The qualifying race of the MXGP of Europe proved a challenge today for the HRC duo of Tim Gajser and Evgeny Bobryshev, as they battled their CRF450RW’s through the black Valkenswaard sand.

The track has undergone some fairly big changes recently. There is a new start straight and some jumps have been removed, making the track much faster than in previous years. There has also been a lack of rain in the area recently, which has made the track firmer than usual. This only added to the challenge of the day as the riders adapted to the new layout and the tough terrain.

The start looked hopeful for Gajser who was running in third place behind Cairoli and Desalle. The Slovenian couldn’t find his rhythm to flow against the changeable track conditions so settled for a sixth-place finish. Bobryshev started in fourth but a setup change that had been made earlier in the day no longer suited the Russians riding style as the track grew rougher. He collided with another rider in the last lap giving him a ninth-place finish.

The pair will regroup overnight to make sure that tomorrow is a different day. With a fresh setup for the difficult track conditions and a good start, Tim and Bobby could both see themselves on the podium tomorrow.

The first MXGP Race starts tomorrow at 14:15 local time.

Tim Gajser 243

The qualification race for me today was a little disappointing. The start was ok and the first couple of laps were ok, then I got arm pump as I was not relaxed and riding too hard. I wasn't changing my lines enough and I fell back to sixth. The gate pick is not so bad but I was disappointed with how I was riding today. The track is hard as on the top is sand but underneath it is hard pack so it is different than it was before. This is the same for everyone though so I will regroup, refocus and tomorrow is another day.

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

Today I struggled a little bit in the race. I couldn't find my rhythm and I struggled with my lines and made a few more mistakes. I had a good start as I was in fourth place but I didn't have the speed in the beginning as I was riding too stiff. I then had a little issue with my suspension setup as the track was really rough compared to this morning so I will change this for tomorrow to suit my style against the track conditions. I made a mistake in the last lap and lost the front after a 'kicker' and I hit Coldenhoff and we crashed together meaning I lost one place. We will do some work over night to prepare for tomorrow and then I hope to find my rhythm so that I can push harder.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Today we didn't have the best qualifying result. Both Tim and Bobby looked a little tense and stiff out there on track which didn't help them in the rough track conditions. The track is more difficult than in previous years but it is the same for everyone. Their results means they will be able to pick a reasonable place on the start line for tomorrows race. The start is critical in the race so the CRF450RW will be modified overnight to suit the track conditions ready for a better day tomorrow.

MXGP 2017
Qualifying Round 6   Netherlands


Air Temp
Track Cond
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 25:05.071
2 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +12.637
3 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +18.723
4 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +25.515
5 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +28.163
6 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Team HRC - MXGP Honda +29.398
7 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +31.629
8 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki +32.296
9 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS Team HRC - MXGP Honda +46.199
10 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +28.128
11 Nagl Max 12 GER Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +51.785
12 Febvre Romain 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +52.840
13 Goncalves Rui 999 POR Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +55.843
14 Leok Tanel 7 EST Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +56.546
15 Graulus Damon 71 BEL 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1:06.837
16 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:07.091
17 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL Jtech Suzuki Valenti Suzuki +1:11.693
18 Martens Yentel 201 BEL Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:13.725
19 Butron Jose 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:15.119
20 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki 1:17.193
Location Information

Eurocircuit, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps