In the best Indonesian GP in recent times, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser dominated at the Rocket Motor Circuit in Sumbawa, Indonesia, going one-one for his eighth overall of the season which extended his lead in the championship to 125 points.
A lot of work went into creating this amazing venue where Gajser and teammate Mitch Evans showed the speed of their Honda CRF450Rs, putting their machines at the front of the field and giving the thousands of Honda riders in the crowd, something to cheer for.
After victory in the qualification race yesterday, Gajser had first gate-pick heading in to the motos today and he put that into good use, taking a holeshot in race one, which he used to then control the race and cross the finish line nearly five seconds ahead of second place. Evans had seventh gate-pick and he rounded the first bend in eighth, so the opportunity was there to move forward if he could make the moves on this soft-loamy track. After a couple of laps, he was into seventh, and then a few more he was into sixth, but by that time the riders in front had created a bit of a gap so he settled for sixth.
In race two, Gajser wasn’t able to get quite such a good start, rounding the first turn in fourth, but a really smooth pass quickly moved him into third place. A lap later and he was in second place, and before the leader could even start to ride defensively, the #243 had swept around the outside and moved into first. The crowd were really cheering at this stage and it was great to see Gajser back to his very best and entertaining the fans with his speed and skill. He then stretched out a lead and took the chequered flag for the 13th time this incredible season.
Behind him, Evans was once again working his way through the field, coming through from seventh place on lap one, to end up in fifth position. It was quite an effort from the Australian, including posting a laptime that was second-fastest, only slightly behind Gajser, which really highlighted how well the Honda CRF450R coped in these loamy conditions. His six-five results gave him sixth overall, his best in 2022, and with the 31-points also a season-high.
Now the riders will have a couple of weekends off to recuperate from all the travel and prepare themselves for the final seven rounds of the season. Up next is Loket in the Czech Republic which takes place the weekend of July 17, and should feature a much more familiar challenge on the hard-pack hills near Karlovy Vary.
|1||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||25||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||34:55.151|
|2||Prado Garcia Jorge||61||SPA||22||Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing||GasGas||0:04.931|
|3||Fernandez Ruben||70||SPA||20||Honda 114 Motorsports||Honda||0:07.672|
|4||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||18||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:10.685|
|5||Febvre Romain||3||FRA||16||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||0:15.040|
|6||Evans Mitch||43||AUS||15||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||0:34.937|
|7||Jonass Pauls||41||LAT||14||Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team||GasGas||0:46.031|
|8||Guadagnini Mattia||101||ITA||13||Husqvarna Junior Racing Maddii||Husqvarna||0:50.727|
|9||Tixier Jordi||911||FRA||12||JT911 KTM Racing Team||KTM||0:54.717|
|10||Beaton Jed||14||AUS||11||F&H Racing Team||Kawasaki||0:56.707|
|11||Lapucci Nicholas||211||ITA||10||Steels - Dr. Jack Racing||KTM||0:58.736|
|12||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||9||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||1:09.590|
|13||Östlund Alvin||161||SWE||8||JK Racing Yamaha Active||Yamaha||1:11.839|
|14||Watson Ben||919||GBR||7||Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP||Kawasaki||1:15.431|
|15||Bogers Brian||189||NDL||6||Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team||Husqvarna||1 Lap|
|1||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||25||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||35:12.673|
|2||Prado Garcia Jorge||61||SPA||22||Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing||GasGas||0:03.834|
|3||Febvre Romain||3||FRA||20||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||0:06.005|
|4||Fernandez Ruben||70||SPA||18||Honda 114 Motorsports||Honda||0:16.217|
|5||Evans Mitch||43||AUS||16||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||0:25.361|
|6||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||15||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:29.237|
|7||Jonass Pauls||41||LAT||14||Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team||GasGas||0:32.608|
|8||Guadagnini Mattia||101||ITA||13||Husqvarna Junior Racing Maddii||Husqvarna||0:35.659|
|9||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||12||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:42.924|
|10||Vlaanderen Calvin||10||NDL||11||Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||0:49.442|
|11||Lapucci Nicholas||211||ITA||10||Steels - Dr. Jack Racing||KTM||0:58.817|
|12||Tixier Jordi||911||FRA||9||JT911 KTM Racing Team||KTM||1:01.648|
|13||Watson Ben||919||GBR||8||Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP||Kawasaki||1:04.481|
|14||Beaton Jed||14||AUS||7||F&H Racing Team||Kawasaki||1:21.911|
|15||Östlund Alvin||161||SWE||6||JK Racing Yamaha Active||Yamaha||1:23.622|
|16||Bogers Brian||189||NDL||5||Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team||Husqvarna||2:11.735|