After weather hampered the MXGP classes opportunity to put in a qualifying race Saturday, both HRC MXGP riders Gajser and Bobryshev had high hopes of a better day of racing aboard their CRF450RWs
With no rain falling overnight as had been feared, the track had settled slightly meaning that the riders could take to the gate to fight for those all-important championship points.
Both HRC MXGP riders opted to do a sighting lap in order to assess the ever-changing race lines and state of the track with others opting out so as to save their tyres for a better start off of the new metal grid. As it happens this would be key to how the race played out for the HRC duo.
As the gate dropped, Gajser was in the top five and pushing for a top three position. Within a few corners of the track he had worked his way into second place after battling with Desalle and this is where he stayed for the majority of the race. A third of the way through it was soon apparent that the strenuous nature of the track was taking its toll on Gajser. He made a few costly mistakes which exhausted the Slovenian and swiftly cut his opportunity of a podium finish in Indonesia.
Bobryshev, who openly admits he is not a ‘mud rider’, started well with an early push for a position within the top five. Despite the conditions not being in his favour, he was consistent and rode within his means which secured him a ninth-place finish on the day.
Just as the riders were preparing for their second race, Youthstream made the decision to cancel the second race. The state of the track had deteriorated in a way that became irreparable, so HRC riders Gajser and Bobryshev were left without an opportunity to improve their overall result.
With a much-needed break, Gajser and Bobryshev will relax and refocus ready for battle in Argentina on the 19th March.
|1||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||25||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||36:06.712|
|2||Coldenhoff Glenn||259||NDL||22||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+7.725|
|3||Desalle Clement||25||BEL||20||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+12.501|
|4||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||18||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+39.427|
|5||Goncalves Rui||999||POR||16||Husqvarna 8Biano Racing||Husqvarna||+43.580|
|6||Strijbos Kevin||22||BEL||15||Team Suzuki World MXGP||Suzuki||+46.099|
|7||Gajser Tim||243||SLO||14||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+56.972|
|8||Leok Tanel||7||EST||13||Husqvarna 8Biano Racing||Husqvarna||+1:06.617|
|9||Bobryshev Evgeny||777||RUS||12||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+1:14.269|
|10||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||11||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||+1:16.505|
|11||Nicholls Jake||45||GBR||10||Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK||KTM||+1:22.026|
|12||Tixier Jordi||911||FRA||9||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+1:46.783|
|13||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||8||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+2:22.026|
|14||Anstie Max||99||GBR||7||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+2:41.208|
|15||Tonus Arnaud||4||SWI||6||Wilvo Yamaha MXGP||Yamaha||- 1 lap|
|16||Jasikonis Arminas||27||LTU||5||Team Suzuki World MXGP||Suzuki||58.808|
|17||Herlings Jeffrey||84||NDL||4||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||- 2 laps|
|18||Febvre Romain||461||FRA||3||Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team||Yamaha||- 3 laps|
|19||Guillod Valentin||92||SWI||2||Team Honda Red Moto||Honda||- 4 laps|
|20||Hendro Farhan||261||IDN||1||Wildcard Rider||KTM||+8:37.148|