Team HRC’s Tim Gajser became the first Honda rider to win the MXGP class at the toughest GP of the year in the deep sand of Lommel, Belgium. Known throughout the world as a brutal test of both man and machine, Gajser put his Honda CRF450RW exactly where it needed to be in both races, starting out front before securing two comfortable second place finishes which was good enough for his ninth MXGP overall of the season.

With the championship title becoming a bigger and bigger focus, Gajser entered this race not needing to push for the win, but rather to try and minimise any mistakes and survive the treacherous sand on the Lommel circuit. However, helped by two great starts, he was able to get out front and push early on in the race to try and break away from the pack and while he wasn’t able to win, he was comfortably ahead of third in both races. As others struggled to stay upright, he rode two extremely smooth races to take a deserved victory and extend his points lead at the top of the MXGP championship to 187 with just 200 points remaining. This means that he heads to Imola with the championship crown well within reach and after taking victory in these sandy conditions, no one can argue that he has been the best 450cc rider in the 2019 world motocross championship.

Team mate Brian Bogers wasn’t quite able to achieve his goal of two top 10 finishes as a crash at a crucial time robbed him of that opportunity in first moto. After a tough start to the race, he came through the field and was approaching 10th place when a crash dropped him back outside the top 20. He then fought his way through the field again but could only manage to get up to 15th in the tough conditions. Then another tough opening lap in race two saw him in 12th place before progressing up to ninth over the next few laps. Despite a small tip-over late in the race, he maintained that position which was good enough for 13th overall, just five points off the top 10.

Gajser and Bogers now have a weekend away from the series in order to prepare for round 15 at the famous racing circuit of Imola, Italy. Introduced to the world championships last year, it provided another different challenge for the riders and with its close proximity to Slovenia, there is expected to be a lot of Gajser fans making the trip in order to cheer their hero on to a third world championship when the gate drops on August 24-25.

Tim Gajser

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It was a great weekend, finishing two-two for first overall in Lommel. My riding was good, especially because in the past I’ve struggled here but we’ve worked hard this year with the team and it really paid off. We’ve prepared a lot better for these tough conditions and it was certainly helped by two good starts, just like we have done so often this year. I wasn’t able to win a moto but I rode smoothly and smart and I minimised any mistakes. I’m just so happy to win here in Lommel, because it is a special GP and a good test and just shows how much I’ve progressed as a rider.

Brian Bogers

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I felt good on the track as it was really deep sand and I like these conditions. My riding also went well, I just struggled out of the gate and that put me behind. Unfortunately I crashed in the first moto when I’d made my way all the way back to 12th and that pushed me outside the top 20 again. I worked my back to 15th, which isn’t bad but I really wanted to get a good start and battle with the top guys as I feel on this track it is possible. Second moto was very similar, starting around 19th but I made my way up to ninth and finished there. Fifteen and nine isn’t bad but I wanted more, so I’m going to put this behind me and concentrate on Imola now.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

We know in previous years that Tim hasn’t enjoyed riding here, so for him to come out and get the overall victory is just another really impressive achievement in a season filled with impressive achievements. He has worked really hard on his sand riding all winter and it showed because he really looked comfortable out there. We certainly weren’t expecting this because of the championship situation where he doesn’t need to push but we are delighted and now we can head to Imola in a really, really strong position and hopefully we’ll have a big celebration there.
Brian had to pass a lot of riders in his races, so he made life difficult for himself but he never gave up and he kept trying until the end. He probably deserved better than 13th overall, especially with the ninth in race two but we will keep on working for these final three rounds.

