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.

Tim Gajser 243

It was a difficult weekend and I’m glad it’s done! The good thing about it was definitely the starts, as I was up there in all the motos. The first 15-20 minutes of both motos were OK, but I made too many mistakes. After I crashed in race one it was hard to get up to speed again, and in general I felt like I was fighting against the track. Nevertheless, we scored some important points and got closer to third place in the standings, so we now look forward to be back at a hard-pack track in Switzerland. Thank you to the team for their amazing job, as usual.

Todd Waters 42

I surely didn’t make my life easy by crashing early on in both motos! In the second one, however, I was able to find a decent pace and pass Strijbos for twenty-first position before the finish line. Obviously we are not happy with the result itself, but I feel we have made a step forward so we look forward to Switzerland, where I’ll be racing for the first time.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

We never really had good fortunes in Lommel in the past and this year has been no different. Seventh place for Tim is not too bad of a result considering this is probably his least favourite track on the calendar. His ride was imprecise but the speed was there, and we’re happy he’s fully fit despite the crashes. Todd had another difficult weekend but he showed some signs of improvement in the second part of the final moto, so hopefully this is a sign of good things to come for the next round! Even though we did not get on the podium this time out, the team has done a marvellous job as usual so the biggest thank you goes to them.

MXGP 2018
Race Round 15   Belgium

Race 1

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
30°C
Track Cond
Deep Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:45.618
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 13.091
3 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 51.594
4 Anstie Max 99 GBR 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:04.034
5 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 16 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 1:11.944
6 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:19.765
7 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 14 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 1:27.384
8 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 1:38.816
9 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 12 Standing Construct KTM KTM 1:49.886
10 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 1:59.284
11 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 10 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha 2:04.177
12 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 9 Wildcard Rider KTM 2:06.035
13 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 8 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1 lap
14 Leok Tanel 7 EST 7 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 lap
15 Irwin Graeme 55 IRE 6 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1 lap
16 Butron Jose 17 SPA 5 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1 lap
17 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 4 BOS GP Suzuki +1 lap
18 Dewulf Jeffrey 212 BEL 3 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
19 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 2 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1 lap
20 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 1 Team Honda Red Moto Honda +1 lap
21 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 0 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1 lap
22 Kullas Harri 151 FIN 0 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 lap
23 Valentin Ander 920 SPA 0 920 Fly Group Husqvarna +1 lap
24 Bengtsson Jonathan 93 SWE 0 Scandinavian Racing Sports KTM +1 lap
25 van Berkel Lars 107 NDL 0 Team Diga-Procross Husqvarna +1 lap
26 Waters Todd 42 AUS 0 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +1 lap
MXGP 2018
Race Round 15   Belgium

Race 2

Sunny & Dry
Air Temp
32°C
Track Cond
Deep sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:34.847
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +33.050
3 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +47.722
4 Anstie Max 99 GBR 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +54.030
5 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:15.523
6 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 15 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:35.515
7 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 14 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1:44.319
8 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 13 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +2:13.053
9 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1 lap
10 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 11 BOS GP Suzuki +1 lap
11 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 10 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1 lap
12 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 9 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1 lap
13 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 8 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1 lap
14 Irwin Graeme 55 IRE 7 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1 lap
15 Leok Tanel 7 EST 6 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 lap
16 Butron Jose 17 SPA 5 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1 lap
17 Dewulf Jeffrey 212 BEL 4 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
18 Kullas Harri 151 FIN 3 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 lap
19 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 2 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
20 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 1 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1 lap
21 Waters Todd 42 AUS 0 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +1 lap
Location Information

Dodenveldstraat, 3900 Overpelt, Belgium - View in Google Maps