Team HRC’s Tim Gajser continued his good recent run of form with a commanding qualification race win at the amazing Rocket Motor Circuit in Sumbawa, Indonesia. Teammate Mitch Evans had a solid result, finishing seventh, but giving him a chance to break into the top five when the gate drops in tomorrow’s motos.
In free practice Gajser put in a laptime over one second ahead of P2, showing how quickly he adapted to this brand-new facility, which was created to host this MXGP. Featuring big hills and excellent dirt, the Rocket Motor Circuit has certainly impressed the riders and given them even more motivation to perform, and that’s exactly what the Honda CRF450R rider did in the qualification race, ripping a holeshot and never looking back to win the race by over eight seconds. This will give him first gate-pick for tomorrow’s races and a good chance to extend his points lead even further in the 2022 MXGP World Championship.
For Evans, his aim is to break into the top five on a track that is a level playing field for everyone. Most of the time in his MXGP career, Evans has been at a disadvantage due to him arriving at the majority of the circuits for the first time, however with this being a new track for the entire field, he had belief that this would be a good opportunity for his best results of the season. To do that, he’ll need to average better than seventh across the two motos and after a seventh in qualification, that’ll be the minimum he expects when the gate drops.
With no rain forecast and temperatures hovering just under 30C, the track should be in prime condition for the two motos at 13:15 and 16:10 local time, with Gajser hoping to make it eight GP wins out of 12 in what has been an impressive season so far.
|1||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||24:45.559|
|2||Febvre Romain||3||FRA||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||0:08.724|
|3||Fernandez Ruben||70||SPA||Honda 114 Motorsports||Honda||0:13.753|
|4||Prado Garcia Jorge||61||SPA||Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing||GasGas||0:21.571|
|5||Vlaanderen Calvin||10||NDL||Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||0:33.770|
|6||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:37.336|
|7||Evans Mitch||43||AUS||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||0:39.142|
|8||Jonass Pauls||41||LAT||Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team||GasGas||0:41.892|
|9||Lapucci Nicholas||211||ITA||Steels - Dr. Jack Racing||KTM||0:48.863|
|10||Beaton Jed||14||AUS||F&H Racing Team||Kawasaki||0:56.204|
|11||Östlund Alvin||161||SWE||JK Racing Yamaha Active||Yamaha||0:59.052|
|12||Guadagnini Mattia||101||ITA||Husqvarna Junior Racing Maddii||Husqvarna||1:06.468|
|13||Watson Ben||919||GBR||Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP||Kawasaki||1:10.511|
|14||Tixier Jordi||911||FRA||JT911 KTM Racing Team||KTM||1:19.254|
|15||Stewart Lewis||336||AUS||Wildcard Rider||KTM||1 Lap|