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.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Due to concerns about the safety of the track, from the conditions that previous riders had raced in after the torrential rain earlier in the day, neither Tim nor Mitch lined up for the qualifying race. We supported their decision and now we will concentrate on making sure both riders are prepared for the motos tomorrow from their outside gate picks. It is a shame because Tim had showed in practice that he was the best rider, posting a laptime 1.7 seconds quicker than anyone else when the track was in rideable conditions, and we hope that there will be no more rain and we’ll have a similarly dry circuit tomorrow.

MXGP 2022
Qualifying Round 10   France

Qualifying Race

Cloudy
Air Temp
18°C
Track Cond
Mud
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
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
Location Information

Ernée, France - View in Google Maps