Taking to the Ottobianan sand for the first time today in the sweltering Italian heat, Tim Gajser #243 and Evgeny Bobryshev #777 lined up their CRF450RW’s for round 11 of the FIM world championship.

As the qualifying race began, Gajser had a good start and immediately positioned himself in third. The Slovenian, who has had little bike time since Ernée, took a few laps to get comfortable with the track but ended the race with a solid fifth place. This is a strong start to the weekend on a track where consistency is vital.

Bobryshev found the intensity of the heat a little more difficult to deal with but none the less, had a good start out of the gate. In the first corner, he found himself jostling with another rider, narrowly missing a  bigger pile up as a result. Shaking it off, he settled back into the race and came in ninth place.

The first MXGP race starts tomorrow at 14h15 local time.

Tim Gajser 243

I am actually quite satisfied, quite happy with how today went because I haven't been able to train in the sand since I raced at Kegums. I just came here and thought I would give it my best shot. I was a bit stiff today as it has been such a long time since I rode in the sand but then I began feeling better and better with every lap. I had a good start in the qualification race and I got fifth overall. I am really looking forward to racing tomorrow.

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

Qualifying was really tough today. The weather here has been so hot today and it made the conditions more difficult. I had a good start in qualifying and then i bumped into a rider in the first corner and nearly went down but managed to pull back to seventh and after struggling a little bit I came in ninth. For me, ninth place was good for today. We need to change a few settings to make me feel more comfortable on the bike tomorrow in these conditions as I haven't had much riding time recently whilst I have been recovering. The weather is actually looking a bit cooler here tomorrow which will really help. I need to focus on the race and try to make a good result.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It has been a very reasonable start from both Tim and Bobby today. Bobby just got tangled up in the first corner with another rider but thankfully narrowly avoided the bigger accident that went on beside them. Tim is just easing his way back into racing, nice and steadily and it was a very sensible ride from him, I am pleased with the way that went. Bobby just found it a little bit more hard work than usual today as he is struggling with the temperature. I appreciate is the same for everybody and will hopefully be cooler tomorrow. Tomorrow they both just need a better start, more consistency and we will see some good results from them both.

MXGP 2017
Qualifying Round 11   Italy

Qualifying

Sunny/Dry
Humidity
46%
Air Temp
33°C
Track Cond
Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:22.997
2 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +3.241
3 Anstie Max 99 GBR Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +7.401
4 Nagl Max 12 GER Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +13.745
5 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Team HRC - MXGP Honda +16.354
6 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +21.994
7 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +22.190
8 Febvre Romain 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +26.537
9 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS Team HRC - MXGP Honda +34.928
10 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +36.480
11 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +40.264
12 Leok Tanel 7 EST Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +47.007
13 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA Team Honda Red Moto Honda +50.421
14 Potisek Milko 32 FRA Wildcard Rider Honda +55.839
15 Butron Jose 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:03.228
16 Goncalves Rui 999 POR Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:16.879
17 Dewulf Jeffrey 212 BEL Steels - Dr. Jack Racing KTM +1:17.862
18 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:20.958
19 Ratsep Priit 221 EST Wildcard Rider Honda +1:27.959
20 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:33.868
Location Information

Ottobiano, Province of Pavia, Italy - View in Google Maps