Tim Gajser and Evgeny Bobryshev took to the golden sands of Kegums today, as the HRC duo took fourth and fifth consecutively in the qualifying race at the MXGP of Latvia.

Gajser seemed a little off his usual pace earlier on in the day but delivered in qualifying when he gated in third. He had an early push for second with Herlings and battled throughout the race with both Van Horebeek and his team mate Bobby. In the end, he bought his CRF450RW home in fourth, ahead of points rival Cairoli which allows a good gate pick for tomorrow.

Bobryshev showed early promise today when he got the second fastest lap time in timed practice behind ‘sand man’ Jeffery Herlings. The Russian, who has many fans here supporting him this weekend, rode a sensible race to finish just behind his team mate in fifth.

The first MXGP race starts tomorrow at 14:15 local time.

Tim Gajser 243

All day was tough. I was struggling to get a good pace in free practice and timed practice so really, the qualifying race wasn’t so bad. I had a good start in third and the beginning of the race was ok until I got arm pump and lost the speed and one position. Fourth isn’t so bad for tomorrow. I think the start is going to be important in how tomorrow goes so I need to get a good start and ride like I know.

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

Today was ok for me. I was late in the gate and then I lost momentum when the gate dropped. I made good places up in the corner and as a result I got to fourth. I kept behind Tim and didn’t push because the track was quite gnarly. Van Horbeek got past but I wasn’t ‘going for it’ so fifth will be a good place for me to start tomorrow. I have speed and I feel good on the bike so I look forward to tomorrow.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Tim and Bobby both had reasonable qualifying results today. They both had good starts which helped their efforts dramatically. The track is getting quite rough which will suit the CRF450RW and the mechanics will do some work on this overnight to prepare for tomorrow. Hopefully we will be in for some spectacular racing from the MXGP boys.

MXGP 2017
Qualifying Round 7   Latvia


Air Temp
Track Cond
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:13.369
2 Nagl Max 12 GER Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +2.519
3 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +12.188
4 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Team HRC - MXGP Honda +14.811
5 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS Team HRC - MXGP Honda +18.903
6 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +23.419
7 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +24.546
8 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +31.002
9 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +32.197
10 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +33.297
11 Anstie Max 99 GBR Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +34.759
12 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +44.523
13 Febvre Romain 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +55.314
14 Graulus Damon 71 BEL 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +56.025
15 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +59.763
16 Butron Jose 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:02.084
17 Leok Tanel 7 EST Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:03.169
18 Kullas Harri 151 FIN Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:05.277
19 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1:22.286
20 Bengtsson Filip 664 SWE Wildcard Rider KTM +1:27.632
Location Information

Zelta Zirgs mototrase, Rembates pagasts, Ķegums Municipality, Latvia - View in Google Maps