Tim Gajser has narrowly missed out on a podium finish after crossing the line in second place at the end of MXGP’s second race at Ottobiano. With a sixth position in the opening moto, the two-time world champion was fourth in the overall classification of the MXGP of Lombardia. Team HRC returning rider Todd Waters scored his first championship point in the first encounter of the day, before a retirement put an early end to an otherwise encouraging performance for the Australian in race two.

The start of race one was not ideal for Gajser, who found himself in 14th place after a few turns but was able to quickly make it back into the top-ten and up to seventh. From then on, the 21-year-old did not manage to make up some more ground to the podium position, but a move on Nagl on the last lap helped him claim sixth at the finish line. Waters’ performance was compromised at the very beginning as he went down at turn one after a coming together with a rival. The 28-year-old Australian managed to get back on the bike and with a 20th final position, he claimed his first point of the year in what was his maiden Sunday moto of the 2018 edition of MXGP.

Gajser had a good jump out of the gate in the second moto and was fifth towards the opening lap and was fifth towards the end of the opening lap but soon moved up to third by overtaking Coldenhoff and Desalle and, when Cairoli crashed out of the lead, he did not hesitate and stormed past Strijbos to get the lead. The battle for the front reignited soon enough when Cairoli got back near the leader and passed him during lap six. Gajser did his utmost to stay with the reigning champion and while he could not re-enter the battle for first place, his pace made sure no one else could get near his second place. After a solid start, Waters ran as high as twelfth before retiring during the fifth lap due to crash.

MXGP will return to action in Indonesia on 7 July for the first of two back-to-back events in the transcontinental sovereign state located between Southeast Asia and Oceania.

Tim Gajser 243

I’m quite happy with the speed I showed today. I think the damage was done yesterday in qualifying race because it was hard to get a good start with such a poor gate pick – as I ended up being far on the outside. My jump out of the gate in race one was actually horrible, but I managed to come through the pack and finish sixth – which was OK, but surely not what we were aiming at. I took a better start in race two and make some quick passes at the beginning, led a couple of laps which felt awesome and then finished second. Surely I’m a bit disappointed that we didn’t get a podium this time, but I’m looking forward to Indonesia now. I would like to thank the team because the bike was really fun to ride this weekend.

Todd Waters 42

I fell off the back of the bike through the rollers in race two and caught the bike on the inside of my leg. I picked the bike up and everyone went past, so I tried to continue but I couldn’t ride the way I wanted and the pain was there and increasing, and since I wasn’t fast enough to come through the pack I opted for an early retirement – instead of risking another crash. Until then it wasn’t too bad, I felt good on the bike and I was riding much better, I just crashed. I lost a lot of strength in my upper body due to the injury and that made me struggle throughout the races – and generally speaking I’m nowhere as fit as the other riders, who have done winter testing and half a season more than me. But we’ll use the time from here to Indonesia to get as fit as we can, then do it all over again!

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

We’re obviously a bit disappointed with the fact that we were not on the podium today, especially after finishing race two in second place. We were happy, however, to see a Honda back in the race lead, even for just a few laps - something we really want to get used to again. Tim rode well despite the poor gate pick, which at this track made a lot of difference. We bagged some important points and raced under extreme temperatures, two very important things ahead of the two rounds in Indonesia. It was nice to have Todd back even if we knew he was nowhere near 100% fit, but he worked hard and rode well until the crash in race two, so we’re happy and look forward to seeing some more out of him soon!

MXGP 2018
Race Round 11   Italy

Race 1

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
31°C
Track Cond
Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:04.005
2 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +11.624
3 Anstie Max 99 GBR 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +21.192
4 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +27.214
5 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +33.700
6 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 15 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +35.927
7 Nagl Max 12 GER 14 TM Racing Factory Team TM +39.137
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 13 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +52.351
9 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:00.663
10 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 11 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:08.131
11 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 10 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:13.274
12 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 9 BOS GP Suzuki +1:16.327
13 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 8 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:28.163
14 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 7 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:33.256
15 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 6 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:33.763
16 Butron Jose 17 SPA 5 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:36.396
17 Leok Tanel 7 EST 4 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 Lap
18 Irwin Graeme 55 IRE 3 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1 Lap
19 Kahro Erki 411 EST 2 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 Lap
20 Waters Todd 42 AUS 1 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1 Lap
MXGP 2018
Race Round 11   Italy

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
30°C
Track Cond
Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:38.105
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +3.560
3 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +8.496
4 Anstie Max 99 GBR 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +16.600
5 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 16 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +19.628
6 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +32.708
7 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 14 Standing Construct KTM KTM +35.614
8 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +46.022
9 Nagl Max 12 GER 12 TM Racing Factory Team TM +52.311
10 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 11 BOS GP Suzuki +1:01.851
11 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 10 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:04.561
12 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 9 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:05.134
13 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 8 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:09.592
14 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 7 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:16.511
15 Butron Jose 17 SPA 6 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:38.009
16 Irwin Graeme 55 IRE 5 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1:40.526
17 Leok Tanel 7 EST 4 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 Lap
18 Kahro Erki 411 EST 3 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 Lap
19 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 2 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1 Lap
20 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 1 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1 Lap
Location Information

Ottobiano, Province of Pavia, Italy - View in Google Maps