The final weekend in the Latvian trio of MXGP races was held today – once again at the challenging sandy circuit of Kegums, where to sun shone hard all day making temperatures and conditions tough going for men and machines. 

The day began well with HRC’s three time World Champion Tim Gajser firing his Honda CRF450RW into an early lead as he soon settled into an unbeatable pace and went on to win the race easily by almost nine seconds. 

Honda SR Motoblouz rider Jeremy Van Horebeek was the next Honda home in a solid 10th place, followed by HRC’s Mitch Evans in 12th.

In timed qualifying bad luck struck the JM Honda Racing’s Benoit Paturel when his bike was tangled in a stray track cable on the take-off of a tabletop jump. The Frenchman landed hard and although he was in pain he tried to start race one, but had to withdraw soon into the race. Benoit had a medical check and scan, which revealed a fractured to the T12 vertebra and a cracked tailbone. Benoit’s teammate Artem Guryev also suffered an early crash in Race One and hurt his back, which hampered his overall results. 

Race Two began with HRC’s Tim Gajser holeshotting the start and taking off into an early lead. A small mistake cost him a race position followed later by an electrical fault which forced an early race retirement.

Gajser’s teammate Mitch Evans battled hard in Race Two pushing hard to come back from an average start in 15th place to cross the finish line in 9th, one place ahead of #89 Jeremy Van Horebeek with another 10th place. 

A new addition to JM Honda Racing’s lineup was Kiwi Dylan Walsh who showed great promise in both races with solid starts and determination. With a little more time on the bike we expect to see improved finishing positions from Dylan. 

The MX2 class saw four CRF250Rs in the first 16 over the line in Race One. Alvin Östlund came home in 8th place, riding for Team Honda Racing Assomotor followed by Honda 114 Motorsport’s Nathan Crawford in 9th. Alvin’s teammate Stephen Rubini was in 12th and Bailey Malkiewicz in 16th.

Alvin Östlund backed up his first race result with a battle through the pack to finish in a well deserved 10th place to take 9th overall. Stephen Rubini also had a promising second race finishing in 14th to give him 12th overall. 

Honda 114 Motorsports’ Australian riders Nathan Crawford and Bailey Malkiewicz struggled in race two to realise their potential in the tough MX2 class with mistakes and incidents tampering their overall position. Despite not finishing race two, Nathan Crawford still finished the day in 14th overall.

Tim Gajser

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After such a great first moto, where I led from the very start and just felt really good on the bike, I am very disappointed with how the second moto finished. I was in a position to get my first overall but now I just need to put it out of my mind and concentrate on doing as well as possible when we have the next MXGP. I know my team work extremely hard and I will too in this break to keep improving and I am still in second place in the championship and we still have plenty of racing to complete, so I will definitely keep fighting for every point.

Team HRC – MXGP
Mitch Evans

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I had the goal to be better each moto this week so I’m happy to finish off with a top 10 finish in race two, which gave me 10th overall for the day. I felt a lot better today, and like I’ve said previously, the more bike time I get, the better I’ll do. Really happy with how it all went today, I felt a lot better on the CRF450RW and although I didn’t get the greatest of starts, my riding was spot on so I’m looking forward to getting in a bit more bike time in this break and then coming out swinging for the next rounds of the championship where I’ll be aiming for some top fives.

Team HRC – MXGP
Alvin Ostlund

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It was a good day for me. In the first race I had a good pace and was feeling strong - eventually finish in eighth place. In the second race I had a good jump out of the gate but came together with another rider and almost crashed, so I had to push hard from the back of the pack. I was strong towards the end of the race and finished 10th. Finishing both races inside the top 10 I’m happy.

Honda Racing Assomotor
Stephen Rubini

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Some improvement with my results today, but I’m still not really happy as it’s not where I’m supposed to be, but it’s an improvement. I’m struggling with my body and I did my best to finish 12th overall. It’s a beginning, so now I’ll work on my weak points and try hard in the next races.

