Team HRC’s Tim Gajser kept hold of the championship-leading red plate after his sixth podium of the season at the Mantova sand track in Northern Italy. With passing at a premium, starts were the critical element and the Honda CRF450RW showed its power once again by propelling the Slovenian towards the front of the field in both races. Teammate Mitch Evans also benefitted from two good starts as he scored decent points in both races.

Coming into this second Mantova round with a five-point lead, Gajser now heads into Sunday with an unchanged points gap after scoring a solid 36 points in the two motos. Five-three moto finishes don’t tell the whole story though as he wasn’t able to translate his speed into points on a track that was extremely difficult to pass on. Qualifying fastest once again meant the #243 had first gate pick and he rounded the first turn high up the field in both races. However, in the first race, the positions of the top six riders didn’t change after lap one, showing just how competitive this MXGP class is. And then, despite his best efforts to make moves for the lead, it was a similar story in race two as he had to settle for third in another hard-fought encounter.

Evans was at the end of the high-paced train in the first moto, scoring a nice sixth place and giving him a potential podium if he could just get out ahead of his rivals in race two. He got a good jump out of the gate but the tight second corner proved harder to negotiate and instead he was down in eighth by the time they crossed the line for the first time. Just like in race one, passing was extremely hard and although Evans moved up one spot, he ended up going six-seven for eighth overall.

Both riders know that on this Mantova track, the first 100 metres are the most important and they now have a couple of days to perfect their starting technique before the third round of this latest triple header at this sandy Italian circuit on Sunday 4th October.

Tim Gajser 243

It wasn’t a bad day as I was still able to finish on the podium but still, I wasn’t completely happy with my riding today. I didn’t have the best start in race one and in the first lap I made a couple of passes but then I was just following Antonio and it was difficult to make any passes. We were all riding the same speed and I ended up fifth. In the second moto I got a better start, in second place behind Romain and I was pushing hard trying to pass him. I had a couple of spots where I was faster but I couldn’t make a pass and then I made a mistake which dropped me to third. I tried to regain second place but ran out of tear-offs when I was pushing for the pass with a couple of laps left and instead had to settle for third, ending up third overall. Still, I have the red plate and that is important after every round.

Mitch Evans 43

A better day today which started off with a 10th in qualifying. I didn’t feel the greatest but I knew it was more down to the starts, than the laptimes and in race one I got out of the blocks well. Unfortunately, it was very hard to pass and everyone was just following the leader the whole race and I came away with sixth, which was okay. In the second race I got caught up in the first two turns and lost a couple of positions and played ‘follow the leader’ once again. I stayed in seventh until the chequered flag which made it a much better day than last Sunday and I’ll hope to keep improving for the third round here this Sunday.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

The starts were all important here once again and although both Tim and Mitch both had decent jumps out of the gate, they weren’t quite able to come out at the front and that really hindered any chance of winning motos. Passing was very difficult and although Tim looked faster, he just couldn’t move through the field and get to the front. We are glad that he was able to keep the red plate though and keep the gap at the top, because there are still a lot of races left with a lot of points to play for. We’re also pleased to see Mitch move closer and closer to the top 10 in the championship and we’re sure he can do better for the final round here.

MXGP 2020
Race Round 10   Mantova

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
20°C
Track Cond
Sandy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:13.182
2 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:01.152
3 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:04.142
4 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:11.098
5 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 16 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:13.368
6 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 15 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:25.884
7 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 14 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:33.761
8 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 13 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 0:41.780
9 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:45.223
10 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:49.814
11 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 10 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 0:52.841
12 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 9 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:59.844
13 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 8 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:09.631
14 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 7 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1:11.535
15 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 6 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:15.770
16 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 5 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha 1:27.005
17 Leok Tanel 7 EST 4 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna 1:40.555
18 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 3 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM 1:42.492
19 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:54.233
20 Walsh Dylan 53 NZL 1 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:57.076
MXGP 2020
Race Round 10   Mantova

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
22°C
Track Cond
Sandy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 34:59.172
2 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:01.667
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:03.880
4 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:06.557
5 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 16 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:07.281
6 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:07.577
7 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 14 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:32.148
8 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 13 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 0:35.818
9 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:37.490
10 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 11 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 0:43.488
11 Walsh Dylan 53 NZL 10 JM Honda Racing Honda 0:46.969
12 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 9 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 0:50.441
13 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 8 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:55.711
14 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 7 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna 1:16.032
15 Leok Tanel 7 EST 6 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna 1:23.173
16 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 5 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:28.192
17 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 4 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:32.926
18 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 3 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM 1:39.430
19 Butron Jose 17 SPA 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:45.121
20 Sterry Adam 811 GBR 1 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:52.173
Location Information

Viale Learco Guerra, 13m, 46100 Mantova MN, Italy - View in Google Maps