Tim Gajser has claimed his maiden podium of the season at Águeda at the end of an exciting racing weekend, which saw the Team HRC rider third and fifth aboard his Honda CRF450RW machine in today’s Portuguese MXGP races.

Gajser enjoyed a great launch off the gate in race one and placed the front wheel of his Honda CRF450RW in second position as the MXGP pack attacked the first corners of the race. The young but experienced Slovenian rider maintained a great pace throughout the whole encounter but on the penultimate lap he was caught and passed by Cairoli, and was third at the finish line.

Moments after the start of the second race, Gajser had a near crash as he ran too tight at turn two, which cost him several positions. The former world champion quickly got back to fifth place, which was enough for him to clinch his first podium of the year.

The team will now return to its Italian headquarters to get ready for the MXGP of Russia, which takes place on May 1st on the Black Sea shores at Orlyonok.

Tim Gajser 243

Obviously I’m really happy to be back on the podium. I felt good throughout the weekend: the track was very technical with many lines available, and I enjoyed it a lot. I got a good start in race one and I was able to follow Jeffrey but Toni passed me with two laps to go. My jump in race two was not as good and I got caught in the middle of the pack, then I almost crashed at turn two. Fifth place was enough for the podium, so I’m happy. This is a very important result after a rough start to the year, so I want to thank my team who helped me getting back near the front. I feel like our season is starting now, so I look forward to Russia.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Tim made another step forward and today was finally closer to where he deserves to be. The track wasn’t an easy one but he performed consistently well and scored two solid results, which gave him his first podium of the season with a third overall. It’s a long way to go still but we’re very happy with today’s result and we hope it’ll give him the right confidence to get even closer to the top. A massive thank you goes to the team for providing him with the best possible bike this weekend.

MXGP 2018
Race Round 5   Portugal

Race 1

Cloudy & Dry
Air Temp
15°C
Track Cond
Red clay
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:14.689
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +6.260
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +8.257
4 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +10.742
5 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +13.248
6 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +42.068
7 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +45.249
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 13 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +57.082
9 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 12 BOS GP Suzuki +1:13.250
10 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:29.151
11 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 10 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:31.230
12 Nagl Max 12 GER 9 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:33.831
13 Leok Tanel 7 EST 8 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:39.204
14 Desprey Maxime 141 FRA 7 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:39.340
15 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 6 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:47.564
16 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 5 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +2:00.065
17 Butron Jose 17 SPA 4 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +2:18.993
18 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 3 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1 Lap
19 Alberto Paulo 51 POR 2 Wildcard Rider Honda +1 Lap
20 Valentin Ander 920 SPA 1 920 Fly Group Husqvarna +1 Lap
MXGP 2018
Race Round 5   Portugal

Race 2

Cloudy & Dry
Air Temp
15°C
Track Cond
Red clay
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:12.692
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +34.373
3 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +43.349
4 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +48.023
5 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 16 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1:13.648
6 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:22.962
7 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 14 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:26.309
8 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:37.942
9 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 12 BOS GP Suzuki +1:41.051
10 Nagl Max 12 GER 11 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:49.071
11 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 10 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:50.671
12 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 9 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:52.132
13 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 8 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:56.412
14 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 7 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +2:06.092
15 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 6 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1 Lap
16 Desprey Maxime 141 FRA 5 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1 Lap
17 Leok Tanel 7 EST 4 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 Lap
18 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 3 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1 Lap
19 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 2 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1 Lap
20 Valentin Ander 920 SPA 1 920 Fly Group Husqvarna +1 Lap
Location Information

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