Team HRC’s Tim Gajser went one-five for second overall, as the MXGP world championship returned to action in what is the first of three rounds in a week at the sandy Kegums track in Latvia. His teammate Mitch Evans battled hard for his points but was up against it when he was collected in two first turn crashes, through no fault of his own.

After a five-month break, the #243 rider looked extremely fast in the abbreviated qualification format, posting the fastest lap which gave him first gate pick in what was a blisteringly hot day at the Kegums facility. With the races following shortly afterwards, Gajser kept that momentum and jumped out to an early lead in race one, showing the power of the new Honda CRF450RW as he received the holeshot award. A small mistake lost him first position but he soon regained it and looked comfortable as he posted his third moto win out of the five to have taken place in this extended 2020 season. In race two, another good start saw him round the first bend in second place and while he pressured for the lead, he wasn’t quite able to make the pass. With about 10 minutes remaining, Gajser looked to swap his line in the notorious wave section and while he looked like he would have the speed to make the pass, he wasn’t able to hold on and had to dismount the machine. This dropped him back to fifth place and while that meant the overall victory wasn’t a possibility, he was still able to finish second overall and move to within four points of the MXGP championship red plate.

After missing the last round of the season through injury, Mitch Evans was thankful to back in action this weekend, as he continues his recovery from the shoulder injury sustained at Valkenswaard. The Australian was unlucky to be involved in two first turn crashes which gave him no chance of battling near the front of this competitive MXGP field. Instead he had to work his way through the pack, managing to score points in both races and showing everyone that he is on the right road to the sort of form that saw him finish third in the first moto of the season.

With the next round on Wednesday, the riders don’t have much time to prepare themselves again, but both are confident that they can ride even better when they return on August 12th in what should be another hot day at the sandy circuit. Gajser will be looking to add to his three moto wins, while Evans will be hoping to show more improvement but both are excited to finally be back racing the world motocross championship once again.

Tim Gajser 243

I got a solid start in both motos, getting the holeshot on my Honda CRF450RW in race one and then right behind Glenn in race two, so I’m happy with how that went. My qualification was good too, giving me first gate pick and it was good to see that we were able to adapt to the new format quickly. Unfortunately, after winning the first race, I had a crash in the waves in race two as I tried to change my lines in order to make the pass for the lead. I did my best to re-join the race as quickly as possible but I dropped down to fifth, which is where I finished.

Obviously I would have liked to have made that pass but it didn’t quite work and instead I had to settle for second overall. The championship gap has closed to four points so I’m happy with that and I’m excited for the next two rounds here on Wednesday and Sunday. A big thanks to everyone for getting the series running again and for my team who have continued to work hard during this break.

Mitch Evans 43

It’s good to be back racing and it’s good to back at the GPs with everyone, even though there is a few restrictions. I’m just glad to be here racing really because the surgeon told me when I first had my operation that I would be out for six months so to be on the line in four months, I’m pretty happy with it.

Unfortunately I got caught up in the first turn pile ups in both motos, and fought my way back to 19th and 18th so it wasn’t great but I’m treating it as a building process and I need to regroup for Wednesday and work on my starts in order to make my life a bit easier. Still, the first race is done and I’m sure I’ll feel better and better as the season progresses.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It is great to finally be back at the races again and to see that both riders have been working hard in the break. For Mitch, it was more about recovery, but you can see he was trying his best and we know he will improve very quickly now that the first round is out of the way. Tim looked extremely good, just like he did in the first two rounds of the season so it was almost like we had never been away. Unfortunately a small mistake cost him the overall but he rode extremely well and we’re very happy with his holeshot and that he closed the gap in the championship battle to just four points. There will hopefully be a lot more rounds to come, but this was a very good first step back for Team HRC in the MXGPs.

MXGP 2020
Race Round 3   Latvia

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
29°C
Track Cond
Sandy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 34:47.632
2 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 22 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:01.912
3 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:04.757
4 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:05.903
5 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:07.037
6 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 0:11.673
7 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:22.461
8 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:24.847
9 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:41.423
10 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 11 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 0:47.902
11 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 10 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:52.494
12 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 9 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:58.720
13 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 8 SDMCORSE Yamaha Yamaha 1:07.383
14 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 7 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:10.535
15 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 6 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 1:16.468
16 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 5 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:21.575
17 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 4 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM 1:22.919
18 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 3 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:34.077
19 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 2 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 1:36.078
20 Sabulis Karlis 116 LAT 1 Wildcard Rider KTM 1:39.725
MXGP 2020
Race Round 3   Latvia

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
29°C
Track Cond
Sandy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 25 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 34:42.555
2 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:01.225
3 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:18.203
4 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:21.007
5 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 16 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:23.205
6 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 0:24.274
7 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:03.287
8 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 13 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:07.883
9 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 12 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 1:15.846
10 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:18.969
11 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 10 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:19.826
12 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 9 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:27.419
13 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 8 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:31.309
14 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA 7 SDMCORSE Yamaha Yamaha 1:32.793
15 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 6 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:33.114
16 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 5 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:34.909
17 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:34.987
18 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 3 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 1:51.409
19 Sabulis Karlis 116 LAT 2 Wildcard Rider KTM 1:52.721
20 Leok Tanel 7 EST 1 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna 1:54.137
Location Information

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