The 2018 MXGP World Championship drew to a close with an excellent performance by Team HRC’s Tim Gajser, who is second overall courtesy of two second places in the motos contested today at Imola. With eight podiums (five seconds and three thirds), Gajser finishes the season in fourth place, only 16 points away from the top-three. Gajser’s teammate Brian Bogers could not take part in the two races of the MXGP of Italy due to a damaged knee.
Tim got a great launch out of the gates for race one and was second but soon moved up to first place by overtaking home rider Alessandro Lupino. The 22-year-old Slovenian led the race until lap three when he was passed by reigning champion Jeffrey Herlings. While trying not to lose touch with the Dutchman, Gajser built a comfortable lead on Desalle in third which he kept up to the finish line.
The start to the second moto was almost as good as the first one, with Gajser able to ride around turn one in third before overtaking Clement Desalle on the opening lap for second place. The two-time World Champion extended his margin over his rival and almost got back in contention for the win when Herlings dropped his bike during lap six. Gajser did not manage to bridge the gap with ahead and was second at the chequered flag to also claim second overall in the MXGP of Italy.
Brian Bogers decided to sit out both races after hurting his left knee yesterday in the qualifying race, when he had a coming together with an opponent who hit the rear-end of his Honda causing a crash. He got on track this morning for warm up to test his condition, but the pain was too much when bending the knee. Bogers will return home and then undergo an MRI scan this Tuesday in Belgium.