Tim Gajser has put together an impressive performance today at Afyonkarahisar, where the MXGP of Turkey is currently underway. The young Slovenian rider was second at the finish line at the end of the qualifying race at this brand-new, hard-pack motocross track, while his team mate Todd Waters finished the moto in seventeenth place.

Despite the usually-chaotic start and a few moments on corner exit, the two-time world champion managed to consolidate second place as he rode hard aboard his Honda CRF450RW machine in order not to lose touch with race leader Jeffrey Herlings.

By the end of lap six, Tim was almost ten seconds ahead of Jeremy van Horebeek in third and while he could not bridge the gap to the front, he still maintained an extremely competitive pace by riding in the low 1’45s up to the chequered flag to finish one and a half seconds away from the winner.

Waters ran as high as fourteenth in the early stages of the encounter but despite dropping down to 17th place halfway through the race, he still managed to keep a consistent pace and never lost touch from Julien Lieber, despite being unable to make a move on the Belgian opponent before the chequered flag was waved.

The two 450cc motos for the MXGP of Turkey will begin tomorrow at 13:15 and 16:10 local time (GMT +3).

Tim Gajser 243

It was a good day and I’m quite happy with the speed I’ve shown. I felt good on this track right from the beginning: it’s really fast and has some big jumps - and this usually translates into something I really like. I didn’t get the best of starts but I was on the inside at the first corner, so I managed to move up to second place behind Jeffrey. I tried to follow him all race long and in the end we were not too far back, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow.

Todd Waters 42

At the start, I managed to get up to fourteenth place and rode behind Tommy Searle. The first lap is always quite crazy – with people going a bit everywhere – but I tried to keep a good pace and follow him, until he overtook Alessandro Lupino. I got a little bit stuck behind Lupino and then I had a coming together mid-air with Seewer, which cost me a few positions. In the last quarter of the race I tried to follow Julien Lieber but couldn’t make a move on him. We made some little steps forward and hopefully we’ll be able to find some more speed tomorrow.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Tim’s pace today was absolutely top class and right until the end he tried to get closer to Herlings – which he did, actually. He was consistently quick throughout the whole moto and that’s a great sign ahead of tomorrow because he really loves this new track. Todd didn’t really improve his final position compared to last round’s qualifying, but his pace was a bit better. With some more motivation and a brace of good starts, he’ll hopefully manage able to step up his game tomorrow.

MXGP 2018
Qualifying Round 18   Turkey

Qualifying race

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
30°C
Track Cond
hard-pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:29.102
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1.573
3 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +28.869
4 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +32.391
5 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +33.178
6 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +39.615
7 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +41.741
8 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Standing Construct KTM KTM +45.279
9 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +53.387
10 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:03.978
11 Searle Tommy 100 GBR Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:09.009
12 Anstie Max 99 GBR Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:09.861
13 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:11.386
14 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:12.536
15 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:18.116
16 Lieber Julien 33 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:21.179
17 Waters Todd 42 AUS Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +1:22.189
18 Petrov Ivan 142 BUL Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:24.081
19 Kouzis Panagiotis 38 GRE Wildcard Rider Honda +1 lap
20 Senkalayci Sakir 36 TUR Wildcard Rider KTM +3 laps
Location Information

Sadıkbey Mahallesi, Dörtyol Mah. Turgut Özal Cad., Afyon Yeni Şehir Stadyumu Yanı, 03200 Merkez/Afyonkarahisar - View in Google Maps