At the first of the triple-header events at the beautiful Pietramurata track in the Trentino region of Italy, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser made it four podium performances in a row, with a third place after four-three moto scores.

The circuit has seen a lot of MXGP action in recent years with a triple-header last year bringing fond memories for Gajser as he was crowned champion in the penultimate round of the series here. The Honda CRF450RW rider also won here in 2015 and in 2019, so he was extremely excited to see if he could add to that tally this year and close up the gap at the top of the championship.

The day got off to a difficult start as Gajser could only manage a sixth place in qualification, but while that is a little below-par, the gate pick is quite open, with the holeshot able to come from a multitude of locations. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to take advantage of this in either race, and instead he had to take evasive action as plenty of riders crashed in some pretty chaotic opening few corners.

As he has proved throughout the year, making numerous passes on the first lap hasn’t been a problem for the #243 and these two motos were no exception. After the first laps he had sliced his way through to field to come out in fifth and sixth in the motos, giving him a solid platform to attack those in front of him. However, in the first moto with the riders ahead all very evenly matched for speed, finding a place to pass proved extremely tricky and while he was able to move up slightly, it wasn’t enough to challenge for the win and he to settle for fourth. Things were improved in race two as more lines opened up, and he worked his way through to third, but time ran out before he got a chance to really attack second place and improve his standing in this highly contested 2021 MXGP championship.

Plenty of Slovenian fans had made the trip across the border to support their hero, and they cheered the loudest when he made his way onto the podium to collect his trophy. But both them, and Gajser himself will be hoping for more when the series resumes on Wednesday 27th October, for the second of the Trentino triple-headers.

Tim Gajser 243

It was a really intense day of racing, with two very hard-fought races. I made life difficult for myself with my starts, and having to come through the field in both motos and I completed a lot of passes but it wasn’t quite enough to take the win. However, we come back here on Wednesday and I know that I’m very close and I definitely won’t give up fighting until the very end. I’d like to thank my team for all their work and to all the fans who came here and supported me, I truly appreciate it and they always bring a smile to my face.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Everyone was very close in speed and that made this day extremely tough because passing was so difficult against the top riders. It didn’t help that the start was so chaotic, but Tim did very well to overcome some bad gate-drops and come through. He posted the fastest laptime in moto two but it was a really small margin between a possible win and a podium. However, there are still four more MXGPs left and we know Tim can go out there and win, and if he gets the starts right, we are confident he will turn this around.

MXGP 2021
Race Round 14   Trentino

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
18°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:14.099
2 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:02.146
3 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:03.665
4 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 18 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:04.234
5 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:41.383
6 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 15 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:44.401
7 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 0:48.810
8 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:09.882
9 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:10.696
10 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 11 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 1:11.881
11 Koch Tom 226 GER 10 KTM Sarholz KTM 1:17.703
12 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 9 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 1:23.403
13 Wright Dylan 109 CAN 8 Wildcard Rider Honda 1:24.975
14 Paturel Benoit 16 FRA 7 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:26.262
15 Watson Ben 919 GBR 6 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:30.803
16 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 5 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:38.000
17 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 4 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:43.923
18 Butron Jose 17 SPA 3 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:44.769
19 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 2 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM 2:26.868
20 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 1 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1 Lap
MXGP 2021
Race Round 14   Trentino

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
17°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:32.192
2 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:01.454
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:02.211
4 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:12.132
5 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:31.200
6 Paturel Benoit 16 FRA 15 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 0:56.020
7 Watson Ben 919 GBR 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:58.077
8 Koch Tom 226 GER 13 KTM Sarholz KTM 1:05.634
9 Boisrame Mathys 172 FRA 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:11.256
10 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 11 Standing Construct KTM KTM 1:13.668
11 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 10 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:16.685
12 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 9 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1:17.695
13 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 8 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1:20.278
14 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 7 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM 1:22.614
15 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 6 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 1:23.797
16 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 5 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:32.115
17 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:37.215
18 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 3 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:39.455
19 Butron Jose 17 SPA 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:39.855
20 Locurcio Lorenzo 183 VEN 1 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:44.391
Location Information

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