Maiden podium of the season for Team HRC and Tim Gajser

Courtesy of Honda Racing Corporation

  MXGP of Portugal

MXGP 2018   Round 5

Tim Gajser has claimed his maiden podium of the season at Águeda at the end of an exciting racing weekend, which saw the Team HRC rider third and fifth aboard his Honda CRF450RW machine in today’s Portuguese MXGP races.

Gajser enjoyed a great launch off the gate in race one and placed the front wheel of his Honda CRF450RW in second position as the MXGP pack attacked the first corners of the race. The young but experienced Slovenian rider maintained a great pace throughout the whole encounter but on the penultimate lap he was caught and passed by Cairoli, and was third at the finish line.

Moments after the start of the second race, Gajser had a near crash as he ran too tight at turn two, which cost him several positions. The former world champion quickly got back to fifth place, which was enough for him to clinch his first podium of the year.

The team will now return to its Italian headquarters to get ready for the MXGP of Russia, which takes place on May 1st on the Black Sea shores at Orlyonok.

 

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Obviously I’m really happy to be back on the podium. I felt good throughout the weekend: the track was very technical with many lines available, and I enjoyed it a lot. I got a good start in race one and I was able to follow Jeffrey but Toni passed me with two laps to go. My jump in race two was not as good and I got caught in the middle of the pack, then I almost crashed at turn two. Fifth place was enough for the podium, so I’m happy. This is a very important result after a rough start to the year, so I want to thank my team who helped me getting back near the front. I feel like our season is starting now, so I look forward to Russia.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

Tim made another step forward and today was finally closer to where he deserves to be. The track wasn’t an easy one but he performed consistently well and scored two solid results, which gave him his first podium of the season with a third overall. It’s a long way to go still but we’re very happy with today’s result and we hope it’ll give him the right confidence to get even closer to the top. A massive thank you goes to the team for providing him with the best possible bike this weekend.

 

Race 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 34:14.689
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +6.260
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC – MXGP +8.257
4 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +10.742
5 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +13.248
6 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +42.068
7 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +45.249
8 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 13 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +57.082
9 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 12 BOS GP +1:13.250
10 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing +1:29.151
11 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 10 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +1:31.230
12 Nagl Max 12 GER 9 TM Racing Factory Team +1:33.831
13 Leok Tanel 7 EST 8 A1M Husqvarna +1:39.204
14 Desprey Maxime 141 FRA 7 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki +1:39.340
15 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 6 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki +1:47.564
16 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 5 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team +2:00.065
17 Butron Jose 17 SPA 4 Marchetti Racing Team KTM +2:18.993
18 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 3 Team Honda Red Moto +1 Lap
19 Alberto Paulo 51 POR 2 Wildcard Rider +1 Lap
20 Valentin Ander 920 SPA 1 920 Fly Group +1 Lap

 

Race 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 35:12.692
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +34.373
3 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing +43.349
4 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +48.023
5 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 16 Team HRC – MXGP +1:13.648
6 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +1:22.962
7 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 14 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +1:26.309
8 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +1:37.942
9 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 12 BOS GP +1:41.051
10 Nagl Max 12 GER 11 TM Racing Factory Team +1:49.071
11 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 10 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +1:50.671
12 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 9 Standing Construct KTM +1:52.132
13 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 8 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team +1:56.412
14 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 7 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki +2:06.092
15 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 6 Team Honda Red Moto +1 Lap
16 Desprey Maxime 141 FRA 5 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki +1 Lap
17 Leok Tanel 7 EST 4 A1M Husqvarna +1 Lap
18 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 3 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing +1 Lap
19 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 2 Team Honda Red Moto +1 Lap
20 Valentin Ander 920 SPA 1 920 Fly Group +1 Lap

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 241 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 225 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
3 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 169 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
4 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 165 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
5 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 147 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
6 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 140 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
7 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 132 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
8 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 113 Team HRC – MXGP
9 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 110 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
10 Nagl Max 12 GER 88 TM Racing Factory Team
11 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 86 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
12 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 76 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
13 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 72 BOS GP
14 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 58 Team Honda Red Moto
15 Desprey Maxime 141 FRA 58 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki
16 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 56 Standing Construct KTM
17 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 52 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki
18 Anstie Max 99 GBR 45 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
19 Leok Tanel 7 EST 41 A1M Husqvarna
20 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 22 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team
21 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 20 Bike It DRT Kawasaki
22 Butron Jose 17 SPA 17 Marchetti Racing Team KTM
23 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 16 Team Honda Red Moto
24 Irwin Graeme 55 IRE 15 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK
25 Kullas Harri 151 FIN 14 Wildcard Rider
26 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 9 iFly JK Racing
27 Salazar Jetro 60 ECU 5 Wildcard Rider
28 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL 5 BOS GP
29 Valentin Ander 920 SPA 5 920 Fly Group
30 Bengtsson Filip 20 SWE 3 Wildcard Rider

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