Team HRC’s Tim Gajser and Mitch Evans finished in third and 11th place respectively as they fought hard on this difficult Kegums track.

Heavy rain has been forecast for the weekend in Latvia, and as a result, the track wasn’t been ripped or watered to any great length, making for a relatively high-speed and flat race surface for the majority of the day. This meant that times were extremely close in practice, with less than a second separating the top six. Gajser was on for pole-position but a mistake in sector three meant he had to settle for second gate-pick for the qualification race, while Evans was just outside the top 10 in 11th.

With the tight 180 right-hand bend starting off proceedings, the riders know that a good jump is crucial or you pushed out to the outside, and while they had decent efforts, both were a couple of positions down by the time they crossed the line for the first time. For Gajser, that meant moving up from fourth place, which was proving difficult as the lines took their time to develop. On lap four he moved into third place and despite pressuring second place for the rest of the moto, he finished third, still giving him a good opportunity for tomorrow’s motos.

Evans rounded the first lap in 13th and was then involved in battles with multiple riders throughout his qualification race. He eventually crossed the line in 11th place, but knows if he wants to challenge at the front of the field like he did in Trentino at the last round, he’ll need a pair of better starts. Likewise for Gajser who will be looking to continue his impressive beginning to the season, after winning four of the first five rounds and opening up a 33 point at the top of the MXGP class.

A lot of rain is expected overnight and into tomorrow, so the riders could be waking up to a much different Kegums circuit when they first hit the track for a warm-up at 10:45am. The motos then start at 14:15 and 17:10 for what is the sixth round of the 2022 World Motocross Championship.

Tim Gajser 243

It was a solid day, on what was a very tricky Kegums track. In the end, I finished third in the qualification race and while I felt I had the speed to fight for the victory today, I couldn’t make the passes happen and instead felt it was better to finish third than risk too much, when the points-scoring races are tomorrow. I still have a good gate-pick and if I can get two good starts, I know I have the speed to win the motos and attempt to win my fifth overall of the season.

Mitch Evans 43

I was aiming to be inside the top 10 today, so I didn’t quite make that, finishing in 11th. It was easy to make a mistake on this track, so I got through the day without too many problems and that is important. We’re not sure what the weather will bring tomorrow so the conditions could be completely different, but I’m going to try to keep up my good recent form and push for some solid results.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Overall, it was a strong day for Team HRC in Latvia today. Tim finishing in third and Mitch in 11th are still good results on a day when there were a lot of mistakes from guys all over the track. The high-speed nature, and the fact the track wasn’t ripped too deeply meant that passing was tough and a lot of guys were running the same speed. Starts will be critical and we are going to make sure that Tim and Mitch have the best chance of getting out of the gate well and round that first corner in a position where they can challenge at the front of the field.

MXGP 2022
Qualifying Round 6   Latvia

Qualifying Race

Cloudy
Air Temp
12°C
Track Cond
Hard Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas 25:10.704
2 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:04.639
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:06.899
4 Bogers Brian 189 NDL Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna 0:09.538
5 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:24.226
6 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 0:30.747
7 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA JT911 KTM Racing Team KTM 0:31.746
8 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:33.172
9 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:33.700
10 Jacobi Henry 29 GER JM Honda Racing Honda 0:37.389
11 Evans Mitch 43 AUS Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:42.979
12 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 0:45.743
13 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:50.343
14 Forato Alberto 303 ITA SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas 0:53.560
15 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL Riley Racing Yamaha 0:56.779
16 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 0:57.475
17 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki 1:04.631
18 Sihvonen Miro 147 FIN JWR Honda Racing Honda 1:18.285
19 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST Sahkar KTM Racing KTM 1:21.510
20 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:35.781
Location Information

Zelta Zirgs mototrase, Rembates pagasts, Ķegums Municipality, Latvia - View in Google Maps