Team HRC’s Tim Gajser clinched his second MXGP title and the third world title of his Honda career, taking the crown three rounds early after a season filled with multiple moto wins and GP overalls. Needing just 13 points from the first race, Gajser looked to challenge for the win before settling for fifth place on the tricky Imola track, which hosted this MXGP of Italy. As he crossed the line, he knew that the championship was won and he then enjoyed the moment with the rest of Team HRC as they all celebrated another MXGP success, to follow on from the 2016 victory which marked Gajser’s rookie season on the Honda CRF450RW.

With the pressure of the championship off his shoulders for race two, the Slovenian rider was able to rider a bit freer and after a great battle with the rider currently in second in the championship, he was able to get the upper hand and come home in second place and finish third on the day. While he would have loved to have won the overall, the bigger picture was the championship and large number of travelling Slovenian fans made sure he fully enjoyed the moment as he took the gold plate on the podium. Numerous buses of fans made the trip across the border to cheer on their hero and as always Gajser returned the favour by celebrating with as many of them as possible, showing once again that he is a champion on and off the track.

In a season filled with records, Gajser continued his podium streak which now stands at 10 and with three rounds left, he can still become the joint most successful Honda rider in world championship history if were to win those remaining rounds.

Next up is Sweden at the beautiful Uddevalla facility in one week’s time where the Gajser will once again try to put his Honda on the top step of the podium and as he confirms his status as the 2019 MXGP world champion.

Unfortunately Brian Bogers’ weekend came to an early finish as a crash on lap one of the second moto left the Dutch rider with a damaged shoulder. He will now get it assessed by doctors back in Belgium in order to see what the situation will be for Sweden, when qualifying action gets underway on August 31st.

Tim Gajser

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It is just an amazing feeling to have won this third world championship. To fight back after two really tough years and to even overcome a difficult round earlier in the year, it is just really, really great to have become champion. A big thanks to all of Team HRC, both here at the races and back in Japan who have supported me throughout this period, during the good and the bad. It is a real family I have under this awning and I am truly thankful to be riding with them for so long. We have all worked extremely hard this year to improve myself and the Honda CRF450RW but it has worked amazingly well. We have had great starts, zero issues, and I just feel really comfortable each time I get on the track, whatever the conditions.
I am struggling to say much more but it really has been an incredible experience and I’m so glad that a lot of fans from Slovenia could come out and witness this moment too. My previous wins have been in the USA, but now to have so much support here at Imola, and just throughout this year is something I am really appreciative of. Thank you to everyone who has been with me on this journey, fans team members, everyone, it means so much to me.

Brian Bogers

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Unfortunately the day didn’t go very well as I got 14th in race one. I just couldn’t find a good rhythm and struggled on this tight and technical Imola track. Then in the second moto I had a crash right at the beginning and hit my shoulder pretty hard. I tried to ride for a couple of laps but had to pull off and now I will get back to Belgium in order to get it checked out, to see if I can ride in Sweden or not next weekend.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

I am so proud and happy for Tim to have won this MXGP championship. It certainly hasn’t been easy these past couple of years but he never gave up and this title is a reward for all the effort he has put in. From his first victory at Trentino, we knew it was going to be a special year and he just kept up that level of riding which allowed him to win this title with so many rounds left to race. He has now joined an extremely special group of riders in Honda history, winning his third championship with the brand and he fully deserves it. He is a very special talent.
Unfortunately Brian wasn’t able to finish the second moto and he will get checked out as quickly as possible in order to determine the next course of action.

