a special day for Team HRC’s Tim Gajser, the #243 powered his Honda
CRF450RW around the Matterley Basin track to a second moto victory, just
narrowly missing out on his first overall of 2019. Showing great speed
all weekend, the Slovenian rider was fastest in almost every session and
if it wasn’t for a mistake in the first moto when he was leading, he
could easily have walked away from the MXGP of Great Britain with a 1-1
performance and a share of the championship lead. Instead, he ended up
in third place in race one, second overall on the day, and still happy
to have won the second race at a track that he likes so much. After
winning the qualification race yesterday, first gate pick enabled
Gajser to round the first turn in good position in both races, soon
moving to the front of the field with a nice display of passing.
Unfortunately in race one, a crash left him remounting in third place
and although he was still the fastest rider on the track, he wasn’t
quite able to close the gap to the top two and make the pass that would
have left the overall victory within his control. The second race
followed much the same pattern, except this time Gajser was able to pull
out a five second lead in the middle of the moto, before holding off a
late charge by Antonio Cairoli to notch up his first race win in 2019.
This now leaves him eight points off the top of the championship as the
schedule now heads to Valkenswaard in the Netherlands for round three. Unfortunately
Brian Bogers was unable to make much of an impact at the British GP,
suffering from arm-pump in race one, and then crashing while well-place
in race two. It was a disappointing meeting for the Dutch rider, but
he’ll be hoping to rebound next weekend at his home GP, in what should
be much softer conditions at the sandy Valkenswaard circuit.
Tim Gajser 243
We had a great
weekend! I was feeling great on the bike and the track both yesterday
and today. I’m really happy to finish on the podium on this special day
for me. The first race we started well and the beginning was good, but
then I made a mistake and I fell down and finished third. The second
race was better as I took the same start and worked my way to the front
and I’m just so happy to win my first race in more than a year, after
all my injury problems so I’m thankful and happy. A huge thanks to all
the team because they all put in huge amounts of work and it’s paying
off. We will continue working hard and to keep pushing!
Brian Bogers 189
My first race
was not good, it was one to forget. I didn’t have a good start but in
the beginning I could push for quite a few places and I was around 16th.
Then I got arm-pump and I couldn’t push anymore and I finished 21st.
The second race, it was a little bit a better. In the beginning I was
around 12-13 and I felt quite good, but then I had a small crash and I
dropped back to 22nd and I just couldn’t find my rhythm again and that’s
where I finished. Overall it’s definitely one to forget, but I need to
learn from my mistakes and make sure the next one is better.
Marcus Pereira de Freitas HRC General Manager – MXGP
It was so good
to see Tim riding with such speed and style all weekend long. He came
into this race feeling confident and you can see just how much he was
enjoying himself out on the track. It was a shame to see him crash in
the first race, when he was pulling away from the field, but he showed
in the second race that he a great competitor and that he can withstand
the pressure and raise his speed when needed. The whole team has been
working hard and Tim winning that second moto is a great reward for
everyone. Unfortunately Brian didn’t have his best weekend but we hope
that he can work hard this week and get himself in a good place for his
home GP at Valkenswaard next weekend.