At the 12th round of the 2019 MXGP championship, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser won his seventh overall in a row, setting an all-time record for Honda riders in world championship motocross. While other riders struggled with the heat and tricky track surface at the Semarang facility in central Java, Indonesia, Gajser took one holeshot and led every lap of both races to cruise to his eighth overall of the season, extending his lead at the top of the MXGP championship to 173 points.

With news breaking on Monday that his nearest championship rival would be missing the rest of the season, Gajser knew that he had to remain focused and ride smart in order to keep his momentum going, and that’s exactly what he was able to do when the gate dropped in both motos. A holeshot in race one made things relatively straight-forward for the #243 Honda CRF450RW rider, as he gradually opened up a gap at the front of the field before cruising to the chequered flag. He came very close to another holeshot in race two but rounded the first bend in third position. He then made a couple of passes on the first lap and once again set about breaking clear for would be his sixth maximum points haul of this amazing season. With just six rounds remaining, he knows he can’t take his hand off the throttle just yet, so his aim is to keep heading into each GP to have fun, starting with the next round in the Czech Republic.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t such a positive day for teammate Brian Bogers as the Dutch rider went 11-13 for 12th overall. He never managed to find a good rhythm in either moto and wasn’t able to make the impact he wanted, as he looked to challenge again for a top 10 position. Bogers will hope to find his form again in the Dutch championship next weekend, before getting back to world championship motocross at Loket the following week on July 27-28.

Tim Gajser  243

I was having fun on both days this weekend. Unfortunately yesterday I had a crash in timed practice and I hurt my right ankle a little bit, but other than a bit of pain yesterday, it was certainly a great weekend again. In the first moto I had a great start, taking the holeshot and leading the whole race. In the second one, I started third and made quick pass, and then made another one a bit later in lap one before making a gap to control the race. I was really having fun out there although the track was a little slippery in some places, but I still got two moto wins so I can’t complain! I’m trying not to put pressure on myself on each weekend and I know if I can have fun, I can ride really fast and that seems to be working right now. It is also an honour to have the biggest win-streak for a Honda rider in world motocross, a lot of really talented riders have ridden on this great brand and it is amazing to have achieved this. I hope I can keep it going for as long as possible, and I must also thank Team HRC for helping me out so much and giving me all the support I need in order to do this.

Brian Bogers  189

Today wasn’t a good day for me and I feel really bad to have to say that. I didn’t travel all the way to Indonesia to ride like this and I am really, really disappointed with how I performed. I need to push the reset button for the next races and I hope to do better in the Dutch championship next weekend, which can then give me a boost for the next MXGP round. I want to say sorry to the team because they work so hard for me and they don’t deserve a performance like this. It definitely isn’t what we want.
I do feel like I can ride better though and that’s what I’m going to be aiming to do for the rest of the season, and just try to forget about this round.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

The way Tim is riding right now is just amazing to watch. He made a tricky track look easy and he didn’t really seem to be pushing too much in either moto. His confidence is sky high right now and he fully deserved his seventh victory in a row. This win also means it is his most successful with the team, having now achieved eight this season, one more than when he won the title in 2016, so we are all just really proud of how he has performed this year, especially turning it around so well from the beginning of the season. He thoroughly deserves all the plaudits he receives.
Having spoken to Brian, we are just going to put this weekend behind us and focus ahead to the next round in the Czech Republic. We know he can ride better than he showed in Semarang and we’ll be helping him out as much as possible in order to raise his level when the gate drops in Loket in a couple of weeks’ time.

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team
1 GAJSER Tim 243 SLO 538 Team HRC – MXGP
2 SEEWER Jeremy 91 SWI 365 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
3 CAIROLI Antonio 222 ITA 358 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
4 TONUS Arnaud 4 SWI 346 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
5 PAULIN Gautier 21 FRA 343 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP
6 JASIKONIS Arminas 27 LTU 299 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
7 COLDENHOFF Glenn 259 NDL 288 Standing Construct KTM
8 VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy 89 BEL 271 Honda SR Motoblouz
9 JONASS Pauls 41 LAT 268 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
10 FEBVRE Romain 461 FRA 243 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team
11 ANSTIE Max 99 GBR 213 Standing Construct KTM
12 DESALLE Clement 25 BEL 208 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
13 LIEBER Julien 33 BEL 184 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing
14 MONTICELLI Ivo 128 ITA 184 iFly JK Racing
15 BOGERS Brian 189 NDL 144 Team HRC – MXGP
16 LEOK Tanel 7 EST 132 A1M Husqvarna
17 SIMPSON Shaun 24 GBR 129 RFX KTM Racing
18 SEARLE Tommy 100 GBR 103 Bike It DRT Kawasaki
19 LUPINO Alessandro 77 ITA 103 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki
20 TIXIER Jordi 911 FRA 81 Team VHR KTM Racing
21 PATUREL Benoit 6 FRA 65 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki
22 HERLINGS Jeffrey 84 NDL 57 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
23 BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod 18 RUS 44 JWR Yamaha Racing
24 STRIJBOS Kevin 22 BEL 43 JWR Yamaha 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