Team HRC’s Tim Gajser was second at the finish line of the seventeenth qualifying race of the 2018 MXGP World Championship, after a very good performance on the elevation changes and jumps of the spectacular Bulgarian race track of Sevlievo. Gajser’s team mate Todd Waters showed good signs of improvement as he was fifteenth aboard his Honda CRF450RW machine.
Gajser had a perfect jump out of the second most-inside gate of the starting line and placed himself in second position after a few turns. For the first four laps of the moto, the two-time world champion managed to stay close to Jeffrey Herlings before losing touch from the current championship leader after a couple of small mistakes on lap five.
Despite the increased gap to the top, Gajser managed to increase his margin over third-place Clement Desalle as he consolidated his position in the second half of the encounter to cross the line almost 4.5secs ahead of the Belgian opponent.
Todd Waters had an encouraging performance today as he rounded up the top-15 after a solid ride around the spectacular Sevlievo track and was able to successfully fend off the attacks coming from the resurging Estonian Tanel Leok in the final lap.
MXGP action will resume tomorrow for the final day of the Bulgarian round, with the two races scheduled at 14:15 and 17:10 local time (GMT +3) after the traditional 15-minute warm up at 10:45.
|1||Herlings Jeffrey||84||NDL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||24:22.681|
|2||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+19.787|
|3||Desalle Clement||25||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+24.281|
|4||Febvre Romain||461||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||+33.807|
|5||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+38.814|
|6||Anstie Max||99||GBR||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+45.959|
|7||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+47.883|
|8||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||+52.810|
|9||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||+55.022|
|10||Lieber Julien||33||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+57.569|
|11||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||+59.276|
|12||Strijbos Kevin||22||BEL||Standing Construct KTM||KTM||+1:00.204|
|13||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+1:02.935|
|14||Petrov Petar||152||BUL||Team Honda Red Moto||Honda||+1:21.712|
|15||Waters Todd||42||AUS||Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor||Honda||+1:25.978|
|16||Leok Tanel||7||EST||A1M Husqvarna||Husqvarna||+1:26.204|
|17||Butron Jose||17||SPA||Marchetti Racing Team KTM||KTM||+1:39.222|
|18||Searle Tommy||100||GBR||Bike It DRT Kawasaki||Kawasaki||+1:41.305|
|19||Monticelli Ivo||128||ITA||iFly JK Racing||Yamaha||+1:50.127|
|20||Gercar Klemen||62||SLO||62 MotoSport||Husqvarna||+2:03.158|