Team HRC’s Tim Gajser was sixth at the end of today’s qualifying race at Pangkal Pinang, the home of the MXGP of Indonesia, which was held in hot and sunny weather conditions, which had allowed the track to dry up fully before the start of the moto. His team mate Todd Waters finished the encounter in 18th position.

After a decent start and some back-and-forth action with his closest rivals, Gajser moved up to fourth place after passing Desalle on lap two, immediately pulling a gap on his French opponent and Toni Cairoli, who went off track the lap before and had to give up a few places. When Coldenhoff crashed out of second place, Gajser found himself in close pursuit of Paulin and, with a clean manoeuvre, he passed him on lap seven for second.

The effort made in trying to find a good alternative line to overtake his rival cost Gajser a lot of momentum, however, and the Slovenian rider then found himself back in seventh position as his pace dropped away. But with Anstie crashing ahead of him in the final stages of the moto, he was promoted to sixth before the finish line.

Todd Waters did not enjoy the best jump of the gate but was able to make his way up to eleventh and stay up there in the first few laps of the moto. The 27-year-old Australian rider, who is still working hard to find good racing form – this is only his third round of the year – began losing some ground from the top-ten as the laps went by and was eventually 18th at the chequered flag.

The MXGP field will get back on track tomorrow morning at 10:45 for the warm up session, which will be followed by the two motos of the MXGP of Indonesia at 13:15 and 16:10 local time (GMT +7).

Tim Gajser 243

The day started well: I was fastest in free practice in the mud and then again among the quickest in timed practice. The speed was there, also in the qualifying race; in the beginning, though, I pushed too hard and made a couple mistakes, which cost me some focus and energy. Sixth is not the best result, but it’s definitely not too bad. We have a good gate-pick so I look forward to tomorrow.

Todd Waters 42

I’m obviously a little bit frustrated with the result: I had a good first couple of laps when I went all the way from 20th to 11th with some good passes. Unfortunately, soon enough I hit a brick wall in terms of fitness and I simply could not keep the pace and ride the way I wanted. I’m still catching up in this department and it’s not easy to do so in such a competitive series like MXGP. But I don’t want to let myself down: it’s important to stay focused and persistent, and lap after lap we will return to the type for form that will enable us to perform at a high level.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Today we didn’t get the results we were looking for, especially after the good indications from free and timed practice. Tim was very fast in the first two sessions and everything looked promising, but unfortunately he wasn’t able to maintain the pace for the whole moto. Sixth place does not preclude him from battling at the front and that’s where we want him to be, so we look forward to the races. Todd is dealing with the lack of fitness due to the injury and the little track-time he’s had so far this year. He needs to keep calm and think mid-term, because that’s the only way to do it right now.

MXGP 2018
Qualifying Round 12   Indonesia

Qualifying race

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
Track Cond
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:01.609
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +3.027
3 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +9.010
4 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +17.598
5 Febvre Romain 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +27.175
6 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Team HRC - MXGP Honda +28.869
7 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +37.272
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +39.077
9 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +40.881
10 Lieber Julien 33 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +43.292
11 Nagl Max 12 GER TM Racing Factory Team TM +46.542
12 Anstie Max 99 GBR Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +52.839
13 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +54.797
14 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS BOS GP Suzuki +56.809
15 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1:07.120
16 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:10.262
17 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:14.294
18 Waters Todd 42 AUS Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +1:17.964
19 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:19.968
20 Stewart Lewis 336 AUS Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 lap
Location Information

Pangkal Pinang, Pangkal Pinang City, Bangka Belitung Islands, Indonesia - View in Google Maps