Team HRC’s recorded another qualification race win to take first pick at the MXGP of Italy, taking another step towards his goal of a third world title.
Needing just 13 points in the first moto of to secure the 2019 MXGP world championship, Gajser put himself in prime position to accomplish that feat with an impressive victory in qualifying on the hard pack Imola circuit. He stalked the leader for two thirds of the race before pouncing on a mistake and then stretching out a comfortable gap as he took the chequered flag in first place. Cheered on by a large number of Slovenian fans, the Honda CRF450RW rider showed why he leads the championship by 187 points, as he also posted the fastest laptimes in free and timed practice.
Teammate Brian Bogers didn’t settle quite as quickly on the track, as he struggled to get a good time in free practice. However the Dutch rider did improve in each of the sessions and he battled his way through the pack well on his way to a 13th place finish in the qualification race. The CRF450RW rider started well outside the top 20 but he was able to make a lot of early passes as the riders around him struggled to get into a rhythm. He was actually able to get as high as 11th but a couple of bad lines choices dropped him back and he was left with 13th gate pick.
Both riders know a good start is important tomorrow but for Gajser especially, he knows that a strong jump will set him on his way to his second MXGP 450cc world title in four years and one that he has thoroughly deserved, having won eight of the last nine GPs and 10 out of the 14 rounds so far this campaign. There is a warm up for the riders on Sunday morning at 10.45am before the first gate drops at 14:15 on Sunday 18th August.
|1||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||24:46.048|
|2||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Standing Construct KTM||KTM||3.653|
|3||Monticelli Ivo||128||ITA||Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team||GasGas||5.396|
|4||Febvre Romain||461||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||6.791|
|5||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||9.631|
|6||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||11.601|
|7||Anstie Max||99||GBR||Standing Construct KTM||KTM||25.225|
|8||Jonass Pauls||41||LAT||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||27.267|
|9||Searle Tommy||100||GBR||Buildbase Honda||Honda||28.224|
|10||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Honda SR Motoblouz||Honda||28.987|
|11||Tonus Arnaud||4||SWI||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||30.021|
|12||Tixier Jordi||911||FRA||Team VHR KTM Racing||KTM||32.456|
|13||Bogers Brian||189||NDL||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||45.946|
|14||Brylyakov Vsevolod||18||RUS||JWR Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||48.483|
|15||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||RFX KTM Racing||KTM||52.627|
|16||Leok Tanel||7||EST||A1M Husqvarna||Husqvarna||59.142|
|17||Rodriguez Anthony||127||VEN||Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team||Yamaha||1:01.833|
|18||Petrov Petar||152||BUL||Team VRT Nordpesca Holland||KTM||1:10.551|
|19||Gole Anton||297||SWE||JWR Honda Racing||Honda||1:14.517|
|20||De Waal Micha-Boy||34||NDL||Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team||Honda||1:20.058|