Team HRC’s Tim Gajser finished just over one second behind the winner in the MXGP of Russia qualification race, giving him second pick and a good chance to extend his run of four race victories in a row, when the races resume tomorrow. In scorching temperatures, the Orylonok track near the Black Sea in Russia turned into an extremely tricky proposition with CRF450RW teammate Brian Bogers one of a few riders to fall victim to the slippery hard-pack conditions, as he crashed and finished just outside the top 20.
After posting the second fastest time in free practice, Gajser showed great speed and resilience to take the first gate pick in qualification, posting a few laptimes that were slightly slower before finally getting the top spot with his penultimate lap. Although he had the benefit of the number one spot, he wasn’t able to take full advantage of this as he rounded the first bend in around 10th place. On a track that is difficult to pass on, the Slovenia rider had to move quickly to get into position and by the end of the first lap had moved up to sixth place. A few more passes followed before he was held up for five laps in third place. Eventually he moved into second place but with only three laps left he didn’t have enough time to make a move for the lead and instead had to settle for second. However, Gajser knows he has the speed and if he can get out the gate well in both races, he has a very good chance to take more races wins, and add to the victories he picked up at the last two GPs in Portugal and France.
Unfortunately for Brian Bogers, a crash early on in his qualification race when running in 13th ended his chances of a good finish and instead the Dutch rider has to start from 21st gate pick tomorrow. It was a shame because the #189 got a good jump out of the gate and was around the top 10 as they rounded the first bend. In the initial first few laps he dropped a couple of spots but he was still running well and looking to find a consistent pace. That all changed though when he crashed on a downhill section that claimed a number of riders due to the rock-hard slick conditions. It was a big disappointment but he proved that he can get a good start from the outside gates and he’ll be hoping he can reproduce that two more times in tomorrow’s motos.
These MXGP races begin at 14:15 local time (GMT +2) on Sunday 8th June, after a morning warm up at 10:45am with the second moto gate drop at 17:10.
|1||Febvre Romain||461||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||24:57.281|
|2||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||1.614|
|3||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||12.408|
|4||Anstie Max||99||GBR||Standing Construct KTM||KTM||23.785|
|5||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||28.076|
|6||Desalle Clement||25||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||31.789|
|7||Jasikonis Arminas||27||LTU||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||34.015|
|8||Tixier Jordi||911||FRA||Team VHR KTM Racing||KTM||37.227|
|9||Tonus Arnaud||4||SWI||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||40.573|
|10||Jonass Pauls||41||LAT||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||43.399|
|11||Bobryshev Evgeny||777||RUS||BOS GP||Kawasaki||45.374|
|12||Paturel Benoit||6||FRA||Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki||Kawasaki||45.917|
|13||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Honda SR Motoblouz||Honda||48.717|
|14||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Standing Construct KTM||KTM||55.854|
|15||Strijbos Kevin||22||BEL||JWR Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||1:00.813|
|16||Herlings Jeffrey||84||NDL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:04.014|
|17||Lieber Julien||33||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||1:06.255|
|18||Petrov Petar||152||BUL||Team VRT Nordpesca Holland||KTM||1:15.268|
|19||Leok Tanel||7||EST||A1M Husqvarna||Husqvarna||1:16.695|
|20||Brylyakov Vsevolod||18||RUS||JWR Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||1:25.410|
|21||Bogers Brian||189||NDL||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||1:33.656|