Team HRC’s MXGP of the Nertherlands draws to a close with a solid performance by Tim Gajser, who was fourth and fifth in the two MXGP races at TT Circuit Assen for fifth overall. His teammate Brian Bogers showed great speed aboard his Honda CRF450RW machine as he was 16th on his MXGP debut before crashing unhurt in the second encounter.

Gajser had a decent start from the fifth most-inside gate and maintained his qualifying position during the opening lap of the moto. He then began his chase to the top-three behind Max Anstie and, after the two managed to pass Glenn Coldenhoff, the two-time world champion did his best to close the gap with the Briton but came 2.8secs short of third place at the finish line. Tim was quick out of the gates in race two and was running in third as the first lap drew to a close. He was then overtaken by new world champion Jeffrey Herlings and by Anstie, before settling into a nice rhythm that helped him consolidate fifth place as the race progressed.

Brian Bogers continued his positive progression and scored his first world championship points in the first race and ran as high as thirteenth while showing an encouraging level of form despite the complete lack of racing time this year prior to this weekend. The young Dutchman unfortunately crashed unhurt on the second lap of race two. Despite being stuck under the bike for a few moments, he eventually managed to re-join proceedings and to complete the race in 26th place.

The final round of the 2018 MXGP World Championship will take place at Imola’s Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on September 29-30.

Tim Gajser 243

It was a solid weekend overall. We definitely have to do some more work on the sand for next year – even though we improved a lot from Lommel. We managed to close the gap a little to Desalle, even though with only one round left there are still quite a lot of points between us. We get these points and look forward to Imola: it’s a hard-pack track and from what I’ve seen it looks quite good, so I can’t wait to try it out! The team has been spot on as usual so a big thank you to them!

Brian Bogers 5

Warm up went well and despite a not-so-great start in race one, I managed to score some points – which was the goal for the weekend – so I’m happy. Unfortunately after the crash in the second moto I had no strength left to get back up to full race speed and I could only ride the bike to the finish line. The good thing is that I’m fine fitness-wise; I just have a few bruises here and there. Overall things were not too bad and I’m looking forward to racing at Imola. Thanks to the team for their hard work, the bike worked really well.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

We are mostly happy with the outcome of this weekend. We knew it was not going to be the easiest of races for Tim but he put together a very solid and mature performance for a top-five finish that we will gladly take back home with us. Brian did a great job in race one and exceeded expectations, and I think that if this is the type of performance he can deliver on his debut MXGP weekend and after being away for so long, then the future is really bright. Too bad for the crash in the second moto, but he’s unhurt and that’s all we care about. Thanks to the team for the amazing job, and hopefully we’ll wrap up the season in style at Imola!

MXGP 2018
Race Round 19   Netherlands

Race 1

Cloudy & Dry
Air Temp
19°C
Track Cond
Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:42.385
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 38.961
3 Anstie Max 99 GBR 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:08.037
4 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 18 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 1:10.886
5 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:11.149
6 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 15 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 1:18.646
7 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1 lap
8 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 13 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1 lap
9 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1 lap
10 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1 lap
11 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 10 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1 lap
12 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 9 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1 lap
13 Leok Tanel 7 EST 8 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 lap
14 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 7 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1 lap
15 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 6 BOS GP Suzuki +1 lap
16 Bogers Brian 5 NDL 5 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1 lap
17 Van der Mierden Sven 94 NDL 4 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1 lap
18 Karro Matiss 291 LAT 3 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 lap
19 Dewulf Jeffrey 212 BEL 2 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
20 Irwin Graeme 55 IRE 1 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1 lap
MXGP 2018
Race Round 19   Netherlands

Race 2

Cloudy & Dry
Air Temp
21°C
Track Cond
Sandy
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:57.897
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 7.631
3 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 40.172
4 Anstie Max 99 GBR 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 41.933
5 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 16 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 1:12.454
6 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 15 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 1:27.244
7 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:44.321
8 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:53.877
9 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 12 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1 lap
10 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1 lap
11 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 10 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1 lap
12 Butron Jose 17 SPA 9 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1 lap
13 Leok Tanel 7 EST 8 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 lap
14 Dewulf Jeffrey 212 BEL 7 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
15 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 6 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1 lap
16 Van der Mierden Sven 94 NDL 5 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1 lap
17 Irwin Graeme 55 IRE 4 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1 lap
18 Kahro Erki 411 EST 3 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
19 Renkens Nathan 83 BEL 2 KMP-Honda Repsol Racing Honda +1 lap
20 Van Berkel Lars 107 NDL 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 lap
21 Potisek Milko 32 FRA 0 Ceres 71 Yamaha +1 lap
22 Bengtsson Filip 20 SWE 0 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1 lap
23 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 0 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1 lap
24 Bengtsson Jonathan 93 SWE 0 Scandinavian Racing Sports KTM +1 lap
25 Waters Todd 42 AUS 0 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +1 lap
26 Bogers Brian 5 NDL 0 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1 lap
Location Information

Assen, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps