Perfect weekend for Gajser

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Perfect weekend for Gajser
Increasing his lead in the world championship and taking his second overall win of the season, Tim Gajser took a dominant win today in Leon Mexico, rounding off what he describes as a “perfect weekend”.

Gajser made a statement in the first race by getting the holeshot and controlling the lead early on. He put some faster laps down within the first half of the race to put a 14 second gap between himself and his team mate in second place. The track conditions suited the Slovenian who fell into a comfortable rhythm half way through the race to take the win.

In the second race the track conditions had changed and although this didn’t bother the Slovenian it meant he had to change the style in which he attacked it. In the first few corners off the start, Gajser found himself battling with Paulin and Cairoli. Gajser quickly passed Paulin to take the lead giving him chance to pick up the pace for a few laps and distance himself away from the battle for second place. Once Cairoli got past Paulin the eight times world champion kept the pressure on Gajser right until the finish line. The work he had done early in the race ensured that he could take the win, 15 seconds ahead of Cairoli.

Bobryshev had a day of two halves. In the first race, he had a strong start and was side by side with him team mate; Gajser in the first few corners of the race. After pushing for the lead for the first few laps, Bobryshev settled behind Gajser, keeping on his pace which gave him a secure gap between himself and third place. The Russian was fast on what he had described yesterday as a difficult track and his consistent lap times gave him an excellent second place finish.

The second race didn’t go to plan for the Russian. After making a small mistake in the first corner, this then set the tone for him for the rest of the race. The changeable track conditions caught Bobryshev out and he crashed a further two times costing him valuable time and positions in the race. His lap times throughout the last race were easily worthy of a podium finish. Bobryshev isn’t one to give up easily so he regrouped and adjusted his riding style to work his way back from 20th to 14th position.

With the first leg of the European rounds kicking off in Trentino in two weeks’ time, Bobryshev will focused on riding to the strength of his first race today and Gajser will be looking to maintain his dominant form to extend his championship lead further.

Tim Gajser 243
I felt good all weekend, I was enjoy it and having fun on the bike. Actually, in the second moto it was tough as Cairoli was pushing me all the way and also the track became really hard and slick in some places but I am really happy that I won that one and the overall as well. I am really looking forward to the next one already. I haven’t changed anything that I do, I am just having fun on the bike and I think that is key.

Tim Gajser
Evgeny Bobryshev 777
The first race everything went really well. I had a good start and I just kept myself in second place, everything was simple. I had a lot of pressure behind me with the pack of four riders but I kept second place. This is really positive for me, I was feeling good. Coming into the second race I had a bad start then on the opening lap, I can’t really explain what happened. There was a simple table top, I landed in the same place every time and this one time when I landed, I slid and the bike went sideways so I crashed on my side. Maybe it was because there was a heavier wind. I hurt my hip a bit so it was difficult coming back then I fell a second time. The track was slippery and dusty so it is safe to say I am disappointed about the second race. I am healthy and happy so I can move forward, I am looking forward to head into Europe

Evgeny Bobryshev
Roger Harvey
HRC General Manager – MXGP
Glad to say we kept the momentum up from Argentina on a totally different circuit. Tim was extremely dominant throughout the weekend and although the second race he was kept on his toes, he had the speed to control the gap. This performance increases the lead in the world championship but as we know it is a very long season ahead so we race with that in the back of our minds at this point in the season. Bobby held up under a lot of pressure in race one to come home runner up to his team mate which was an excellent result. In the second race, a small mistake in the first corner put him in the middle of the pack and then another two mistakes followed which dropped him out of the field and out of the points. Obviously with a small number of riders in the field it was imperative to keep going as he needed the points. He managed to pull back into the points to 14th place which is good damage limitation. We now move everything back to Europe to start the campaign over there and hopefully keep this momentum going on the different European tracks.

