Tim Gajser has scored a brace of third places today in the thirteenth round of the 2018 Motocross World Championship, which was contested at the demanding and technical track of Loket. With third overall in the MXGP of Czech Republic, the 21-year-old Slovenian rider is now only 29 points away from third position in the championship standings – with six rounds left in the season. Gajser’s team mate Todd Waters was 16th and 22nd in today’s two races.

After qualifying in third place, Gajser maintained his position and the start of the first moto and managed to stay in touch with Cairoli for a good number of laps – while consolidating his top-three status. The second encounter unfolded in a very similar way for the two-time world champion, who maintained a solid pace for all 19 laps despite some arm pump affecting his performance in the latter stages of the race.

Todd Waters showed some good signs of improvement in the early laps of race one, but his still not-perfect fitness condition due to the late season debut – and the three-round absence following the collarbone injury in Latvia – paid its toll as the Australian rider did not manage to keep a competitive pace throughout the encounter and in the following moto.

MXGP will be back on track on 4-5 August for the MXGP of Belgium at Lommel.

Tim Gajser 243

Yes, I’m quite happy with my performance this weekend. The podium is always the goal so I’m happy we got there. I was consistent in both races and managed to stay in the top-five after the start, which is especially important on a track like Loket. My riding was good, although I’ve had a bit of arm pump towards the end of both races, so I think we must work on that. I’d also like to say thank you to everyone who supported me here, to my team who are working so hard with me to get these results and to all the fans that made the trip from Slovenia. Next up is Lommel, which is one of the toughest GPs of the season: it is in summer and in the deep sand, so I’m planning to get as much sand riding done in this weekend off as possible in order to prepare for it. I am looking forward to it though and I hope I can get another podium.

Todd Waters 42

I got a good start to race one and it was nice to battle with Tommy Searle and other opponents around the top-ten, but then I hit a wall in terms of fitness and that carried into the second race as well. The bike was perfect, nothing wrong with it, it was all me. Unfortunately, we’re not where we want to be so we need to train even harder in order to get closer to the type of form we need to be racing at this level. Lommel is one of the toughest tracks on the calendar, so we’ll be riding as much as we can before the weekend and be as ready as possible.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Tim had a good weekend overall and he rode really good around Loket, despite suffering some arm pump in the final stages of both motos – something that happened yesterday already. This is something we have to look into, but we have some testing planned before the next round to do so. Todd unfortunately had to deal again with the lack of fitness, but he is showing some improvements and hopefully he’ll be ready for Lommel, because that is going to be a demanding GP for everybody. I would like to thank the team for the great job, and look forward to the next round!

MXGP 2018
Race Round 14   Czech Republic

Race 1

Cloudy & Dry
Air Temp
29°C
Track Cond
hard-pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:28.981
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +31.992
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +35.048
4 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +42.339
5 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +47.791
6 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +51.183
7 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +53.685
8 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 13 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +57.076
9 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:00.975
10 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 11 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:01.390
11 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 10 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:27.432
12 Anstie Max 99 GBR 9 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:30.960
13 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 8 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:32.630
14 Leok Tanel 7 EST 7 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:38.689
15 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 6 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:45.575
16 Waters Todd 42 AUS 5 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1:48.544
17 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 4 BOS GP KTM +1:49.416
18 Butron Jose 17 SPA 3 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1 lap
19 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 2 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1 lap
20 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 1 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1 lap
MXGP 2018
Race Round 14   Czech Republic

Race 2

Cloudy & Dry
Air Temp
28°C
Track Cond
hard-pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:33.827
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 31.568
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 37.056
4 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 51.917
5 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 57.637
6 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:00.420
7 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:02.022
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 13 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 1:02.791
9 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:03.549
10 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 11 Standing Construct KTM KTM 1:30.621
11 Anstie Max 99 GBR 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:33.423
12 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 9 BOS GP Suzuki 1:34.700
13 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 8 Standing Construct KTM KTM 1:35.034
14 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 7 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 1:35.975
15 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 6 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:44.637
16 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 5 iFly JK Racing Yamaha 1:50.088
17 Leok Tanel 7 EST 4 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna 1:51.085
18 Butron Jose 17 SPA 3 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1 lap
19 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 2 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1 lap
20 Irwin Graeme 55 IRE 1 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1 lap
21 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 0 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1 lap
22 Waters Todd 42 AUS 0 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1 lap
Location Information

Československé armády 350/40, 357 33 Loket, Czech Republic - View in Google Maps