Fresh off his fifth MXGP championship title, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser put in an excellent ride in the MXGP of Charente-Maritime qualification race, finishing second and giving himself a great opportunity to add to his eight GP victories so far this season.
From the very first session, Gajser and teammate Mitch Evans have shown they will be threats for the win in tomorrow’s motos as the pair were in the top three of both the free and timed practice at this hard-pack St Jean D’Angely track in France. Both even rounded the first lap of the qualification inside the top three and with passing extremely difficult, they were heading for strong finishes.
Unfortunately, Evans slide out on one of the off-camber sections on lap two and by the time he re-joined the race, he was down in 10th place. He did manage to pass two riders, to get up to eighth place, but that was where he received the chequered flag and will now hope to get out of the gate well in tomorrow’s motos.
Gajser rode a solid race, staying in second place for the rest of the moto, pressuring the leader for a bit before settling for second place. It was a composed performance from the #243 and with two good starts, he can easily add to his 13 moto wins and eight overalls, of what has already been another extremely successful title-winning campaign.
With the weather looking good for Sunday, expect a massive French crowd to be cheering on the riders, and Gajser and Evans will be hoping to be on the receiving end of their plaudits as they target victory in this penultimate MXGP round of the year.
|1||Febvre Romain||3||FRA||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||24:30.039|
|2||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||0:03.129|
|3||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:10.603|
|4||Vlaanderen Calvin||10||NDL||Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||0:30.878|
|5||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:35.319|
|6||Kullas Harri||151||FIN||Wildcard Rider||Husqvarna||0:36.628|
|7||Jonass Pauls||41||LAT||Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team||GasGas||0:44.101|
|8||Evans Mitch||43||AUS||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||0:45.721|
|9||Prado Garcia Jorge||61||SPA||Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing||GasGas||0:47.299|
|10||Forato Alberto||303||ITA||SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery||GasGas||0:48.055|
|11||Renaux Maxime||959||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:49.612|
|12||Beaton Jed||14||AUS||F&H Racing Team||Kawasaki||0:50.796|
|13||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Beta SDM Corse MX Team||Beta||0:51.631|
|14||van Doninck Brent||32||BEL||Riley Racing||Yamaha||0:53.709|
|15||Bogers Brian||189||NDL||Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team||Husqvarna||0:55.036|
|16||Watson Ben||919||GBR||Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP||Kawasaki||0:58.951|
|17||Jacobi Henry||29||GER||JM Honda Racing||Honda||1:08.954|
|18||Fernandez Ruben||70||SPA||Honda 114 Motorsports||Honda||1:10.331|
|19||Koch Tom||226||GER||KTM Kozak Team||KTM||1:10.981|
|20||Guadagnini Mattia||101||ITA||Husqvarna Junior Racing Maddii||Husqvarna||1:11.507|