As fans returned in huge numbers to the Lacapelle-Marival track in southern France, Tim Gajser had to fight hard for his podium spot, keeping him in contention for this highly contested 2021 MXGP World Championship.

Having not ridden here since 2010, the lack of experience of riding the tight, narrow and hard-pack circuit meant that Gajser was only able to qualify in sixth place and with starts being crucial, that proved a difficult obstacle to overcome as he tried to retain the series leading red-plate.

In the first race, he was blocked out from the riders inside and had to settle for coming round the first lap in ninth. He did make a couple of quick passes, but a small tip-over undid that hard work and he got back on his bike in 10th. Having to venture off the main racing line to make passes, he gradually worked his way through to sixth place, just seven seconds behind third, but he ran out of time and instead had to focus on doing his best for moto two.

He got off to a much better start in the second race, coming round lap one in fourth position but unfortunately he wasn’t able to get into third quickly enough to follow the front two as they pulled away. Eventually, he did make the move stick and that pass was good enough to grab third place on the podium. Despite a 35-point haul, he was unable to hold onto the red plate, and now sits just 10 points off the lead with six rounds still remaining. Next up for the series is the MXGP of Spain on Sunday 17th October, with the Intu Xanadu-Arroyomolinos venue hosting its second GP after a successful debut last year where Gajser finished second overall.

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It was a bit of a frustrating day here, despite ending up on the podium. I knew coming in that starts would be crucial because the track is so tight and narrow in a lot of places, and unfortunately I wasn’t able to get out of the gate well enough in either moto. In the first race I was around 10th place early on and it was just really difficult to make any passes, it was hard to find a good rhythm, but eventually I worked my way through to sixth, which was all I could manage. In race two, my start was a bit better but I couldn’t latch onto the top two and battle with them and so once I got into third, I was too far behind to catch them. Still, there are a lot races to come and I will now focus on next weekend when we head to Spain.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was a tough day for Tim, and I think the one-day format really was a disadvantage for us here because we just weren’t able to get the track time necessary to compete against the guys who have ridden here regularly. It was such a one-lined track and that made the motos difficult as Tim had to try and pass a lot of guys but he did his best and still came out with a podium. The positive thing is that we are still really close in the championship battle and with six rounds still remaining, there are a lot of points to race for and we are confident that Tim can bounce-back and challenge for wins once again in Spain.

MXGP 2021
Race Round 12   France

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
18°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 34:21.708
2 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:00.755
3 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:37.609
4 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 18 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:39.792
5 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:41.014
6 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 15 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:44.721
7 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 14 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:02.787
8 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:08.373
9 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 12 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 1:25.573
10 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 11 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:30.425
11 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:35.661
12 Paturel Benoit 16 FRA 9 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:37.548
13 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 8 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:38.604
14 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 7 JWR Honda Racing Honda 1:42.146
15 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 6 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:50.817
16 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1 Lap
17 Gilbert Josh 326 GBR 4 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna 1 Lap
18 Desprey Maxime 141 FRA 3 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki 1 Lap
19 Watson Ben 919 GBR 2 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1 Lap
20 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 1 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1 Lap
MXGP 2021
Race Round 12   France

Race 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:32.068
2 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:05.305
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:21.165
4 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:28.199
5 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 16 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:29.453
6 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:30.145
7 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 14 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:50.673
8 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:55.934
9 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 12 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 1:14.691
10 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:21.171
11 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 10 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:26.801
12 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 9 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:35.628
13 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 8 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 1:36.365
14 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 7 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1:37.641
15 Paturel Benoit 16 FRA 6 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:38.656
16 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 5 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:39.256
17 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 4 JWR Honda Racing Honda 1:41.949
18 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 3 JM Honda Racing Honda 1 Lap
19 Gilbert Josh 326 GBR 2 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna 1 Lap
20 Watson Ben 919 GBR 1 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1 Lap
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