The dramatic Trentino trilogy concluded today at the Crossodrome Ciclamino circuit, high in the beautiful Dolomite Mountains, Trentino, Italy as Team HRC’s Tim Gajser closed the gap on the MXGP World Championship lead to just one point.

Although Gajser lead his main championship rivals in race one, the pressure of the close championship contest began to show as the Slovenian struggled to relax and flow in his usual way. Despite this he still delivered some comparably fast laps on the CRF450RW and crossed the finish line in fourth position with high hopes for race two.

In race two Tim pushed into the lead on the opening lap and although the first third of the moto was a nail-biting battle to remain at the front, Gajser eventually found a dominant flow and slowly pulled out an unassailable race lead to take his seventh race win of the season and close within one point of the World Championship lead with two rounds to go. 

Honda 114 Motorsports’ Canadian rider Dylan Wright proved he was a fast-learner in Italy and once again improved on his trio of results at the Ciclamino circuit, this time taking ninth overall on the CRF450R. Dylan is looking forward to finishing the season on a high at the final two races in Mantova next Sunday and the following Wednesday. 

In the MX2 class it was more success for Honda 114 Motorsports’ Ruben Fernandez. Although the fast Spaniard struggled to find his qualifying speed today, but when it really mattered in the races he once again found his form and gelled well with his CRF250R.

Race one saw Fernandez push quickly to sixth place on the opening lap and by the mid-race point he’d made solid progress into third place, crossing the finish line in third, only 10 seconds away from the race leader. 

Then in race two an average start gave the #70 some work to do as he set about a climb through the pack often posting sector and lap-times faster than the race leaders. Once again Fernandez battle to third place and this time finished the race just 5.22 seconds away from first place. 

Saturday’s EMX250 race saw Honda Racing Assomotor’s Emil Weckman overcome race one disappointment to finish race two in seventh place to finish the day in 11th overall with two rounds remaining in Mantova starting next Sunday.

Tim Gajser

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It is great to get another race win, and move even closer in the championship standings.

It has been a tough week with this triple-header but to finish on a positive note is a very good feeling and gives me a lot of motivation heading into the final two rounds at Mantova.

The first race didn’t go to plan, finishing fourth, so I need to work on that but the second race was much better. I got a really good start and moved into first very quickly and then just controlled the race.

I was getting updates from the pit-board so I knew how far ahead I was and I was able to win with a big gap. It was great to see so many fans come here and support me and I’m very excited for these last two rounds.

Also, a big thanks to the whole team who keep working hard in this intense period. I couldn’t do it without them!

Team HRC – MXGP
Dylan Wright

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It’s always been a dream of mine to race against the best in the world in the World Championship and after racing for the Canadian national team at the Motocross of Nations I showed that I had some pretty good speed so we agreed that I’d ride for the Honda 114 Motorsports team for the remaining MXGP races.

It’s been going well for me here in Trentino. It’s been a learning experience and I’ve been making changes to my CRF450R setup but we’re slowly improving to try to make my results better every time I go on the track and it’s working.

It’s unreal being here in Trentino. I’m an outdoors type so all the rock climbing, hiking, mountain biking and so on that goes on here really appeals to me. It’s an awesome place.

GDR Honda
Ruben Fernandez

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It was another good race weekend for me and I’m really happy to make it three out of three here in Trentino.

I didn’t have such good starts today so I had to work hard to come through from behind but I felt really solid and consistent which isn’t always my strongest point and I usually need to be more patient.

I rode safely though today and didn’t make mistakes and delivered another podium.

It’s my fifth podium of the season and the third in a row in Trentino. I’m super-happy with that and I hope to keep the ball rolling.

Honda 114 Motorsports
Gordon Crockard

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Honda Off Road Racing Manager

For the third and final time this week we finish off with Ruben delivering a strong third place in MX2 moto one, again a fine third in moto two and third overall on the podium, equal points to second. Great riding in all races, coming through and passing to get to the front.

Tim in MXGP moto one fought with his title rivals intensely, finding himself facing risk of being passed each time he moved off the optimum racing line to create a pass on the guy ahead. Stuck with this dilemma he felt tight and without flow in his riding, reaching the line in fourth place.

Guest rider Dylan Wright rode to a mega ninth place finish, making superb lap times and passing riders to advance positions.

Benoit Paturel was holding 10th place until he was smashed into by another rider in an attempt to pass aggressively, he was forced to retire with pain in his knee from the crash.

