Team HRC’s Tim Gajser was fifth in today’s MXGP qualifying race at Saint Jean d’Angely’s ‘Circuit du Puy de Poursay’ – the venue hosting this year’s edition of the MXGP of France.

Gajser had a good start and an even better progression throughout the opening lap of the moto, with some exciting manoeuvres that helped him get past several opponents and move up to third place in the very early stages of the race. The two-time world champion then set his sights on Paulin for second place and tried, unsuccessfully, to get the better of the French rival throughout the central part of the encounter.

In the final laps, Gajser was unable to maintain the same pace aboard his Honda CRF450RW machine and before crossing the finish line for the last time, he had moved down two positions.

The tenth-round MXGP races will get underway at 14:15 and 17:10 local time (GMT +2).

Tim Gajser 243

Today was a bit of a struggle for me from the beginning. We were able to get a good lap in timed practice but my start to the race wasn’t the best, although I managed to get back to third early on; I tried to pass Gautier for second but I was struggling a bit and then Toni [Cairoli] and Romain [Febvre] passed me towards the end. Fifth it’s not bad ahead of tomorrow, but I know I can do a lot better than that. The start tomorrow will be crucial because there’s only one main line and it’s not easy to pass with all those stones on the track, but I also need to ride better and be more consistent.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

We’re not fully happy with today’s result. This is a very difficult track and it was very hot out there, so it wasn’t easy to perform at the very best. Third or fifth doesn’t make too much of a difference on Saturday, but we need to make sure that we’re on our game tomorrow – the day that really counts. Tim likes the track and the bike is working well, so I don’t see why we can’t get two strong results tomorrow.

MXGP 2018
Qualifying Round 10   France

Qualifying race

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
26°C
Track Cond
hard-pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:35.251
2 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +17.990
3 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +19.988
4 Febvre Romain 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +27.922
5 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Team HRC - MXGP Honda +34.999
6 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS BOS GP Suzuki +45.959
7 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +46.320
8 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +50.508
9 Anstie Max 99 GBR Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +51.783
10 Searle Tommy 100 GBR Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +51.920
11 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:01.190
12 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:09.203
13 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:12.260
14 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:13.490
15 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:14.323
16 Nagl Max 12 GER TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:14.640
17 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:15.051
18 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:22.953
19 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:32.910
20 Irwin Graeme 55 IRE Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1:36.993
Location Information

84 Rue de Poursay, 17400 Mazeray, France - View in Google Maps