Team HRC left wanting after MXGP of Europe.

Courtesy of Honda Racing Corporation

  MXGP of Europe

MXGP 2017   Round 6

Team HRC left wanting after MXGP of Europe.

Tim Gajser and Evgeny Bobeyshev had a day of changeable fortunes aboard their CRF450RW’s in Valkenswaard and were left reflecting on what could have been.

The first race started well for Gajser who gated in second and was closing the gap between Gautier for the lead. After preparing to make a move on Gautier, Gajser spun out which left him back in sixth place and unable to find his flow. Bobryshev had a much better first race chasing down Gautier after Gajsers mistake. After getting caught in the Dutchman vs Dutchman battle for a podium finish between Van Horbeek and Herlings, Bobby came in a strong fourth place.

Race two it was Bobryshevs turn to gate second and the Russian pulled an early gap with race leader Cairoli. The battle from fifth to third was so intense it meant the group eventually caught up with Bobby who tensed up under the pressure, causing him to drop back to ninth. Gajser didn’t have the start but he persevered through the difficult terrain and pulled back to finish fourth place from seventh.

 

Tim Gajser  243

5th Overall

Today was ok. I made some big mistakes in the first race when I was second and I couldn’t come back to find my rhythm and I finished sixth which I was a little bit disappointed with. The second race was better, even though I didn’t have the best start. I came from seventh back to fourth which was good so I will take some important points away from this race and refocus for Latvia. If I am honest I didn’t like that track at all so I am glad this is done and I am really looking forward to racing in Latvia and having a one week break at home.

 

Evgeny Bobryshev  777

6th Overall

I had a really good start in both races today and have been riding in second place for both of them but unfortunately I wasn’t able to hold it in either. In the first race I finished fourth as I made some mistakes in the last few laps. I did manage to catch up again and all the group finished really close together. The second race was more frustrating for me. I was running in second place at a good pace with a gap behind me of three seconds. Then, with five laps to go I went sideways a few times on the bike and five guys passed me on one lap. I couldn’t fight to get back the places which was tough. I was really motivated to be running for a podium today but it just didn’t end well for me. Finishing like this isn’t the way for me, I am really grateful to all the work HRC has done for me this weekend. I have to forget about this for the next race and learn from my mistakes.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager – MXGP

Results today were not what we wanted for Gajser but when you look at the championship position, it isn’t such a bad result. Cairoli is pretty special here and we only lost four points to him in the overall championship. I am disappointed with Bobby in the second race, he rode in both races under sever pressure from a group of riders behind him and actually didn’t hang in there. He has the speed and capability but he buckled under the pressure. However, nobody will be more disappointed than Bobby himself but he needs to forget about this and focus on the next race in Latvia.

 

Race 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 25 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 35:24.915
2 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +0.950
3 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +4.824
4 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 18 Team HRC – MXGP +5.634
5 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 16 Team Suzuki World MXGP +5.963
6 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 15 Team HRC – MXGP +19.448
7 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing +27.218
8 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +28.967
9 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +37.452
10 Nagl Max 12 GER 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +38.425
11 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 10 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +39.111
12 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 9 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +1:02.538
13 Leok Tanel 7 EST 8 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing +1:12.669
14 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 7 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +1:16.184
15 Martens Yentel 201 BEL 6 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +1:27.210
16 Dewulf Jeffrey 212 BEL 5 Wildcard Rider +1:29.969
17 Kullas Harri 151 FIN 4 Wildcard Rider +1:31.131
18 Krestinov Gert 37 EST 3 Wildcard Rider +1:31.917
19 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 2 Team Honda Red Moto +1:37.917
20 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 1 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing +1:40.987

Race 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 35.26.367
2 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +2.258
3 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +2.517
4 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 18 Team HRC – MXGP +8.230
5 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +12.606
6 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +14.957
7 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 14 Team Suzuki World MXGP +18.880
8 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 13 Team HRC – MXGP +28.120
9 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 12 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +33.895
10 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 11 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +34.135
11 Nagl Max 12 GER 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +42.600
12 Leok Tanel 7 EST 9 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing +45.193
13 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 8 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +47.853
14 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 7 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing +1:16.542
15 Bengtsson Filip 664 SWE 6 Wildcard Rider +1:25.545
16 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 5 Team Honda Red Moto +1:25.913
17 Kullas Harri 151 FIN 4 Wildcard Rider +1:27.966
18 Lenoir Steven 685 FRA 3 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki +1:31.781
19 Dewulf Jeffrey 212 BEL 2 Wildcard Rider – 1 lap
20 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 1 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing +5.344
 

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 234 Team HRC – MXGP
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 220 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
3 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 192 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
4 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 182 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
5 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 176 Team HRC – MXGP
6 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 172 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
7 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 131 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
8 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 124 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
9 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 120 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
10 Nagl Max 12 GER 116 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
11 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 105 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
12 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 101 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
13 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 90 Team Suzuki World MXGP
14 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 86 Team Suzuki World MXGP
15 Anstie Max 99 GBR 69 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
16 Leok Tanel 7 EST 54 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing
17 Butron Jose 17 SPA 49 Marchetti Racing Team KTM
18 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 44 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing
19 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 36 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
20 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 33 Team Honda Red Moto
21 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 29 Team Honda Red Moto
22 Nicholls Jake 45 GBR 15 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK
23 Kullas Harri 151 FIN 8 Wildcard Rider
24 Desprey Maxime FRA 7 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
25 Graulus Damon 71 BEL 7 Wildcard Rider
26 Dewulf Jeffrey 212 BEL 7 Wildcard Rider
27 Bengtsson Filip 664 SWE 6 Wildcard Rider
28 Martens Yentel 201 BEL 6 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
29 Salazar Jetro 60 ECU 4 Wildcard Rider
30 Lenoir Steven 685 FRA 3 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki

 

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