Team HRC MXGP Tim Gajser and Evgeny Bobryshev both finished inside the top ten today at the MXGP of Pays de Montbéliard.

Gajser looked at ease earlier on in the day, scrubbing around the French hillside in both the free and timed practice but as the rain fell, the conditions went from prime to slick. The Slovenian had a good start out gate but overshot the corner, sending him too wide. Shortly after a fall in the first lap sent him back to 21st place.  Getting comfortable in the slippery conditions and finding some good lines on track, Gajser finished sixth.

Bobryshev; who openly admits he is not a fan of the mud, took a ninth-place finish in qualifying. The Russian made a few small mistakes in the last few laps which dropped him back from sixth but it is a solid start for tomorrows race.

The MXGP qualifying race starts at 14h15 local time tomorrow.

Tim Gajser 243

Today I was really enjoying the track, especially in free practice and timed practice. It started raining before and during the qualification race and then it made the track sketchy, muddy and created deep ruts. I almost took the holeshot but I just went a little bit too far on the outside and Gautier hit me so I lost a fair amount of positions. I struggled on the first lap as everyone was going all over the track as it was really slippery. I made a mistake, missed the rut and then Herlings hit me from behind and I went down. I was way back in the pack but I managed to find some good lines during the race and came back to sixth. It is not a bad gate pick for tomorrow. Tomorrow the start is going to be really important as it is raining here so if you start in front you have a clear visibility.

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

Qualifying wasn't so easy today as we had a lot of rain just before the race, I didn't have such a good start as in the first corner I was stuck in the mud but I managed to get to 10th and eventually got to sixth. I found I couldn't keep my speed as I started to make mistakes and couldn't hold my line and I was all over the track. I am frustrated but I will make some changes with the team over night to get more comfortable with the conditions.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Fantastic start for Tim but he was just a little bit too hot in the first corner and lost a few places but he got off the gate very very well. He ran well but got tangled in one rut, came out sideways, hit another rider and went down. From then it was an uphill battle but he managed to pull through the field comfortably. His race times were really good, we are happy with that from today. If he carries that into tomorrow, he has got to be looking at a podium position. Bobby didn't have a good start but was still in the top ten. He rode consistently which is good as he has struggled in the wet conditions before. It was really quite a solid race from him so he needs to do the same tomorrow. We could see him up there and he could look at a podium position if he doesn't make so many mistakes.

MXGP 2017
Qualifying Round 19   France

Qualifying

Cloudy/Wet
Humidity
62%
Air Temp
14°C
Track Cond
Hard Packed
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Anstie Max 99 GBR Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 25:02.964
2 Febvre Romain 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +2.476
3 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +25.133
4 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +29.552
5 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +34.938
6 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Team HRC - MXGP Honda +43.723
7 Nagl Max 12 GER Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +46.307
8 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:01.105
9 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1:01.751
10 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:10.508
11 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:13.275
12 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1:16.642
13 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:44.684
14 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:57.341
15 Leok Tanel 7 EST Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna 1:59.020
16 Desprey Maxime 141 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki - 1 lap
17 Boog Xavier 121 FRA Wildcard Rider Honda - 1 lap
18 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI Team Honda Red Moto Honda - 1 lap
19 Goncalves Rui 999 POR Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna - 1 lap
20 Graulus Damon 71 BEL 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda - 1 lap
Location Information

Villars-sous-Écot, France - View in Google Maps