Superb return to MXGP action for Gajser at Valkenswaard

2018-03-17 17:18
Tim Gajser enjoyed a sensational return to MXGP action after missing the opening round of the season, as the star of Team HRC finished today’s qualifying race at Valkenswaard in third place after an excellent ride in the treacherous conditions encountered at the Dutch venue.

Tim Gajser got a great launch as the gates dropped and immediately got himself into third place. After losing one position during the opening lap, the 2016 MXGP World Champion maintained a strong pace while running in fourth place and looking very comfortable and confident aboard his Honda CRF450RW machine.

The 21-year-old Slovenian rider was then promoted to third after Herlings crashed out of the lead, and from there on Gajser brilliantly defended his position from the resurgent defending champion Antonio Cairoli.

MXGP action will resume tomorrow at 10:45 local time (GMT +1) for the 15-minute warm up, with the two races scheduled at 14:15 and 17:10.

Tim Gajser 243
I felt good today. I’m just thankful and happy to be back racing after such a big crash; it was kind of a little miracle to return so soon! The qualifying race went well: I got a great start and although in the early stages I wasn’t aggressive enough I managed to get into a nice rhythm and in a couple of occasions I got closer to Gautier [Paulin]. It was difficult to overtake, however, because there was one main line and when I tried to choose a different one I almost got stuck. I’m happy with the result and with the bike, so I would like to thank the team for the great job done and everyone around me for the invaluable support.

Tim Gajser
Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager - MXGP
Tim had a great start to the race and held his ground really well, especially when Cairoli got closer. He rode well and took no risks, and that’s very important because it was his first race after injuring his jaw last month. It has been a very positive performance from him, he felt good with the bike and confident so we look forward to tomorrow – no pressure, as the goal is to take some points back home.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas
Qualifying Race
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1
VAN HOREBEEK
Jeremy 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +24:48.416
2
PAULIN
Gautier 21 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +07.244
3
GAJSER
Tim 243 SLO Team HRC - MXGP +11.955
4
CAIROLI
Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +18.301
5
COLDENHOFF
Glenn 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +19.235
6
SEEWER
Jeremy 91 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +26.564
7
DESALLE
Clement 25 BEL

Source: Honda Racing Corporation

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