MXGP 2019 Sunday, August 18th 2019RaceRound 15 MXGP of Italy

Race 1

SUNNYAir Temp32°CTrack CondHard Pack

1COLDENHOFF Glenn259NDL25Standing Construct KTMKTM34:54.225
2SEEWER Jeremy91SWI22Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha2.337
3PAULIN Gautier21FRA20Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha6.973
4TONUS Arnaud4SWI18Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha9.459
5GAJSER Tim243SLO16Team HRC – MXGPHonda19.461
6JONASS Pauls41LAT15Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna24.446
7JASIKONIS Arminas27LTU14Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna27.533
8SEARLE Tommy100GBR13Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki29.647
9LUPINO Alessandro77ITA12Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki30.804
10FEBVRE Romain461FRA11Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha45.766
11STRIJBOS Kevin22BEL10JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha47.230
12TIXIER Jordi911FRA9Team VHR KTM RacingKTM49.962
13VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy89BEL8Honda SR MotoblouzHonda53.672
14BOGERS Brian189NDL7Team HRC – MXGPHonda57.708
15LEOK Tanel7EST6A1M HusqvarnaHusqvarna1:00.999
16BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod18RUS5JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha1:02.825
17DE WAAL Micha-Boy34NDL4Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda TeamHonda1:06.241
18RODRIGUEZ Anthony127VEN3Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha1:14.686
19KOCH Tom226GER2KTM SarholzKTM1:17.177
20GOLE Anton297SWE1iFly JK RacingYamaha1:43.712

MXGP 2019 Sunday, August 18th 2019RaceRound 15 MXGP of Italy

Results Session 2

SUNNYAir Temp32°CTrack CondHard Pack

1COLDENHOFF Glenn259NDL25Standing Construct KTMKTM34:36.332
2GAJSER Tim243SLO22Team HRC – MXGPHonda2.769
3SEEWER Jeremy91SWI20Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha4.480
4PAULIN Gautier21FRA18Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha10.850
5JONASS Pauls41LAT16Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna17.500
6FEBVRE Romain461FRA15Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha24.930
7SEARLE Tommy100GBR14Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki27.542
8TIXIER Jordi911FRA13Team VHR KTM RacingKTM29.951
9LUPINO Alessandro77ITA12Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki34.606
10LEOK Tanel7EST11A1M HusqvarnaHusqvarna42.619
11VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy89BEL10Honda SR MotoblouzHonda45.953
12STRIJBOS Kevin22BEL9JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha50.138
13JASIKONIS Arminas27LTU8Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna51.750
14BERNARDINI Samuele321ITA7Ghidinelli Racing TeamYamaha1:10.313
15KOCH Tom226GER6KTM SarholzKTM1:11.753
16TONUS Arnaud4SWI5Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha54.039
17PETROV Petar152BUL4Team Honda Red MotoHonda1:23.894
18BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod18RUS3JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha1:36.929
19RODRIGUEZ Anthony127VEN2Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing TeamYamaha1 Lap
20GERCAR Klemen62SLO162 MotoSportHusqvarna1 Lap

MXGP 2019 Sunday, August 18th 2019

Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

1GAJSER Tim243SLO689Team HRC – MXGPHonda
2SEEWER Jeremy91SWI497Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha
3PAULIN Gautier21FRA455Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha
4TONUS Arnaud4SWI429Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha
5COLDENHOFF Glenn259NDL421Standing Construct KTMKTM
6FEBVRE Romain461FRA380Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha
7JASIKONIS Arminas27LTU377Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
8JONASS Pauls41LAT365Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
9VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy89BEL358Honda 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 Tanel7EST177A1M HusqvarnaHusqvarna
18SEARLE Tommy100GBR151Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki
19TIXIER Jordi911FRA136Team VHR KTM RacingKTM
20LUPINO Alessandro77ITA131Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki
21STRIJBOS Kevin22BEL89JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha
22BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod18RUS77JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha
23PATUREL Benoit6FRA65Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki
24HERLINGS Jeffrey84NDL57Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
25GOLE Anton297SWE33iFly JK RacingYamaha
26PETROV Petar152BUL31Team Honda Red MotoHonda
27LUSBO Andero621EST29Wildcard RiderYamaha
28STEWART Lewis336AUS29Wildcard RiderKTM
29BERNARDINI Samuele321ITA25Ghidinelli Racing TeamYamaha
30DE WAAL Micha-Boy34NDL23Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda TeamHonda