Tim Gajser leaves Switzerland with a top-three race two finish in what was a turbulent day for the two-time world champion at Frauenfeld, which saw the Team HRC rider twelfth at the finish line in the first moto after a coming together with an opponent soon after the start. Gajser’s team mate Todd Waters was 15th and 18th at the end of the two Swiss encounters, showing some improvement from the previous round.

Gajser was battling in the middle of the pack in the opening race of the day but ended up crashing after a collision with Julian Lieber; after re-joining the moto at the very back of the field, Tim needed a few laps to regroup but was eventually able to get back up to speed and to start his comeback – which culminated in a 12th place finish. In the second race, Gajser soon found himself towards the front and after an overtake on Toni Cairoli he started charging towards the top-three. On lap 11, Tim took advantage of a small mistake by Desalle to move up to third place, which he kept all the way to the end of the race.

Todd Waters ran as high as 14th in the first moto before being overtaken by team mate Gajser with four laps to go. The first half of the second race was unfolding in a very similar way for the 27-year-old Australian rider, who unfortunately dropped a few places in the final four laps and was 18th at the chequered flag.

The MXGP World Championship will be back on track next weekend (25-26 August) as the seventeenth round of the championship will be contested at Sevlievo in Bulgaria.

Tim Gajser 243

It was quite a disappointing Grand Prix for us, because I was very motivated heading into this round. We showed we had the speed to fight for the top step of the podium yesterday and this morning in warm up. My start in race one was not too good and in the chaos of the first lap I had a coming together with Lieber and went down quite hard – his bike actually landed on me! In the first couple of laps after the crash I wasn’t feeling too well, but then I regrouped and then tried to pass as many riders as I could. Race two was definitely a more positive moto, so now I’m looking forward to Bulgaria; we know we have the speed so we just need to translate it into two strong races. I would like to thank the team, as always, because the bike was perfect.

Todd Waters 42

Yesterday’s qualifying race was not good, so the poor gate pick did not help. I woke up this morning and I was motivated to do everything I could to make a difference. We were battling around the top-15 in both races – despite not so great starts – and whilst in the first race I was able to maintain the position until the end, in the second one my form faded out towards the end. Nevertheless, we made some baby steps and my feeling with the bike has improved a little bit, so the goal is to continue in this direction and keep improving in the next two rounds.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Tim showed great speed this weekend but unfortunately he wasn’t able to capitalise. Race starts make a big difference – especially with such a competitive field – and we could see it today. Tim did a great job in any case, but given the speed he showed throughout the weekend, we all surely were expecting more. It is what it is, though, and luckily enough we have the chance to turn things around very soon. Todd showed some improvements and that’s good news, although there’s still a lot of work to do to get closer to the top-ten.

MXGP 2018
Race Round 16   Switzerland

Race 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:48.985
2 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +4.858
3 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +22.604
4 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +32.224
5 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 16 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +35.436
6 Anstie Max 99 GBR 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +54.059
7 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +59.626
8 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:03.860
9 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 12 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:05.416
10 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 11 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:07.702
11 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 10 BOS GP Suzuki +1:12.921
12 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 9 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1:13.279
13 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 8 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:22.509
14 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 7 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:28.960
15 Waters Todd 42 AUS 6 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +1:34.213
16 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 5 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:36.589
17 Leok Tanel 7 EST 4 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:41.125
18 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 3 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:48.136
19 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 2 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1 lap
20 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO 1 62 MotoSport Husqvarna +1 lap
MXGP 2018
Race Round 16   Switzerland

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
26°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 34:40.600
2 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 14.868
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 17.722
4 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 26.984
5 Anstie Max 99 GBR 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 37.939
6 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 46.833
7 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 51.700
8 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 13 Standing Construct KTM KTM 55.465
9 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 12 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 1:04.298
10 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 11 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:09.295
11 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 10 BOS GP Suzuki 1:12.971
12 Leok Tanel 7 EST 9 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna 1:14.490
13 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 8 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:24.088
14 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 7 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:27.285
15 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 6 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:32.335
16 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 5 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 1:34.119
17 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 4 Standing Construct KTM KTM 1:42.332
18 Waters Todd 42 AUS 3 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda 1:43.439
19 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 2 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki 1:59.395
20 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 1 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1 lap
Location Information

Oberwiesenstrasse, Frauenfeld, Switzerland - View in Google Maps