Tim Gajser repeated his Matterley Basin qualification success by winning again here at the MXGP of Trentino. After posting the fastest times in both free and timed practice, the Slovenian rider took the holeshot in the qualification race and never looked back, holding off some late pressure to cross the line and take first gate pick into tomorrow’s main races.
With a vast number of Slovenian fans watching in the crowd, Gajser didn’t disappoint, proving in every session that he and his Honda CRF450RW were the combination to beat at this hard packed Arco di Trento track, which had been by rain earlier on this week. As the Slovenian corner cheered their approval, the #243 machine swept to the holeshot and began setting about breaking free of the chasing pack. Unfortunately lappers late in the moto allowed a chasing rider to close up, but Gajser remained calm and held on to another victory.
Unfortunately a late crash by Brian Bogers meant that was unable to challenge for a top 10 position and instead had to settle for crossing the line in 18th place. It was a shame as the Dutch rider had worked his way up from 20th place, all the way to 13th, which is very difficult on this tight and technical track. However, with the holeshot coming from a number of different gate positions, it will still be possible for Bogers to fight amongst the top 10 in tomorrow’s races.
The MXGP bikes are on track again at 10:25am local time (GMT +1), with the first gate dropping at 14:15 on Sunday 6th April.
|1||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||23:45.731|
|2||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.549|
|3||Tonus Arnaud||4||SWI||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||29.478|
|4||Monticelli Ivo||128||ITA||iFly JK Racing||Yamaha||44.067|
|5||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||44.983|
|6||Lupino Alessandro||77||ITA||Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki||Kawasaki||51.535|
|7||Jonass Pauls||41||LAT||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||55.993|
|8||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||57.021|
|9||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||RFX KTM Racing||KTM||59.128|
|10||Gole Anton||297||SWE||iFly JK Racing||Yamaha||1:03.049|
|11||Searle Tommy||100||GBR||Bike It DRT Kawasaki||Kawasaki||1:06.570|
|12||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Honda SR Motoblouz||Honda||1:09.270|
|13||Lieber Julien||33||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||1:11.171|
|14||Jasikonis Arminas||27||LTU||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||1:12.073|
|15||Anstie Max||99||GBR||Standing Construct KTM||KTM||1:22.569|
|16||Desalle Clement||25||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||1:24.758|
|17||Paturel Benoit||6||FRA||Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki||Kawasaki||1:26.231|
|18||Bogers Brian||189||NDL||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||1:27.705|
|19||Leok Tanel||7||EST||A1M Husqvarna||Husqvarna||1:31.514|
|20||Petrov Petar||152||BUL||Team Honda Red Moto||Honda||1:49.999|