Team HRC’s Tim Gajser put in a superb performance in the second moto at the MXGP of Turkey to win his fourth race of the season and maintain his 13-point lead at the top of the MXGP championship table. His six-one results were good enough to see him return to the podium in third place, in what was this first race after the mini-summer break.

On a hot day at the Afyon track, the hard-pack terrain provided a real test for all the riders for the eighth round of the series but it was Gajser that showed his speed and determination in race two to take the 25 points after passing a few of his title rivals. Posting the fastest lap of the race, he stormed through the top riders before opening up a gap that nobody else was able to challenge, taking the chequered flag by almost five seconds at the end.

This was the perfect way to rebound from what was a slightly disappointing race one, where he got stuck behind another rider for too long and lost contact with those in front. He eventually crossed the line in sixth place, frustrated, but knowing that he had more in the tank for moto two.

The MXGP class now have a couple of days to recover, before lining up for part two of this Turkish double-header, which will take place on Wednesday 8th September. As with previous multi-round venues last year, there are unlikely to be any major track changes but for the Honda CRF450RW rider, that should allow him to hopefully add to his four moto wins and three overalls that he has racked up in this intense 2021 campaign.

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That was definitely two completely different races today, but I’m glad to have finished on a high note with that victory. In the first race I just got stuck behind another rider for too long and couldn’t find a rhythm. When I did get past, the front guys were too far in front so I couldn’t catch them. In race two, I got a better start and was in third early on. I quickly moved into second and then a few laps later I moved into first. Once I was there, I was able to pull away a bit and control the race until the chequered flag. Overall, it was good and I’m excited to come back on Wednesday and try and get the win here.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Once again, Tim proved that when he has a good start and is feeling comfortable, he is the fastest guy on the track. The first race, certainly didn’t go to plan but he showed in race two that his speed and stamina is at a very high level and it was great to see him win another moto. It is definitely a confidence boost, heading into the second round here on Wednesday and the team are working hard to make sure that he can challenge for wins once again.

MXGP 2021
Race Round 8   Turkey

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
25°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 34:42.407
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:05.534
3 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 20 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:06.236
4 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:09.174
5 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:31.970
6 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 15 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:35.999
7 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:52.191
8 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:54.267
9 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 12 JM Honda Racing Honda 0:56.317
10 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 0:57.016
11 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 10 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:59.266
12 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 9 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:00.858
13 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 8 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 1:03.684
14 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 7 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:03.684
15 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 6 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 1:14.885
16 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 5 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 1:19.553
17 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 4 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:23.575
18 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 3 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:29.572
19 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 2 JWR Honda Racing Honda 1:35.434
20 Watson Ben 919 GBR 1 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:37.244
MXGP 2021
Race Round 8   Turkey

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
24°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 34:39.849
2 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:04.654
3 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:08.824
4 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:28.683
5 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:34.198
6 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 15 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 0:39.772
7 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:41.305
8 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 13 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:42.717
9 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 12 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:45.092
10 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 11 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:46.408
11 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 10 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:48.900
12 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 9 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:53.499
13 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 8 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:04.018
14 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 7 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:04.712
15 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 6 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:08.090
16 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 5 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 1:10.321
17 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 4 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:12.113
18 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 3 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:14.604
19 Watson Ben 919 GBR 2 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:19.912
20 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 1 JWR Honda Racing Honda 1:40.055
Location Information

Sadıkbey Mahallesi, Dörtyol Mah. Turgut Özal Cad., Afyon Yeni Şehir Stadyumu Yanı, 03200 Merkez/Afyonkarahisar - View in Google Maps