Tim Gajser has earned the fourth gate pick for the opening race of the MXGP of Portugal after a convincing performance aboard his Team HRC Honda CRF450RW machine in today’s qualifying race at Águeda. Earlier in the day, the 21-year-old from Slovenia was fourth and second, respectively, in the free and timed practice sessions for the MXGP class

Gajser had a bit of a moment as the gates dropped but was able to keep it on two wheels and, with a very tight line at turn one, he moved up to fourth place. From then on, the two-time world champion rode at a very consistent pace while trying to not lose touch with the riders ahead and making sure to keep the chasers at bay. Gajser consolidated his position in the remaining laps of the encounter and crossed the line 16 seconds ahead of fifth place.

MXGP action for the fifth round of the year will resume tomorrow morning at 10:45 with the 15-minute warm up, which will be followed by the two races at 14:15 and 17:10 local time (GMT +1).

Tim Gajser 243

Today was good. I had fun on the bike despite the track being quite rough and deep, with many ruts and lines. The line selection was particularly important! My start to the race didn’t go as planned and I found myself in the middle of the pack, but then I went around everybody and got up to fourth. I managed to keep the pace of the riders ahead, I was feeling good so now I look forward to the two races.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Tim’s start was not an easy one but he was already up to fourth after a couple of turns. The track is not in the right condition to allow easy passes, so he was smart in managing his position and get a good gate pick for tomorrow. The guys did a great job and he really felt good on the bike, so we look forward to tomorrow, which is obviously the day that matters.

MXGP 2018
Qualifying Round 5   Portugal

Qualifying race

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
19°C
Track Cond
Red clay
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:36.707
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.541
3 Febvre Romain 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +4.761
4 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Team HRC - MXGP Honda +8.175
5 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +24.822
6 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +27.661
7 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +42.055
8 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS BOS GP Suzuki +52.023
9 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +54.046
10 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU Team Honda Red Moto Honda +59.735
11 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:09.414
12 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:10.703
13 Desprey Maxime 141 FRA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:11.715
14 Lieber Julien 33 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:13.084
15 Nagl Max 12 GER TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:18.206
16 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:22.104
17 Butron Jose 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:23.200
18 Petrov Petar 152 BUL Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1:36.525
19 Leok Tanel 7 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:49.803
20 Goncalves Rui 999 POR Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1:57.325
Location Information

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