Team HRC’s Tim Gajser made it two overall victories in row, as he swept the MXGP of France in convincing one-one fashion. The Slovenian rider was made to work for both moto wins, but he proved all weekend that he was the fastest rider on the track and this speed shone through as he won his fourth consecutive race to close the gap at the top of the MXGP championship to just 10 points. For team mate Brian Bogers, he wasn’t able to put in the results that he wanted but now has a weekend off to try and build for the eighth round of the series in Orlyonok, Russia on June 8-9.

With confidence high after his double moto win in Portugal last weekend, Gajser knew that another good performance here would really get him right back into the championship battle. With the hard-pack surface suiting his skillset, he and his CRF450RW were fastest in every session on Saturday and then he backed that up on Sunday with two smooth and controlled motos. In the first race, he quickly moved to the front of the field after a top five start, where he then put in a couple of sprint laps to create a gap that he managed until the chequered flag. For race two, he had to work a bit harder as a bad jump meant he had to work his way through from around 10thplace. He moved into fourth place after a lap and then gradually worked his way to the front of the field, with some nice passes and real display of throttle control on this tricky St Jean d’Angely track. The two wins meant 50 points and that has closed the gap at the top of the MXGP championship to just 10 points, with eleven rounds still remaining.

Orlyonok in Russia is another hillside venue, with the stony surface very similar to the one this weekend in France. This means that as he heads into this short break, it should give Gajser even more confidence that he can extend this current winning run and maintain this high level of performance that has seen him win six of the last eight motos. It is also a place that Bogers has performed well at in the past and the Dutch rider will be hoping that revisiting the track can revive his fortunes that have taken a bit of a downward trend in the past couple of rounds.

A crash early on in race one left him with a lot of work to do and he couldn’t quite make it all the way back to the points scoring positions. Race two went better as he scored six points and rode a pace similar to those inside the top 10 but he’ll still be hoping for more and this weekend off should give him the chance to help make that happen.

Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser 243

I’m really happy how both days went. I was having fun on the track and even though it was rough and sketchy in some places, it was still enjoyable to race on. In the first race, I took a little time to pass the guys in front of me before getting the lead and making a gap to control the race. In the second moto I clipped the gate and almost went over the handlebar off the start but I recovered and near the back it felt like. I made some passes to get near the front and then settled for a couple of laps in third before making a strike to get out front. I’m just really happy how things are going at the moment and I hope to continue this momentum into Russia. I am having fun on the bike and I am enjoying putting in the work with the rest of Team HRC. We have a great environment that is helping me this season and it is such a great feeling to win these races and reward the effort that everyone is putting in.

Brian Bogers

Brian Bogers 189

It didn’t go as well as I hoped it would go today. I didn’t get the best start in race one and I crashed early on. I was riding against myself and made a lot of mistakes. It definitely wasn’t an enjoyable experience out there. In race two I got a better start and was around 13th and I felt a lot better. Unfortunately I stalled the bike and lost a couple of positions so that didn’t help me, but the riding felt much better that the first race and I think my laptimes were good so although the end result wasn’t what I was after, I still hope I can use this to build towards the next race in Russia.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

Tim once again proved just how fast he can ride, and looked extremely impressive all weekend. The laptimes he was putting in on Saturday showed that he and the bike were working really well together and we just kept that momentum on Sunday when he showed again that he can perform under pressure and still control a race on a very tricky track. He has now won the last two overalls and closed the gap right up in the championship battle so we are extremely excited to head to Russia. There is a weekend off now, so we must remained focused but everyone in Team HRC is concentrating on the job at hand and confidence is running high.
We also hope that Brian can get his level back to like we saw in Mantova and Trentino. He has shown he can do it, so we must all work together to get him riding like that again. We know he has done well in Russia in the past, so we are hopeful of a similar effort after this weekend off.

MXGP 2019 Sunday, May 26th 2019RaceRound 7 MXGP of France

Race 1

SUNNYAir Temp21°CTrack CondHard Pack

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1GAJSER Tim243SLO25Team HRC – MXGPHonda34:13.037
2CAIROLI Antonio222ITA22Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM6.617
3TONUS Arnaud4SWI20Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha10.299
4SEEWER Jeremy91SWI18Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha28.701
5FEBVRE Romain461FRA16Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha31.735
6DESALLE Clement25BEL15Monster Energy Kawasaki RacingKawasaki35.329
7JASIKONIS Arminas27LTU14Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna35.836
8LUPINO Alessandro77ITA13Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki48.968
9LIEBER Julien33BEL12Monster Energy Kawasaki RacingKawasaki58.570
10LEOK Tanel7EST11A1M HusqvarnaHusqvarna59.429
11COLDENHOFF Glenn259NDL10Standing Construct KTMKTM1:00.403
12MONTICELLI Ivo128ITA9iFly JK RacingYamaha1:06.682
13VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy89BEL8Honda SR MotoblouzHonda1:09.366
14SEARLE Tommy100GBR7Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki1:10.976
15SIMPSON Shaun24GBR6RFX KTM RacingKTM1:11.416
16PAULIN Gautier21FRA5Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha1:18.799
17PATUREL Benoit6FRA4Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki1:21.591
18STRIJBOS Kevin22BEL3JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha1:25.251
19TIXIER Jordi911FRA2Team VHR KTM RacingKTM1:28.224
20GOLE Anton297SWE1iFly JK RacingYamaha1:30.523

MXGP 2019 Sunday, May 26th 2019RaceRound 7 MXGP of France

Race 2

SUNNYAir Temp21°CTrack CondHard Pack

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructorTime/Gap
1GAJSER Tim243SLO25Team HRC – MXGPHonda34:00.904
2FEBVRE Romain461FRA22Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha5.375
3TONUS Arnaud4SWI20Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha7.314
4DESALLE Clement25BEL18Monster Energy Kawasaki RacingKawasaki19.675
5PAULIN Gautier21FRA16Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha21.553
6LIEBER Julien33BEL15Monster Energy Kawasaki RacingKawasaki24.454
7COLDENHOFF Glenn259NDL14Standing Construct KTMKTM26.435
8SEEWER Jeremy91SWI13Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha27.879
9VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy89BEL12Honda SR MotoblouzHonda53.090
10STRIJBOS Kevin22BEL11JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha54.992
11JASIKONIS Arminas27LTU10Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna55.065
12PATUREL Benoit6FRA9Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki1:00.192
13SEARLE Tommy100GBR8Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki1:02.695
14SIMPSON Shaun24GBR7RFX KTM RacingKTM1:04.402
15BOGERS Brian189NDL6Team HRC – MXGPHonda1:11.897
16LUPINO Alessandro77ITA5Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki1:17.157
17CAIROLI Antonio222ITA4Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1:25.271
18LEOK Tanel7EST3A1M HusqvarnaHusqvarna1:27.652
19TIXIER Jordi911FRA2Team VHR KTM RacingKTM1:27.897
20JONASS Pauls41LAT1Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna1:29.425

MXGP 2019 Sunday, May 26th 2019

Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

Pos.RiderNumNationPointsTeamConstructor
1CAIROLI Antonio222ITA311Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
2GAJSER Tim243SLO301Team HRC – MXGPHonda
3PAULIN Gautier21FRA218Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha
4DESALLE Clement25BEL208Monster Energy Kawasaki RacingKawasaki
5JASIKONIS Arminas27LTU190Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
6SEEWER Jeremy91SWI184Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha
7TONUS Arnaud4SWI162Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha
8VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy89BEL156Honda SR MotoblouzHonda
9COLDENHOFF Glenn259NDL144Standing Construct KTMKTM
10LIEBER Julien33BEL141Monster Energy Kawasaki RacingKawasaki
11JONASS Pauls41LAT138Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
12SIMPSON Shaun24GBR129RFX KTM RacingKTM
13LUPINO Alessandro77ITA103Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki
14MONTICELLI Ivo128ITA87iFly JK RacingYamaha
15SEARLE Tommy100GBR86Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki
16FEBVRE Romain461FRA85Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha
17ANSTIE Max99GBR80Standing Construct KTMKTM
18LEOK Tanel7EST65A1M HusqvarnaHusqvarna
19BOGERS Brian189NDL62Team HRC – MXGPHonda
20PATUREL Benoit6FRA53Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki
21TIXIER Jordi911FRA40Team VHR KTM RacingKTM
22BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod18RUS31JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha
23STRIJBOS Kevin22BEL29JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha
24BUTRON Jose17SPA18JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM
25BERNARDINI Samuele321ITA14Ghidinelli Racing TeamYamaha
26PETROV Petar152BUL14Team Honda Red MotoHonda
27GOLE Anton297SWE14iFly JK RacingYamaha
28KULLAS Harri151FIN10Wildcard RiderHusqvarna
29VAN DER MIERDEN Sven94NDL8Wildcard RiderYamaha
30FERRIS Dean111AUS6Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna