Tim Gajser #243 and Evgeny Bobryshev #777 had an infuriating start to the MXGP of Switzerland today on their CRF450RW’s, when they both got caught up in a first turn crash at the start of the qualifying race.

As the gate dropped both Tim and Bobby were a little off their usual start pace and when a rider went down in the first turn they both got tangled up in the aftermath. Tim was forced to return to the pits to assess the damage to his bike whereas Bobby was able to dust himself down and get back into the race.

Nearly a lap down, in last position with nothing to lose, Bobby rode a defiant race. He found his rhythm, caught the pack and began working his way through the traffic.  He gave it his all until the last lap, coming in a well-earned 14th position.

Tim eventually returned to the race but he was two laps down. Although he was out of the race competitively, he put down some solid lap times which; had he been in contention, would have easily see him in the top three.

The HRC duo will both be looking to get a good start tomorrow to stay out of trouble. The first MXGP race begins at 14h15 local time.

Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser 243

I was feeling really good today. I like the track, it has many ruts, many bumps, many lines. In the qualifying race I didn’t get the best start and then I ended up in a crash in the first corner. I did something to the front of my bike so I had to pull into pit lane and then I was waiting there for two laps. When I returned to the track I was already two laps down so, although my riding and speed were there, I was never going to make up enough ground. I think we have the speed to be in the top three, I just need to get the start tomorrow to prove that.

Team HRC – MXGP
Evgeny Bobryshev

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

Everything went wrong in the first corner of the qualifying race today. I was inside the pack and a rider crashed in-front of me, I couldn’t avoid him and I went over the bars. Tim then crashed with me too and it was a big pile up. I was a lap down and I pushed, got into a good rhythm and started catching the back of the pack. It was difficult to get good speed coming through the pack because of the amount of riders. I got to 14th and the gap to 13th was too much so I am OK with that. The speed was there so I need to get a better start tomorrow and it will be good for the race.

Team HRC – MXGP
Roger Harvey

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

The positions in the qualifying race today don’t reflect the rides of Tim or Bobby. There was a crash on the first corner which both went down in and were tangled up with other bikes. Bobby managed to pick it up and get going again whereas Tim was forced back to the pits to do some changes to the bike to make it safe again which meant he lost a lot of time. Bobby, on a track that is very difficult to pass on made his way back from last to 14th position which we are very happy with. Tim went out just in front of the leaders and held station all race, we have seen we have got the speed they just need to carry it into a start tomorrow

Team HRC – MXGP
GP of Switzerland

Frauenfeld-Gachnang, Switzerland

MXGP 2017, Round 15

Sunny/Dry / 19
Saturday 12 Aug 2017, 19:36 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard packed
  • Air Temp: 19°C
  • Humidity: 63%
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:05.893
2 Max Anstie 99 GBR Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna ++2.108
3 Romain Febvre 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha ++9.866
4 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha ++11.573
5 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM ++16.075
6 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM ++20.636
7 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna ++21.881
8 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki ++23.481
9 Max Nagl 12 GER Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna ++25.793
10 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Honda Red Moto Honda ++47.391
11 Tommy Searle 100 GBR Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki ++51.251
12 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki ++55.387
13 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki ++1:05.833
14 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS Team HRC – MXGP Honda ++1:12.908
15 Damon Graulus 71 BEL 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda ++1:21.807
16 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha ++1:23.357
17 Rui Goncalves 999 POR Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna ++1:31.049
18 Jernej Irt 49 SLO Husqvarna Maurer-gep Racing Team Husqvarna ++1:32.734
19 Jaromir Romancik 191 CZE JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM ++1:33.641
20 Stefano Pezzuto 878 ITA Wildcard Rider Yamaha ++1:42.868
Rider Standings
Sunday, 6 Aug 2017 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 567 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 468 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 462 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
4 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 446 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
5 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 376 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
6 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 365 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
7 Max NAGL 12 GER 336 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
8 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 320 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
9 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 303 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
10 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 302 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
11 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 295 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
12 Max ANSTIE 99 GBR 276 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
13 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 251 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki
14 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 165 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
15 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 134 Honda Red Moto Honda
16 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 126 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki
17 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 123 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
18 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 122 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
19 Rui GONCALVES 999 POR 95 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
20 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 79 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
21 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 61 Honda Red Moto Honda
22 Ken DE DYCKER 9 BEL 51 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda
23 Damon GRAULUS 71 BEL 36 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda
24 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 35 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
25 Maxime DESPREY 141 FRA 28 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
26 Jake NICHOLLS 45 GBR 15 Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM KTM
27 Jaromir ROMANCIK 191 CZE 14 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM
28 Jeffery DEWULF 212 BEL 14 Wildcard Rider KTM
29 Priit RATSEP 221 EST 13 Wildcard Rider Honda
30 Milko POTISEK 32 FRA 12 Wildcard Rider Honda
31 Filip BENGTSSON 664 SWE 12 Wildcard Rider KTM
32 Evgeny MIKHAYLOV 595 RUS 10 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
33 Xavier BOOG 121 FRA 8 Wildcard Rider Honda
34 Yentel MARTENS 201 BEL 6 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
35 Viacheslav GOLOVKIN 301 RUS 6 Wildcard Rider KTM
36 Jetro SALAZAR 60 ECU 4 Wildcard Rider Honda
37 Gert KRESTINOV 37 EST 4 Wildcard Rider Honda
38 Vladislav LEONOV 561 RUS 4 Wildcard Rider KTM
39 Jens GETTEMAN 251 BEL 4 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
40 Dennis ULLRICH 149 GER 3 Wildcard Rider KTM
41 Steven LENOIR 685 FRA 3 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
42 Lukas NEURAUTER 909 AUT 3 Cofain Racing KTM KTM
43 Sven VAN DER MIERDEN 494 NDL 2 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
44 Ander VALENTIN 920 SPA 2 Carglass Honda Racing Honda
45 Peter IRT 73 SLO 2 APJ Racing Team Yamaha
46 Joaquin POLI 179 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider Honda
47 Matteo BONINI 36 ITA 1 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
48 Sandro PEIXE 38 POR 1 Wildcard Rider Honda
49 Farhan HENDRO FAHRODJIE 261 THA 1 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki