Team HRC’s Tim Gajser put in an amazing performance at the Teutschenthal track, winning the second moto to not only take the overall victory but also reclaim the championship lead in this exciting MXGP title chase.
The MXGP of Germany has been missing from the calendar since 2019, when Gajser also won, but it’s hard pack terrain lends itself nicely to the #243’s smooth, calculating style and this was in evidence once again as he worked himself through the field to record three-one results.
Just over three weeks since an injury jeopardised his season, the reigning world champion fought through the pain at the last event to come into this 11th round of the series, just one point off the lead. However, his 45-point today haul was enough to overturn that small margin and he once again will have a red-plated Honda CRF450RW at the next round in France this coming weekend.
After qualifying in second position, he rounded the first bend of the first moto with a top five start. This gave him a platform to attack those in front of him, and after five laps he moved into fourth, just as the top three started to break away. Putting in a couple of hotlaps to close the gap, he soon joined the trio ahead and began working out where he could make another pass on a rutted Teutschenthal track that wasn’t providing many places to overtake. Six laps later though, and he found a way into third place and although he challenged the front two, he couldn’t quite find a way through and had to settle for third.
Another good first few corners in race two saw him cross for the first lap in second position, however he knew that he’d need to win the moto if he wanted to get his fourth overall of the season. Eventually, after pressurising the leader for 11 laps, he swept through and immediately pulled a little gap at the front. As the chequered flag came out, he was over 12 seconds ahead, sparking scenes of jubilation as all the hard work in the past few weeks had paid off.
The riders now head into a brutal part of the season, with the final seven rounds taking place in less than six weeks, where any mistake can be costly in this tight championship battle. Up next on Sunday 10th October is another new MXGP track, in Lacapelle-Marival, southern France, where the expected hard-pack terrain should once again suit Gajser as he looks to cement his lead at the top of the class.
|1||Prado Garcia Jorge||61||SPA||25||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||34:52.361|
|2||Herlings Jeffrey||84||NDL||22||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0:00.143|
|3||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||20||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||0:04.228|
|4||Febvre Romain||3||FRA||18||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||0:08.857|
|5||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||16||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0:26.012|
|6||Jonass Pauls||41||LAT||15||Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team||GasGas||0:28.615|
|7||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||14||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:31.322|
|8||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||13||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:31.952|
|9||Bogers Brian||189||NDL||12||Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team||GasGas||0:40.044|
|10||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||11||Beta SDM Corse MX Team||Beta||0:41.042|
|11||Vlaanderen Calvin||10||NDL||10||Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||0:42.105|
|12||Kjer Olsen Thomas||19||DEN||9||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||0:46.637|
|13||Watson Ben||919||GBR||8||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:52.123|
|14||Forato Alberto||303||ITA||7||Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori||Yamaha||0:58.310|
|15||Strijbos Kevin||22||BEL||6||Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||1:12.233|
|16||Paturel Benoit||16||FRA||5||Honda SR Motoblouz||Honda||1:17.141|
|17||Brylyakov Vsevolod||18||RUS||4||JWR Honda Racing||Honda||1:22.381|
|18||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||3||SS24 KTM MXGP||KTM||1:26.765|
|19||Tonus Arnaud||4||SWI||2||hostettler Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||1:27.986|
|20||Jacobi Henry||29||GER||1||JM Honda Racing||Honda||1:30.625|
|1||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||25||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||35:04.460|
|2||Febvre Romain||3||FRA||22||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||0:12.463|
|3||Herlings Jeffrey||84||NDL||20||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0:36.745|
|4||Jonass Pauls||41||LAT||18||Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team||GasGas||0:39.929|
|5||Seewer Jeremy||91||SWI||16||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:41.333|
|6||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||15||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||0:43.254|
|7||Bogers Brian||189||NDL||14||Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team||GasGas||0:58.055|
|8||Watson Ben||919||GBR||13||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||1:00.972|
|9||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||12||Beta SDM Corse MX Team||Beta||1:15.013|
|10||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||11||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1:19.057|
|11||Lupino Alessandro||77||ITA||10||MRT Racing Team KTM||KTM||1:21.178|
|12||Strijbos Kevin||22||BEL||9||Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||1:22.248|
|13||Kjer Olsen Thomas||19||DEN||8||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||1:24.176|
|14||Forato Alberto||303||ITA||7||Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori||Yamaha||1:28.178|
|15||van Doninck Brent||32||BEL||6||Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing||Yamaha||1:33.285|
|16||Paturel Benoit||16||FRA||5||Honda SR Motoblouz||Honda||1:38.129|
|17||Gilbert Josh||326||GBR||4||PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna||Husqvarna||1:47.764|
|18||Jasikonis Arminas||27||LTU||3||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||1:48.822|
|19||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||2||SS24 KTM MXGP||KTM||1 lap|
|20||Lesiardo Morgan||44||ITA||1||Ghidinelli Racing Team||KTM||1 lap|