Roger Harvey
Race 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1
GAJSER
Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP 34:45.401
2
BOBRYSHEV
Evgeny 777 RUS 22 Team HRC – MXGP +14.909
3
PAULIN
Gautier 21 FRA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +15.434
4
CAIROLI
Antonio 222 ITA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +15.718
5
VAN HOREBEEK
Jeremy 89 BEL 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +17.615
6
TONUS
Arnaud 4 SWI 15 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +17.676
7
NAGL
Max 12 GER 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +36.880
8
DESALLE
Clement 25 BEL 13 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing +38.837
9
ANSTIE
Max 99 GBR 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +41.562
10
STRIJBOS
Kevin 22 BEL 11 Team Suzuki World MXGP +42.542
11
FEBVRE
Romain 461 FRA 10 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +43.893
12
SIMPSON
Shaun 24 GBR 9 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +44.723
13
JASIKONIS
Arminas 27 LTU 8 Team Suzuki World MXGP +52.969
14
HERLINGS
Jeffrey 84 NDL 7 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +1:17.676
15
GUILLOD
Valentin 92 SWI 6 Team Honda Red Moto +1:30.206
16
LUPINO
Alessandro 77 ITA 5 Team Honda Red Moto +1:34.660
17
COLDENHOFF
Glenn 259 NDL 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +1:36.714
18
NICHOLLS
Jake 45 GBR 3 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK +1:38.131
19
LEOK
Tanel 7 EST 2 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing +1:39.960
20
GONCALVES
Rui 999 POR 1 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing +1:40.847
Race 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1
GAJSER
Tim 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP 35:03.806
2
CAIROLI
Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +15.224
3
PAULIN
Gautier 21 FRA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +26.064
4
TONUS
Arnaud 4 SWI 18 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +27.677
5
VAN HOREBEEK
Jeremy 89 BEL 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +28.892
6
DESALLE
Clement 25 BEL 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing +47.894
7
FEBVRE
Romain 461 FRA 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +56.358
8
NAGL
Max 12 GER 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +58.109
9
HERLINGS
Jeffrey 84 NDL 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +1:00.181
10
STRIJBOS
Kevin 22 BEL 11 Team Suzuki World MXGP +1:01.851
11
COLDENHOFF
Glenn 259 NDL 10 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +1:21.509
12
JASIKONIS
Arminas 27 LTU 9 Team Suzuki World MXGP +1:22.406
13
ANSTIE
Max 99 GBR 8 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +1:31.851
14
BOBRYSHEV
Evgeny 777 RUS 7 Team HRC – MXGP +1:32.834
15
SIMPSON
Shaun 24 GBR 6 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +1:34.182
16
BUTRON
Jose 17 SPA 5 Marchetti Racing Team KTM +1:46.075
17
GUILLOD
Valentin 92 SWI 4 Team Honda Red Moto +1:50.616
18
LEOK
Tanel 7 EST 3 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing +1:53.291
19
GONCALVES
Rui 999 POR 2 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing – 1 lap
Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1
GAJSER
Tim 243 SLO 156 Team HRC – MXGP
2
CAIROLI
Antonio 222 ITA 136 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
3
DESALLE
Clement 25 BEL 119 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
4
VAN HOREBEEK
Jeremy 89 BEL 116 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
5
PAULIN
Gautier 21 FRA 112 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
6
BOBRYSHEV
Evgeny 777 RUS 111 Team HRC – MXGP
7
FEBVRE
Romain 461 FRA 89 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
8
STRIJBOS
Kevin 22 BEL 78 Team Suzuki World MXGP
9
NAGL
Max 12 GER 73 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
10
SIMPSON
Shaun 24 GBR 70 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
11
ANSTIE
Max 99 GBR 69 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
12
TONUS
Arnaud 4 SWI 65 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
13
COLDENHOFF
Glenn 259 NDL 62 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
14
HERLINGS
Jeffrey 84 NDL 59 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
15
JASIKONIS
Arminas 27 LTU 37 Team Suzuki World MXGP
16
TIXIER
Jordi 911 FRA 36 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
17
GONCALVES
Rui 999 POR 35 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing
18
BUTRON
Jose 17 SPA 32 Marchetti Racing Team KTM
19
LEOK
Tanel 7 EST 29 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing
20
GUILLOD
Valentin 92 SWI 24 Team Honda Red Moto
21
LUPINO
Alessandro 77 ITA 17 Team Honda Red Moto
22
NICHOLLS
Jake 45 GBR 15 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK
23
SALAZAR
Jetro 60 ECU 4 Wildcard Rider
24
POLI
Joaquin 179 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider