In a season filled with great moments, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser saved his best performance of the year for the second moto in Lommel, coming through from seventh place to power into the lead with five laps remaining and win the MXGP of Lommel with a one-one sweep.

Once again the Honda CRF450RW rider gave himself first gate pick by posting a qualification time over one second quicker than the rest of the field, which he then took full advantage of by reeling off two impressive holeshots. In the first race, this gave him the platform to control the moto, posting fast lap after fast lap as he pulled out a lead of over 20 seconds by the time the chequered flag was waved. It was his 11th race win of the season but he knew he still had a lot of work to do to get to number 12 which would give him the overall and the illusive one-one he has definitely deserved this year.

Like race one, he swept across the holeshot line in first place and was looking good until a mistake midway through lap one dropped him down to seventh position. With the runner-up from race one pulling away at the front, Gajser knew that the only way he’d get the overall was to win race two, but by the time he remounted, he was over 10 seconds behind. As the laps ticked off, the Slovenian worked his way through the field, posting the fastest lap of the moto to try and close in on the leader. With five laps left, he made his move and passed around the outside of one of the deep sandy bowl turns, immediately pulling out a gap that was unassailable for the tiring field. After a season of 12 moto wins, and three overalls, this was the best performance of a rider who is on top of his game and one which gave him perfect one-one moto wins. Importantly in the championship battle, it also extended his lead at the top of the table to 74 points with just three rounds and six motos left to run.

Next up for the reigning champion is the final triple-header of the year in Pietramurata, Italy. The Trentino track is a favourite of Gajser’s and he’ll be hoping to round off the season in perfect style, starting next weekend on Sunday 1st November.

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I’m very happy with how the whole week went. All three rounds my speed was good and I was enjoying the riding. In the first moto I took a really important holeshot because it was raining and the track was wet so it was a lot easier to ride in front rather than get roosted. At the beginning Romain was pushing but I managed to get a good gap and control the race. The second race I got the holeshot again but on the first lap I fell after getting sideways. I went back to seventh or so and it took me a couple of laps to regroup a bit. Then I found some good lines, made some passes and worked all the way back into the lead. I was riding really well and I’m super happy to go one-one here and finish off this week with such a good performance. A big thanks to everyone in the team who continues to work so hard in these difficult times, and I’m really looking forward to getting to Trentino!

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

What a perfect day from Tim. His riding has been brilliant all week and most of the year too, but this was just amazing how he rode today. The first moto was another controlled performance, getting the lead and doing enough to win comfortably, but his second moto really just showed the level he is at right now, passing top riders quickly on this difficult sandy Lommel track. He proved he is the best rider this year on whatever surface they race on and the whole team couldn’t be prouder of him. To come to Lommel and extend his points gap by 50 points is a massive achievement and we can’t wait to race in Trentino next week for the final three rounds of the championship.

MXGP 2020
Race Round 15   Belgium

Race 1

Rainy
Air Temp
13°C
Track Cond
Deep Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 36:25.583
2 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:22.638
3 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:39.629
4 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:55.783
5 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:00.705
6 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 15 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:09.550
7 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 14 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 1:14.677
8 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:14.890
9 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 12 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:23.600
10 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:43.515
11 Watson Nathan 991 GBR 10 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:49.611
12 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 9 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM 2:25.235
13 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 8 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1 Lap
14 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 7 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1 Lap
15 Potisek Milko 32 FRA 6 Ceres 71 Yamaha 1 Lap
16 Leok Tanel 7 EST 5 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna 1 Lap
17 Walsh Dylan 53 NZL 4 JM Honda Racing Honda 1 Lap
18 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 3 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna 1 Lap
19 Ebben Kay 228 NDL 2 Wildcard Rider KTM 1 Lap
20 Rannikko Rene 191 FIN 1 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna 1 Lap
MXGP 2020
Race Round 15   Belgium

Race 2

Windy
Air Temp
14°C
Track Cond
Deep Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 36:31.050
2 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:18.740
3 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:23.084
4 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:30.972
5 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:55.849
6 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:10.025
7 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 14 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:25.726
8 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 13 Wildcard Rider Yamaha 1:31.433
9 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 12 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 1:36.101
10 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 11 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:49.623
11 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 10 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna 1:58.837
12 Walsh Dylan 53 NZL 9 JM Honda Racing Honda 2:09.702
13 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 8 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 2:10.945
14 Van der Vlist Freek 88 NDL 7 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 2:11.826
15 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 6 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1 Lap
16 Leok Tanel 7 EST 5 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna 1 Lap
17 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 4 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1 Lap
18 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 3 Standing Construct KTM KTM 1 Lap
19 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1 Lap
20 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 1 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM 1 Lap
Location Information

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