Honda Racing Assomotor
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Off Road Racing Manager

Fantastic race win by Tim in Race One, riding so smooth and yet fast, really nice to see rider and bike working so fluidly.

Jeremy van Horebeek and Mitch Evans both displayed strength and improvement by placing their CRF450R bikes into the top ten in both motos.

Our new rider Dylan Walsh made a very impressive debut with great starts and early laps, with some time to prepare before the next event we should see his physical condition come up to join his pace.

Unfortunately Benoit Paturel was victim of a fault with the circuit where an underground cable created a heavy crash for him in timed practice, fracturing vertebrae in his back and tailbone.
I wish him a successful recovery back to full health asap.

MX2 saw our young guns place inside the top 10 well, and real encouraging improvement from Bailey Malkiewicz fighting his way forward. Stephen Rubini showed heart and strength to overcome a difficult week of racing for him, this final day of racing showed Stephen more like his stronger self, a welcome sight and onwards and upwards from here.

Honda Motor
GP of Kegums (LAT)

Kegums, Latvia

MXGP 2020, Round 5

Sunday 16 Aug 2020, 13:58 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:26.803
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:07.898
3 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0:12.060
4 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:23.368
5 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:27.988
6 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 15 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:31.572
7 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:39.249
8 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 13 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:49.115
9 Mitch Evans 43 AUS 12 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:57.135
10 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 11 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:03.116
11 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 10 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +1:07.360
12 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 9 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1:18.170
13 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 8 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:26.856
14 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 7 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha +1:37.971
15 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 6 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:41.571
16 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 5 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:46.746
17 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 4 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:49.822
18 Thomas Covington 64 USA 3 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:52.001
19 Tanel Leok 7 EST 2 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:55.779
20 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 1 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +2:17.552
Sunny / 28
Sunday 16 Aug 2020, 10:59 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 28°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 35:20.589
2 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0:08.779
3 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:21.090
4 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:29.165
5 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:32.391
6 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 15 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:33.535
7 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 14 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:34.644
8 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 13 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:38.291
9 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:44.978
10 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 11 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:50.164
11 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 10 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:53.852
12 Mitch Evans 43 AUS 9 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:54.755
13 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 8 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:58.089
14 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 7 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:06.302
15 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 6 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:08.388
16 Karlis Sabulis 116 LAT 5 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:10.658
17 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 4 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1:15.722
18 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 3 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha +1:30.787
19 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 2 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:38.676
20 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 1 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:44.289
Sunny / 28
Sunday 16 Aug 2020, 08:44 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 28°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:58.098
2 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0:00.504
3 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:01.186
4 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:01.476
5 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:01.624
6 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:01.914
7 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:02.418
8 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:02.450
9 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:02.469
10 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:02.493
11 Romain Febvre 3 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:02.971
12 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:02.981
13 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:03.224
14 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Wildcard Rider KTM +0:03.528
15 Mitch Evans 43 AUS Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:03.563
16 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:03.603
17 Henry Jacobi 29 GER Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +0:03.909
18 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:04.274
19 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha +0:04.311
20 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:04.489
Rider Standings
Sunday, 16 Aug 2020 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 213 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 167 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
3 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 163 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
4 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 163 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 146 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
6 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 134 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
7 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 131 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
8 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 129 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
9 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 120 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
10 Romain FEBVRE 3 FRA 104 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
11 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 95 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
12 Mitch EVANS 43 AUS 66 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
13 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 64 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
14 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 59 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha
15 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 51 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
16 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 50 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
17 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 49 Wildcard Rider KTM
18 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 47 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
19 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 45 JM Honda Racing Honda
20 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 41 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
21 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 31 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM
22 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 26 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
23 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 17 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
24 Karlis SABULIS 116 LAT 16 Wildcard Rider KTM
25 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 13 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM
26 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 12 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
27 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 11 Wildcard Rider Honda
28 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 10 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
29 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 9 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
30 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 9 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
31 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 6 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
32 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
33 Thomas COVINGTON 64 USA 3 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
34 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 2 JWR Racing Honda
35 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 2 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
36 Tom KOCH 226 GER 1 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM