Team HRC’s Tim Gajser rode his Honda CRF450RW to third place in today’s qualifying race at Imola – the venue hosting the season finale of the 2018 MXGP World Championship. In what was a sunny but slightly windy early Autumn day in Italy, Gajser’s team mate Brian Bogers had a bit more of a difficult time – although expected given his long absence from motocross tracks – in getting up to speed. The young Dutchman, however, is mainly using this round to build experience in the class and keep gelling with his Honda machine ahead of the winter break.
Gajser was very quick out of the gates as the qualifying moto got underway. During the opening lap, the two-time world champion overtook local rider Alessandro Lupino for second place; soon enough, however, the 22-year-old from Slovenia began experiencing some arm pump which make it hard for him to ride and attack the hard-pack track the way he wanted. After managing to keep Lupino first then Desalle at bay, Gajser was eventually passed by the Belgian with three laps to go.
After the excellent return to action two weekends ago at Assen, Brian Bogers did not have an easy time today as he could not find the flow of the track and feel comfortable on the bike. On lap seven, Bogers crashed at turn one after a collision with an opponent, who hit the rear-end of his Honda machine causing the tumble. Bogers managed to get back on the bike but was too far behind; he finished the race in 32nd place.
|1||Herlings Jeffrey||84||NDL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||24:37.982|
|2||Desalle Clement||25||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+23.909|
|3||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+26.654|
|4||Lieber Julien||33||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+29.770|
|5||Lupino Alessandro||77||ITA||Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki||Kawasaki||+33.970|
|6||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||+34.981|
|7||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||+35.982|
|8||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||+37.879|
|9||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+45.519|
|10||Strijbos Kevin||22||BEL||Standing Construct KTM||KTM||+48.658|
|11||Nagl Max||12||GER||TM Racing Factory Team||TM||+52.462|
|12||Tixier Jordi||911||FRA||Wildcard Rider||KTM||+57.698|
|13||Anstie Max||99||GBR||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+1:00.971|
|14||Butron Jose||17||SPA||Marchetti Racing Team KTM||KTM||+1:05.704|
|15||Searle Tommy||100||GBR||Bike It DRT Kawasaki||Kawasaki||+1:11.745|
|16||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+1:19.204|
|17||Bobryshev Evgeny||777||RUS||BOS GP||Suzuki||+1:27.242|
|18||Waters Todd||42||AUS||Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor||Honda||+1:28.106|
|19||Valentin Ander||920||SPA||920 Fly Group||Husqvarna||+1:33.935|
|20||Desprey Maxime||141||FRA||Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki||Kawasaki||+1:35.787|