Team HRC’s Tim Gajser leads the 2022 MXGP Championship by 66-points after going two-six at a blisteringly hot MXGP of Spain, held just outside the capital of Madrid at the intu-Xanadu Arroyomolinos circuit in front of a packed-out Spanish crowd. Teammate Mitch Evans just missed out on a top 10 performance with his 12-8 finishes but is still building and had a strong final few laps to give him some positivity heading into next weekend’s French GP.

On a track where passing was at a premium, the first few corners were critical and Gajser was able to use the full-force of his Honda CRF450R to power through into third place on the first lap. A couple of laps later he swept into second place and despite pressuring the leader and posting the fastest lap of the race, he couldn’t find a way through and had to settle for second place. Knowing that a seventh GP win was still within reach, he tried his best to repeat that performance in race two but he wasn’t able to make the passes on the first lap he needed and came through for lap one in seventh place. With victory now an extremely difficult task, he just tried to keep things consistent on what was a tricky one-lined circuit in soaring temperatures, but unfortunately fell into following the rider in front, and as a result couldn’t move forward. In the end he crossed the line in sixth place, for fourth overall, missing out on a podium spot by one point but still keeping an extremely healthy 66-point gap at the top of the championship.

Evans came into this event looking for a bit of redemption at a venue he likes, despite it being the place he crashed in 2020, which ended up forcing him to miss the whole of 2021. Qualifying went well, giving him sixth gate-pick for the two motos, but he wasn’t able to utilise that to its full potential in either race as he came through the first lap in 11th and 10th. In race one, things were going well as he moved up to seventh by lap 11, however he wasn’t able to maintain that pace and ended up receiving the chequered flag in 12th position. Looking to improve in race two, he paced himself much better and was able to make a pass with just two laps remaining to move into eighth place. His 22-points just saw him miss out on a top 10, but he leaves Spain with a lot of motivation that things are going in the right direction.

Next weekend, the iconic Ernee track in France hosts round 10 of the MXGP series, where both riders will be hoping for improved fortunes and lower temperatures at a track that hasn’t seen a GP since 2017, but always provides for memorable scenes in front of what is sure to be another passionate French hillside of fans.

Tim Gajser 243

It was another tough GP with high temperatures and I’m still not feeling 100% for a couple of weeks now. The track was difficult and there were only one or two lines, so it was very difficult to make any passes once everyone found their rhythm. In the first race, it wasn’t so much of a problem as I was in third place early and quickly got into second, but in the second race I started seventh and only got up to sixth, and obviously I wanted to do better than that. We now have France the next weekend, so I will regroup again and get in so more training and just try to get back to the high level I had before Sardinia. A big thank you to the team for all their work and I’m sure we’ll get back to winning in this second-half of the season.

Mitch Evans 43

It was good to get this round done, and finish strongly in that second moto. Even with the crash in 2020, I like this track and I felt good again this weekend so I felt I could get some good points. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get as many as I would have liked but I feel like I am progressing and the best is definitely still to come. This place is a really cool venue and the fans are great, so that also adds to the positive experience, and hopefully Ernee, France will be the same again next weekend.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

We knew this would be another difficult weekend with the temperatures and the fact the track really doesn’t produce a lot of passing opportunities. The start is very important and although Tim was able to have a good couple of corners in race one, he wasn’t able to replicate that in race two and that made things very difficult. He fell into the pace of the rider in front and couldn’t make the moves he needed to challenge the guys in the podium spots. Still, the championship is in a strong position, even after two tough rounds, so we are looking to bounce back in France.
For Mitch, it was good to see him moving forward in race two for another top 10 finish. We expected the same in race one but he wasn’t able to hold on and crossed the line in 12th. Overall, it is another weekend of racing under his belt and as we move into the second part of the season, he has a good platform to fight with the top riders.

MXGP 2022
Race Round 9   Spain

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
31°C
Track Cond
Rutted
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 25 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 34:36.213
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:03.516
3 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 20 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas 0:08.922
4 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 18 Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna 0:11.735
5 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:14.871
6 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 15 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 0:17.983
7 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 14 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas 0:25.326
8 Guadagnini Mattia 101 ITA 13 Husqvarna Junior Racing Maddii Husqvarna 0:32.390
9 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 12 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:40.127
10 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 11 iXS MXGP Team Yamaha 0:46.691
11 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 10 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:51.525
12 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 9 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:54.204
13 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 8 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:04.607
14 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 7 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 1:09.660
15 Paturel Benoit 16 FRA 6 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:15.331
16 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 5 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:22.704
17 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 4 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:24.385
18 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 3 Riley Racing Yamaha 1:27.535
19 Lapucci Nicholas 211 ITA 2 Steels - Dr. Jack Racing KTM 1:34.120
20 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 1 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 1:35.168
MXGP 2022
Race Round 9   Spain

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
29°C
Track Cond
Rutted
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 25 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 34:39.757
2 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:03.196
3 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 20 Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna 0:06.772
4 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:12.229
5 Guadagnini Mattia 101 ITA 16 Husqvarna Junior Racing Maddii Husqvarna 0:13.918
6 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 15 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:15.944
7 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 14 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 0:25.423
8 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 13 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:28.688
9 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 12 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:30.886
10 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 11 iXS MXGP Team Yamaha 0:33.478
11 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 10 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas 0:40.535
12 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 9 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas 0:45.487
13 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 8 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:51.717
14 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 7 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:59.272
15 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 6 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:00.407
16 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 5 JT911 KTM Racing Team KTM 1:07.734
17 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 4 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 1:10.241
18 Paturel Benoit 16 FRA 3 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:17.893
19 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 2 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 1:28.930
20 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 1 Riley Racing Yamaha 1:46.381
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