At the eighth round of the 2020 MXGPs, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser scored his sixth race win of the season to close the gap at the top of the championship to just seven points. In what was the third round in a week held at the picturesque Faenza circuit, Gajser, on board his Honda CRF450RW showed great speed and passing to win race two, giving him second place on the podium. It also added to his moto-winning tally which is now more than any other rider this year. Fighting hard alongside the reigning champion was teammate Mitch Evans who continued his improvement by getting sixth overall, including another impressive fourth in the first moto.

On what was the same layout as the two previous rounds, held on the previous Sunday and Wednesday, and with very similar hot temperatures, the Team HRC duo once again acquitted themselves extremely well in all three sessions of the day. Timed practice saw Evans third and Gajser fifth and their similar times continued into the first moto where they both moved through the field to record fourth (Evans) and fifth (Gajser) results.

Just like on Wednesday, and spurred on by the ever-changing championship picture, Gajser made no mistakes in race two, getting off to a good start and moving into the lead by lap five. Posting extremely fast laptimes that the rest of the field struggled to match, he pulled out a comfortable gap, eventually crossing the line just under five seconds ahead of second place. This victory was good enough for second overall, which is the fifth time he has been runner-up, but if he keeps displaying this sort of speed, it won’t be long before he turns that into an overall win.

Coming into this triple-header, Evans had the goal of improving at each round and that is exactly what the Australian achieved, going four-eight for sixth overall, which followed on from his eighth on Sunday and his seventh on Wednesday. With a couple more weeks of training under his belt, and with the series heading to Mantova, a track where he won the Internazionali d’Italia in pre-season, he’ll be expecting to keep this momentum going for what is another triple-header of racing, beginning on Sunday 27th September.

Tim Gajser 243

I didn’t have a good start in either moto, they were solid and I tried to make quick passes in the beginning but I would have liked to have been nearer to the front. The first lap of the first moto I came together with Toni and I fell so I was back in the pack, eventually coming back to fifth. I was a bit disappointed but that was the result so I had to refocus for race two. I got a better start in this race and made a couple of good early passes to get into the lead. I pulled out a gap of a few seconds and controlled the race from there to get myself another moto win. It was a tough week of racing and not everything has gone my way but the championship is really close and we are all working hard in Team HRC to get the best results possible. Now there is a weekend off so I will go home and prepare myself for the next race in Mantova.

Mitch Evans 43

I had another good day again and we’re still improving with sixth overall today. It’s been better each time so I’m happy with that. The first moto I didn’t get that great of a start and pushed really hard to come back to fourth so it was a good moto but I pretty much used all of my energy in that one. In the second moto I had a really good start, almost grabbing the holeshot but I had nothing left in the tank so it was just survival mode after that, with me holding on as best I could. I’m happy that I was still able to keep improving and stay healthy and be moving onto the next GP in a couple of weeks at a track I really like.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Tim has continually shown that he is the fastest rider on the track, but he hasn’t quite been able to put it together in both motos. Today was another example of this as he won his sixth race win in just eight rounds, and really looked good in that second moto, especially with those early passes. The most important thing though is that we came into these three Faenza races 46 points down in the championship, and now the gap is only seven so we are excited for the battle ahead of us, starting with Mantova in a couple of weeks. For Mitch, he has improved every round and sixth overall today was impressive. With two more weeks of training, we believe he can be right at the front of the field in Mantova.

MXGP 2020
Race Round 8   Italy

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
30°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:06.974
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:01.756
3 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:12.467
4 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 18 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:15.553
5 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 16 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:19.255
6 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 0:19.504
7 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 14 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:22.152
8 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 13 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:25.201
9 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:40.468
10 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:49.618
11 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 10 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:52.089
12 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 9 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 0:56.088
13 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 8 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 0:58.920
14 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 7 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:06.310
15 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 6 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1:12.173
16 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 5 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:18.200
17 Walsh Dylan 53 NZL 4 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:20.684
18 Covington Thomas 64 USA 3 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:23.390
19 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 2 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM 1:30.840
20 Koch Tom 226 GER 1 KTM Sarholz KTM 1:37.510
MXGP 2020
Race Round 8   Italy

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
30°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 35:15.947
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:04.959
3 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:10.499
4 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:25.451
5 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 16 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:34.581
6 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:47.762
7 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:49.311
8 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 13 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:49.897
9 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:04.063
10 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 11 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:07.203
11 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 10 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 1:14.153
12 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 9 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:18.679
13 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 8 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:22.820
14 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 7 Team VHR KTM Racing KTM 1:30.970
15 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 6 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna 1:36.766
16 Covington Thomas 64 USA 5 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:37.129
17 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 4 Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha 1:41.625
18 Rauchenecker Pascal 281 AUT 3 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:51.124
19 Pichon Zachary 101 FRA 2 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 1:55.288
20 Butron Jose 17 SPA 1 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 2:00.526
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