Tim Gajser’s fourth qualification victory of the season meant that the gap at the top of the championship is just one point as they head into tomorrow’s two GP-scoring races. In an updated Kegums circuit layout, the Team HRC riders got to grips with it quickly, setting the fastest lap in timed qualifying by over a second, and then leading every moment of the qualification race for another deserved victory.

In what is already an intense 2024 MXGP World Championship battle, the #243 wasn’t quite able to reclaim it for tomorrow’s races, but the maximum 10-point total for winning this qualification means that a GP victory tomorrow by more than two points, will be enough for him to reclaim the championship red-plate.

The day started off well with a timed practice lap that none of his rivals could come close to matching, and that gave him the all-important first gate-pick for today’s race. Lining up on the inside, he used it to maximum effect, sweeping around the first turn and grabbing the holeshot. From there, on what is a much-changed Kegums track, he was able to lead the field round, and although he wasn’t able to break free, he was able to keep a big enough margin so that the rider behind never had an opportunity to make any moves. He crossed the line, over three seconds ahead and pleased to have put in such a strong ride, both mentally and physically, which sets him up nicely for tomorrow.

It does seem like there is potential for rain, but the Honda CRF450R rider has proved he is capable in any conditions, and whether the sand is wet or dry, he’ll be challenging at the front of the field and looking for his second GP overall.



Ferruccio Zanchi continued his impressive form, with a hard-fought MX2 ninth place in the MXGP of Latvia qualification race. The young Italian had riders in front and behind for the entire moto, but was able to move forward throughout the race to score two championship points at this sandy Kegums circuit.

The Honda CRF250R rider has now scored points in nine of his last ten races and is proving himself a solid top-10 performer, in what his an extremely competitive MX2 class. And with two GP-scoring races tomorrow, he has a good chance to get even nearer to the top 10 in the championship, which would really be an impressive feat in his debut full-MX2 campaign.

1. Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), 24:44.584;
2. Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:02.126;
3. Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:20.893;
4. Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:21.654;
5. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Triumph), +0:26.376;
6. Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), +0:29.049;
7. Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), +0:43.721;
8. Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:46.659;
9. Ferruccio Zanchi (ITA, Honda), +0:50.628;
10. Quentin Marc Prugnieres (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:54.055;

Tim Gajser 243

Really happy with today’s riding and it was great to get the qualification win to finish it off. I felt good in timed practice, and setting the fastest lap by over a second was a real confidence booster and that gave me first gate-pick. I then was able to use that to take a holeshot and just control the race. I had pressure the entire moto, but I knew my speed was good and it was nice to receive that chequered flag again. Obviously, I want to try and do that again tomorrow, and I think if I can get out front, I’ll be able to make that happen.

Ferruccio Zanchi 73

It certainly wasn’t an easy race, but I’m very happy to have kept pushing the entire moto and to get into ninth spot. I had some good battles along the way and I think that is really helping me get better and better, and it also makes it enjoyable. I hope I can have a similar performance tomorrow in the two motos and keep up this good run of results that I’m currently on.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

That was an important victory for Tim, to hold off the challenge of his main rival the entire moto was a really strong effort from him and it shows that when he starts ahead, he finishes ahead. The aim now is to get the holeshot in the GP-scoring races tomorrow and if he can do that, we should be in a very strong position when we leave here tomorrow evening. Ferruccio also continues to put in good ride after good ride. He isn’t having an easy time, being surrounded by riders but it isn’t phasing him and he keeps working his way forward which is all we can ask.

MXGP 2024
Qualifying Round 9   Latvia

Qualification Race

Air Temp
Track Cond
Hard Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 10 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 24:34.032
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 1 SPA 9 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas 0:03.425
3 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 8 Fantic Factory Racing MXGP Fantic 0:17.011
4 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 7 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:18.912
5 Guadagnini Mattia 101 ITA 6 Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 0:27.445
6 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:28.287
7 Tondel Cornelius 17 NOR 4 Schmicker Racing KTM 0:40.245
8 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 3 Fantic Factory Racing MXGP Fantic 0:42.475
9 Bonacorsi Andrea 132 ITA 2 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:48.141
10 Spies Maximillian GER 1 0:51.872
11 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 0 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki 0:53.582
12 Horgmo Kevin 24 NOR 0 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 0:54.888
13 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 0 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:28.755
14 Östlund Alvin SWE 0 1:29.508
15 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 0 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta 1:38.317
16 Brumann Kevin 87 SWI 0 SixtySeven Racing Team Husqvarna 1:42.659
17 Haavisto Jere FIN 0 1:45.840
18 Koch Tom GER 0 1:49.546
19 Gilbert Josh 326 GBR 0 Gabriel SS24 KTM KTM 1:53.700
20 Kohut Tomas CZE 0 1:55.507
MXGP 2024

Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 1 SPA 411 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 410 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
3 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 341 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
4 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 327 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
5 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 274 Standing Construct Honda MXGP Honda
6 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 270 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
7 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 267 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
8 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 239 Fantic Factory Racing MXGP Fantic
9 Horgmo Kevin 24 NOR 161 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
10 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 151 Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
11 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 138 Fantic Factory Racing MXGP Fantic
12 Tondel Cornelius 17 NOR 110 Schmicker Racing KTM
13 Watson Ben 919 GBR 110 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
14 Pancar Jan 253 SLO 84 TEM JP253 KTM Racing Team KTM
15 Paturel Benoit FRA 82
16 Bonacorsi Andrea 132 ITA 80 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
17 Guadagnini Mattia 101 ITA 77 Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
18 Gifting Isak 517 SWE 77 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha
19 Östlund Alvin SWE 65
20 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 63 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
21 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 54 MRT Racing Team Beta Beta
22 Koch Tom GER 54
23 Spies Maximillian GER 35
24 Sterry Adam GBR 25
25 Gilbert Josh 326 GBR 23 Gabriel SS24 KTM KTM
26 Brumann Kevin 87 SWI 15 SixtySeven Racing Team Husqvarna
27 Jacobi Henry GER 13
28 Edberg Tim 37 SWE 13 JM Honda Racing Honda
29 Haavisto Jere FIN 8
30 Valentin Ander SPA 7
31 Scuteri Emilio 228 ITA 6 Wildcard Rider Honda
32 Tropepe Giuseppe ITA 6
33 Kellet Todd GBR 5
34 Van Berkel Lars NDL 5
35 Cordovez Miguel ECU 4
36 Ludwig Noah 300 GER 4 Wildcard Rider KTM
37 Nickel Cato 131 GER 3 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
38 Aparecido dos Santos Fabio 238 BRA 3 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
39 Teresak Jakub 224 CZE 3 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
40 Nagy Anton 60 SWE 3 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
41 Rolando Nicolas URU 2
42 Benenaula Andres ECU 1
43 Scheu Mark GER 1
44 Villaronga Sergio CHI 1
45 van de Moosdijk Roan 39 NDL 0 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
46 Grimshaw Tom GBR 0
47 Kohut Tomas CZE 0
Location Information

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