Team HRC’s Tim Gajser once again increased his championship lead after going three-two for second overall at the MXGP of Spain. Held near the Spanish capital city of Madrid, the Arroyomolinos circuit was a new addition to the 2020 MXGP series and it provided a great back-drop for another impressive performance from the reigning world champion.
Coming into this 12th round of the series, Gajser was 11 points ahead but he now heads to Belgium and the Lommel triple-header 24 points clear of his nearest rival after two consistent and controlled races on board his Honda CRF450RW. Starting the day with yet another first gate pick, his sixth qualification win of the season, the Slovenian didn’t get the best of starts in either race, but using superb race-craft he swept inside the top three within a few corners. From there he pressurised the leaders, even making a pass for the lead in moto two, but rather than risk a dangerous manoeuvrer on this rutted hard-pack track, he settled into a good rhythm, safe in the knowledge that he was picking up valuable championship points.
By the end of the races he was over seven seconds clear of the riders behind him, riding in a smooth controlled fashion, and happy with the 42 points he accumulated. There are now six rounds remaining with three races apiece at the deep sand track in Lommel starting next weekend before moving to the stony hard-pack in Trentino on November 1, both tracks that Gajser has won at before.
Unfortunately, teammate Mitch Evans’ day was cut short after flat-landing one of the big jumps on this Spanish circuit in moto one and injuring his left wrist. It was a real disappointment for the #43 because he was performing really well at the time, running in fourth position and challenging up front with the leaders. This was after a morning qualification session that saw him finish third, his joint-best of the season. He will now head to Italy to get further assessment on the wrist, which will then decide his plan for the last six rounds.
Also in the MXGP class, Valentin Guillod had his best results of the season, getting a 12th in race one and looking much improved after his recovery from recent issues. Honda SR Motoblouz teammate Jeremy van Horebeek also got back to his consistent ways, going nine-nine for 10th overall.
In the MX2 class, Stephen Rubini finished inside the top 10 after his seven-nine finishes with moto one especially impressive after a good start for the Honda Racing Assomotor rider. New Honda recruit Morgan Lesiardo only had a few days on his CRF250R but that didn’t stop the former EMX250 champion from scoring points in both motos, giving everyone a glimpse of what can come when he settles on the machine.