MXGP of Italy

MXGP 2018   Round 20

Gajser ends 2018 MXGP season with second place in MXGP of Italy

The 2018 MXGP World Championship drew to a close with an excellent performance by Team HRC's Tim Gajser, who is second overall courtesy of two second places in the motos contested today at Imola. With eight podiums (five seconds and three thirds), Gajser finishes the season in fourth place, only 16 points away from the top-three. Gajser's team mate Brian Bogers could not take part in the two races of the MXGP of Italy due to a damaged knee.

Tim got a great launch out of the gates for race one and was second but soon moved up to first place by overtaking home rider Alessandro Lupino. The 22-year-old Slovenian led the race until lap three, when he was passed by reigning champion Jeffrey Herlings. While trying not to lose touch with the Dutchman, Gajser built a comfortable lead on Desalle in third which he kept up to the finish line.

The start to the second moto was almost as good as the first one, with Gajser able to ride around turn one in third before overtaking Clement Desalle on the opening lap for second place. The two-time World Champion extended his margin over his rival and almost got back in contention for the win when Herlings dropped his bike during lap six. Gajser did not manage to bridge the gap with ahead and was second at the chequered flag to also claim second overall in the MXGP of Italy.

Brian Bogers decided to sit out both races after hurting his left knee yesterday in the qualifying race, when he had a coming together with an opponent who hit the rear-end of his Honda causing a crash. He got on track this morning for warm up to test his condition, but the pain was too much when bending the knee. Bogers will return home and then undergo an MRI scan this Tuesday in Belgium.

Tim Gajser  243

It's good to finish the season on the podium: that was the goal and we did it. It was not an easy season for us, and there have been many ups and downs, but in the second part of the season we really stepped up our game and we managed to improve race after race. Overall I have to be happy, especially given what happened at the start of the year. I'm grateful and thankful that I can be here. The season went so quickly and now I cannot wait for the next one to start; hopefully things will go smoothly throughout the winter. The bike was amazing but I'm sure HRC will do their best to improve it even more. I will work as hard as I can, and I will give everything I have to fight for the title. Once again, I would like to thank everyone at Team HRC for their outstanding support; they are like a family to me.

Tim Gajser

Brian Bogers  5

We decided together with the team to give it a try this morning in warm up, but the pain was too strong to ride because the knee hurts when I bend it. Obviously it was disappointing to miss the races but given the type of year it's been for me, it's better to avoid any risk. Hopefully it's not a serious issue, so that I can be back on the bike very soon and start with winter testing. I'm really looking forward to be back racing next year and having a good season with the team.

Brian Bogers

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

We were really happy to see Tim back on the podium before the end of the season. It has been a very challenging year for him, with one of the worst starts anyone can wish for. He showed how brave he is by coming back way sooner than expected, fighting through the pain and discomfort of a double jaw fracture. Race after race he picked up the pace and in the second half of the season we started seeing the type of performances he's capable of. Now we head into the off-season knowing we can get ready for what could be a really promising season. It's a shame that Brian could not race today but in any case, these two races were more training than anything else for him after his long absence. He will undergo an MRI scan on Tuesday which will give us a clearer picture of his left-knee condition, so we can only hope for the best. It has been quite an eventful season for us with highs and lows, but everybody gave their best and we enjoyed every minute of it. Now we look forward to the future!

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

Race 1

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 HERLINGS Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 34:41.213
2 GAJSER Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC – MXGP +12.438
3 DESALLE Clement 25 BEL 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing +28.131
4 PAULIN Gautier 21 FRA 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +30.461
5 LIEBER Julien 33 BEL 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing +32.590
6 SEEWER Jeremy 91 SWI 15 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +34.849
7 SIMPSON Shaun 24 GBR 14 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +35.907
8 VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy 89 BEL 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +43.218
9 ANSTIE Max 99 GBR 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +51.689
10 BOBRYSHEV Evgeny 777 RUS 11 BOS GP +54.842
11 COLDENHOFF Glenn 259 NDL 10 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +57.186
12 SEARLE Tommy 100 GBR 9 Bike It DRT Kawasaki +58.432
13 NAGL Max 12 GER 8 TM Racing Factory Team +1:03.545
14 TIXIER Jordi 911 FRA 7 Wildcard Rider +1:08.430
15 BUTRON Jose 17 SPA 6 Marchetti Racing Team KTM +1:23.583
16 LEOK Tanel 7 EST 5 A1M Husqvarna +1:27.556
17 WATERS Todd 42 AUS 4 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor +1:38.541
18 BONINI Davide 15 ITA 3 Steels – Dr. Jack Racing +1 lap
19 DESPREY Maxime 141 FRA 2 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki +1 lap
20 IRWIN Graeme 55 IRE 1 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK +1 lap

Race 2

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Time/Gap
1 HERLINGS Jeffrey 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 34:35.763
2 GAJSER Tim 243 SLO 22 Team HRC – MXGP +34.828
3 DESALLE Clement 25 BEL 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing +50.772
4 LIEBER Julien 33 BEL 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing +1:01.847
5 VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy 89 BEL 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +1:03.991
6 PAULIN Gautier 21 FRA 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +1:06.621
7 SIMPSON Shaun 24 GBR 14 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +1:07.493
8 COLDENHOFF Glenn 259 NDL 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +1:09.285
9 STRIJBOS Kevin 22 BEL 12 Standing Construct KTM +1:15.790
10 BOBRYSHEV Evgeny 777 RUS 11 BOS GP +1:20.562
11 NAGL Max 12 GER 10 TM Racing Factory Team +1:21.317
12 SEEWER Jeremy 91 SWI 9 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +1:23.854
13 ANSTIE Max 99 GBR 8 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +1:25.871
14 BUTRON Jose 17 SPA 7 Marchetti Racing Team KTM +1:27.065
15 TIXIER Jordi 911 FRA 6 Wildcard Rider +1:40.104
16 SEARLE Tommy 100 GBR 5 Bike It DRT Kawasaki +1:42.276
17 WATERS Todd 42 AUS 4 Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor +1 lap
18 LEOK Tanel 7 EST 3 A1M Husqvarna +1 lap
19 MONTICELLI Ivo 128 ITA 2 iFly JK Racing +1 lap
20 PETROV Petar 152 BUL 1 Team Honda Red Moto +1 lap

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 HERLINGS Jeffrey 84 NDL 933 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2 CAIROLI Antonio 222 ITA 782 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
3 DESALLE Clement 25 BEL 685 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
4 GAJSER Tim 243 SLO 669 Team HRC – MXGP
5 PAULIN Gautier 21 FRA 574 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
6 FEBVRE Romain 461 FRA 544 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
7 COLDENHOFF Glenn 259 NDL 535 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
8 SEEWER Jeremy 91 SWI 469 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
9 VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy 89 BEL 433 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
10 ANSTIE Max 99 GBR 386 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
11 LIEBER Julien 33 BEL 291 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
12 BOBRYSHEV Evgeny 777 RUS 289 BOS GP
13 LUPINO Alessandro 77 ITA 283 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki
14 STRIJBOS Kevin 22 BEL 267 Standing Construct KTM
15 SIMPSON Shaun 24 GBR 263 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
16 NAGL Max 12 GER 244 TM Racing Factory Team
17 SEARLE Tommy 100 GBR 197 Bike It DRT Kawasaki
18 LEOK Tanel 7 EST 139 A1M Husqvarna
19 JASIKONIS Arminas 27 LTU 111 Team Honda Red Moto
20 BUTRON Jose 17 SPA 109 Marchetti Racing Team KTM