As the sun was setting at this Semarang circuit, Tim Gajser crossed the line in third position to cap another solid Saturday performance for the Team HRC rider. With a large Honda following in this capital city of Central Java, Indonesia, Gajser delighted those fans by getting out the gate in second position. However with a mixed track surface of deep ruts and slippery landings causing problems for a lot of riders, he took the decision to safely finish in third place and save himself for tomorrow’s motos. Brian Bogers also kept things smooth and steady in the qualification race to place 11th, which should be still good enough for him to try and make it two top 10 overalls in a row tomorrow when the gate drops.
With the hot temperatures making track maintenance extremely tricky, Gajser had a crash in timed practice as he was three quarters of the way to getting another pole position spot for the qualification race. Tweaking his ankle slightly, he instead had to settle for second gate pick and put his mind onto getting a good result in tomorrow’s motos where he’ll be looking to extend his GP winning streak to seven in a row.
Unlike most weeks when the Team HRC riders are able to practice between races, this week saw them stay in Indonesia away from the track. This meant that Bogers wasn’t able to get up to speed right away, especially with the testing track conditions posing real problems. Timed practice went a bit better as the Honda CRF450RW rider posted an 11th place time, but that gate pick wasn’t good enough to see him challenge those in front and instead he rode for the duration of the qualification race in 11th place. He’ll be hoping that tomorrow he can get out of the gate better and once again break into the top 10 overall, like he managed in Palembang last weekend.
With another hot day forecast tomorrow, both riders are hoping that the track crew can improve the racing surface, which should then allow them to ride a bit more freely when the MXGP gate drops at 13:15 and 16:10 on Sunday 14th July.
|1||Febvre Romain||461||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||24:18.499|
|2||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Standing Construct KTM||KTM||9.065|
|3||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||13.481|
|4||Jonass Pauls||41||LAT||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||24.292|
|5||Jasikonis Arminas||27||LTU||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||24.996|
|6||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||27.802|
|7||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Honda SR Motoblouz||Honda||30.058|
|8||Monticelli Ivo||128||ITA||iFly JK Racing||Yamaha||32.506|
|9||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||41.268|
|10||Tonus Arnaud||4||SWI||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||57.190|
|11||Bogers Brian||189||NDL||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||1:07.461|
|12||Anstie Max||99||GBR||Standing Construct KTM||KTM||1:13.737|
|13||Leok Tanel||7||EST||A1M Husqvarna||Husqvarna||1:35.419|
|14||Lusbo Andero||621||EST||Wildcard Rider||Yamaha||1:58.229|
|15||Stewart Lewis||336||AUS||Wildcard Rider||KTM||1 Lap|
|16||Milesevic Joel||626||AUS||Wildcard Rider||KTM||1 Lap|
|17||Coles Adam||227||AUS||Wildcard Rider||Husqvarna||1 Lap|
|18||van Nobelen Jordi||131||NDL||Wildcard Rider||Husqvarna||2 Laps|
|19||Darias Vapanen Bruno||251||SPA||Wildcard Rider||KTM||2 Laps|
|20||Lazaroni Aldi||288||IDN||Wildcard Rider||Husqvarna||2 Laps|