In what was a scorching day at the Italian hillside venue of Faenza, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser fought hard in both races as he looked to maintain his championship challenge at the first of this Italian set of races. In what is an old-school, tight and twisty layout, passing was at a premium and good starts were very important which unfortunately Gajser wasn’t able to pull off in either of his two motos. The #243 had to fight through from outside the top 10 and although he was able to make a few moves, he had to settle for eight-five results for sixth overall.

Just behind him in the standings was teammate Mitch Evans, who achieved his top 10 goal from before the weekend by posting nine-seven moto finishes for eighth overall. The Australian rider has been improving every time he got on the track since his return to action in Latvia a few weeks ago, and with some good training between these Latvian and Italian triple-headers, he is returning to the form that saw him put his Honda CRF450RW in third place in the opening moto of the season. Like Gajser, he had to work hard for each position, working his way through the field and having to put in aggressive passes to secure his best points haul since Matterley Basin, UK, back in March. Also scoring points in both races was JM Honda rider Dylan Walsh, who rode extremely well for his nine points and will be hoping for more of the same in the remaining four races at this track.

In the 250 class, Team Assomotor Honda rider Stephen Rubini put in his best scores of the season with seven-eleven results for seventh overall. The French rider felt at home on the hard pack surface and has really turned his season around in the past couple of events.

With the next round also taking place in Faenza on Wednesday, the riders don’t have much time to recover but as always, all the Honda riders will be making sure that they are fully focused for the next gate drop.

Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser 243

I was feeling okay at the beginning, the track looked really good in timed practice and even during the races they kept the track in good shape. It’s just that it was really difficult to pass on the track and the start was the key. The start was really important and today I didn’t get two good starts. I was back in the pack, having to work my way through and I even made two crashes in the first race so that didn’t help. I was really disappointed.
The second race was better, the pace was there, just a few seconds from first to fifth but I just couldn’t make the moves I needed to. That’s how it is though, and we still have two more rounds to go here in Faenza, so I will try to put this day out of my mind and focus ahead for the rest of the championship. I know the team will help with this, as they continually help me with all the preparations, so bring on Wednesday!

Team HRC – MXGP
Mitch Evans

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The first Faenza was good. The goal is still to be better each time I go out on track and we achieved that again today starting with ninth in moto one and seventh in moto two, so really happy with that. These first two rounds I was hoping top 10 results and to slowly progress to the top five, but those guys are running a really fast pace at the front so we’ve still got a way to go. However, we’re heading in the right direction and I’m feeling better and better each race and I’m very happy with how today went.

Team HRC – MXGP
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Off Road Racing Manager

Throughout both classes, there were positives to be taken from this first Faenza round. In the MXGP class, it was good to see Mitch Evans improving each time and working his way back towards the top five in what is an extremely fast field of riders. Also Dylan Walsh scored his first MXGP points with 15-18 results, battling with much more experienced riders and showing that with a bit more testing a bike time, he was able to improve since Latvia and show that he is fully capable of mixing it up with these guys.
Riding the Honda CRF250R’s, Stephen Rubini put in his best results of the year, going 7-11 for seventh overall as he gets his season back on track. With two more rounds here, I’m excited to see how much he can progress during the week and whether he can break into the top five. Another rider who showed good progression was Bailey Malkiewicz, recording a 15th in race two, as he battled through the pack. It is always good to see riders making passes and he moved up from outside the top 20 and even made a pass on the last lap, which is something I’m always happy to see.
Overall, it was a solid day and I’m looking forward to see how the action unfolds this week when the MXGP and MX2 classes return on Wednesday and then again on Sunday.

Honda Motor
GP of Italy

Faenza, Italy

MXGP 2020, Round 6

Sunny / 30
Sunday 6 Sep 2020, 14:52 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 30°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:18.731
2 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:01.973
3 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:07.461
4 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:09.053
5 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 16 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:09.691
6 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:23.291
7 Mitch Evans 43 AUS 14 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:45.795
8 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 13 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:48.674
9 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0:51.293
10 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 11 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:56.253
11 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 10 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1:01.904
12 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 9 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:04.954
13 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 8 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:10.616
14 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 7 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:16.115
15 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 6 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha +1:16.624
16 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 5 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:22.626
17 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 4 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +1:27.375
18 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR 3 JM Honda Racing Honda +1:35.006
19 Pascal Rauchenecker 760 AUT 2 Wildcard Rider Honda +1:41.694
20 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 1 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:53.115
Sunny / 30
Sunday 6 Sep 2020, 11:58 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 30°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:19.086
2 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:04.449
3 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:05.809
4 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:18.901
5 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 16 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:20.460
6 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:27.508
7 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 14 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:29.307
8 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 13 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:34.581
9 Mitch Evans 43 AUS 12 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:39.860
10 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0:40.323
11 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 10 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:55.851
12 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 9 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:00.828
13 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 8 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha +1:07.303
14 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 7 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:11.471
15 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR 6 JM Honda Racing Honda +1:14.633
16 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 5 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1:15.753
17 Nicholas Lapucci 211 ITA 4 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:16.595
18 Pascal Rauchenecker 760 AUT 3 Wildcard Rider Honda +1:17.232
19 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 2 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +1:21.372
20 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 1 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:26.492
Sunny / 30
Sunday 6 Sep 2020, 09:12 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 30°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:52.564
2 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:00.180
3 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:00.856
4 Romain Febvre 3 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:01.051
5 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:01.111
6 Nicholas Lapucci 211 ITA Wildcard Rider KTM +0:01.170
7 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:01.331
8 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:01.358
9 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:01.383
10 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:01.529
11 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:01.570
12 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0:01.721
13 Mitch Evans 43 AUS Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:01.891
14 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:02.339
15 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Wildcard Rider KTM +0:02.389
16 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:03.020
17 Zachary Pichon 201 FRA Wildcard Rider Honda +0:03.077
18 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:03.220
19 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:03.288
20 Henry Jacobi 29 GER Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +0:03.583
Rider Standings
Sunday, 6 Sep 2020 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 263 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 203 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 196 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
4 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 186 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
5 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 178 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
6 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 173 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
7 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 155 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
8 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 153 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
9 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 146 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
10 Romain FEBVRE 3 FRA 137 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
11 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 104 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
12 Mitch EVANS 43 AUS 92 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
13 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 73 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha
14 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 69 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
15 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 66 Wildcard Rider KTM
16 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 56 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
17 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 55 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
18 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 51 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
19 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 48 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
20 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 45 JM Honda Racing Honda
21 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 31 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM
22 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 26 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
23 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 24 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
24 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 17 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
25 Karlis SABULIS 116 LAT 16 Wildcard Rider KTM
26 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 13 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM
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 Dylan WALSH 53 GBR 9 JM Honda Racing Honda
32 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 6 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
33 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
34 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 760 AUT 5 Wildcard Rider Honda
35 Nicholas LAPUCCI 211 ITA 4 Wildcard Rider KTM
36 Thomas COVINGTON 64 USA 3 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
37 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 2 JWR Racing Honda
38 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 2 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
39 Tom KOCH 226 GER 1 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM