Team HRC’s Tim Gajser became the most successful current MXGP rider after winning his fifth world title and the fourth in the premier MXGP class at the MXGP of Finland. The Honda CRF450R rider wrapped up this year’s championship two rounds early, after dominating periods of what has been a very challenging campaign.

Starting off the season with six wins in the first seven rounds gave him a platform that none of his rivals could get near, and further wins in Germany and a perfect performance in Indonesia meant that he was able to cement his crown and cruise home to yet another world title. This weekend at the sandy Hyvinkaa track, the #243 wasn’t at his best, but he was still able to post six-seven results, which was more than enough to give him a 104-point advantage and wrap-up the championship with two rounds still to race. With the pressure of winning his fifth world championship over, expect Gajser to be battling for wins once again, and adding to what is already a remarkable 2022 season.

Unfortunately, teammate Mitch Evans wasn’t able to put his practice and qualification speed into either of the two motos today, as first lap crashes in each race ruined his chances of challenging for a podium. The Australian had proved in every other session that he was a contender on this gruelling Hyvinkaa surface, but luck wasn’t on his side and instead has to prepare himself for the final two rounds of the season where he’ll be once again aiming to be up there at the front of the field.

The world championship now heads to St Jean D’Angely in France next weekend, for the penultimate round of the series, with both riders highly motivated to get back at the sharp end of this MXGP field. Gajser will be looking to add to his eight GP overalls, while Evans will be hoping to get his first podium of the season for what should be another action-packed weekend of high-quality motocross riding.

Tim Gajser 243

Wow! What a day. I definitely didn’t ride my best, but I got the job done and that’s what I set out to achieve at the beginning of the day. Five world titles, and I can’t believe it. It really hasn’t sunk in yet. A big thank you to the whole of Team HRC, the people at the races and all the support from Japan. Also thank you my girlfriend and all the support I receive from my fans around the world. It has been great to see so many of you cheering me on around the track and I can’t thank you enough. It is a special moment for me and I am just so happy to have got my fifth title!

Mitch Evans 43

Today was definitely not my day. I felt good coming into the motos but things just didn’t work out for me. A crash on the first lap in race one ruined any chance of a good result there, as I was almost last by the time I remounted. I charged through to 14th but it definitely wasn’t what I was after. Then a similar story in race two. Obviously, I’m really disappointed with how it went but I’m still fit, and motivated to get things right in the final two rounds of the season.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

I am so happy for Tim, winning the championship with a couple of rounds to spare. He works so hard and thoroughly deserves all the success he gets and to win five world titles is an unbelievable achievement. The whole of Team HRC also deserve a lot of credit, for working hard and helping him get everything right, week in, week out. It hasn’t been an easy year but no one has stopped working for a second, and it shows in the results. Unfortunately, Mitch didn’t have the best of luck, but he’s really shown his speed the past few weeks and we are excited to head to the final two rounds, where both riders can really show how fast they are.

MXGP 2022
Race Round 16   Finland

Race 1

Sunny
Air Temp
28°C
Track Cond
Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 25 Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna 35:42.121
2 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:09.623
3 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:13.050
4 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:14.875
5 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:15.802
6 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 15 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:29.472
7 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 14 Riley Racing Yamaha 0:36.221
8 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 13 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas 0:41.675
9 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 12 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas 0:48.904
10 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 11 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 0:51.644
11 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 10 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 1:02.390
12 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 9 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:06.596
13 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 8 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 1:08.632
14 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 7 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 1:12.228
15 Watson Ben 919 GBR 6 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki 1:16.878
16 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 5 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 1:19.919
17 Kullas Harri 151 FIN 4 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 1:22.188
18 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 3 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 1:23.695
19 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 2 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 1:24.639
20 Guadagnini Mattia 101 ITA 1 Husqvarna Junior Racing Maddii Husqvarna 1:25.659
MXGP 2022
Race Round 16   Finland

Race 2

Sunny
Air Temp
28°C
Track Cond
Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 25 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 33:56.062
2 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:05.134
3 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:12.889
4 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 18 Riley Racing Yamaha 0:14.139
5 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 16 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:28.197
6 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 15 Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna 0:32.984
7 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 14 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 0:42.280
8 Febvre Romain 3 FRA 13 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 0:47.037
9 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 12 JM Honda Racing Honda 0:51.404
10 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 11 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 0:53.058
11 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 10 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas 1:02.551
12 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 9 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas 1:05.687
13 Guadagnini Mattia 101 ITA 8 Husqvarna Junior Racing Maddii Husqvarna 1:06.820
14 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 7 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 1:08.294
15 Kullas Harri 151 FIN 6 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna 1:10.926
16 Koch Tom 226 GER 5 KTM Kozak Team KTM 1:18.437
17 Haavisto Jere 142 FIN 4 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 1:29.922
18 Watson Ben 919 GBR 3 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki 1:34.965
19 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 2 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 1:42.575
20 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 1 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 1:48.995
Location Information

Pohjoinen Yhdystie 112, 05880 Hyvinkää, Finland - View in Google Maps