Round seven of the 2019 World Motocross Championship visited the challenging hillside circuit of Saint-Jean-d’Angély in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of South-West France. Team HRC’s Tim Gajser continued his recent domination of the MXGP class with a double race win. Frenchman Stephen Rubini also took his Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor CRF250R to an overall win in the EMX250 class and solid MX2 performances from Honda 114 Motorsports Mitch Evans and Zach Pichon kept the French fans happy.

The MX2 class saw Honda 114 Motorsports Mitch Evans continued his on-form results, battling his way through the pack in both races to secure fourth overall and 32 valuable championship points. Teammate Zach Pichon had his best MX2 result of the season, finishing in 12th overall. The Frenchman worked hard during the qualifying sessions to find the best bike setup and was very happy with his performance at his home GP.

Still recovering from a recent ankle injury, Team Assomotor RedMoto Honda’s Stephen Rubini  battled through the pain barrier backing up Saturday’s start-to-finish Moto 1 win with a sixth place in Moto 2 handing the home-race-hero the overall victory on his CRF250R and the French crowd were delighted. Buildbase Honda Racing’s Josh Gilbert finished the day in 7th overall, managing to deliver his best EMX250 result of the season so far. A worthy reward for his talent and efforts.

 

 

Tim Gajser

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I’m really happy how both days went. I was having fun on the track and even though it was rough and sketchy in some places, it was still enjoyable to race on. In the first race, I took a little time to pass the guys in front of me before getting the lead and making a gap to control the race. In the second moto I clipped the gate and almost went over the handlebar off the start but I recovered and near the back it felt like. I made some passes to get near the front and then settled for a couple of laps in third before making a strike to get out front. I’m just really happy how things are going at the moment and I hope to continue this momentum into Russia. I am having fun on the bike and I am enjoying putting in the work with the rest of Team HRC. We have a great environment that is helping me this season and it is such a great feeling to win these races and reward the effort that everyone is putting in.

Team HRC – MXGP
Brian Bogers

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It didn’t go as well as I hoped it would go today. I didn’t get the best start in race one and I crashed early on. I was riding against myself and made a lot of mistakes. It definitely wasn’t an enjoyable experience out there. In race two I got a better start and was around 13th and I felt a lot better. Unfortunately I stalled the bike and lost a couple of positions so that didn’t help me, but the riding felt much better that the first race and I think my laptimes were good so although the end result wasn’t what I was after, I still hope I can use this to build towards the next race in Russia.

Team HRC – MXGP
Stephen Rubini

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With my ankle injury it was a really hard weekend and I tried to protect myself in the practice sessions. Although I had a big crash in timed practice, I wasn’t injured.

I had a really great start in Moto 1 and took the lead on the first lap and lead the race until the end. This gave me great motivation for Moto 2, but I hit the gate and had a really bad start so I had to push hard to work through from 17th position on lap one to finish the race in sixth place. What a feeling to win the overall in-front of the French fans. I’m really happy.

Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor
Mitchell Evans

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I had a great weekend here in France. I felt really good in timed practice and qualified in third, which is the best this year - and then finished fourth in the qualifying race.

I struggled with tyre spin on the start-gate in race one, so I had to come from a long way back. I made my way up to seventh in the first moto, but made a lot of passes on the first lap in race two. I tried to get up to third, but couldn’t get it done, so had to settle for fourth.

It felt great to be on a French team in France. Even some of the crowd were cheering for me. It felt like a home GP and that was so cool.

I’m happy with fourth overall. It was a good weekend. My speed is good and I’m happy with my riding and looking forward to Russia.

Team Honda 114 Motorsports
Zachary Pichon

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This was a great weekend for me when compared to the previous rounds. I had two goods starts and in the first motto I was third into the first corner and managed to stay in the top ten. Then I stalled the bike and lost a lot of time and finished there race in eleventh, but that’s my best result ever, so that was great.

Then in the second moto I was in 12th place for a long time, but I felt really tired on the last few laps and had some pain in my shoulder and the track was really rough. It took some time for me to find the best setup, but eventually we found it and I felt really good on my bike.

I’m happy with my 12th overall result. That’s pretty good for me and again I’m really happy.

Team Honda 114 Motorsports
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Europe Off-Road Manager

The Saint-Jean-d’Angéley Grand Prix was a key weekend towards Honda winning the EMX250 and MXGP Championships.

Stephen Rubini sits in second position in the EMX250 Championship and this weekend he successfully reduced the points gap down to 18 points. This is amazing when you consider that he raced this round with a fractured bone in his ankle. Stephen could not afford to miss this round and together he and the Assomotor RedMoto Honda team managed his pain, preparation and injury with absolute professionalism to not only score valuable championship points, but ultimately take his first victory of the year in race one and also the overall win of the EMX250 class.

