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.
|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|