Tim Gajser and Todd Waters have shown a strong pace in today’s qualifying race at Kegums, the venue currently hosting the seventh event of the 2018 Motocross World Championship season. The two standard bearers of Team HRC for the MXGP class, however, eventually ended up having a taste of the Latvian sand, and with very different outcomes: Waters could not re-join the moto after fracturing his collarbone, while Gajser’s tumble only cost the two-time champ a few positions.
Gajser had a decent jump out of the gate and despite the usual first-turn havoc, he managed to sweep through the first corner on two wheels and was ninth as the opening lap drew to a close. The 21-year-old Slovenian rider displayed a great pace as he charged towards the top-three, which he reached towards the end of the moto. On the penultimate lap, however, Gajser crashed unhurt and, after remounting his Honda CRF450RW machine, he crossed the line in seventh place.
Todd Waters had an unfortunate end of what was shaping to be a very positive debut moto for the 27-year-old Australian, who was running in eighth place before overshooting a jump and being thrown over the handlebar after a hard landing. Todd is now heading to Latvia’s capital-city Riga in order to undergo more extensive medical evaluations, more information will follow when available.
MXGP will return to the track tomorrow at 10:45 local time (GMT +3) for the warm up, which will be followed by the two 30-minute races at 14:15 and 17:10.
|1||Herlings Jeffrey||84||NDL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||25:15.963|
|2||Desalle Clement||25||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+50.350|
|3||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+52.955|
|4||Febvre Romain||461||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||+53.967|
|5||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||+56.432|
|6||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+59.992|
|7||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+1:01.824|
|8||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||+1:02.220|
|9||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+1:03.219|
|10||Nagl Max||12||GER||TM Racing Factory Team||TM||+1:09.757|
|11||Anstie Max||99||GBR||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+1:26.139|
|12||Jasikonis Arminas||27||LTU||Team Honda Red Moto||Honda||+1:31.282|
|13||Lupino Alessandro||77||ITA||Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki||Kawasaki||+1:36.365|
|14||Paturel Benoit||6||FRA||JM Honda Racing||Honda||+1:42.346|
|15||Petrov Petar||152||BUL||Team Honda Red Moto||Honda||+1:45.240|
|16||Desprey Maxime||141||FRA||Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki||Kawasaki||+1:48.539|
|17||Butron Jose||17||SPA||Marchetti Racing Team KTM||KTM||+1:49.300|
|18||Bobryshev Evgeny||777||RUS||BOS GP||Suzuki||+1:52.006|
|19||Kullas Harri||151||FIN||Wildcard Rider||Husqvarna||+1:57.626|
|20||Monticelli Ivo||128||ITA||iFly JK Racing||Yamaha||+1:59.175|