Team HRC’s Tim Gajser continued his good form in Saturday’s qualification races by finishing second in Agueda, Portugal. The Slovenian rider was fastest in free practice and timed practice and grabbed the holeshot but couldn’t quite maintain the speed in the second half of the race, ending up in second position. His team mate Brian Bogers finished just outside the top 20 but showed good speed early on to make passes and challenge near the top 10. And while he would have liked a better gate pick, both he and Gajser are confident that they can go better tomorrow at this picturesque MXGP of Portugal.
The day started off well for Gajser as he showed his one-lap speed once again, posting the fastest timed lap for the fourth time this season and getting first gate pick for the qualification race. He used this to his advantage, taking the holeshot and leading the first half of the race. Unfortunately a couple of mistakes crept into his riding and he lost the lead but he continued to push and finished just over two seconds behind first place. This sets him up well for the motos tomorrow where hopefully the weather will hold off and he can perform like he did at the last dry round in Trentino, where he took the overall victory.
After his second place in the second moto at the MXGP of Lombardia, Bogers came into Portugal full of confidence and while things didn’t quite go his way today, he still believes that he can put things together tomorrow and show his speed when the points are at stake.
Races begin tomorrow on Sunday 19th May at 14:15 local time for the MXGP class, after a morning warm up at 10:45am.
|1||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||25:05.809|
|2||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||2.638|
|3||Lupino Alessandro||77||ITA||Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki||Kawasaki||30.238|
|4||Desalle Clement||25||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||32.829|
|5||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||34.891|
|6||Tonus Arnaud||4||SWI||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||35.788|
|7||Lieber Julien||33||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||43.707|
|8||Febvre Romain||461||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||50.157|
|9||Jonass Pauls||41||LAT||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||52.361|
|10||Searle Tommy||100||GBR||Buildbase Honda||Honda||54.146|
|11||Leok Tanel||7||EST||A1M Husqvarna||Husqvarna||54.561|
|12||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||RFX KTM Racing||KTM||56.502|
|13||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||56.796|
|14||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Standing Construct KTM||KTM||58.702|
|15||Tixier Jordi||911||FRA||Team VHR KTM Racing||KTM||1:00.796|
|16||Strijbos Kevin||22||BEL||JWR Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||1:01.536|
|17||Paturel Benoit||6||FRA||Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki||Kawasaki||1:02.263|
|18||Jasikonis Arminas||27||LTU||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||1:02.766|
|19||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Honda SR Motoblouz||Honda||1:07.146|
|20||Valentin Ander||920||SPA||920 Fly Group||Husqvarna||1:17.031|