In the deep, dirty sands of Assen, Tim Gajser took a second-place finish today on his CRF450RW at the MXGP of the Netherlands, whilst his team mate Evgeny Bobryshev took seventh

The track had been battered by the poor weather conditions over the last few days making the track heavy with water and creating deep ruts. Gajser took the holeshot and the led the race from the start. The Slovenian’s riding was smooth and controlled and only a small mistake at the end meant Jeffery Herlings took the lead, leaving Gajser in second place.

Bobryshev meanwhile although struggling initially off the start, was able to find a good rhythm and made up some considerable ground. He made some good passes and found some good lines so was able to move from 14th to seventh place.

With more rain forecast overnight, this could create further challenges for the race tomorrow. The first MXGP race starts tomorrow at 14h15.

Tim Gajser 243

I was enjoying the track today. It is challenging and it feels really weird with deep lines that are almost muddy. I took a good start in the race and I was leading for almost all of it. I made a small mistake at the end which let Jeffrey pass me but I was happy to come away with second. Hopefully I can ride tomorrow like I did today, I am looking forward to it.

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

I have been struggling all day and the track was really difficult to put down a fast lap. I couldn’t get my confidence in warm up and timed practice but when it came to the race it was a bit better. I was able to flow and I had some good lines. I came from 14th place to seventh as I didn’t have a good start. The top five wasn’t so far out of reach, I just need to get more confidence early on.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

We have had really difficult conditions here at Assen this weekend. There was a lot of rain Friday and Saturday morning which made the track really difficult. It started to dry a little bit before the race which improved things considerably. It was good to see Tim take the holeshot and sit at the front of the field for the majority of the race, eventually having a little slip and finishing in second place. He had good speed and good technique today in the sand.
Bobby had been struggling with the track this morning but found his rhythm and eventually got on a good pace. He came in seventh place which will bode well for tomorrow. We will need a good start and hopefully the track will be in better condition than it was today.

MXGP 2017
Qualifying Round 18   Netherlands

Qualifying

Sunny/Overcast
Humidity
38%
Air Temp
16°C
Track Cond
Soft/Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 23:49.015
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Team HRC - MXGP Honda +18.550
3 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +21.696
4 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +23.957
5 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +26.247
6 Febvre Romain 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +33.587
7 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS Team HRC - MXGP Honda +35.585
8 Nagl Max 12 GER Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +36.304
9 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +40.188
10 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +53.744
11 Anstie Max 99 GBR Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:10.378
12 Searle Tommy 100 GBR Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:22.230
13 Bengtsson Filip 664 SWE Wildcard Rider KTM +1:23.224
14 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1:49.676
15 Van der Mierden Sven 494 NDL Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:59.559
16 Delince Jeremy 926 BEL KMP-Honda Repsol Racing Honda - 1 lap
17 Kouwenberg Nick 924 NDL Team Honda Red Moto Honda - 1 lap
18 Desprey Maxime 141 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki - 1 lap
19 Butron Jose 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM - 1 lap
20 Houghton Ryan 119 GBR iFly JK Racing Yamaha - 1 lap
Location Information

Assen, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps