Tim Gajser has claimed an overall fifth-place finish in his first-ever appearance in the MXGP of Russia, courtesy of a fifth and a fourth in the two races of the MXGP class that were contested today at Orlyonok. The Team HRC rider, after six rounds completed – and one sat out due to injury – occupies eighth place in the championship standings.

Gajser was second overall in the morning warm up, but the 14th gate pick meant a not-so-ideal position for the start of race one. The two-time world champion had a decent start to the encounter and progressed rapidly in the first couple of laps, which saw him go all the way up to fifth place. As the race played out Tim kept his head down in order to put some ground between himself and sixth-place van Horebeek, whilst trying to close the gap with Paulin ahead. With two thirds of the race time reached on the clock, Gajser had consolidated his fifth position, which he comfortably maintained up to the finish line.

The 21-year-old Slovenian rider showed up at the gates for race two aboard his Honda CRF450RW machine with the full intention to step up his game and, as the MXGP field stormed past the pit-lane after the start, he was up to third. Unlike the first race, there was no one rider able to pull away, with relatively small gaps between each position for a large part of the moto. Gajser maintained a strong pace, which allowed him to defend his position for a while. With three minutes left on the clock, however, Febvre closed in on Tim and the battle for honours heated up. After losing the position at the end of the penultimate lap, Gajser retook third on the first sector but then had a small tumble which cost him the position at the chequered flag.

The MXGP World Championship will return to action in two weekend’s time as the series heads to Kegums for the MXGP of Latvia (12-13 May).

Tim Gajser 243

I’m quite disappointed honestly, as I’ve lost third place in race two with only half a lap to go. But that’s motocross: sometimes it can be a tough sport, but the important thing is to pick yourself up and move forward. In any case, the speed was there, I just need to work a bit harder on the fitness side. I feel good nevertheless, we are slowly coming back to where we belong. I just want to give a huge thanks to my team, because the bike was really perfect. I enjoyed the track and the crowd was great, so I can say I had a good time here!

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Overall it was a positive weekend for Tim: it’s a shame we missed out on the podium but the speed was there, so we need to carry this momentum into the next race. We will take the positives of this round with us and hopefully Latvia will give some joys and results. Everyone in the team did an amazing job so thank you to them: the bike was really competitive this time, too.

MXGP 2018
Race Round 6   Russia

Race 1

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
24°C
Track Cond
hard packed
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 33:30.843
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.512
3 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +3.489
4 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +25.944
5 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 16 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +34.132
6 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +39.081
7 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +44.279
8 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 13 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +45.440
9 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 12 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +45.952
10 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 11 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +55.876
11 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 10 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +58.902
12 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 9 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:00.026
13 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 8 BOS GP Suzuki +1:05.273
14 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 7 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:13.754
15 Anstie Max 99 GBR 6 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:16.043
16 Nagl Max 12 GER 5 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:18.893
17 Petrov Ivan 142 BUL 4 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:33.347
18 Butron Jose 17 SPA 3 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:36.910
19 Irwin Graeme 55 IRE 2 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1:38.596
20 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 1 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:38.950
MXGP 2018
Race Round 6   Russia

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
24°C
Track Cond
hard packed
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 33:53.627
2 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +5.066
3 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +15.098
4 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 18 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +17.458
5 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +19.176
6 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +20.912
7 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +41.868
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 13 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +47.040
9 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +49.670
10 Nagl Max 12 GER 11 TM Racing Factory Team TM +50.771
11 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 10 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +51.484
12 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 9 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +53.122
13 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 8 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1:12.885
14 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 7 BOS GP Suzuki +1:16.048
15 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 6 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:18.827
16 Butron Jose 17 SPA 5 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:20.915
17 Anstie Max 99 GBR 4 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:25.653
18 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 3 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:30.431
19 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 2 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1 Lap
20 Desprey Maxime 141 FRA 1 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1 Lap
Location Information

Orlyonok Circuit, Krasnodar Krai, Russia, 352815 - View in Google Maps