For the third time in his highly-successful career, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser has won the MXGP of Latvia on board his Honda CRF450RW. In what were two vastly different motos due to the weather conditions, the #243 stayed solid and consistent, going two-two for first overall, and more than doubling his MXGP championship points lead in the process.

The sandy Kegums track is always a tricky proposition for the riders with the soft top layer making way for a firm base, but all day long Gajser showed he was a match for all conditions. Qualifying took place in bright sunshine, and after getting first gate-pick last week in Lommel, he backed it up by getting the second-choice time this weekend. This gave him the platform to get out of the gate and challenge round the first bend and that’s exactly what he did in both races, crossing the holeshot line in about fifth place each moto.

In the first moto, the weather remained sunny and after his good start, a couple of quick passes moved the Slovenian into second position. Despite a good pace, he wasn’t able to make any moves on the leader and instead had to settle for a solid second place, safe in the knowledge that another good moto would give him the chance of the overall.

About 30 minutes before the second gatedrop, the rain started falling and it didn’t let up until the chequered flag was waved, giving the riders a slightly trickier Kegums than they are used to. Once again though, Gajser rounded the first corner in good position and while those in front made early mistakes, he remained solid, moving through into third place and putting pressure on the leading duo. As the laps ticked off, the Honda rider remained in third place, which would have seen him third overall. However, on the last lap, another rider in front made a mistake giving Gajser two more points which saw him jump up to the top of the podium.

It was a fantastic moment for Tim and everyone in Team HRC, and was just-reward for all the hard work they’ve put in this season already. It was also a good confidence boost heading into this mini-summer break where the next round is a double-header in Turkey on September 5th and 8th. Gajser has now won three of the seven rounds so far, and sits 13 points clear at the top of the MXGP world championship.

Tim Gajser 243

I’m super-happy with how this weekend has gone, winning the overall after two tough races. I wanted to try and cut out the mistakes from the previous couple of rounds, and I knew if I did that I would do well, so it was good to see that it paid off already. Obviously winning is a massive boost before these three weekends’ off so I will enjoy this moment before getting back to work and preparing myself for the second half of the season. A big thanks to everyone in Team HRC for all their work and I can’t wait for Turkey, which is a track I really enjoy racing.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

We were happy with Tim’s riding in both races, because he’d been smooth and consistent in what were very difficult conditions, but then to see that he’d won the overall on the final lap was just amazing and we’re really delighted with how it turned out. The past two rounds had been tough, with mistakes costing him points so it was important to rebound and show everyone that he is still a top rider, and that’s exactly what he did. We now have a bit of a break to regroup and prepare for what should be a long second half of the season, but everyone in Team HRC has showed they are ready to work hard and get the job done!

MXGP 2021
Race Round 7   Latvia

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
20°C
Track Cond
Hard Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:16.523
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:07.703
3 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:11.783
4 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:15.598
5 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:16.934
6 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 15 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:18.641
7 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:38.794
8 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 13 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 0:49.702
9 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:51.833
10 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 11 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1:05.516
11 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 10 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:10.743
12 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 9 JT911 KTM Racing Team KTM 1:12.959
13 Watson Ben 919 GBR 8 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:16.173
14 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 7 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:19.543
15 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 6 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:25.389
16 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 5 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:28.502
17 Koch Tom 226 GER 4 KTM Sarholz KTM 1:32.509
18 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 3 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 1:39.876
19 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 2 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:42.842
20 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 1 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 1:56.599
MXGP 2021
Race Round 7   Latvia

Race 2

Rain
Air Temp
20°C
Track Cond
Wet Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 36:22.889
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:07.092
3 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:15.563
4 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:26.606
5 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 16 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:45.399
6 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:54.203
7 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:58.321
8 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:00.486
9 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 12 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 1:08.843
10 Watson Ben 919 GBR 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:10.292
11 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 10 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:19.709
12 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 9 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:24.237
13 Koch Tom 226 GER 8 KTM Sarholz KTM 1:31.632
14 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 7 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:45.077
15 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 6 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1:53.927
16 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 5 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:56.364
17 Locurcio Lorenzo 183 VEN 4 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:58.873
18 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 3 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 2:00.290
19 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 2 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 2:01.756
20 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 1 Wildcard Rider KTM 1 Lap
Location Information

Zelta Zirgs mototrase, Rembates pagasts, Ķegums Municipality, Latvia - View in Google Maps