Team HRC’s Tim Gajser increased his lead at the top of the 2019 world motocross championship table to 177 points after finishing second overall at the MXGP of the Czech Republic. Watched on by a record number of Slovenian fans who made the journey north to watch their Honda CRF450RW-riding hero, the #243 rode solidly throughout both races to secure his podium position, his eighth in a row. Teammate Brian Bogers also had a good day, placing ninth in race one, before finishing just outside the top 10 in race two.

On the hard pack Loket track, Gajser made two good starts, placing inside the top three in both races and with passing opportunities limited due to the lack of line options, he settled for two second places to score 44 points on the day. This was good enough for second overall and more importantly, four points more than his nearest championship rival which left the gap at 177 with just 250 points left to race for. Unfortunately, it does mean his winning streak ended at a record-breaking seven, but the vast number of Slovenian fans didn’t care one bit as the double World Champion took another massive step towards title number three.

Taking a risky outside gate pick in both motos, Bogers stormed around the first corner in race one in fifth position. Holding a good speed early on, he eventually succumbed to arm pump on a track that was really tricky to go fast on. By the end of the race, he crossed the line in ninth place which was still inside the top 10, his goal at the beginning of the moto. Unfortunately, the outside gate pick didn’t pay off in race two and he rounded the first bend outside the top 20. Making a lot of quick passes early on, he managed to work his way up to 13th by the midpoint of the race and although his pace was good, he could only finish in 12th, which was enough for 11th overall.

Next weekend the MXGPs head to Lommel for one of the toughest tests of the year as the riders have to deal with the deep sand in the north of Belgium. It is certainly a much different surface than the hard pack surface they found this weekend in Loket, but as Gajser has proved over the last 13 rounds, he is capable on every type of terrain. He also knows that with a couple more good results, his dream of a third world championship title becomes ever nearer. Bogers is also looking forward to racing at a track that he grew up riding on and will once again set his sights on the MXGP top 10 when the gate drops in Lommel on Sunday 4thAugust.

Tim Gajser  243

The track was really tough, it was hard and slick so I didn’t feel so comfortable on the track, but I’m quite happy with how the motos turned out. I took two good starts and I was riding smart and I didn’t want to push too much because it was easy to make a mistake. Overall it was a good weekend and I’m happy I could give all the Slovenian fans something to cheer about. They support me so much on the track and I could really hear them around the start straight bend each lap. So many of them made the trip and I am just really thankful for every one of them and it is just an awesome feeling to be out there and celebrating with them.

Brian Bogers  189

I’m quite happy with the results today. In the first moto I got a good start and was in fifth and I felt good there. I showed some good speed at the beginning of the race but then I got arm pump and had to slow down. Still, I finished ninth and that’s good. Unfortunately the start didn’t work in the second race and I had to start from around 20th. I fought back to 12th though and I’m happy with how I rode. It was much better than Indonesia and it was important to bounce back. I’m certainly looking forward to next weekend on a sand track that I enjoy riding on.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

It was a really professional performance from Tim this weekend, despite being under a lot of pressure with all his fans that came to visit. The track was difficult to ride, and he made sure that he finished in second place, rather than take risks in order to go for the win. Of course we would have loved to have seen him on top of the podium for the eighth race in a row, but the championship is the main focus and he did what he needed to do, and that was extend his lead at the top of the championship even further.
Brian also rode well in both races and can consider himself unlucky not to have finished inside the top 10 overall. It was great to see him and Tim up near the front in the early stages of race one and we hope that he can manage to do the same again in Lommel, on a track that should really suit him.

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 GAJSER Tim 243 SLO 582 Team HRC – MXGP
2 SEEWER Jeremy 91 SWI 405 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
3 PAULIN Gautier 21 FRA 379 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
4 TONUS Arnaud 4 SWI 373 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
5 CAIROLI Antonio 222 ITA 358 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
6 JASIKONIS Arminas 27 LTU 327 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
7 COLDENHOFF Glenn 259 NDL 309 Standing Construct KTM
8 VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy 89 BEL 300 Honda SR Motoblouz
9 JONASS Pauls 41 LAT 297 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
10 FEBVRE Romain 461 FRA 293 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
11 ANSTIE Max 99 GBR 237 Standing Construct KTM
12 DESALLE Clement 25 BEL 208 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
13 MONTICELLI Ivo 128 ITA 189 iFly JK Racing
14 LIEBER Julien 33 BEL 184 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
15 BOGERS Brian 189 NDL 165 Team HRC – MXGP
16 SIMPSON Shaun 24 GBR 146 RFX KTM Racing
17 LEOK Tanel 7 EST 142 A1M Husqvarna
18 SEARLE Tommy 100 GBR 112 Bike It DRT Kawasaki
19 LUPINO Alessandro 77 ITA 107 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki
20 TIXIER Jordi 911 FRA 86 Team VHR KTM Racing
21 PATUREL Benoit 6 FRA 65 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki
22 STRIJBOS Kevin 22 BEL 60 JWR Yamaha Racing
23 BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod 18 RUS 58 JWR Yamaha Racing
24 HERLINGS Jeffrey 84 NDL 57 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
25 GOLE Anton 297 SWE 30 iFly JK Racing
26 LUSBO Andero 621 EST 29 Wildcard Rider
27 STEWART Lewis 336 AUS 29 Wildcard Rider
28 PETROV Petar 152 BUL 24 Team Honda Red Moto
29 COLES Adam 227 AUS 22 Wildcard Rider
30 BUTRON Jose 17 SPA 18 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team

Photos: Honda Racing Corporation