A solid day in Spain, saw Team HRC’s Tim Gajser maintain his third position in the MXGP championship battle after his four-two results gave him third overall at the Intu-Xanadu Arroyomolinos track.

Located just outside of Madrid, the venue was packed with new tribunes which the 26,000 Spanish fans filled to the brim, with enthusiastic and vociferous support. The supporters at the last two rounds have really added an extra element that had been missing for over 18 months and it is great to see world championship motocross returning to normality.

On the track, Gajser started the day with second gate pick after one of his strongest qualification sessions of the season, a statement that he didn’t want a repeat of France where he struggled with a poor gate pick. He then kept this momentum in both races with excellent starts that gave him a chance of battling for the lead. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to capitalise fully in either race but they were encouraging signs that the Honda CRF450RW is still one of the fastest round the first bend.

In race one, the Slovenian rider stayed in third place for most of the moto, stalking second, but unable to make a pass stick in what was a pretty one-lined track. Then, just at looked like would finally find his way round with a couple of laps remaining, he made a small mistake around the edge of the track and ended up losing a position instead. This dropped him to fourth place, where he would eventually cross the chequered flag.

Knowing that he couldn’t afford a similar mistake in race two, he got an even better start, rounding the first corner in second place. A small off-track excursion dropped him a position but his laptimes were good and he was looking menacing once again as passing was still at a premium. At the midway point of the moto, he’d finally found the spot to make his move and swept through into second just after the finish line jump. With half of the race still to go, he tried to chase down the leader but the gap was just too far and instead he had to settle for second place, giving him third place on the podium.

The series now heads to Trentino, in northern Italy for the first triple-header of the season and a track where Gajser has very fond recent memories. He had a great performance in 2019 to win that GP overall and then he won the 2020 MXGP world title at the triple-header there last year. He knows he’ll have to be at his very best to repeat those results, but he’s hoping a lot of Slovenian fans will make the trip to cheer him on as he attempts to win his fifth championship in just seven years, in what will be an extremely tense last five rounds.

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Once again it was a round where I did much better in the second moto than the first. It is frustrating to have made those mistakes in race one, which cost me valuable points but I was very happy with how I started in both races and it was nice to ride well in the second moto. Now we head to the final five rounds in Italy, with three in Trentino and two in Mantova and I really hope I get a lot of support because it really makes a difference around the track. I’m excited to get to get to Trentino as it is a place I love riding and I really want to make a big final push for the championship there.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was positive to see Tim get out of the gate well in both races. We know he’d been working hard at this and it was good to see that work paying off. Unfortunately he made a couple of mistakes but overall, it was a strong day and although the gap is 15 points, we are still fighting hard and we head to Trentino fully motivated to get the gap down.

MXGP 2021
Race Round 13   Spain

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
20°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 35:26.873
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:01.741
3 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:02.805
4 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 18 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:12.719
5 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:18.366
6 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 15 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:19.087
7 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:37.901
8 Paturel Benoit 16 FRA 13 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 0:40.735
9 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 12 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:41.431
10 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:44.620
11 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 0:46.357
12 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 9 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:46.962
13 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 8 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:47.922
14 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 7 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 0:48.257
15 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 6 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM 1:00.730
16 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 5 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 1:06.719
17 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 4 Standing Construct KTM KTM 1:11.511
18 Locurcio Lorenzo 183 VEN 3 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:14.407
19 Watson Ben 919 GBR 2 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:17.587
20 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 1 JWR Honda Racing Honda 1:19.052
MXGP 2021
Race Round 13   Spain

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
20°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:16.305
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:04.281
3 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:11.717
4 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0:17.614
5 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 16 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:21.626
6 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 15 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:24.537
7 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:28.027
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:39.716
9 Paturel Benoit 16 FRA 12 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda 0:52.759
10 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 11 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM 0:53.402
11 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 10 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:55.880
12 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 9 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:02.153
13 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 8 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:08.114
14 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 7 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:09.792
15 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 6 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 1:11.907
16 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 5 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:15.304
17 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 4 JWR Honda Racing Honda 1:17.159
18 Locurcio Lorenzo 183 VEN 3 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:21.989
19 Butron Jose 17 SPA 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM 1:26.855
20 Koch Tom 226 GER 1 KTM Sarholz KTM 1:36.515
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