Tim Gajser had a great start to the 2019 MXGP season as he piloted his Honda CRF450RW to the first holeshot of the year in the qualification race at the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina. The Slovenian rider went on to lead for over half the race before he made two mistakes on one lap that left him down in ninth place when he received the chequered flag. While the end result isn’t what he was after, the speed he showed throughout the day was very positive and sets him up nicely for tomorrow’s races.

Brian Bogers also rode better than his end result of 21st suggests, as the Dutch rider makes his comeback from a 2018 season which he almost entirely missed through injury. After a timed practice result of 15th, he was battling around that place in the qualification race before a small crash dropped him outside the top 20. Despite this setback, he is still confident of scoring points tomorrow and is looking forward to the first gate drop at 13:15 (GMT – 3) at this amazing facility in Villa La Angostura.

Tim Gajser 243

The day was okay, I was feeling good on the bike and I was fast on the track. The qualification race was going well until I crashed as I took the holeshot and I was riding well. When Febvre closed up I started riding a little tight and made some little mistakes. I had a small crash, and then in the same lap I changed my line in the wave section, caught a square edge and had quite big get-off. Thankfully I was able to continue without any pain and ended up finishing in ninth place. This should still be a good enough gate pick for tomorrow, which is a day I have been looking forward to all winter.

Brian Bogers 189

It feels really good to be back racing and I’m not too disappointed with today. In timed practice I was 15th fastest and I think that for now, that is around my place. Then in the qualifying race I was a little too stressed, and I was riding too tight, which probably caused my crash, so I could only finish in 21st place. I definitely think tomorrow will be better though.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was great to see Tim grab the first holeshot of the season on his CRF450RW. It shows that all the work the team have put in over the winter has paid off and it was really nice to see him leading the first half of the race. Unfortunately he suffered a couple of crashes, but he should be okay for tomorrow which is when the points are at stake.
For Brian, it is still early for him as he comes back from missing almost all of 2018, so we are happy to see him out there competing. He also crashed once, but other than that, he had good battles with a lot of very talented riders which is very encouraging.

MXGP 2019
Qualifying Round 1   Argentina

Qualifying Race

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Febvre Romain 3 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 24:21.194
2 Lieber Julien 33 BEL JM Honda Racing Honda 4.306
3 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 6.536
4 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 10.377
5 Anstie Max 99 GBR Standing Construct KTM KTM 13.962
6 Nagl Max 12 GER KTM Sarholz KTM 14.612
7 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 17.028
8 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha 24.790
9 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Team HRC - MXGP Honda 27.141
10 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 36.354
11 Searle Tommy 100 GBR Buildbase Honda Honda 39.076
12 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 42.852
13 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 44.508
14 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA JT911 KTM Racing Team KTM 45.569
15 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR SS24 KTM MXGP KTM 46.909
16 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 53.753
17 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 55.594
18 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 57.127
19 Butron Jose 17 SPA JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 57.340
20 Salazar Jetro 220 ECU Wildcard Rider Honda 1:08.190
21 Bogers Brian 189 NDL Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna 1:11.323
Location Information

Neuquen, Argentina - View in Google Maps