Gajser lays strong foundations with third place in qualifying

2018-05-19 16:40
Tim Gajser has enjoyed a positive start to the MXGP of Germany by showing promising speed aboard his works Honda CRF450RW at the spectacular Teutschenthal motocross track. After topping the timesheets in free practice, the Team HRC rider was third in both timed practice and qualifying race in what was a smooth and trouble-free opening day of action.

Following a not-perfect jump out of the gate, Gajser was able to take the inside line and from fifth place, he made an early successful pass on van Horebeek for fourth. The two-time world champion kept his head down and kept his eyes on Cairoli, until the latter suffered a technical problem and was forced to give away a few positions. With a couple of minutes left on the clock, Tim found himself in third place, which he kept all the way to the finish line.

MXGP action will resume tomorrow morning at 10:45 local time (GMT +2) with the warm up, which will be followed by the two, eighth-round motos at 14:15 and 17:10.

Tim Gajser 243
Today went quite well: I felt good with the bike although the track was quite rough. I didn’t have the best jump off the gate in qualifying, but I was on the inside so I was able to take a short line and make it back to fifth place. I then made a quick pass on Jeremy [van Horebeek] and rode behind Toni [Cairoli] until he slowed down and stopped. Third place is good for tomorrow, so I’m quite happy and looking forward to the two motos.

Tim Gajser
Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager - MXGP
It was a good day for Tim. He was consistently fast all along and had a convincing performance in qualifying. The start was not ideal, but it will be surely more important tomorrow: the track is fast and has only one good line – so it’s not easy to pass. The team did a solid job and the bike is running well, so let’s see what tomorrow brings.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas
Qualifying race
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
Jeffrey 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 24:12.661
Gautier 21 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +4.591
Tim 243 SLO Team HRC - MXGP +7.775
Jeremy 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +12.921
Romain 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +18.446
Jeremy 91 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP +20.506
Antonio 222 ITA

Source: Honda Racing Corporation

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