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.

Tim Gajser 243

Today was a good day, with a good result in front of a large number of Slovenian fans. I didn’t quite get the holeshot which meant I spent a lot of time in second place looking for the pass to take me into the lead. Eventually, near the end of the race I made it stick and I was able to make a little gap and take the win. The track was quite difficult with some sketchy parts but overall I had a good feeling and I’m very much looking forward to the races tomorrow.

Brian Bogers 189

Today didn’t start well as I felt really bad on the track, I just couldn’t find a rhythm at all. I knew it was me though, and not the bike so we kept everything the same and timed practice went a lot better. I was 15th and felt better on the track so that gave me confidence for the race. I didn’t get a good start though but after one lap I was 18th and then up to 11th so things were going well. I started looking for different lines and that messed my rhythm a little bit and I dropped two places to finish 13th but I’m happy with how the day went overall. I got better throughout the day and that was important and I’m excited for tomorrow.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was another impressive ride by Tim, who looked like he might settle for second place at one stage in the race. However, when the opportunity arose, he grabbed it right away and ended up winning in a convincing fashion once again. Obviously the championship situation is the key thing right now and one good moto will secure him the title, but it is still good to see him winning races and cementing who the best rider in the MXGP class is.
For Brian, it was a good recovery to get back to 13th place in qualifying. At one stage we hoped he might continue his charge and get all the way into the top 10 but it was still a good ride and with better starts tomorrow we are hopeful he can score good points at this tricky Imola track.

MXGP 2019
Qualifying Round 15   Italy

Qualification Race

Sunny
Air Temp
31°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
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
Location Information

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