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).
|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|