At the sixth round of the 2019 MXGP world championships, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser won the MXGP of Portugal with two impressive moto victories. After his triumph in Trentino, this is now Gajser’s second overall and a great way to rebound after last weekend’s race in Lombardia. Unfortunately team mate Brian Bogers wasn’t able to match his Mantova effort, struggling to challenge the top 10 after having an outside gate pick which really hindered his chances of doing well.
Gajser, put in two really impressive rides to show once again that when the conditions are good, he and his Honda CRF450RW are a tough combination to beat. After getting second gate pick for today’s races, the Slovenian rider got off to two decent starts which allowed him to start in the top five and pressure those riders in front of him. Rather than chase the victory, he showed good maturity to let the race come to him and when the opportunity arose in both races, he made the necessary passes before reeling off the fastest laps in each moto.
It was a great way to put the disappointment of Mantova behind him and showed that he is still very much in this championship hunt that has 12 more rounds left to race. Having also won four of the last six motos, his confidence is high and he is knows that on this hard-packed tracks, very few can match his speed.
Next weekend in France is another track that should suit him, with the St Jean D’Angely circuit being a stoney surface, on a naturally hilly landscape, very similar to the Pietramurata track which he won at earlier in the year.
The French GP will also give Bogers a chance to bounce back quickly after what was a disappointing pair of results in Portugal. Having an outside gate pick after Saturday’s qualification race, things were always going to be difficult and while his laptimes weren’t too far outside of those in the top 10, he wasn’t able to make the necessary passes to really challenge for those positions.
After France, the series takes a weekend off before three races in three weekends, taking place in Russia, Latvia and then Germany as the championship heads into its middle third of the season.
Tim Gajser 243
It was really great to come away with two wins and the overall here in Portugal. I put last weekend behind me and I knew that if I focused and rode like I know how to ride, I could do well at this Agueda track. Still, to get both moto victories is a great confidence booster and backs up my win in Trentino very nicely. I now have the fastest laps in the last four motos so my speed is good and I know I am feeling strong too. These back to back races are tough but I head to France really happy with my riding and confident that the bike and I are working well together. A big thanks to the team for working so hard to help make this happen, and let’s keep up the effort!
Brian Bogers 189
The riding wasn’t so bad, with my laptimes not too far away from those inside the top 10. However my starts were a problem and that was a result of my qualification race yesterday. I didn’t have a good race then and that I meant I started from the outside today and that was really difficult at a track like this. I’m now really motivated for next weekend when I will try and do a lot better on both days and that should help me get back inside the top 10.
Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager – MXGP
It was a great to see Tim riding so well again this weekend. He was fast in every session and he showed really good race-craft to take the victories in both races. The track wasn’t an easy one and everyone seemed to be fast so passing wasn’t straight forward, but Tim rode confidently and made the passes when he needed to. He thoroughly deserves this win and it gives everyone a lot of confidence for next weekend and for the rest of the season.
Unfortunately for Brian, he wasn’t able to get a good start in either race and as I mentioned, passing was tough here. We know that he is capable of doing a lot better, as we saw in Mantova, so we are going to try and make sure he gets back to that level next weekend in France.
Everyone in the team also wishes to give their best to Calvin who missed this weekend after having to have an operation to remove an infection in right leg. It was a shame he wasn’t able to ride because we really felt we had made progress during the week and this track looked like it would have suited him well.
Marcus Pereira de Freitas
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP 34:00.609
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1.197
3 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 20 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP 17.885
4 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team 27.240
5 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing 28.880
6 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing 29.847
7 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 35.562
8 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 13 Standing Construct KTM 51.205
9 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team 52.970
10 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 11 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki 53.969
11 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 54.782
12 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 9 Honda SR Motoblouz 1:00.629
13 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 8 RFX KTM Racing 1:02.850
14 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 7 iFly JK Racing 1:03.478
15 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 6 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP 1:04.069
16 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 5 Bike It DRT Kawasaki 1:06.802
17 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 4 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki 1:08.623
18 Leok Tanel 7 EST 3 A1M Husqvarna 1:10.058
19 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 2 Team Honda Red Moto 1:18.321
20 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 1 Team HRC – MXGP 1:20.079
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP 34:47.988
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 10.604
3 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 20 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP 12.909
4 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing 15.819
5 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 16 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP 18.856
6 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team 20.225
7 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 22.115
8 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 13 Standing Construct KTM 24.630
9 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing 27.080
10 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team 30.999
11 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 45.241
12 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 9 Honda SR Motoblouz 50.486
13 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 8 RFX KTM Racing 51.999
14 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 7 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki 52.292
15 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 6 JWR Yamaha Racing 58.562
16 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 5 iFly JK Racing 1:00.403
17 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 4 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki 1:07.647
18 Leok Tanel 7 EST 3 A1M Husqvarna 1:08.643
19 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 2 Team Honda Red Moto 1:16.227
20 Gole Anton 297 SWE 1 iFly JK Racing 1:19.066
21 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 0 Team HRC – MXGP 1:21.537
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 285 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 251 Team HRC – MXGP
3 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 197 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
4 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 175 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
5 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 166 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
6 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI 153 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
7 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT 137 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
8 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 136 Honda SR Motoblouz
9 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 122 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
10 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 120 Standing Construct KTM
11 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 116 RFX KTM Racing
12 Lieber Julien 33 BEL 114 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
13 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 85 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki
14 Anstie Max 99 GBR 80 Standing Construct KTM
15 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA 78 iFly JK Racing
16 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 71 Bike It DRT Kawasaki
17 Bogers Brian 189 NDL 56 Team HRC – MXGP
18 Leok Tanel 7 EST 51 A1M Husqvarna
19 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 47 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
20 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA 40 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki
21 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 36 Team VHR KTM Racing
22 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS 31 JWR Yamaha Racing
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 Petrov Petar 152 BUL 14 Team Honda Red Moto
27 Gole Anton 297 SWE 13 iFly JK Racing
28 Kullas Harri 151 FIN 10 Wildcard Rider
29 Van der Mierden Sven 94 NDL 8 Wildcard Rider
30 Ferris Dean 111 AUS 6 Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing