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.