A fifth podium in a row moved Team HRC’s Tim Gajser to within just three points of the championship lead, after more intense racing at the Pietramurata track in Trentino, Italy.

In what was the second of the triple-header races at this picturesque circuit, the MXGP of Pietramurata once again entertained the fans who made it out to the track on this middle-Wednesday, and which still included a large number of Gajser’s Slovenian supporters.

They had plenty to cheer for all day long, as the #243 put in a hot-lap that led most of the timed qualification session, before eventually ending up second. This gave him plenty of options on what is a wide-open start gate, but he was still able to take advantage of this in race one, rounding the first bend in third place before quickly moving into second. Still on the first lap, he made a move to get into first place and quickly opened up a small gap over the chasing pack. Unfortunately, arm-pump crept in and he wasn’t able to push-on as much as he would have liked. Instead, after a final five laps where the lead swapped a number of times, he eventually lost out on the final lap and had to settle for second place.

Motivated to put that right in the second moto, unfortunately Gajser didn’t get the best jump and once again had to make a number of first lap passes. By the time they crossed the line for the first time, the Honda CRF450RW rider had worked his way up to sixth and was in a good position to progress further. As the laps ticked by, Gajser worked his way from sixth to fifth, to fourth, moving past a championship rival in the process and at one stage he was in a tie for the red-plate. With four laps remaining, he made his final pass to get into third place and while other riders also made passes, he still closed right up in the championship points chase to move to within three points of the lead.

With three rounds and six motos left, the pressure is really on but Gajser knows what to expect and will be trying as hard as possible to add to his four world championship titles. Next up on the calendar is the third round at this Trentino facility, taking place on Sunday 31st October. The season then concludes at Mantova in Italy, where the final two rounds will be held on Sunday 7th and Wednesday 10th November.

Tim Gajser 243

It was a consistent day with my racing. I’m a little disappointed that I wasn’t able to win the first race after leading so many laps but I just got a bit of arm-pump and while I was able to battle, I couldn’t quite make it until the end. Still, it was nice to have a good start and lead and it definitely gave me confidence for race two and while I didn’t get the best start, I was able to come through the pack and ended up third, giving me second place on the podium. It was also a good day for the championship standings and I’m now only three points off the lead, so every moto is extremely important, but I’m excited for the rest of the season and I will give it everything I have!

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Another exciting day of racing, and it was good to see Tim upfront and challenging for wins once again. He has bounced back after a couple of disappointing races and he is now just three points behind the red-plate holder and with 150 points to play for, he still has an excellent chance of taking his fifth world title. We have one more round left here at Pietramurata so we must focus again on doing our best at this track and then we head to Mantova for the double-header finale. A big thank you to the whole team in Europe and Japan who continue to work so hard in this intense last part of the season, it is definitely appreciated.

MXGP 2021
Race Round 15   Trentino

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
18°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 34:48.910
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:01.008
3 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:25.488
4 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:34.807
5 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:44.780
6 Watson Ben 919 GBR 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:45.729
7 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:54.647
8 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 0:56.661
9 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 12 JM Honda Racing Honda 0:59.380
10 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 11 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 1:00.160
11 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 10 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1:03.235
12 Wright Dylan 109 CAN 9 Wildcard Rider Honda 1:10.416
13 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 8 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 1:13.736
14 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 7 JWR Honda Racing Honda 1:14.932
15 Koch Tom 226 GER 6 KTM Sarholz KTM 1:16.477
16 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 5 Standing Construct KTM KTM 1:20.335
17 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 4 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1:21.961
18 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 3 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:28.096
19 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 2 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:31.689
20 Gilbert Josh 326 GBR 1 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna 1:32.825
MXGP 2021
Race Round 15   Trentino

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
17°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:08.916
2 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:02.601
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:04.915
4 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:07.054
5 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:10.463
6 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:15.671
7 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 0:46.087
8 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 13 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:51.388
9 Watson Ben 919 GBR 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:52.602
10 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 11 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1:04.312
11 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 10 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:07.034
12 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 9 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 1:08.035
13 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 8 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 1:09.737
14 Paturel Benoit 16 FRA 7 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:12.002
15 Koch Tom 226 GER 6 KTM Sarholz KTM 1:12.883
16 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 5 Standing Construct KTM KTM 1:17.122
17 Wright Dylan 109 CAN 4 Wildcard Rider Honda 1:18.814
18 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 3 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:21.292
19 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 2 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:24.411
20 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 1 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM 1:24.738
Location Information

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