At the beautiful MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser made in three overall wins out of three, extending his lead at the top of the 2022 MXGP World Championship to 17 points, and once again proving that he is the rider to beat this season.

Yesterday’s qualifying race didn’t go quite to plan, but seventh gate pick still gave him a good chance of starting well, and although he wasn’t able to do it in race one, he definitely utilised the power of the Honda CRF450R in race two as he swept across the holeshot line in first place.

By the time they crossed the line for the first time in race one, Gajser had worked his way up to fourth and was setting his sights even higher. Posting the fastest lap of the race, he quickly worked his way into third, and then second and with a few laps remaining, he gradually closed right up to the back wheel of the leader. Despite trying his hardest, he wasn’t quite able to find a place to pass on this technical Villa La Angostura track, and had to settle for second place.

The holeshot in race two gave him a much better platform to control the race, as he laid down more fastest laps to pull out a good margin to the second-placed rider. In yet another display of controlled speed, victory never looked in doubt and he crossed the line over seven seconds ahead of the runner-up. This was his third two-one results pairing of the season, which was once again good enough to take the overall, making him undefeated so far in this 2022 campaign.

Teammate Mitch Evans, continued his improvement, taking eighth overall after his ten-eight moto finishes. His speed was good in both races, and showed that his ceiling is consistently rising every time he gets on the track. Now, the target is to maintain that pace for the whole moto, but this is understandable, given he missed over 15-months of MXGP action with a serious wrist injury.

Next up for Team HRC is the MXGP of Portugal, which is taking place on April 2-3 at another beautiful track in Agueda. This should give both riders another chance to keep this momentum going, as it is a track both have performed well at in the past.

Tim Gajser 243

I had a really good weekend here and it feels really good to come away with another overall victory. This is such a nice place and track, and I am very pleased that so many fans came out to support us. I hope we continue to come back here because it an amazing event for everyone.
In the first moto, I didn’t get the best start but came through the field and was fourth after the first lap. I knew it was a long race so I didn’t rush too much because it was a tricky track and it was easy to make mistakes. I eventually worked my way into second and I got close to the leader but I couldn’t quite make the pass happen, and had to settle for second place.
Race two started off a lot better with a holeshot, my first of the season. I did run a little wide so I dropped into second but I quickly re-passed for the lead and then I set about pulling out a gap. By the midway stage I had a good lead and just settled down and controlled the race, winning by over seven seconds. It feels really good to win another overall and extend my lead in the championship, but I know it is a long season and I need to keep up this high level. A big thanks to the team for all their support on what is a really long trip down here to Argentina.

Mitch Evans 43

I love riding this track and it feels good to make more positive progress throughout the weekend. I am really pleased with my speed and it felt good to be up there inside the top 10, battling with the top guys. Now, I need to work on getting my race fitness up to the level where I can do that for the whole race, but this is really encouraging for me and it gives me more motivation for the next round in Portugal which is another track I like.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

A big congratulations to Tim, Mitch and everyone in Team HRC. This race is a difficult one for everyone, which such a long travel time, and the multiple flights but the attitude is always good and everyone works hard to make it as similar as possible to a European round. Tim once again showed how fast he can be, being the only rider that can pull out a gap if he gets into the lead. Winning the first three rounds is a great start and we hope to continue that form as long as possible.
Mitch also made huge strides, running just outside the top five for the majority of the race, and his eighth overall shows his continued progression back from his long-term injury. We now have a weekend off, but we’re all excited to head to the next round in Agueda, Portugal.

MXGP 2022
Race Round 3   Argentina

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
15°C
Track Cond
Loam
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 25 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 34:54.035
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:02.144
3 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:22.532
4 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 18 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas 0:23.309
5 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 16 Team Diga-Procross KTM 0:29.169
6 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 15 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:37.743
7 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 14 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 0:55.028
8 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:00.144
9 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 12 JT911 KTM Racing Team KTM 1:03.026
10 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 11 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 1:06.488
11 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 10 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:12.332
12 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 9 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas 1:15.905
13 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 8 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 1:21.531
14 Watson Ben 919 GBR 7 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki 1:25.552
15 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 6 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 1 lap
16 Martin Humberto 101 VEN 5 Wildcard Rider Yamaha 1 lap
17 Toro Lautaro 833 ARG 4 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 1 lap
18 Rolando Nicolas 144 URU 3 Wildcard Rider Suzuki 1 lap
19 Carrasco Agustin 85 ARG 2 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki 1 lap
20 Arco Dario 40 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider Suzuki 1 lap
MXGP 2022
Race Round 3   Argentina

Race 2

Cloudy
Air Temp
12°C
Track Cond
Loam
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
2 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
3 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 20 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
4 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 18 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
5 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 16 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas
6 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
7 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 14 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta
8 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 13 Team HRC - MXGP Honda
9 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 12 JT911 KTM Racing Team KTM
10 Watson Ben 919 GBR 11 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
11 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 10 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
12 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 9 JM Honda Racing Honda
13 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 8 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas
14 Rolando Nicolas 144 URU 7 Wildcard Rider Suzuki
15 Villaronga Sergio 276 CHI 6 Wildcard Rider Honda
16 Arco Dario 40 ARG 5 Wildcard Rider Suzuki
17 Trossero Marcos Gabriel 112 ARG 4 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
18 Galletta Pablo 117 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
19 Carrasco Agustin 85 ARG 2 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
20 Cabarcos Francisco 112 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider Suzuki
Location Information

Neuquen, Argentina - View in Google Maps