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Second place for Gajser in MXGP of Portugal qualification race

Team HRC’s Tim Gajser continued his good form in Saturday’s qualification races by finishing second in Agueda, Portugal. The Slovenian rider was fastest in free practice and timed practice and grabbed the holeshot but couldn’t quite maintain the speed in the second half of the race, ending up in second position. His team mate Brian Bogers finished just outside the top 20 but showed good speed early on to make passes and challenge near the top 10. And while he would have liked a better gate pick, both he and Gajser are confident that they can go better tomorrow at this picturesque MXGP of Portugal.

The day started off well for Gajser as he showed his one-lap speed once again, posting the fastest timed lap for the fourth time this season and getting first gate pick for the qualification race. He used this to his advantage, taking the holeshot and leading the first half of the race. Unfortunately a couple of mistakes crept into his riding and he lost the lead but he continued to push and finished just over two seconds behind first place. This sets him up well for the motos tomorrow where hopefully the weather will hold off and he can perform like he did at the last dry round in Trentino, where he took the overall victory.

After his second place in the second moto at the MXGP of Lombardia, Bogers came into Portugal full of confidence and while things didn’t quite go his way today, he still believes that he can put things together tomorrow and show his speed when the points are at stake.

Races begin tomorrow on Sunday 19th May at 14:15 local time for the MXGP class, after a morning warm up at 10:45am.

Tim Gajser 243

Overall I’m quite happy. The speed was there and we were fastest in free practice and timed practice. I had a good start in the qualification race, taking the holeshot and I was leading the race. The feeling was good, but in the middle of the race I started to make some mistakes and lost my rhythm a bit and that was when I got passed. I felt my lines weren’t always the best so it was good to follow Antonio for a couple of laps to see which lines he was taking and I definitely think that I’m ready to win tomorrow!

Brian Bogers 189

It was a tough day for me, but I feel that I struggle every time on the Saturday and this is something I need to fix because it makes my work harder in the races tomorrow. I’m not sure why this is happening but we will figure it out and make sure I get it right in future rounds. Still, the important day is Sunday and I feel good and I’m fully focused on getting strong results tomorrow.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager – MXGP

While it would have been nice to see Tim win the qualification race, he still showed good speed all day and we are confident he can go better in tomorrow’s races. It won’t be easy of course but he has put himself in a good position and that’s what we need from today’s result.
Unfortunately Brian had a crash near the end of his race that dropped him back a number of places but he’s proved in previous rounds, he can step it up for tomorrow and that’s what we are hoping he can do again here in Portugal. Conditions will hopefully be a lot better than they were last weekend and this is a good chance for Brian to put in another top 10 ride.
I must also say that it was a shame to lose Calvin this weekend, to an infection in his leg, and we all hope he is able to recover as soon as possible from this setback.

Qualifying Race
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 25:05.809
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP 2.638
3 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki 30.238
4 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing 32.829
5 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Wilvo Yamaha MXGP 34.891
6 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP 35.788
7 Lieber Julien 33 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing 43.707
8 Febvre Romain 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team 50.157
9 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 52.361
10 Searle Tommy 100 GBR Bike It DRT Kawasaki 54.146
11 Leok Tanel 7 EST A1M Husqvarna 54.561
12 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR RFX KTM Racing 56.502
13 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team 56.796
14 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL Standing Construct KTM 58.702
15 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA Team VHR KTM Racing 1:00.796
16 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL JWR Yamaha Racing 1:01.536
17 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki 1:02.263
18 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 1:02.766
19 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz 1:07.146
20 Valentin Ander 920 SPA 920 Fly Group 1:17.031

Rider Standings
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 241 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 201 Team HRC – MXGP
3 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 175 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
4 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 146 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
5 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 142 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
6 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 124 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
7 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 118 Honda SR Motoblouz
8 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 109 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
9 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 100 RFX KTM Racing
10 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 94 Standing Construct KTM
11 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 86 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
12 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 82 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
13 Anstie Max 99 GBR 80 Standing Construct KTM
14 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 67 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki
15 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 66 iFly JK Racing
16 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 66 Bike It DRT Kawasaki
17 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 55 Team HRC – MXGP
18 Leok Tanel 7 EST 45 A1M Husqvarna
19 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 36 Team VHR KTM Racing
20 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 32 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki
21 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 25 JWR Yamaha Racing
22 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
23 Butron Jose 17 SPA 18 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team
24 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 15 JWR Yamaha Racing
25 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA 14 Ghidinelli Racing Team
26 Gole Anton 297 SWE 12 iFly JK Racing
27 Kullas Harri 151 FIN 10 Wildcard Rider
28 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 10 Team Honda Red Moto
29 Van der Mierden Sven 94 NDL 8 Wildcard Rider
30 Ferris Dean 111 AUS 6 Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing

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