Tim Gajser claimed a seventh-place finish at the end of the MXGP of Belgium, which drew to a close today at Lommel. Despite an up-and-down overall performance, the Team HRC rider has chipped away his gap to third place and he is now only 25 points away from Clement Desalle. Gajser’s team mate Todd Waters was 26th and 21st in the two Belgian motos.
Gajser was fourth on the first two laps of the race and then was able to make a move on Febvre for third, but a small mistake cost him the position as the Frenchman re-passed him. On lap ten, the young Slovenian rider was delyaed by a backmarker, which enabled Max Anstie to use a different line and overtake him almost effortlessly. Gajser then crashed unhurt and dropped down to seventh place, his position at the finish line.
The two-time World Champion enjoyed a great jump out of the gate in the second moto but was unable to maintain his second position throughout the opening lap as he slipped down to fifth place. He then swapped positions with Romain Febvre a couple of times before losing touch with the Frenchman and then being overtaken by Jeremy Seewer.
Todd Waters had an encouraging comeback in the second half of the final moto as he recovered more than ten positions to finish just outside the top-20. In the first moto, the Australian rider crashed in the early stages and despite all the efforts, he could not finish any higher than 26th.
The next round on the MXGP calendar will take place in a fortnight’s time at Frauenfeld’s motocross track in Switzerland.