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Gajser maintains strong start, as Zanchi fights hard in Spain

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Team HRC’s Tim Gajser put in a solid day of racing at the second round of the 2024 MXGP World Championship, held at the Intu-Xanadu circuit in Arroyomolinos near Madrid in Spain. The Slovenian had the second fastest time in timed practice, and then placed second again in the qualification race, giving him nine points and moving him up into second place in the championship.

On what is a very-rutted circuit, the Honda CRF450R rider took his time to find his rhythm, but once there, he showed the speed that saw him win two of the three races in Argentina last time out. This gave him a good pick for the qualification race, where he was unable to maximise that advantage as he didn’t get the best of starts. However, the #243 made a lot of moves on the opening lap and actually had got his way all the way up to third by the end of the first full lap. Three laps later and the five-time world champion was into second place but by the time he got there, the leader had already opened up a considerable gap and rather than push too hard on this tricky terrain, he decided just to cruise it home for a solid second place. This gives him second pick once again for the two motos tomorrow, where he’ll be hoping to make better starts and try to add to his race and overall win tally and get hold of the championship-leading red-plate.

Unfortunately watching from the sidelines was teammate Ruben Fernandez, who is missing this round due to the torn ACL he suffered in Argentina. The Spaniard still had a good reception wherever he went amongst all the fans in the crowd, but he would much prefer to be out there battling on the track.

MX2

It was a difficult day at the office for youngster Ferruccio Zanchi, who was never able to find the speed and consistency that he displayed on his Team HRC debut last time out in Argentina. The #73 wasn’t able to lay down a good lap in the timed practice, which meant that he started in the middle of the pack and had to fight it out with a lot of other riders early on.

Unfortunately, he paid the penalty for this, with a small tip-over on the opening lap, dropping to the very back of the pack. Just like in Argentina, he put his head down and charged as much as he could, but with the shorter race time for these qualification races, he was only able to get back to 17th, which is outside the points and means that once again he’ll have a difficult gate-drop for the two GP-scoring motos tomorrow.

1. Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), 24:17.585;
2. Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:03.028;
3. Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:13.102;
4. Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:17.132;
5. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Triumph), +0:20.915;
6. Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:23.941;
7. Marc-Antoine Rossi (FRA, GASGAS), +0:26.772;
8. Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), +0:29.290;
9. Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:38.102;
10. Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:51.191;

17. Ferruccio Zanchi (ITA, Honda), +1:31.386;

Tim Gajser  243

I didn’t get the best jump off the line but I am pleased with my riding after that. I made a number of passes to get into second, which wasn’t easy on this track, so that is good to know that I can do it. However, I know I need to be much closer to the lead early on to stand a chance at winning the motos tomorrow. The deep ruts aren’t easy to navigate but it is the same challenge for everyone and I know that my speed is there if I can get out front.

Ferruccio Zanchi  73

I’m a bit disappointed to have that tip-over on the first lap because that put me right at the back of the field and made it impossible for me to add any points from this qualification race. I did my best to come through the field and made my way up to 17th, but obviously this isn’t where I want to be and I will try my best to challenge inside the top 10 tomorrow.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

Tim showed that he is still one of the riders to beat, with an excellent ride in the qualification race. He made good passes and then just settled into a fast rhythm once into second place, saving himself for tomorrow for the GP-scoring motos. He knows it is a long championship and it is better to take the points available than to crash out and score zero, especially this early on.

Ferruccio had a harder day and it was a good reminder that he is a rookie in this class and on a newly developed machine. It is still good to see him charging until the end and that is what we really like to see from him. Obviously he hope he can avoid the same mistake tomorrow, and then we’re sure he will score some more good points, like he did in round one.

Qualification Race

Pos.       Rider     Num      Nation Points   Team     Time/Gap

1            Prado Garcia Jorge          1            SPA        10          Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing                24:11.409

2            Gajser Tim          243        SLO        9            Team HRC – MXGP           0:13.320

3            Renaux Maxime               959        FRA        8            Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team       0:16.278

4            Herlings Jeffrey                84          NDL       7            Red Bull KTM Factory Racing                0:18.438

5            Coldenhoff Glenn            259        NDL       6            Fantic Factory Racing MXGP                0:23.171

6            Seewer Jeremy 91          SWI        5            Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP     0:26.056

7            Guillod Valentin               92          SWI        4            Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz         0:30.645

8            Febvre Romain 3            FRA        3            Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP     0:32.224

9            Vlaanderen Calvin           10          NDL       2            Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team       0:37.607

10          Gifting Isak         517        SWE      1            JK Racing Yamaha Active              0:50.055

11          Jonass Pauls       41          LAT        0            Standing Construct Honda MXGP                0:57.770

12          Tondel Cornelius             17          NOR      0            Schmicker Racing            1:12.797

13          Watson Ben       919        GBR       0            MRT Racing Team Beta 1:14.183

14          Monticelli Ivo    128        ITA         0            MRT Racing Team Beta 1:14.454

15          Sterry Adam                     GBR       0                           1:17.209

16          Paturel Benoit                  FRA        0                           1:18.823

17          Koch Tom                          GER       0                           1:24.985

18          Valentin Ander                 SPA        0                           1:33.557

19          Östlund Alvin                   SWE      0                           1:34.196

20          Gilbert Josh        326        GBR       0            Gabriel SS24 KTM           1:37.549

Rider Standings

Pos.       Rider     Num      Nation Points   Team

1            Prado Garcia Jorge          1            SPA        64          Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing

2            Gajser Tim          243        SLO        60          Team HRC – MXGP

3            Febvre Romain 3            FRA        54          Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP

4            Renaux Maxime               959        FRA        47          Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team

5            Jonass Pauls       41          LAT        46          Standing Construct Honda MXGP

6            Herlings Jeffrey                84          NDL       39          Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

7            Seewer Jeremy 91          SWI        39          Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP

8            Coldenhoff Glenn            259        NDL       34          Fantic Factory Racing MXGP

9            Vlaanderen Calvin           10          NDL       28          Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team

10          Guillod Valentin               92          SWI        25          Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz

11          Horgmo Kevin   24          NOR      20          Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz

12          Watson Ben       919        GBR       20          MRT Racing Team Beta

13          Monticelli Ivo    128        ITA         19          MRT Racing Team Beta

14          Pancar Jan          253        SLO        13          TEM JP253 KTM Racing Team

15          Gifting Isak         517        SWE      12          JK Racing Yamaha Active

16          Tondel Cornelius             17          NOR      11          Schmicker Racing

17          Brumann Kevin 87          SWI        5            SixtySeven Racing Team

18          Van Berkel Lars                NDL       5

19          Cordovez Miguel                            ECU       4

20          Aparecido dos Santos Fabio        238        BRA       3            Wildcard Rider

21          Rolando Nicolas                             URU      2

22          Villaronga Sergio                            CHI        1

23          Benenaula Andres                         ECU       1