MXGP 2019 Sunday, August 4th 2019RaceRound 14 MXGP of Belgium

Results Session 1

SUNNYAir Temp27°CTrack CondSandy

1FEBVRE Romain461FRA25Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha34:40.884
2GAJSER Tim243SLO22Team HRC – MXGPHonda6.614
3COLDENHOFF Glenn259NDL20Standing Construct KTMKTM8.995
4SEEWER Jeremy91SWI18Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha12.274
5TONUS Arnaud4SWI16Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha16.324
6VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy89BEL15Honda SR MotoblouzHonda22.584
7JONASS Pauls41LAT14Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna28.767
8JASIKONIS Arminas27LTU13Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna38.651
9PAULIN Gautier21FRA12Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha1:06.010
10TIXIER Jordi911FRA11Team VHR KTM RacingKTM1:13.698
11MONTICELLI Ivo128ITA10iFly JK RacingYamaha1:24.793
12SIMPSON Shaun24GBR9RFX KTM RacingKTM1:27.358
13STRIJBOS Kevin22BEL8JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha1:29.773
14LEOK Tanel7EST7A1M HusqvarnaHusqvarna1:32.367
15BOGERS Brian189NDL6Team HRC – MXGPHonda1:32.479
16DEWULF Jeffrey212BEL5Wildcard RiderKTM1:35.140
17BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod18RUS4JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha2:02.289
18VAN BERKEL Lars107NDL3Wildcard RiderHusqvarna2:08.343
19KOCH Tom226GER2KTM SarholzKTM2:13.418
20DE WAAL Micha-Boy34NDL1Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda TeamHonda1 Lap

MXGP 2019 Sunday, August 4th 2019RaceRound 14 MXGP of Belgium

Race 2

SUNNYAir Temp26°CTrack CondSandy

1ANSTIE Max99GBR25Standing Construct KTMKTM34:30.638
2GAJSER Tim243SLO22Team HRC – MXGPHonda5.121
3COLDENHOFF Glenn259NDL20Standing Construct KTMKTM11.472
4FEBVRE Romain461FRA18Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha22.903
5SEEWER Jeremy91SWI16Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha33.947
6JASIKONIS Arminas27LTU15Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna38.513
7VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy89BEL14Honda SR MotoblouzHonda56.461
8MONTICELLI Ivo128ITA13iFly JK RacingYamaha1:13.955
9BOGERS Brian189NDL12Team HRC – MXGPHonda1:21.223
10PAULIN Gautier21FRA11Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha1:23.527
11JONASS Pauls41LAT10Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna1:25.509
12DEWULF Jeffrey212BEL9Wildcard RiderKTM1:45.105
13TIXIER Jordi911FRA8Team VHR KTM RacingKTM1:51.296
14TONUS Arnaud4SWI7Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha1:58.819
15LEOK Tanel7EST6A1M HusqvarnaHusqvarna2:01.844
16DE WAAL Micha-Boy34NDL5Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda TeamHonda2:05.237
17KOCH Tom226GER4KTM SarholzKTM2:09.545
18VAN BERKEL Lars107NDL3Wildcard RiderHusqvarna2:21.736
19STRIJBOS Kevin22BEL2JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha1 Lap

MXGP 2019 Sunday, August 4th 2019

Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

1GAJSER Tim243SLO626Team HRC – MXGPHonda
2SEEWER Jeremy91SWI439Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha
3PAULIN Gautier21FRA402Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha
4TONUS Arnaud4SWI396Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha
5CAIROLI Antonio222ITA358Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
6JASIKONIS Arminas27LTU355Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
7COLDENHOFF Glenn259NDL349Standing Construct KTMKTM
8FEBVRE Romain461FRA336Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha
9VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy89BEL329Honda SR MotoblouzHonda
10JONASS Pauls41LAT321Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
11ANSTIE Max99GBR262Standing Construct KTMKTM
12MONTICELLI Ivo128ITA212iFly JK RacingYamaha
13DESALLE Clement25BEL208Monster Energy Kawasaki RacingKawasaki
14LIEBER Julien33BEL184Monster Energy Kawasaki RacingKawasaki
15BOGERS Brian189NDL183Team HRC – MXGPHonda
17LEOK Tanel7EST155A1M HusqvarnaHusqvarna
18SEARLE Tommy100GBR112Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki
19LUPINO Alessandro77ITA107Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki
20TIXIER Jordi911FRA105Team VHR KTM RacingKTM
21STRIJBOS Kevin22BEL70JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha
22PATUREL Benoit6FRA65Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki
23BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod18RUS62JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha
24HERLINGS Jeffrey84NDL57Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
25GOLE Anton297SWE30iFly JK RacingYamaha
26LUSBO Andero621EST29Wildcard RiderYamaha
27STEWART Lewis336AUS29Wildcard RiderKTM
28PETROV Petar152BUL24Team Honda Red MotoHonda
29COLES Adam227AUS22Wildcard RiderHusqvarna
30DEWULF Jeffrey212BEL18Wildcard RiderKTM