A seventh race win for Tim Gajser moved the Team HRC rider to within one point of the championship-leading red-plate after another day of epic racing at the MXGP of Garda.
In what was the third of three rounds at the Pietramurata track in the Trentino region of northern Italy, the #243 moved up from third to second in this extremely close MXGP championship, after his four-one results gave him second overall.
After qualifying in sixth place, Gajser was able to cross for the first lap of the first race in an impressive fourth position but with a lot of pressure from behind, he had to battle the whole race to maintain that position and as a result, was unable to progress forward. He crossed the line in the same position and although it kept him in the championship hunt, he knew he needed to improve in the second moto for his own momentum.
Taking another inside gate pick, the Honda CRF450RW raced out of the gate in the second moto, moving quickly into first position within one lap. From there, he stretched out a comfortable lead while chaos reigned behind him. At one point the gap was almost 15 seconds, with Gajser posting the fastest lap of the race in the process, but he cruised home with a five second buffer, much to the delight of a huge number of adoring Slovenian fans.
As has become the norm for the Pietramurata track, the Tiga243 supporters all gathered on ‘Gajser Corner’ in a sea of red and yellow, with flags, flares and smoke bombs all adding to what was an incredible atmosphere. They cheered him all race long, and then gathered around the podium as Gajser took his position on the second step, celebrating his success and giving him even more impetus to carry into the season finale double-header next week.
The riders will have a few days to recover from this intense 10 days before heading a couple of hours south to the Mantova track in Lombardia, Italy where the penultimate round will be in a week’s time on Sunday 7th November before the final round of this enthralling MXGP championship on Wednesday 10th November.
|1||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||25||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||34:54.904|
|2||Febvre Romain||3||FRA||22||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||0:20.318|
|3||Herlings Jeffrey||84||NDL||20||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0:27.360|
|4||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||18||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||0:29.230|
|5||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||16||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0:30.180|
|6||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||15||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:37.870|
|7||Prado Garcia Jorge||61||SPA||14||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0:41.135|
|8||Lupino Alessandro||77||ITA||13||MRT Racing Team KTM||KTM||0:41.686|
|9||Wright Dylan||109||CAN||12||Wildcard Rider||Honda||0:43.219|
|10||Watson Ben||919||GBR||11||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:47.272|
|11||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||10||Beta SDM Corse MX Team||Beta||0:56.610|
|12||Kjer Olsen Thomas||19||DEN||9||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||1:01.782|
|13||Guillod Valentin||92||SWI||8||iXS MXGP Team||Yamaha||1:12.447|
|14||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||7||SS24 KTM MXGP||KTM||1:13.260|
|15||Locurcio Lorenzo||183||VEN||6||JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team||KTM||1:14.642|
|16||Jacobi Henry||29||GER||5||JM Honda Racing||Honda||1:16.166|
|17||van Doninck Brent||32||BEL||4||Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||1:23.506|
|18||Philippaerts David||15||ITA||3||Wildcard Rider||Kawasaki||1:25.031|
|19||Koch Tom||226||GER||2||KTM Kozak Team||KTM||1:26.138|
|20||Brylyakov Vsevolod||18||RUS||1||JWR Honda Racing||Honda||1:26.587|
Results Session 2
|1||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||25||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||35:09.036|
|2||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||22||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:05.961|
|3||Febvre Romain||3||FRA||20||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||0:18.063|
|4||Herlings Jeffrey||84||NDL||18||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0:32.493|
|5||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||16||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0:33.320|
|6||Prado Garcia Jorge||61||SPA||15||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0:36.170|
|7||Watson Ben||919||GBR||14||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:37.186|
|8||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||13||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:40.688|
|9||Paturel Benoit||16||FRA||12||Honda SR Motoblouz||Honda||0:42.504|
|10||Wright Dylan||109||CAN||11||Wildcard Rider||Honda||0:43.832|
|11||Boisrame Mathys||172||FRA||10||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||0:46.214|
|12||Kjer Olsen Thomas||19||DEN||9||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||0:48.886|
|13||Lupino Alessandro||77||ITA||8||MRT Racing Team KTM||KTM||0:50.499|
|14||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||7||Beta SDM Corse MX Team||Beta||0:51.934|
|15||van Doninck Brent||32||BEL||6||Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||1:08.925|
|16||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||5||SS24 KTM MXGP||KTM||1:11.442|
|17||Locurcio Lorenzo||183||VEN||4||JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team||KTM||1:13.077|
|18||Guillod Valentin||92||SWI||3||iXS MXGP Team||Yamaha||1:13.982|
|19||Butron Jose||17||SPA||2||JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team||KTM||1:24.392|
|20||Koch Tom||226||GER||1||KTM Kozak Team||KTM||1:25.677|