Tim Gajser showed once again his immense speed as he led the early part of the MXGP of Turkey qualification race, with fellow Team HRC rider Brian Bogers also improving throughout the day on the technical Afyonkarahisar motocross track.
Ripping off a great holeshot, after having second gate pick, Gajser looked to continue where he left off in Sweden, where he won the second MXGP moto. Unfortunately midway through the race, the combination of the low sun and the deep ruts caused him to misjudge a line and he went down, losing his lead of the race. Although he remounted quickly, his upper body did take a lot of the impact and while he was able to continue riding, he was only at half-pace for a few laps. Eventually he did get back up to speed and crossed the line in 13th place, feeling a bit sore but ready to do battle tomorrow when the points are at stake.
For teammate Bogers, on his first visit to Turkey, he gradually got to terms with the tricky track, getting better results in each of the three sessions. With 16th gate pick for the qualification race, he was able to round the first lap in 11th place and battling well with the riders around him. He made and conceded passes throughout the moto, receiving the chequered flag in 12th but will be hoping that he is able to continue his improvement when the gate drops tomorrow.
Gajser and Bogers start off Sunday 8th September with a warm up at 10:45am before their motos get underway at 14:15 and 17:10 in what should be another hot day of action.
|1||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Standing Construct KTM||KTM||23:41.215|
|2||Herlings Jeffrey||84||NDL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.897|
|3||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||10.485|
|4||Monticelli Ivo||128||ITA||iFly JK Racing||Yamaha||22.893|
|5||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||24.461|
|6||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Honda SR Motoblouz||Honda||27.303|
|7||Lupino Alessandro||77||ITA||Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki||Kawasaki||30.935|
|8||Strijbos Kevin||22||BEL||JWR Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||33.469|
|9||Jonass Pauls||41||LAT||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||35.955|
|10||Jasikonis Arminas||27||LTU||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||36.991|
|11||Searle Tommy||100||GBR||Bike It DRT Kawasaki||Kawasaki||48.787|
|12||Bogers Brian||189||NDL||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||49.337|
|13||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||53.616|
|14||Rodriguez Anthony||127||VEN||Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team||Yamaha||54.751|
|15||De Waal Micha-Boy||34||NDL||Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda Team||Honda||59.466|
|16||Tonus Arnaud||4||SWI||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||1:08.646|
|17||Petrov Petar||152||BUL||Team Honda Red Moto||Honda||1:09.800|
|18||Leok Tanel||7||EST||A1M Husqvarna||Husqvarna||1:10.198|
|19||Tixier Jordi||911||FRA||Team VHR KTM Racing||KTM||1:15.144|
|20||Renkens Nathan||83||BEL||KMP-Honda Repsol Racing||Honda||1:53.669|