Tim Gajser had a great start to the 2019 MXGP season as he piloted his Honda CRF450RW to the first holeshot of the year in the qualification race at the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina. The Slovenian rider went on to lead for over half the race before he made two mistakes on one lap that left him down in ninth place when he received the chequered flag. While the end result isn’t what he was after, the speed he showed throughout the day was very positive and sets him up nicely for tomorrow’s races.
Brian Bogers also rode better than his end result of 21st suggests, as the Dutch rider makes his comeback from a 2018 season which he almost entirely missed through injury. After a timed practice result of 15th, he was battling around that place in the qualification race before a small crash dropped him outside the top 20. Despite this setback, he is still confident of scoring points tomorrow and is looking forward to the first gate drop at 13:15 (GMT – 3) at this amazing facility in Villa La Angostura.
Tim Gajser 243
The day was okay, I was feeling good on the bike and I was fast on the track. The qualification race was going well until I crashed as I took the holeshot and I was riding well. When Febvre closed up I started riding a little tight and made some little mistakes. I had a small crash, and then in the same lap I changed my line in the wave section, caught a square edge and had quite big get-off. Thankfully I was able to continue without any pain and ended up finishing in ninth place. This should still be a good enough gate pick for tomorrow, which is a day I have been looking forward to all winter.
Brian Bogers 189
It feels really good to be back racing and I’m not too disappointed with today. In timed practice I was 15th fastest and I think that for now, that is around my place. Then in the qualifying race I was a little too stressed, and I was riding too tight, which probably caused my crash, so I could only finish in 21st place. I definitely think tomorrow will be better though.
Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager – MXGP
It was great to see Tim grab the first holeshot of the season on his CRF450RW. It shows that all the work the team have put in over the winter has paid off and it was really nice to see him leading the first half of the race. Unfortunately he suffered a couple of crashes, but he should be okay for tomorrow which is when the points are at stake.
For Brian, it is still early for him as he comes back from missing almost all of 2018, so we are happy to see him out there competing. He also crashed once, but other than that, he had good battles with a lot of very talented riders which is very encouraging.
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 Febvre Romain 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team 24:21.194
2 Lieber Julien 33 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing 4.306
3 Van Horebeek Jeremy 24 BEL RFX KTM Racing 6.536
4 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing 10.377
5 Anstie Max 99 GBR Standing Construct KTM 13.962
6 Nagl Max 12 GER KTM Sarholz 14.612
7 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Wilvo Yamaha MXGP 17.028
8 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP 24.790
9 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP 27.141
10 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 36.354
11 Searle Tommy 100 GBR Bike It DRT Kawasaki 39.076
12 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki 42.852
13 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team 44.508
14 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA Team VHR KTM Racing 45.569
15 Simpson Shaun 89 GBR Honda SR Motoblouz 46.909
16 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA iFly JK Racing 53.753
17 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Standing Construct KTM 55.594
18 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 57.127
19 Butron Jose 17 SPA JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team 57.340
20 Salazar Jetro 220 ECU Wildcard Rider 1:08.190
21 Bogers Brian 189 NDL Team HRC – MXGP 1:11.323