Tim Gajser has wrapped up round seven of the 2018 Motocross World Championship with a fourth-place finish in the second moto of the day, which helped him claim fifth overall in the MXGP of Latvia. With the MXGP paddock now ready to head straight to Teutschenthal for the MXGP of Germany, the Team HRC rider leaves Kegums still eighth in the championship standings.

Gajser had a near-perfect jump out of the gate in the second moto and battled hard to consolidate third place as lap one drew to a close. The two-time World Champion soon came under pressure from Herlings and moved down one position, but he was able to recover it soon after by overtaking Coldenhoff. Tim rode at a very good pace in the first two thirds of the race, but as the laps ticked down he struggled to keep a strong enough rhythm and was eventually caught and passed by Paulin three laps from the end.

After a challenging start to race one, Gajser managed to recover many places in a few corners and was up to sixth place before a tumble halted his progress on the opening lap. The young Slovenian rider remounted his Honda and from 29th place he went all the way up to ninth at the chequered flag, after overtaking fellow Honda rider Jasikonis on the penultimate lap.

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Today wasn’t too bad although that’s clearly not where we want to be. This is how things are looking at the moment, but we will keep working hard. I know what I’m capable of and I know I can do better than this, but step by step I think we will get there. Teutschenthal is next, and it’s a track I really like. It’ll be important to avoid mistakes and push hard to get the type of results we deserve. I want to thank the team for their invaluable work: the bike was really good throughout the whole weekend.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Fifth place overall is not exactly the type of result we’re looking for, but it’s still something we can build on, especially with Germany coming up next. The track wasn’t easy and it got quite rough by the end of the second moto, but it was the same for everyone. Tim was quick in the early part of race two and that bodes well for Teutschenthal, a track that suits his style a lot more than here. The bike was very competitive today, so a massive thank you to the team for their hard work.

MXGP 2018
Race Round 7   Latvia

Race 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:09.629
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +11.055
3 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +19.745
4 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +30.988
5 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +32.466
6 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +51.207
7 Anstie Max 99 GBR 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +52.956
8 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +54.718
9 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 12 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +57.004
10 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 11 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +59.914
11 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 10 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:00.659
12 Nagl Max 12 GER 9 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:13.496
13 Butron Jose 17 SPA 8 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:17.504
14 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 7 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:23.807
15 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 6 BOS GP Suzuki +1:32.229
16 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 5 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:35.917
17 Desprey Maxime 141 FRA 4 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:45.566
18 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 3 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:52.905
19 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 2 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1:54.047
20 Leok Tanel 7 EST 1 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:55.542
MXGP 2018
Race Round 7   Latvia

Race 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:20.083
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +6.153
3 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +56.082
4 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 18 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1:02.105
5 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:07.560
6 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:11.982
7 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:19.390
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 13 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:26.477
9 Anstie Max 99 GBR 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:39.387
10 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:41.924
11 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 10 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:43.746
12 Butron Jose 17 SPA 9 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:46.907
13 Nagl Max 12 GER 8 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:48.337
14 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 7 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1 Lap
15 Leok Tanel 7 EST 6 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 Lap
16 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 5 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1 Lap
17 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 4 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1 Lap
18 Valentin Ander 920 SPA 3 920 Fly Group Husqvarna +1 Lap
19 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 2 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1 Lap
20 Kullas Harri 151 FIN 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 Lap
Location Information

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