In MXGP race two Tim displayed all the reasons why he’s a four-time World Champion. He got a great start and rode fantastically well and had a very dominant win and positioned himself very firmly in the title hunt.

We have to celebrate the fact that we had three Hondas in the top ten in MXGP race two with Tim winning, Benoit Paturel in ninth and Dylan Wright in a very hard-earned 10th place after a mediocre start and multiple passes.

I’m really excited for the races in Mantova next week as it’s a very interesting championship this year.

Honda Motor
MXGP of Garda

Pietramurata, Italy

MXGP 2021, Round 16

Sun / Cloud / 13
Sunday 31 Oct 2021, 14:58 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Packard Pack
  • Air Temp: 13°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 35:09.036
2 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:05.961
3 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:18.063
4 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:32.493
5 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:33.320
6 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:36.170
7 Ben Watson 919 GBR 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:37.186
8 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:40.688
9 Benoit Paturel 16 FRA 12 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:42.504
10 Dylan Wright 109 CAN 11 GDR Honda Honda +0:43.832
11 Mathys Boisrame 172 FRA 10 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:46.214
12 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 9 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0:48.886
13 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 8 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM +0:50.499
14 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 7 SDM Racing Beta +0:51.934
15 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL 6 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:08.925
16 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 5 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM +1:11.442
17 Lorenzo Locurcio 183 VEN 4 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:13.077
18 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 3 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:13.982
19 Jose Butron 17 SPA 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:24.392
20 Tom Koch 226 GER 1 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:25.677
Sun / Cloud / 13
Sunday 31 Oct 2021, 12:02 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 13°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 25 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 34:54.904
2 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:20.318
3 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:27.360
4 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 18 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:29.230
5 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:30.180
6 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:37.870
7 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:41.135
8 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 13 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM +0:41.686
9 Dylan Wright 109 CAN 12 GDR Honda Honda +0:43.219
10 Ben Watson 919 GBR 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:47.272
11 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 10 SDM Racing Beta +0:56.610
12 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 9 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:01.782
13 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 8 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:12.447
14 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 7 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM +1:13.260
15 Lorenzo Locurcio 183 VEN 6 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:14.642
16 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 5 JM Honda Racing Honda +1:16.166
17 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL 4 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:23.506
18 David Philippaerts 18 ITA 3 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1:25.031
19 Tom Koch 226 GER 2 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:26.138
20 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 1 JWR Honda Racing Honda +1:26.587
Rider Standings
Sunday, 31 Oct 2021 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Romain FEBVRE 3 FRA 614 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
2 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 613 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
3 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 611 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
4 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 502 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 497 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
6 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 496 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
7 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 397 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
8 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 391 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
9 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 287 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM
10 Thomas KJER OLSEN 19 DEN 284 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
11 Ben WATSON 919 GBR 269 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
12 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 241 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
13 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 203 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
14 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 202 SDM Racing Beta
15 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 172 JM Honda Racing Honda
16 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 133 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
17 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 119 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
18 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 113 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM
19 Alberto FORATO 303 ITA 111 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
20 Benoit PATUREL 16 FRA 106 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
21 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 105 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
22 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 87 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
23 Tom KOCH 226 GER 68 Wildcard Rider KTM
24 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 54 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
25 Alvin OSTLUND 161 SWE 50 JK Racing Yamaha Yamaha
26 Lorenzo LOCURCIO 183 VEN 47 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
27 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 44 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha
28 Dylan WRIGHT 109 CAN 44 GDR Honda Honda
29 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 39 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
30 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 38 JWR Honda Racing Honda
31 Mathys BOISRAME 172 FRA 36 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
32 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 33 Wildcard Rider KTM
33 Cyril GENOT 105 BEL 15 Wildcard Rider KTM
34 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 11 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
35 Josh GILBERT 326 GBR 11 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
36 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 6 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
37 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 5 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
38 Nathan WATSON 991 GBR 4 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
39 Jimmy CLOCHET 520 FRA 4 SDM Racing Beta
40 Maxime DESPREY 21 FRA 3 Team GSM DAFY MICHELIN YAMAHA Yamaha
41 David PHILIPPAERTS 18 ITA 3 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
42 Morgan LESIARDO 44 ITA 1 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
43 Hardi ROOSIORG 75 EST 1 Wildcard Rider KTM
44 Todd KELLETT 998 GBR 1 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha
45 Anton GOLE SWE 1