Team HRC’s Tim Gajser was denied a 10th MXGP overall victory as a last lap pass elsewhere on the track meant that the Slovenian’s second moto victory wasn’t quite enough for the win at the 2019 MXGP of Sweden.

While there was a little disappointment that his 16th race win didn’t result in the top step of the podium, it was still an impressive performance from the Honda CRF450RW rider after wrapping up the MXGP world championship title last weekend in Italy. His three-one finishes were a perfect way to get over the potential title-winning hangover and the win in the second race proves once again he is the fastest rider in this highly competitive MXGP class.

Passing was most definitely at a premium on this Uddevalla track, as riders tried desperately to find different lines on the hard-packed stony surface. With two good starts, Gajser put himself in a strong position in both races, but he’ll be left to rue a small mistake in race one when running in second place. This only dropped him down to fourth place, but it was enough to put him out of his rhythm and it forced him to try and make more passes on this technical circuit. In the end he was able to get up to third place, which would have been good enough if the second moto had finished one lap earlier.

In race two, he once again was in second place after lap one, but this time he rode in a smooth manner, keeping the pressure on and looking for passes for the duration. Eventually, after finding the right spot to make his move, he swept round the outside and into first place with just a few laps remaining. As it stood at that moment he would have won the overall, but as the laps ticked down, others riders made mistakes which moved the eventual overall winner up to the second place he needed on the very last lap.

With two events left to race, Gajser now has a weekend off, before back to back races in Turkey and China which will round out his highly successful 2019 campaign. Hopefully by then, teammate Brian Bogers will be fully recovered from his shoulder injury and he’ll meet up with the rest of Team HRC at Afyonkarahisar on September 7-8.

Tim Gajser

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Overall I was quite happy with the weekend. In the first moto I had a solid start and was in second place, but then I made a mistake and two guys passed me. It was really difficult to pass them back but I was able to finish in third. The second moto went a lot better, with another good start putting me in second once again. My riding was good and I was feeling comfortable but I didn’t want to pass him too early in the race because I saw that we had a good pace and I didn’t want to give him any lines. Then with five laps from the end, I made a push to pass him and I made it happen, immediately pulling out a gap. I could then see the battle behind and I could see the battle for second, so I knew when Glenn passed Pauls that I would finish second overall. Still, it was a good performance and I’m happy with the day.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

It was definitely nice to see Tim back winning a race again, after all the pressure of having to win the championship these past few rounds. He showed good speed all weekend and if wasn’t for one small mistake, he would have got the overall too. The track was very difficult to pass on though and that was critical because normally he would have been able to come back from that much better. However, three-one is a good result and now we can look forward to a weekend off after a couple of very intense events.

MXGP 2019 Sunday, August 25th 2019RaceRound 16 MXGP of Sweden

Race 1

SUNNYAir Temp23°CTrack CondStony

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1COLDENHOFF Glenn259NDL25Standing Construct KTMKTM34:53.626
2FEBVRE Romain461FRA22Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha1.070
3GAJSER Tim243SLO20Team HRC – MXGPHonda7.239
4JONASS Pauls41LAT18Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna17.369
5VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy89BEL16Honda SR MotoblouzHonda36.305
6PAULIN Gautier21FRA15Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha45.441
7SEEWER Jeremy91SWI14Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha49.112
8SEARLE Tommy100GBR13Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki53.522
9STRIJBOS Kevin22BEL12JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha55.459
10JASIKONIS Arminas27LTU11Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna58.189
11LUPINO Alessandro77ITA10Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki1:00.542
12TONUS Arnaud4SWI9Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha1:07.498
13GOLE Anton297SWE8iFly JK RacingYamaha1:08.602
14SIMPSON Shaun24GBR7RFX KTM RacingKTM1:10.220
15DE WAAL Micha-Boy34NDL6Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda TeamHonda1:11.656
16BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod18RUS5JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha1:19.570
17TIXIER Jordi911FRA4Team VHR KTM RacingKTM1:24.863
18PETROV Petar152BUL3Team Honda Red MotoHonda1:33.539
19RODRIGUEZ Anthony127VEN2Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha1:40.384
20LEOK Tanel7EST1A1M HusqvarnaHusqvarna1:42.936

MXGP 2019 Sunday, August 25th 2019RaceRound 16 MXGP of Sweden

Race 2

SUNNYAir Temp23°CTrack CondStony

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1GAJSER Tim243SLO25Team HRC – MXGPHonda34:44.502
2COLDENHOFF Glenn259NDL22Standing Construct KTMKTM4.820
3JONASS Pauls41LAT20Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna6.741
4HERLINGS Jeffrey84NDL18Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM16.320
5SEEWER Jeremy91SWI16Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha18.793
6TONUS Arnaud4SWI15Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha29.379
7VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy89BEL14Honda SR MotoblouzHonda33.891
8PAULIN Gautier21FRA13Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha36.572
9STRIJBOS Kevin22BEL12JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha38.461
10SEARLE Tommy100GBR11Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki42.154
11TIXIER Jordi911FRA10Team VHR KTM RacingKTM52.484
12JASIKONIS Arminas27LTU9Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna57.614
13BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod18RUS8JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha58.629
14DE WAAL Micha-Boy34NDL7Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda TeamHonda1:07.271
15RODRIGUEZ Anthony127VEN6Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha1:12.871
16GOLE Anton297SWE5iFly JK RacingYamaha1:15.341
17KOCH Tom226GER4KTM SarholzKTM1:20.097
18PETROV Petar152BUL3Team Honda Red MotoHonda1:42.261
19LEOK Tanel7EST2A1M HusqvarnaHusqvarna1 Lap
20SIMPSON Shaun24GBR1RFX KTM RacingKTM1 Lap

MXGP 2019 Sunday, August 25th 2019

Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1GAJSER Tim243SLO734Team HRC – MXGPHonda
2SEEWER Jeremy91SWI527Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha
3PAULIN Gautier21FRA483Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha
4COLDENHOFF Glenn259NDL468Standing Construct KTMKTM
5TONUS Arnaud4SWI453Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha
6JONASS Pauls41LAT403Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
7FEBVRE Romain461FRA402Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha
8JASIKONIS Arminas27LTU397Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
9VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy89BEL388Honda SR MotoblouzHonda
10CAIROLI Antonio222ITA358Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
11ANSTIE Max99GBR276Standing Construct KTMKTM
12MONTICELLI Ivo128ITA232iFly JK RacingYamaha
13DESALLE Clement25BEL208Monster Energy Kawasaki RacingKawasaki
14BOGERS Brian189NDL198Team HRC – MXGPHonda
15LIEBER Julien33BEL184Monster Energy Kawasaki RacingKawasaki
16LEOK Tanel7EST180A1M HusqvarnaHusqvarna
17SEARLE Tommy100GBR175Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki
18SIMPSON Shaun24GBR170RFX KTM RacingKTM
19TIXIER Jordi911FRA150Team VHR KTM RacingKTM
20LUPINO Alessandro77ITA141Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki
21STRIJBOS Kevin22BEL113JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha
22BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod18RUS90JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha
23HERLINGS Jeffrey84NDL75Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
24PATUREL Benoit6FRA65Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki
25GOLE Anton297SWE46iFly JK RacingYamaha
26PETROV Petar152BUL37Team Honda Red MotoHonda
27DE WAAL Micha-Boy34NDL36Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda TeamHonda
28LUSBO Andero621EST29Wildcard RiderYamaha
29STEWART Lewis336AUS29Wildcard RiderKTM
30BERNARDINI Samuele321ITA25Ghidinelli Racing TeamYamaha