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.

Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser 243

It was a good day today, and I really liked the track here in Spain. I didn’t have a good start in either race but I was still able to finish third in race one and second in race two. The second moto, I was especially happy with the line I chose for the second corner as I swept all the way from seventh into second. I then tried to push, had some nice lines, and briefly passed Jorge before he passed me back. We stayed together for quite a lot of the moto but then I saw that Romain wasn’t so close behind me so I finished second, for second overall. The championship gap has increased but my focus for Lommel is to go out there and have fun. A big thanks to the team who have worked hard, and I hope that Mitch will recover quickly because he was riding really well.

Team HRC – MXGP
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Off Road Racing Manager

At this brand new purpose built circuit near Madrid, Spain, we started with MX2 and Honda Racing Assomotor's Stephen Rubini who made a positive top five start, rode tight, lost three places in the opening laps, got his rhythm going and started to move forward, passing riders back up into seventh - pushing to make a pass for sixth close to the flag.
Bailey Malkiewicz had a start straight tangle and a mistake on lap two which dropped him out of 15th, then shortly after a splilt fuel tank caused a DNF.
Morgan Lesiardo began his debut CRF race with 15th on lap one, then moved up to 13th at the flag. Ostlund had a poor start and found it difficult to progress further than 18th.

In MXGP, qualifying was strong for the CRF crew, three of our guys inside the top 10. Tim scored pole position, Mitch third and Jerre eighth, which continued into the racing as at the end of lap one CRFs were third, fourth, fifth and eighth.
On lap four, Evans suffered a crucial blow while holding fourth. Without crashing, Mitch fractured his wrist by a heavy landing of one of biggest jumps on the circuit.
Walsh also crashed out of sixth place on lap four, getting going again in 11th but losing positions in the next laps, in the last minutes of the race Dylan had a freak issue where his rear sprocket shattered, possibly by one of the many large rocks in the dirt, forcing a DNF.
Guillod was very impressive to score 12th, a brilliant performance to boost his recovery from illness.
Tim was very tactical to take third and strong points for his championship lead.

MX2 second moto was quite processional, the rutted circuit made for minimal margins, so making up places and position change wasn’t common. All our boys started and remained pretty much in position. Malkiewicz having missed largely the first moto, has to learn the circuit quickly, he did and scored a 15th.
Rubini achieved a ninth place and raced hard for those points. Alvin and Morgan following home in 16th and 17th.

MXGP race two started well again for the fast gating CRF men as by the close of lap two Tim was in second, Dylan eighth and Jerre 10th.
Unfortunately Dylan took a fall on lap four, putting himself out of the race.
Similar to the second MX2 race, change of position was minimal for the MXGP men in their second moto. Once settled, not many changes happened with Tim placing a smart second, Jerre ninth and Valentin putting himself in the points again with a solid 16th, his best points scoring day of his season.
Overall, it’s super positive for Tim to extend his lead going into the deep sand of Lommel next weekend.

Honda Motor
GP of Spain

intu Xanadú – Arroyomolinos, Spain

MXGP 2020, Round 12

Sunny / 20
Sunday 11 Oct 2020, 15:02 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 20°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:32.685
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 22 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:04.455
3 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:17.405
4 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 18 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:21.940
5 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:27.027
6 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:29.646
7 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:35.318
8 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 13 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:40.176
9 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 12 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:43.221
10 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 11 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:46.577
11 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 10 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +0:55.400
12 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 9 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:58.732
13 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 8 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:09.113
14 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 7 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:15.908
15 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 6 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:35.848
16 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 5 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:38.742
17 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 4 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +1:40.679
18 Jose Butron 17 SPA 3 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:48.468
19 Ander Valentin 920 SPA 2 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 Lap
20 Artem Guryev 555 RUS 1 JM Honda Racing Honda +1 Lap
Sunny
Sunday 11 Oct 2020, 11:52 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:13.277
2 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:07.125
3 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 20 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:09.513
4 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:16.409
5 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 16 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:17.950
6 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 15 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:31.813
7 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:37.419
8 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 13 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:41.385
9 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 12 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:49.693
10 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:54.604
11 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 10 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:02.054
12 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 9 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:08.880
13 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 8 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +1:12.314
14 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 7 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:14.588
15 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 6 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:24.840
16 Jose Butron 17 SPA 5 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:26.025
17 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 4 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +1:27.955
18 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 3 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:36.785
19 Ander Valentin 920 SPA 2 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:42.226
20 Artem Guryev 555 RUS 1 JM Honda Racing Honda +1 Lap
Sunny / 15
Sunday 11 Oct 2020, 09:17 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 15°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda 1:51.274
2 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:00.321
3 Mitch Evans 43 AUS Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:00.393
4 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:00.640
5 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:01.025
6 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:01.193
7 Romain Febvre 3 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:01.466
8 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:01.697
9 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:01.797
10 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:01.937
11 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:02.172
12 Henry Jacobi 29 GER Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +0:02.929
13 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:03.103
14 Adam Sterry 811 GBR JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +0:03.268
15 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Wildcard Rider KTM +0:03.599
16 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:03.633
17 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:04.036
18 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR JM Honda Racing Honda +0:04.456
19 Petar Petrov 152 BUL Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +0:04.593
20 Jose Butron 17 SPA JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +0:04.824
Rider Standings
Sunday, 11 Oct 2020 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 441 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 417 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 396 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
4 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 391 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 375 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
6 Romain FEBVRE 3 FRA 346 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
7 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 311 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
8 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 294 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
9 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 263 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
10 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 248 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
11 Mitch EVANS 43 AUS 228 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
12 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 221 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
13 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 151 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
14 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 145 Wildcard Rider KTM
15 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 142 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
16 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 134 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
17 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 122 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
18 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 82 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
19 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 73 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha
20 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 71 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
21 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 45 JM Honda Racing Honda
22 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 41 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
23 Dylan WALSH 53 GBR 41 JM Honda Racing Honda
24 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 39 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM
25 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 34 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
26 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 33 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
27 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 31 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM
28 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 29 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
29 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 26 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
30 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 21 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
31 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 760 AUT 19 Wildcard Rider Honda
32 Karlis SABULIS 116 LAT 18 Wildcard Rider KTM
33 Thomas COVINGTON 64 USA 15 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
34 Nicholas LAPUCCI 211 ITA 15 Wildcard Rider KTM
35 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 11 Wildcard Rider Honda
36 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 9 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
37 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 9 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
38 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
39 Ander VALENTIN 920 SPA 4 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
40 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 2 JWR Racing Honda
41 Artem GURYEV 555 RUS 2 JM Honda Racing Honda
42 Tom KOCH 226 GER 2 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM
43 Zachary PICHON 201 FRA 2 Wildcard Rider Honda