Masterful performance from Gajser in MXGP Qualifying

Courtesy of Honda Racing Corporation

  MXGP of Mexico

MXGP 2017   Round 4

Masterful performance from Gajser in MXGP Qualifying.

Repeating his performance from Argentina, Gajser took a dominant win in the qualifying race today at the MXGP of Leon; Mexico.

Gajser made a statement early in the day by setting the fastest time in timed practice and holding the fastest time in two sections of the track. He looked at ease as he navigated his CRF450RW through the tricky Mexican terrain.  As the qualifying race began, he had an early challenge from Coldenhoff who took the holeshot. The Slovenian didn’t let this or the changeable conditions fluster him and calmly took the lead in the second lap, where he pulled a gap and led the race from there.

Bobryshev didn’t quite have the start he had hoped for in qualifying but quickly found himself in sixth position within the first lap. After pushing a little too hard by his own admission and changing his line, Bobryshev went down costing him to fall back to eighteenth position. Finding the track conditions challenging, the steely Russian fought his way back in gritty determination to tenth position across the finish line. It was clear that Bobryshev had the speed to be in contention for the podium, so he will be focused on a better performance in tomorrow’s races.

The first MXGP race starts tomorrow at 13:15 local time.

 

Tim Gajser  243

I felt really good, actually I felt really good all day here and I am enjoying the track. In the qualification race I took a solid start where I was second, I made a quick pass and I made a gap, controlling the race from there. I am looking forward to the race tomorrow and I am enjoying it here. I started enjoying racing again in Argentina as for the first two races of the year I was sick and I found Indonesia strange. So, for me Argentina was the first normal race where I felt good. That is my plan tomorrow, to enjoy it and do my best.

 

Evgeny Bobryshev  777

To be honest from this morning I didn’t find the track that good. It was slippery with lots of ruts and it is strange ground. In practice today it was really bumpy with square bumps and then in the qualifying race they put water on slick points so this meant many guys crashed including myself. I pushed and tried to overtake when I was in sixth and crashed then lost time picking up the bike. I then came to tenth from eighteenth. I just hope they do a bit more work on the track tonight as it is really hard to pass and easy to make a mistake, if you want to be a bit aggressive it can cost you. Despite this I am still staying positive, I hope for a better start tomorrow as it makes it easier. I know I have speed for the podium I just need to put everything together.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager – MXGP

Another superb performance from Gajser putting in strong and consistent laps. The circuit here is very demanding and has been catching many riders out. There is nothing more to say on Gajser other than we hope he carries this momentum into tomorrow, as he did in Argentina.
One of the riders that was caught out today was Bobryshev who went down early in the race and lost a lot of places. He went to change a line early and lost the front end but the performance he put in from there was excellent. He will aim to keep up the lap times tomorrow as if he can do this, it will put him in contention for the podium. We are pleased to say that both riders were happy with the performance of the Honda CRF450RW at this track in particular as it is at a very high altitude.

 

Results Session

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP 24:43.336
2 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +9.848
3 Anstie Max 99 GBR Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +12.509
4 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing +19.891
5 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +22.259
6 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +26.986
7 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Team Suzuki World MXGP +31.353
8 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +36.451
9 Butron Jose 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM +37.847
10 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS Team HRC – MXGP +38.402
11 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +39.745
12 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +41.713
13 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU Team Suzuki World MXGP +42.915
14 Nagl Max 12 GER Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +44.528
15 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI Team Honda Red Moto +56.387
16 Leok Tanel 7 EST Husqvarna 8Biano Racing +58.570
17 Nicholls Jake 45 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK +1:01.062
18 Goncalves Rui 999 POR Husqvarna 8Biano Racing +1:11.235
19 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA Team Honda Red Moto +1:30.879
20 Laporte Nathan USA Wildcard Rider – 1 Lap

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 106 Team HRC – MXGP
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 96 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
3 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 91 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
4 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 84 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
5 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 82 Team HRC – MXGP
6 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 72 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
7 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 65 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
8 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 56 Team Suzuki World MXGP
9 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 55 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
10 Anstie Max 99 GBR 49 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
11 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 48 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
12 Nagl Max 12 GER 46 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
13 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 40 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
14 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 36 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
15 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 32 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing
16 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 32 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
17 Butron Jose 17 SPA 27 Marchetti Racing Team KTM
18 Leok Tanel 7 EST 24 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing
19 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 20 Team Suzuki World MXGP
20 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 14 Team Honda Red Moto
21 Nicholls Jake 45 GBR 12 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK
22 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 12 Team Honda Red Moto
23 Salazar Jetro 60 ECU 4 Wildcard Rider
24 Poli Joaquin 179 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider

 

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