Team HRC’s Tim Gajser came through the field to record a second place finish in the qualification race at the MXGP of Lombardia on what was a hard and bumpy Mantova track. Brian Bogers also battled through to a 15th finish as both riders made numerous passes as the rain stayed away here in Italy. Unfortunately storms are forecast overnight so the riders could very well wake up to a totally different track for the races tomorrow but both riders are confident that they will be able to pilot their Honda CRF450RWs to some good finishes whatever the conditions.
For Gajser, second place was a fair reflection on the day after he set the fastest lap in timed practice. He didn’t get the best jump out of the gate in the qualification race though and that meant he spent the first few laps working his way through the pack, but he did so with good speed and racecraft to make sure he had a good gate pick for the races. First place was a little out of reach by the time he did make it into second but he knows that with a better start, he can easily follow up his victory at the MXGP of Trentino, with another victory here, just like he managed in 2016.
Like many riders, Bogers was surprised at just how hard pack the track was in places and he believes that a bit of rain might make the race track a better surface for passing as more lines will develop. As it stands, he’ll be looking to repeat his top 10 race result from Pietramurata at the last round and begin a solid run of consistent results in these next few rounds.
Races begin tomorrow on Sunday 12th May at 14:15 local time for the MXGP class, after a morning warm up at 10:45am.
|1||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||25:11.694|
|2||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||15.084|
|3||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||20.879|
|4||Jasikonis Arminas||27||LTU||Team Honda Red Moto||Honda||27.612|
|5||Leok Tanel||7||EST||A1M Husqvarna||Husqvarna||31.096|
|6||Monticelli Ivo||128||ITA||iFly JK Racing||Yamaha||33.419|
|7||Jonass Pauls||41||LAT||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||35.190|
|8||Desalle Clement||25||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||36.873|
|9||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||38.769|
|10||Anstie Max||99||GBR||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||40.692|
|11||Lieber Julien||33||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||44.276|
|12||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||49.755|
|13||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||50.616|
|14||Strijbos Kevin||22||BEL||Standing Construct KTM||KTM||59.143|
|15||Bogers Brian||5||NDL||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||1:04.164|
|16||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:06.310|
|17||Searle Tommy||100||GBR||Bike It DRT Kawasaki||Kawasaki||1:06.727|
|18||Tonus Arnaud||4||SWI||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||1:07.273|
|19||Gole Anton||297||SWE||JWR Honda Racing||Honda||1:09.797|
|20||Lupino Alessandro||77||ITA||Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki||Kawasaki||1:11.012|