After a torrential down-pour midway through the afternoon, the beautifully prepared Ernee circuit in France, turned into a treacherous, muddy facility with riders struggling to complete laps on the steep banked terrain. As a result, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser and Mitch Evans will both start from outside gate positions in tomorrow’s point-scoring motos.
The day started off really well as the sun-drenched track provided the French crowd with some great entertainment, none more so than when Gajser ripped around the facility onboard his Honda CRF450R, in a time that none of the riders got anywhere near in the timed practice. His lap was 1.7 seconds quicker than anyone else managed in that session and over 35 seconds quicker than anyone managed in the chaotic qualifying race.
Teammate Evans was ninth after timed practice and looking forward to his first gate-drop at this iconic venue in the north-west of France. However, in between that practice session and their qualifying race, a massive storm hammered the track and the surface became extremely tricky, especially in the first turn where numerous riders had suffered serious consequences from difficult conditions.
The hope is that the weather isn’t as bad tomorrow and that both motos (14:15 and 17:10) of this 10th round of the 2022 MXGP World Championship will go off without any problems and that Gajser can try and extend his 66-point lead at the top of the table.
|1||Jacobi Henry||29||GER||JM Honda Racing||Honda||26:44.373|
|2||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Beta SDM Corse MX Team||Beta||0:16.425|
|3||van Doninck Brent||32||BEL||Riley Racing||Yamaha||0:20.259|
|4||Renaux Maxime||959||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:26.112|
|5||Paturel Benoit||16||FRA||Honda SR Motoblouz||Honda||0:38.044|
|6||Lapucci Nicholas||211||ITA||Steels - Dr. Jack Racing||KTM||0:40.677|
|7||Bogers Brian||189||NDL||Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team||Husqvarna||1:02.353|
|8||Tropepe Giuseppe||223||ITA||Wildcard Rider||Yamaha||1:05.718|
|9||Beaton Jed||14||AUS||F&H Racing Team||Kawasaki||1:09.219|
|10||Östlund Alvin||161||SWE||JK Racing Yamaha Active||Yamaha||1:11.277|
|11||Charlier Christophe||23||FRA||Wildcard Rider||Yamaha||1:25.491|
|12||Tixier Jordi||911||FRA||JT911 KTM Racing Team||KTM||1:42.308|
|13||Sihvonen Miro||147||FIN||JWR Honda Racing||Honda||2:20.426|
|14||Koch Tom||226||GER||KTM Kozak Team||KTM||1 lap|
|15||Monticelli Ivo||128||ITA||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||1 lap|
|16||Moine Pierre||238||FRA||Wildcard Rider||Honda||1 lap|
|17||Petrov Petar||152||BUL||Team VRT Nordpesca Holland||KTM||1 lap|
|18||Todd Brad||714||GBR||Wildcard Rider||KTM||1 lap|
|19||Roosiorg Hardi||75||EST||Sahkar KTM Racing||KTM||1 lap|
|20||Watson Ben||919||GBR||Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP||Kawasaki||1 lap|