The first day action at the TT Circuit Assen has been a positive one for Team HRC, with two-time world champion Tim Gajser able to secure a fifth-gate pick for tomorrow’s two MXGP encounters on the tricky and temporary sands of the motocross track built at the Cathedral of Speed. In front of his home crowd, Brian Bogers made his longed-for MXGP debut and was 19th at the end of his first race of the year.
Gajser had a good start to the qualifying race as he immediately placed himself in third place behind Jeffrey Herlings and Toni Cairoli. The early part of the encounter was more difficult than expected for the 22-year-old Slovenian, who could not find the right flow around the Dutch track and was eventually passed first by Glenn Coldenhoff and then by Max Anstie in a matter of two laps. Tim kept his composure and rode smartly for the remaining laps to cross the line in fifth place.
After shaking some rust off and dealing with some arm pump in free and timed practice, Brian Bogers put together an impressive performance aboard his Honda CRF450RW machine, despite the only three weeks of riding prior to his debut. The young Dutchman ran as high as 18th and was eventually 19th at the chequered flag.
Gajser and Bogers will return to the track tomorrow morning at 10:45 for the warm up session before lining up for the two, penultimate-round MXGP races at 14:15 and 17:10 local time (GMT +2).
|1||Herlings Jeffrey||84||NDL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||24:10.420|
|2||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+17.945|
|3||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+20.619|
|4||Anstie Max||99||GBR||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+26.627|
|5||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+30.909|
|6||Desalle Clement||25||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+47.821|
|7||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+54.214|
|8||Searle Tommy||100||GBR||Bike It DRT Kawasaki||Kawasaki||+58.863|
|9||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||+59.670|
|10||Lieber Julien||33||BEL||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+1:12.143|
|11||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||+1:13.040|
|12||Strijbos Kevin||22||BEL||Standing Construct KTM||KTM||+1:33.409|
|13||Leok Tanel||7||EST||A1M Husqvarna||Husqvarna||+1:35.663|
|14||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||+1:44.944|
|15||Bengtson Ken||480||SWE||Wildcard Rider||Yamaha||+1:46.062|
|16||Lupino Alessandro||77||ITA||Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki||Kawasaki||+1 lap|
|17||Karro Matiss||291||LAT||A1M Husqvarna||Husqvarna||+1 lap|
|18||Van der Mierden Sven||94||NDL||Wildcard Rider||Yamaha||+1 lap|
|19||Bogers Brian||5||NDL||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+1 lap|
|20||Irwin Graeme||55||IRE||Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK||KTM||+1 lap|