Team HRC’s Tim Gajser produced another epic second moto performance to take the race win at the MXGP of Great Britain, going four-one for second overall and increasing his lead at the top of the world motocross championship to 15 points over second place.

With rain threatening the Matterley Basin circuit near Winchester, England throughout the day, the first moto didn’t produce a lot of passing as riders struggled to find different lines on what is the longest laptime on the calendar. In qualifying the top seven were separated by just over a second and that continued after the gate drop as riders generally finished very close to where they crossed the first lap. For Gajser, this meant a solid fourth place effort, settling behind those in front, not wanting to force the issue so early on in this championship battle.

However, in race two, after a light shower and another MX2 moto, the loamy track had developed a few ruts and the Honda CRF450RW rider used that to his advantage, slicing his way through the field on the first lap after a good start to cross for the first lap in third place. After a couple more laps he had made another move and was setting his sights on the leader in order to try and win what would be his third moto out of four so far in 2021.

After studying his lines for the entire second-half of the race, Gajser knew exactly where he wanted to make the pass, so when the two-lap board came out, he closed the gap and really applied the pressure. The first attempt didn’t quite stick, but the reigning world champion wasn’t to be denied and with half a lap remaining he swept through into the lead, taking the chequered flag and continuing his excellent run of form. This victory gave Gajser 43 points for second overall, but importantly five points more than his nearest championship rival and so after just two rounds, he is already 15 points of second place, and over a moto clear of fourth place onwards.

Next up, this coming Sunday, is the historic track in Maggiora, Italy where the Team HRC rider has already won earlier this year at an Italian Championship race, so he’ll be brimming with confidence and hoping that round three will go as well as the first two.

Tim Gajser 243

I always enjoy coming to England and racing here at Matterley Basin. The weather meant that they didn’t rip the track so much, so in the first moto there weren’t many lines and it wasn’t easy to pass on so I just had to settle for a fourth place. I felt I could have challenged for the lead but I didn’t want to push too hard and I thought that in race two it would be easier. I got a better start in second race and although there was a lot of passing and action going on, I stayed calm and focused on finding good lines and working my way to the front. When I was in second place, I couldn’t stay too close to the leader for a long time because the roost was hard and I wanted to make sure I had clear vision for near the end of the race. When I saw the two-lap board come out, I knew a couple of places where I could make my move and on the last lap I used a really good outside line and took the lead. I’m really happy with how I’m riding and how everyone in the team is working together to improve each weekend. I can’t wait for Maggiora and I hope to continue this run of results. A big thank you to everyone!

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

After Russia, we knew that this would be an important weekend for Tim, in order to backup his performance and show that he can race at that level every weekend. And after race two, I think he proved that he is the fastest guy in the class and the rider to beat this year. He has now passed everyone of his rivals and although he was second overall, he still increased the gap at the top of the championship and is just riding so well. We only have a week until the next round but we will keep making sure that everything is going in the right direction and that Tim maintains his high level of performance.

MXGP 2021
Race Round 2   Great Britain

Race 1

Cloudy
Air Temp
17°C
Track Cond
Loam
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 36:02.691
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:07.922
3 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:10.502
4 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 18 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:12.831
5 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:15.617
6 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 15 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:16.646
7 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:18.008
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:28.312
9 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 12 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 0:38.199
10 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 11 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:39.569
11 Watson Ben 919 GBR 10 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:40.276
12 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 9 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:43.144
13 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 8 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:45.544
14 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 7 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 0:46.902
15 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 6 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 0:50.868
16 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 5 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM 0:52.315
17 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 4 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:03.068
18 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 3 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM 1:08.375
19 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 2 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 1:09.946
20 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 1 Standing Construct KTM KTM 1:10.823
MXGP 2021
Race Round 2   Great Britain

Race 2

Cloudy
Air Temp
17°C
Track Cond
Loam
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 36:18.266
2 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:01.468
3 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:15.489
4 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:21.730
5 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:24.350
6 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 15 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:32.300
7 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:41.289
8 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 13 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 0:43.046
9 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:43.610
10 Watson Ben 919 GBR 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:46.107
11 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 10 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:47.133
12 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 9 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 0:51.446
13 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 8 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 0:52.751
14 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 7 JM Honda Racing Honda 0:53.953
15 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 6 Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM 0:57.832
16 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 5 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:06.101
17 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 4 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1:11.794
18 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 3 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:14.286
19 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 2 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:16.515
20 Locurcio Lorenzo 183 VEN 1 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:17.997
Location Information

matterley basin, Lower Baybridge Lane, Winchester, United Kingdom - View in Google Maps