Narrowly missing the rain, Tim Gajser and Evgeny Bobryshev lined up their CRF450RW’s to a full gate, against the mountainous backdrop of the Trentino circuit in Italy for the fifth round of MXGP.
At his home race and after his success in the MXGP here in 2016, Gajser went into today feeling optimistic and looked at ease early in the day in free practice.
When it came to qualifying didn’t quite get the start he needed, which allowed Cairoli and Paulin in front. After putting the pressure on Paulin for a few laps, Gajser settled down and rode a sensible race finishing third. He was by his own admittance a little tense towards the end of the day but the Slovenia takes it on-board as something to work on for tomorrow’s race. His third-place finish ensures that he has a good gate pick for tomorrow, which is essential for the race.
The start of the day looked promising for Bobryshev who was seeking a better weekend after his mixed fortunes at the Mexican GP. From the outset, it was clear that Bobby meant business as he stormed through the dusty Italian soil to deliver the fastest time in timed practice.
In the qualifying race, Bobryshev had a good jump out of the gate and with the speed he carried in timed practice looked set to finish within the top three. He was riding confidently to his goal when he was met with heartache. Just as he was making a move to fight for a position, another rider collided with him causing him to fall. The Russian didn’t give up and still fought back to 20th but he was left feeling disappointed and a little rattled.
With both riders hungry for the podium, the first race of MXGP starts tomorrow at 14:15 local time.
|1||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||25:05.215|
|2||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+2.621|
|3||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+3.916|
|4||Febvre Romain||461||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||+5.934|
|5||Nagl Max||12||GER||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+9.486|
|6||Desalle Clement||25||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+16.871|
|7||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||+33.806|
|8||Strijbos Kevin||22||BEL||Team Suzuki World MXGP||Suzuki||+37.425|
|9||Tonus Arnaud||4||SWI||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||+39.399|
|10||Butron Jose||17||SPA||Marchetti Racing Team KTM||KTM||+44.407|
|11||Herlings Jeffrey||84||NDL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+45.712|
|12||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+46.420|
|13||Jasikonis Arminas||27||LTU||Team Suzuki World MXGP||Suzuki||+47.128|
|14||Leok Tanel||7||EST||Husqvarna 8Biano Racing||Husqvarna||+48.695|
|15||Desprey Maxime||141||FRA||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+50.147|
|16||Graulus Damon||71||BEL||24MX Lucas Oil Honda||Honda||+53.421|
|17||Kullas Harri||151||FIN||Wildcard Rider||Husqvarna||+55.717|
|18||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||+59.855|
|19||Bobryshev Evgeny||777||RUS||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||1:04.221|
|20||De Dycker Ken||9||BEL||Jtech Suzuki Valenti||Suzuki||1:04.903|