Gajser takes second in Assen qualifier

2017-09-09 18:48
In the deep, dirty sands of Assen, Tim Gajser took a second-place finish today on his CRF450RW at the MXGP of the Netherlands, whilst his team mate Evgeny Bobryshev took seventh

The track had been battered by the poor weather conditions over the last few days making the track heavy with water and creating deep ruts. Gajser took the holeshot and the led the race from the start. The Slovenian’s riding was smooth and controlled and only a small mistake at the end meant Jeffery Herlings took the lead, leaving Gajser in second place.

Bobryshev meanwhile although struggling initially off the start, was able to find a good rhythm and made up some considerable ground. He made some good passes and found some good lines so was able to move from 14th to seventh place.

With more rain forecast overnight, this could create further challenges for the race tomorrow. The first MXGP race starts tomorrow at 14h15.

Tim Gajser 243
I was enjoying the track today. It is challenging and it feels really weird with deep lines that are almost muddy. I took a good start in the race and I was leading for almost all of it. I made a small mistake at the end which let Jeffrey pass me but I was happy to come away with second. Hopefully I can ride tomorrow like I did today, I am looking forward to it.

Evgeny Bobryshev 777
I have been struggling all day and the track was really difficult to put down a fast lap. I couldn’t get my confidence in warm up and timed practice but when it came to the race it was a bit better. I was able to flow and I had some good lines. I came from 14th place to seventh as I didn’t have a good start. The top five wasn’t so far out of reach, I just need to get more confidence early on.

Roger Harvey
HRC General Manager - MXGP
We have had really difficult conditions here at Assen this weekend. There was a lot of rain Friday and Saturday morning which made the track really difficult. It started to dry a little bit before the race which improved things considerably. It was good to see Tim take the holeshot and sit at the front of the field for the majority of the race, eventually having a little slip and finishing in second place. He had good speed and good technique today in the sand.
Bobby had been struggling with the track this morning but found his rhythm and eventually got on a good pace. He came in seventh place which will bode well for tomorrow. We will need a good start and hopefully the track will be in better condition than it was today.

Source: Honda Racing Corporation

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