Team HRC’s Tim Gajser fought his way to a fifth place in the second moto at the MXGP of Riga, making sure that he stayed in second place in the world motocross championship. Fellow Honda CRF450RW rider Mitch Evans continued his recovery from the shoulder injury sustained earlier in the year, scoring his best moto finish since the first round of the championship in England.

It was a tough day at the office for the reigning MXGP champion as mistakes in the first moto meant that he had to pull off the track, losing him valuable ground in the title battle. This was after posting the fifth fastest time in a qualifying session that he led a large portion of. Unfortunately, due to the tight nature of the Kegums first turn, the smallest margin can mean the difference between a top five start and one that leaves you battling outside the top 10 and that’s where Gajser found himself in race one when he was forced wide. Due to the competitive nature of the class, it was a real dogfight and further mistakes were made and eventually he had to pull off the racetrack. Thankfully, his champion mindset kicked in for race two and despite another start outside the top 10, this time he put his head down and charged through to fifth place. This secured his second position in the championship which he holds by 13 points with four rounds of the season gone.

After getting caught up in first turn crashes in both motos on Sunday, Evans was once again unlucky as he was hit and knocked over in race one. Remounting down the field, he was then hit again on the first lap, making it impossible for him to get back to a point-scoring position. In race two, the CRF450RW showed its power and he rounded the first turn in third place, well clear of any trouble behind him, finally giving the Australian a chance to show his speed against the best motocross riders in the world. And while his speed was good, his lack of riding due the shoulder injury meant that he gradually fell out of the top 10. When the chequered flag was waved, Evans was in 15th position, giving himself something to build upon now in the few days before round five.

The team now have one more round in Latvia to focus on, when they line up for the MXGP of Kegums on Sunday 16th August for the third of this triple-header of races at this sandy circuit.

Tim Gajser 243

Obviously I am not happy with how the day went because I know I can do better than this. I wasn’t able to get good starts and on this track, that can cause really big problems. My aim now is to get back to enjoying my riding and focus on having fun at the track. Sunday will be the third event here and I still believe I can score good points and get myself back into the championship battle. It won’t be easy but I have a good team around me and we are all working hard to get the best results possible.

Mitch Evans 43

It was a bit of a better day than Sunday so I’m happy with how it turned out, even if it didn’t start off so well. The first moto wasn’t the best, after getting taken out in the start and then again later in the lap so I went into the second race with the mindset that it can really only get better from here, which thankfully it did. I ripped a good start and was able to hang with the top guys but then my lack of bike time caught up with me and I was able to bring it home in 15th. The more laps I do, the better I progress so I’m staying positive and I know I’ll get back to where I was at the beginning of the season.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Difficult day for the team today as it seemed like the little things went against us. We know how important the starts are here and we weren’t able to get out of the gate well enough to challenge for the wins. Being down the field means there is more chance for riders to make mistakes as they try to come through and unfortunately after Tim’s crash, his bike was a little too bent up in order to be able to continue safely. He did bounce back for race two but we know there is more to come and we’re hopeful that he can show that when we return here on Sunday.
For Mitch, it was great to see him get a good start in race two. We got a chance to see his real speed and potential and it was as good as anyone else in the class. Now, we need to get him in the shape to be able to do that all moto long as his shoulder injury really hindered his fitness training these past few months. We’re confident it won’t take long though and he’ll be up front for the whole motos soon enough.

MXGP 2020
Race Round 4   Latvia

Race 1

Cloudy
Air Temp
15°C
Track Cond
Sandy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:29.922
2 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:04.620
3 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:05.673
4 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:07.124
5 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 16 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 0:12.248
6 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:14.327
7 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 14 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:18.408
8 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 0:19.625
9 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:25.257
10 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 11 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 0:38.414
11 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 10 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:41.981
12 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 9 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 0:44.325
13 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 8 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:48.305
14 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 7 SDMCORSE Yamaha Yamaha 0:51.962
15 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 6 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:52.418
16 Sabulis Karlis 116 LAT 5 Wildcard Rider KTM 0:55.855
17 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 4 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:15.049
18 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 3 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:18.710
19 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 2 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM 1:18.982
20 Gole Anton 297 SWE 1 JWR Honda Racing Honda 1:20.407
MXGP 2020
Race Round 4   Latvia

Race 2

Cloudy
Air Temp
15°C
Track Cond
Sandy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 25 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 34:12.449
2 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:01.125
3 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:02.108
4 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:21.521
5 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 16 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:25.447
6 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:30.133
7 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 14 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:32.726
8 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:34.095
9 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 12 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:35.204
10 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:36.397
11 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 10 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:36.757
12 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 9 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 0:47.442
13 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:52.212
14 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 7 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:10.560
15 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 6 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 1:12.899
16 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 5 SDMCORSE Yamaha Yamaha 1:14.186
17 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 4 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:16.638
18 Sabulis Karlis 116 LAT 3 Wildcard Rider KTM 1:32.057
19 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 2 Standing Construct KTM KTM 1:35.558
20 Gole Anton 297 SWE 1 JWR Honda Racing Honda 1:45.696
Location Information

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