At the sixth round of the 2019 MXGP world championships, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser won the MXGP of Portugal with two impressive moto victories. After his triumph in Trentino, this is now Gajser’s second overall and a great way to rebound after last weekend’s race in Lombardia. Unfortunately team mate Brian Bogers wasn’t able to match his Mantova effort, struggling to challenge the top 10 after having an outside gate pick which really hindered his chances of doing well.

Gajser, put in two really impressive rides to show once again that when the conditions are good, he and his Honda CRF450RW are a tough combination to beat. After getting second gate pick for today’s races, the Slovenian rider got off to two decent starts which allowed him to start in the top five and pressure those riders in front of him. Rather than chase the victory, he showed good maturity to let the race come to him and when the opportunity arose in both races, he made the necessary passes before reeling off the fastest laps in each moto.

It was a great way to put the disappointment of Mantova behind him and showed that he is still very much in this championship hunt that has 12 more rounds left to race. Having also won four of the last six motos, his confidence is high and he is knows that on this hard-packed tracks, very few can match his speed.

Next weekend in France is another track that should suit him, with the St Jean D’Angely circuit being a stoney surface, on a naturally hilly landscape, very similar to the Pietramurata track which he won at earlier in the year.

The French GP will also give Bogers a chance to bounce back quickly after what was a disappointing pair of results in Portugal. Having an outside gate pick after Saturday’s qualification race, things were always going to be difficult and while his laptimes weren’t too far outside of those in the top 10, he wasn’t able to make the necessary passes to really challenge for those positions.

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Tim Gajser

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It was really great to come away with two wins and the overall here in Portugal. I put last weekend behind me and I knew that if I focused and rode like I know how to ride, I could do well at this Agueda track. Still, to get both moto victories is a great confidence booster and backs up my win in Trentino very nicely. I now have the fastest laps in the last four motos so my speed is good and I know I am feeling strong too. These back to back races are tough but I head to France really happy with my riding and confident that the bike and I are working well together. A big thanks to the team for working so hard to help make this happen, and let’s keep up the effort!

Brian Bogers

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The riding wasn’t so bad, with my laptimes not too far away from those inside the top 10. However my starts were a problem and that was a result of my qualification race yesterday. I didn’t have a good race then and that I meant I started from the outside today and that was really difficult at a track like this. I’m now really motivated for next weekend when I will try and do a lot better on both days and that should help me get back inside the top 10.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

It was a great to see Tim riding so well again this weekend. He was fast in every session and he showed really good race-craft to take the victories in both races. The track wasn’t an easy one and everyone seemed to be fast so passing wasn’t straight forward, but Tim rode confidently and made the passes when he needed to. He thoroughly deserves this win and it gives everyone a lot of confidence for next weekend and for the rest of the season.
Unfortunately for Brian, he wasn’t able to get a good start in either race and as I mentioned, passing was tough here. We know that he is capable of doing a lot better, as we saw in Mantova, so we are going to try and make sure he gets back to that level next weekend in France.
Everyone in the team also wishes to give their best to Calvin who missed this weekend after having to have an operation to remove an infection in right leg. It was a shame he wasn’t able to ride because we really felt we had made progress during the week and this track looked like it would have suited him well.

MXGP 2019 Sunday, May 19th 2019RaceRound 6 MXGP of Portugal

Race 1

SUNNYAir Temp20°CTrack CondClay

1GAJSER Tim243SLO25Team HRC – MXGPHonda34:00.609
2CAIROLI Antonio222ITA22Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM1.197
3TONUS Arnaud4SWI20Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha17.885
4SEEWER Jeremy91SWI18Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha27.240
5LIEBER Julien33BEL16Monster Energy Kawasaki RacingKawasaki28.880
6DESALLE Clement25BEL15Monster Energy Kawasaki RacingKawasaki29.847
7JONASS Pauls41LAT14Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna35.562
8COLDENHOFF Glenn259NDL13Standing Construct KTMKTM51.205
9FEBVRE Romain461FRA12Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha52.970
10LUPINO Alessandro77ITA11Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki53.969
11JASIKONIS Arminas27LTU10Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna54.782
12VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy89BEL9Honda SR MotoblouzHonda1:00.629
13SIMPSON Shaun24GBR8RFX KTM RacingKTM1:02.850
14MONTICELLI Ivo128ITA7iFly JK RacingYamaha1:03.478
15PAULIN Gautier21FRA6Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha1:04.069
16SEARLE Tommy100GBR5Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki1:06.802
17PATUREL Benoit6FRA4Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki1:08.623
18LEOK Tanel7EST3A1M HusqvarnaHusqvarna1:10.058
19PETROV Petar152BUL2Team Honda Red MotoHonda1:18.321
20BOGERS Brian189NDL1Team HRC – MXGPHonda1:20.079

