Gajser wins MXGP of Great Britain to lead world motocross championship

Gajser wins MXGP of Great Britain to lead world motocross championship

The dominant display of riding from Team HRC’s Tim Gajser saw the Honda CRF450R rider leave the Matterley Basin track with the championship leaders red plate.

Gajser wins MXGP of Great Britain to lead world motocross championship

A dominant display of riding from Team HRC’s Tim Gajser saw the Honda CRF450R rider leave the Matterley Basin track – home of the British GP – with the championship-leading red-plate. On a sun-filled but breezy day near Winchester, the first round of the

  English
Race Report Sunday, Feb 27th 2022

  MXGP of Great Britain

MXGP 2022   Round 1

Gajser wins MXGP of Great Britain to lead world motocross championship

A dominant display of riding from Team HRC’s Tim Gajser saw the Honda CRF450R rider leave the Matterley Basin track – home of the British GP – with the championship-leading red-plate.

On a sun-filled but breezy day near Winchester, the first round of the world motocross championship eventually took place, after a postponement from last weekend due to storm Eunice. And while there was still a bitterly cold wind throughout the weekend, it wasn’t enough to affect the riders too much, for what is one of the best circuits on the calendar.

After finishing in second place from yesterday’s qualification race, Gajser had a good gate pick for both motos, however he wasn’t able to capitalise and instead had to work his way through the field in both races. In the first moto, he quickly moved through from 10th to sixth by the time they crossed the line the first time, and settled into a good rhythm. Gradually he picked off riders in front of him, showing good race craft as he moved forward and by the halfway point, he was already into second place. Again, a patient approach closed the gap to the leader and with a couple of laps to go, just as he was about to pounce, the leader made a mistake and he swept into the lead, comfortably pulling out a gap by the time he took the chequered flag.

It was a similar story in race two, recovering from an average start to be in fourth at the end of the first lap. Making good passes, he once again worked his way into second place after just five laps, which is when he really showed his speed to reel in the leader who had made an impressive gap to the rest of the field. Posting fastest lap after fastest lap, he quickly caught up to the leader’s back wheel, and just as quickly made his move on the corner before the start straight. Immediately putting in another fast lap, it looked like Gajser would cruise to a one-one victory, just like he achieved at the first round in Russia last year. However, the long shadows from a setting sun, caused a misjudgement and he dropped back into second place.

With a few laps remaining, he tried his best to make the pass for the lead but he wasn’t able to get it done, crossing the line just 0.5 seconds behind the winner. This meant he went one-two, but it was still good enough to take the overall victory and lead the MXGP world championship by four points.

For Evans, it was always going to be a tough ask, to come up against the best motocross riders in the world after over 15-months of absence due to injury. However, the Australian showed his fighting spirit, clicking off his laps and completing both motos in what were some extremely difficult conditions. His 17-22 results aren’t where he wants to be, but this was an important step in his recovery, as he attempts to get back to the front of this competitive MXGP class.

The series now heads to Mantova, Italy next weekend, for what is the second round of this twenty-round championship. It is a venue that has hosted plenty of MXGP rounds recently and the flat, sandy terrain should provide a much different challenge for both members of Team HRC, who have had good memories from past events there.

Tim Gajser  243

It is great to begin the season with a strong performance like today. I didn’t make it easy, getting bad starts in both races, but I came through to the front, making passes on a tricky surface, and in the first moto I came through for the win. Unfortunately, in race two, I got to the front, but I made a small mistake with a couple of laps remaining and although I pushed really hard to get back into the lead, I crossed the line less than a second behind. Still, I won the GP overall and lead the MXGP championship, and that was the aim coming into today. A big thanks to the whole Team HRC, who have worked hard over the winter to make this result happen.

Tim Gajser

Mitch Evans  43

It’s been a long time since I competed at this level and although my results aren’t the best, it felt good to be out there racing and I’m happy to have finished both races without any major incidents. This was a big step for me, so now I can concentrate on getting better and better, and that starts next week in Mantova.

Mitch Evans

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

It was an important statement today from Tim, to come through the field in both races and show everyone his speed. Winning the overall was always the goal and it is great to come away from Great Britain with the red plate, so now we can head to Mantova with a lot of confidence. We know it’s a long season, but this was a really good start.

Even for Mitch, we are happy he got through both races after such a long absence, and can now build upon this and work his way towards the front of the field. Next up is Mantova, which should be a different challenge but we are going to continue to work hard and keep up this momentum.

A big thanks to all the members of team HRC, and the R&D workers behind the scenes who work so hard to give our riders the best possible machine. It really makes a massive difference and it helps our riders immensely.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

Race 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 36:11.051
2 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:03.709
3 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:07.930
4 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 18 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas 0:08.565
5 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 16 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 0:25.092
6 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 15 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas 0:28.175
7 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 14 Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna 0:32.777
8 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 13 Team Diga-Procross KTM 0:34.792
9 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:36.969
10 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 11 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 0:38.094
11 Watson Ben 919 GBR 10 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki 0:39.315
12 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 9 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:41.596
13 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 8 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:02.856
14 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 7 Riley Racing Yamaha 1:11.661
15 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 6 iXS MXGP Team Yamaha 1:31.662
16 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 5 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 1:32.871
17 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 4 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 1:39.800
18 Koch Tom 226 GER 3 KTM Kozak Team KTM 1:41.614
19 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 2 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM 1 Lap
20 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 1 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 7 Laps

Race 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 25 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas 35:58.064
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 0:00.500
3 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:16.023
4 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:17.473
5 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 16 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda 0:29.326
6 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 0:40.163
7 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 14 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki 0:44.563
8 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 13 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas 0:47.047
9 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 12 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta 0:48.809
10 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 11 Team Diga-Procross KTM 0:50.019
11 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 10 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 0:53.067
12 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 9 Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna 0:58.258
13 Watson Ben 919 GBR 8 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki 0:59.900
14 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 7 JM Honda Racing Honda 1:24.459
15 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 6 Riley Racing Yamaha 1:25.229
16 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 5 JT911 KTM Racing Team KTM 1:26.247
17 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 4 iXS MXGP Team Yamaha 1:38.690
18 Koch Tom 226 GER 3 KTM Kozak Team KTM 1:39.931
19 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 2 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha 1:49.697
20 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 1 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha 2:14.304

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 47 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA 43 Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas
3 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 40 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
4 Renaux Maxime 959 FRA 35 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
5 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 32 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
6 Beaton Jed 14 AUS 30 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
7 Forato Alberto 303 ITA 28 SM Action Racing Team Yuasa Battery GasGas
8 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN 24 Team Diga-Procross KTM
9 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 23 Beta SDM Corse MX Team Beta
10 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 23 Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna
11 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL 19 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
12 Watson Ben 919 GBR 18 Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki
13 Fernandez Ruben 70 SPA 17 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
14 Jacobi Henry 29 GER 15 JM Honda Racing Honda
15 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL 13 Riley Racing Yamaha
16 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 10 iXS MXGP Team Yamaha
17 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE 7 JK Racing Yamaha Active Yamaha
18 Koch Tom 226 GER 6 KTM Kozak Team KTM
19 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 5 JT911 KTM Racing Team KTM
20 Evans Mitch 43 AUS 4 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
21 Roosiorg Hardi 75 EST 2 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM
22 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 1 Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha

Location Information

matterley basin, Lower Baybridge Lane, Winchester, United Kingdom –  View in Google Maps

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