Unfortunately we were missing Pierre Goupillon due to a training injury where he sustained a broken femur. Everyone at Honda wishes Pierre the best and fastest towards full recovery.

Honda 114 Motorsport’s Mitch Evans continued to impress with a fantastic fourth in Moto 2. Mitch now moves up to fifth in the MX2 Championship with still a long way to go before the season’s end. Zach Pichon’s career best performance must also be noted and celebrated and we hope to see more points scoring performance for Zach as he develops as a top MX2 rider.

Mathys Boisrame was denied his potential with a Race 1 start issue and Race 2 electric failure. Brent van Doninck was fast, but his results are at odds with his speed and we hope to soon see him capitalise on the potential he has.

Many congratulations must also go to Team HRC’s Tim Gajser for another outstanding MXGP win. Tim narrows the gap in the Championship to just 10 points and we hope to see him continue his winning ways in Russia and beyond.

Honda Motor Europe
GP of France

St-Jean d’Angely, France

MXGP 2019, Round 7

Sunny / 21
Sunday 26 May 2019, 16:53 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Packed
  • Air Temp: 21°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 34:00.904
2 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +5.375
3 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 20 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +7.314
4 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +19.675
5 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 16 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +21.553
6 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +24.454
7 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 14 Standing Construct KTM KTM +26.435
8 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +27.879
9 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 12 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +53.090
10 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 11 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +54.992
11 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +54.992
12 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA 9 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:00.192
13 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 8 BOS GP Kawasaki +1:02.695
14 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 7 RFX KTM Racing KTM +1:04.402
15 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 6 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:11.897
16 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 5 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:17.157
17 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:25.271
18 Tanel Leok 7 EST 3 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:27.897
19 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 2 Team VHR KTM +1:29.425
20 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 1 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:37.425
Sunny / 21
Sunday 26 May 2019, 12:55 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 21°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 34:13.037
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +6.617
3 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 20 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +10.299
4 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +28.701
5 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +31.735
6 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +35.329
7 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +35.836
8 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 13 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +48.968
9 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +58.570
10 Tanel Leok 7 EST 11 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:00.403
11 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 10 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:06.682
12 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 9 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:09.366
13 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 8 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:10.976
14 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 7 BOS GP Kawasaki +1:11.416
15 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 6 RFX KTM Racing KTM +1:18.799
16 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 5 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:21.591
17 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA 4 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:25.251
18 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 3 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:28.224
19 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 2 Team VHR KTM +1:30.523
20 Anton Gole 297 SWE 1 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:32.304
Sunny / 20
Saturday 25 May 2019, 17:43 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 20°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda 24:45.598
2 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +9.521
3 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +16.811
4 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +20.071
5 Romain Febvre 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +25.920
6 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +27.701
7 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct KTM KTM +28.690
8 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct KTM KTM +29.116
9 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +30.618
10 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +36.729
11 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +38.852
12 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +43.941
13 Tanel Leok 7 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +49.493
14 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +51.014
15 Julien Lieber 33 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +52.313
16 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:00.426
17 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:02.943
18 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Team VHR KTM +1:05.753
19 Dennis Ullrich 149 GER Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:08.828
20 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:11.288
Rider Standings
Sunday, 26 May 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 311 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 301 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
3 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 218 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
4 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 208 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
5 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 190 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
6 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 184 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
7 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 162 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
8 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 156 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
9 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 144 Standing Construct KTM KTM
10 Julien LIEBER 33 BEL 141 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
11 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 138 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
12 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 129 RFX KTM Racing KTM
13 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 103 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
14 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 87 Standing Construct KTM KTM
15 Tommy SEARLE 100 GBR 86 BOS GP Kawasaki
16 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 85 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
17 Max ANSTIE 99 GBR 74 Standing Construct KTM KTM
18 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 65 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
19 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 62 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
20 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 53 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
21 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 40 Team VHR KTM
22 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 31 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
23 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 29 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
24 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 18 Wildcard Rider Honda
25 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 16 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
26 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 14 North Europe Racing KTM
27 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 14 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
28 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 14 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
29 Sven VAN DER MIERDEN 94 NDL 8 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
30 Dean FERRIS 111 AUS 6 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
31 Joaquin POLI 179 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider Honda
32 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 760 AUT 2 Wildcard Rider KTM
33 Juan Pablo LUZZARDI 171 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider KTM
34 Jetro SALAZAR 220 ECU 1 Wildcard Rider Honda