MXGP 2019 Sunday, May 19th 2019RaceRound 6 MXGP of Portugal

Race 2

SUNNYAir Temp20°CTrack CondClay

1GAJSER Tim243SLO25Team HRC – MXGPHonda34:47.988
2CAIROLI Antonio222ITA22Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM10.604
3TONUS Arnaud4SWI20Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha12.909
4DESALLE Clement25BEL18Monster Energy Kawasaki RacingKawasaki15.819
5PAULIN Gautier21FRA16Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha18.856
6FEBVRE Romain461FRA15Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha20.225
7JONASS Pauls41LAT14Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna22.115
8COLDENHOFF Glenn259NDL13Standing Construct KTMKTM24.630
9LIEBER Julien33BEL12Monster Energy Kawasaki RacingKawasaki27.080
10SEEWER Jeremy91SWI11Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha30.999
11JASIKONIS Arminas27LTU10Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna45.241
12VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy89BEL9Honda SR MotoblouzHonda50.486
13SIMPSON Shaun24GBR8RFX KTM RacingKTM51.999
14LUPINO Alessandro77ITA7Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki52.292
15BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod18RUS6JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha58.562
16MONTICELLI Ivo128ITA5iFly JK RacingYamaha1:00.403
17PATUREL Benoit6FRA4Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki1:07.647
18LEOK Tanel7EST3A1M HusqvarnaHusqvarna1:08.643
19PETROV Petar152BUL2Team Honda Red MotoHonda1:16.227
20GOLE Anton297SWE1iFly JK RacingYamaha1:19.066
21BOGERS Brian189NDL0Team HRC – MXGPHonda1:21.537

MXGP 2019 Sunday, May 19th 2019

Rider Standings

Limited to top 30 results

1CAIROLI Antonio222ITA285Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM
2GAJSER Tim243SLO251Team HRC – MXGPHonda
3PAULIN Gautier21FRA197Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha
4DESALLE Clement25BEL175Monster Energy Kawasaki RacingKawasaki
5JASIKONIS Arminas27LTU166Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
6SEEWER Jeremy91SWI153Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha
7JONASS Pauls41LAT137Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna
8VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy89BEL136Honda SR MotoblouzHonda
9TONUS Arnaud4SWI122Wilvo Yamaha MXGPYamaha
10COLDENHOFF Glenn259NDL120Standing Construct KTMKTM
12LIEBER Julien33BEL114Monster Energy Kawasaki RacingKawasaki
13LUPINO Alessandro77ITA85Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki
14ANSTIE Max99GBR80Standing Construct KTMKTM
15MONTICELLI Ivo128ITA78iFly JK RacingYamaha
16SEARLE Tommy100GBR71Bike It DRT KawasakiKawasaki
17BOGERS Brian189NDL56Team HRC – MXGPHonda
18LEOK Tanel7EST51A1M HusqvarnaHusqvarna
19FEBVRE Romain461FRA47Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP TeamYamaha
20PATUREL Benoit6FRA40Gebben V Venrooy KawasakiKawasaki
21TIXIER Jordi911FRA36Team VHR KTM RacingKTM
22BRYLYAKOV Vsevolod18RUS31JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha
23BUTRON Jose17SPA18JD Gunnex KTM Racing TeamKTM
24STRIJBOS Kevin22BEL15JWR Yamaha RacingYamaha
25BERNARDINI Samuele321ITA14Ghidinelli Racing TeamYamaha
26PETROV Petar152BUL14Team Honda Red MotoHonda
27GOLE Anton297SWE13iFly JK RacingYamaha
28KULLAS Harri151FIN10Wildcard RiderHusqvarna
29VAN DER MIERDEN Sven94NDL8Wildcard RiderYamaha
30FERRIS Dean111AUS6Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory RacingHusqvarna