Team HRC’s Tim Gajser wrapped up his MXGP of Turkey experience with second place overall, courtesy of a third and a second in the two motos contested today at Afyonkarahisar, where he showed great speed aboard his Honda CRF450RW. Gajser’s team mate Todd Waters was sixteenth and fourteenth in the two encounters, showing some more steps forward in what was a hot day in Western Turkey.

Gajser had a perfect jump from the second-inside gate and took the Fox holeshot, before dropping down one place. In the early part of the first moto, the two-time World Champion ran at a good pace in second position, before he was caught and passed by Toni Cairoli at the start of lap eight. He then maintained his position for the remaining laps to finish third.

Tim was third at the end of the opening lap but soon he set his sights on Clement Desalle and passed him on lap two. The 21-year-old Slovenian rider pushed hard and narrowed the gap down to two seconds and set the then fastest lap of the race on lap four, before starting to lose some ground to Jeffrey Herlings. On lap thirteen, however, Gajser bridged the gap with the championship leader with a 1’48.043secs lap-time but it was not quite enough to take the lead.

The MXGP World Championship will return to action in two weekends at Assen for the penultimate event of the season.

Tim Gajser 243

It’s been a good weekend and I really enjoyed it. The track was nice and I was feeling good on it; together with the team we worked hard and found a good set-up – and I felt as one with the bike. The qualifying race was good yesterday, but in race one today I struggled to find good lines and ended up pushing too hard. The second race was much better, and I made some passes at the beginning and then tried to close the gap to Jeffrey. In the end I got really close to him, but I couldn’t make a pass. Still, second overall is a great result, especially as it’s the second time in a row – and I’m now looking forward to Assen.

Todd Waters 42

In race one I couldn’t find the flow to attack the track the way I wanted, while in the second moto I got a great start. Even though the first ten minutes were not really good, and after getting passed by a few riders I tried to relax and ride smoothly, and that’s when my speed improved. I stayed with Strijbos for most of the race and then everything was a lot easier! Overall I’m happy to leave with the good feeling I had on the last laps and hopefully we can build on that for the next race. I want to thank the team because they gave me a great bike.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

What a second race by Tim! We were really happy to see him getting closer and closer to Jeffrey towards the end of the moto and, even if he couldn’t get past, there isn’t a single bad thing we can say about his performance because it was excellent. Too bad he couldn’t do the same in the first moto, but he still got second overall so we’re all happy. Todd managed to improve his performance in race two and it was nice to see him riding more like the way we’ve seen in the past. It has been a good weekend and we’re happy to enjoy a weekend off now.

MXGP 2018
Race Round 18   Turkey

Race 1

Sunny & 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 33:57.381
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +25.513
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +29.532
4 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +42.173
5 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +46.354
6 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +52.976
7 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 14 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +55.735
8 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +56.936
9 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 12 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +58.123
10 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 11 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:01.027
11 Anstie Max 99 GBR 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:15.484
12 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 9 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:20.354
13 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 8 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:36.469
14 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 7 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:39.947
15 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 6 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:44.656
16 Waters Todd 42 AUS 5 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +1 lap
17 Kouzis Panagiotis 38 GRE 4 Wildcard Rider Honda +2 laps
18 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 3 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +4 laps
19 Senkalayci Emircan 111 TUR 2 Wildcard Rider KTM +5 laps
20 Demiryol Batuhan 183 TUR 1 Wildcard Rider Honda +5 laps
MXGP 2018
Race Round 18   Turkey

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
27°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 34:38.520
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +4.656
3 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +31.485
4 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +35.466
5 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 16 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +37.832
6 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +46.893
7 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +52.943
8 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 13 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +53.732
9 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 12 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +54.544
10 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 11 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:11.577
11 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 10 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:14.426
12 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 9 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:16.733
13 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 8 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:24.228
14 Waters Todd 42 AUS 7 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +1:26.665
15 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:30.310
16 Anstie Max 99 GBR 5 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:56.012
17 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 4 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1 lap
18 Demiryol Batuhan 183 TUR 3 Wildcard Rider Honda +6 laps
19 Baysan Galip Alp 48 TUR 2 Wildcard Rider KTM +11 laps
20 Kouzis Panagiotis 38 GRE 1 Wildcard Rider Honda +17 laps
Location Information

Sadıkbey Mahallesi, Dörtyol Mah. Turgut Özal Cad., Afyon Yeni Şehir Stadyumu Yanı, 03200 Merkez/Afyonkarahisar - View in Google Maps