Tim Gajser enjoyed a sensational return to MXGP action after missing the opening round of the season, as the star of Team HRC finished today’s qualifying race at Valkenswaard in third place after an excellent ride in the treacherous conditions encountered at the Dutch venue.

Tim Gajser got a great launch as the gates dropped and immediately got himself into third place. After losing one position during the opening lap, the 2016 MXGP World Champion maintained a strong pace while running in fourth place and looking very comfortable and confident aboard his Honda CRF450RW machine.

The 21-year-old Slovenian rider was then promoted to third after Herlings crashed out of the lead, and from there on Gajser brilliantly defended his position from the resurgent defending champion Antonio Cairoli.

MXGP action will resume tomorrow at 10:45 local time (GMT +1) for the 15-minute warm up, with the two races scheduled at 14:15 and 17:10.

Tim Gajser 243

I felt good today. I’m just thankful and happy to be back racing after such a big crash; it was kind of a little miracle to return so soon! The qualifying race went well: I got a great start and although in the early stages I wasn’t aggressive enough I managed to get into a nice rhythm and in a couple of occasions I got closer to Gautier [Paulin]. It was difficult to overtake, however, because there was one main line and when I tried to choose a different one I almost got stuck. I’m happy with the result and with the bike, so I would like to thank the team for the great job done and everyone around me for the invaluable support.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Tim had a great start to the race and held his ground really well, especially when Cairoli got closer. He rode well and took no risks, and that’s very important because it was his first race after injuring his jaw last month. It has been a very positive performance from him, he felt good with the bike and confident so we look forward to tomorrow – no pressure, as the goal is to take some points back home.

MXGP 2018
Qualifying Round 2   Netherlands

Qualifying Race

Snowy / Wet
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +24:48.416
2 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +07.244
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Team HRC - MXGP Honda +11.955
4 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +18.301
5 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +19.235
6 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +26.564
7 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +33.880
8 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS BOS GP Suzuki +40.318
9 Searle Tommy 100 GBR Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +42.546
10 Nagl Max 12 GER TM Racing Factory Team TM +42.812
11 Febvre Romain 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +46.792
12 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Standing Construct KTM KTM +52.993
13 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:12.724
14 Anstie Max 99 GBR Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:18.535
15 Van der Mierden Sven 94 NDL Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1:23.462
16 Leok Tanel 7 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:27.015
17 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL BOS GP KTM +1:31.159
18 Petrov Petar 152 BUL Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1:31.786
19 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:32.156
20 van Berkel Lars 107 NDL Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1:34.766
21 Desprey Maxime 141 FRA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:47.136
22 Butron Jose 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:57.126
23 Bengtsson Filip 20 SWE Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1:58.263
24 Irwin Graeme 55 IRE Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1:59.117
25 Kullas Harri 151 FIN Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +2:10.897
Location Information

Eurocircuit, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps