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.