Gajser starts 2017 season on the podium in Qatar

Courtesy of Honda Racing Corporation

  MXGP of Qatar

MXGP 2017   Round 1

Gajser starts 2017 season on the podium in Qatar

Tim Gajser took second place in the first GP of the season on his #243 CRF450RW in the most competitive MXGP class for the last few years.

Both Gajser and Bobryshev had a solid first race of the season taking second and seventh in the world championship standings to maintain Team HRC’s 100 per cent podium record at the Qatari venue since 2014.

Gajser, who has been fighting off an illness all weekend, found he had a battle on his hands in the first race as he fought for the podium between teammate Evgeny Bobryshev and Clement Desalle. It was the second race where he looked more comfortable and was able to take an early lead within the first few corners, pulling a gap between himself and Cairoli. In the last lap of the race Gajser’s energy waned and he sensibly surrendered his first-place finish to Cairoli. With a full season ahead, this is a positive start to the reigning world champions season despite the challenges he faced.

Bobryshev started well in the first race and quickly got himself into second place and was running strongly, looking comfortable in the lead group. A couple of mistakes in the last few laps of the race cost the Russian a podium finish as he settled into fourth place. In the second race Bobryshev didn’t have the same jump out of the start meaning he had his work cut out to get back through the pack from eleventh. With the track becoming harder to ride and the lines limited, Bobreyshev had to settle for a seventh-place finish but took fourth overall in the GP, to lie fourth in the World Championship standings.

 

 

Tim Gajser  243

2nd overall  3rd, 2nd

Yeah I am actually really happy overall with the weekend. It didn’t start the best as I have been really sick all weekend but I was able to achieve two good races despite this. The first race I didn’t have the best start and I had to battle with Bobryshev and Desalle all race. It was tough to pass because there was only actually one fast line and the other lines were not the same speed. In the second race, I had a better start, I was leading and I pulled a gap between myself and Cairoli. Then, in the last two laps I was destroyed and I couldn’t give anymore but I am happy to start the season with second overall this weekend.

 

Evgeny Bobryshev  777

7th overall  4th, 7th

Today was positive for my overall result in the championship but looking at the races I didn’t feel I did as well as I could have. In the first race, I made a mistake and dropped the bike in the corner before the start as I didn’t feel comfortable with my riding. In the second race, I had a really bad start and I struggled with the track but I know I had good speed as we changed a little bit on the bike for the second race. The changes were much better for my riding style in these conditions and I knew I was faster in the second section of the track. The track was really tough to pass; I feel that last year it was much better prepared. I was trying to change my line and I just couldn’t gain anything by doing this.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager – MXGP

This is a solid start to the season with both riders having a pretty strong day considering some of the circumstances. Bobryshev especially had a good race in the first one. Tim has been suffering this week with feeling under the weather and quite honestly we questioned whether he would even race but he did and coming away with this race with this position is quite a bonus for us. Now we just have to build on this in Indonesia next week which is new for all of us.

Race 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 35:02.202
2 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing 8.904
3 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 20 Team HRC – MXGP 12.554
4 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 18 Team HRC – MXGP 22.042
5 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team 23.434
6 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 26.076
7 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 14 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP 29.380
8 Nagl Max 12 GER 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 33.072
9 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing 34.933
10 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team 39.219
11 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 10 Team Suzuki World MXGP 40.572
12 Butron Jose 17 SPA 9 Marchetti Racing Team KTM 59.430
13 Anstie Max 99 GBR 8 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 1:10.721
14 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 7 Team Honda Red Moto 1:12.710
15 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1:13.267
16 Leok Tanel 7 EST 5 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing 1:23.131
17 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 4 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP 1:25.849
18 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1:27.083
19 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 2 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing 1:27.845
20 Nicholls Jake 45 GBR 1 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK 1:349.629
 

Race 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 35:00.353
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC – MXGP 4.918
3 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team 23.375
4 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing 25.782
5 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 30.096
6 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team 31.689
7 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 14 Team HRC – MXGP 33.559
8 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 47.517
9 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing 49.816
10 Anstie Max 99 GBR 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 57.389
11 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 10 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 59.949
12 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 9 Team Suzuki World MXGP 1:00.742
13 Butron Jose 17 SPA 8 Marchetti Racing Team KTM 1:09.378
14 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 7 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP 1:11.221
15 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 6 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing 1:27.939
16 Nagl Max 12 GER 5 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 1:31.223
17 Leok Tanel 7 EST 4 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing 1:41.367
18 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 3 Team Honda Red Moto 1:41.886
19 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 2 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP 1:42.325
20 Nicholls Jake 45 GBR 1 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK 1:51.526
 

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 50 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 42 Team HRC – MXGP
3 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 40 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
4 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 32 Team HRC – MXGP
5 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 31 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
6 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 31 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
7 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 31 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
8 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 24 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
9 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 19 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
10 Anstie Max 99 GBR 19 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
11 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 19 Team Suzuki World MXGP
12 Nagl Max 12 GER 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
13 Butron Jose 17 SPA 17 Marchetti Racing Team KTM
14 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 16 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
15 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
16 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 11 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
17 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 10 Team Honda Red Moto
18 Leok Tanel 7 EST 9 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing
19 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 8 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing
20 Nicholls Jake 45 GBR 2 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK

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