
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:52.013
9 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 12 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 1:09.670
10 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 11 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 1:13.969
11 Watson Ben 919 GBR 10 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:16.105
12 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 9 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:23.303
13 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 8 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:29.487
14 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 7 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM 1:54.457
15 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 6 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 2:04.405
16 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 5 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1 Lap
17 Clochet Jimmy 520 FRA 4 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 1 Lap
18 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 3 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1 Lap
19 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 2 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1 Lap
20 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 1 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1 Lap
Location Information

Via Fornaci, 25, 28014 Maggiora, Novara, Italy - View in Google Maps