Almost 20 hours of continuous rain turned the sandy Mantova track into a muddy mess which brought about mixed fortunes for the Team HRC duo of Tim Gajser and Brian Bogers. In what was the fifth round of the 2019 motocross world championships, Gajser struggled off the line, making his life extremely difficult and meaning that he dropped valuable points in the title hunt. For Bogers, a great start in race two meant that he was able to post his best ever MXGP finish, coming home in second place, to the delight of everyone in the team.

After posting the fastest time in timed practice and then coming second in the qualification race, Gajser was confident that he could challenge for another GP victory despite the torrential rain that hit the track. However, he wasn’t able to eliminate the mistakes and even though he posted the fastest lap in both motos, he instead had to settle for his lowest points tally of the season.

With the rain causing problems all over the track, the start straight and first turn was especially affected and it was this area that caught Gajser out in the first moto. After the crash, he had to pull into the pitlane straight away in order to change his goggles, getting back into the race in last position. Mistakes littered his ride as he charged through the field, but despite this, he was still able to get back up to 10th place by the time the chequered flag came out.

He fared much better in race two but found passing harder as the track was becoming more and more one-lined. After losing his goggles due to the roost of another rider, Gajser had to settle for sixth position in what ended up being a disappointing day for the Slovenian rider.

As Gajser struggled, team mate Bogers put in the best ride of his MXGP career, finishing in an extremely impressive second place in race two. After also being involved in a start turn crash in race one and only managing to get back to 20th, Bogers was highly motivated to do well in conditions that he enjoys. And that’s exactly what he did in the second race, rounding the first corner in third place and moving into second after a couple of laps. From then on, he put in a strong ride, holding off the challenge of the rider in third, before pulling away and finishing just seven seconds behind the winner. Having put in a lot of training during the break, it was great to see that work bear fruit so quickly and it’s great motivation for this next batch of races.

Next weekend Team HRC to Agueda, Portugal for the sixth of the series before then heading to St Jean D’Angely in France the weekend after. Both Gajser and Bogers are looking forward to getting back to the race track and will use these few days for testing as they look to come in as ready as possible, for what should be a completely different surface than this weekend.

Unfortunately Jeremy van Horebeek was unable to finish race one after being caught up in a first turn crash. The Belgian rider then had to comeback after another bad start, to work his way into 16th place.

Tim Gajser

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It was a tough day, after a whole night of raining. The track was a bit sketchy and one-lined and it made the start very important. Unfortunately in the first race I crashed right at the beginning and had to go directly into the pit lane to change my goggles and remove my neck brace. During the race I made a few mistakes because I had to leave the main line to make the passes and this was where the track was very tricky. I was really disappointed to finish 10th and it’s not where I wanted to be. I had a slightly better start in race two, rounding the second bend in around 10th or 12th position. I was able to make a number of quick passes but when I got to behind Coldenhoff, I just couldn’t make the pass. I knew I was faster and I posted the fastest lap of the race but I just couldn’t get around him because of how one-lined the track was. Because of all the roost, I had to throw my goggles away and then it was very difficult. It was a horrible day but that’s sometimes how motocross can be. I will move on from here and head to Portugal extremely motivated to get back to winning ways.

Team HRC – MXGP
Brian Bogers

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My good day actually started last night when it started raining, so that made the track a bit of a mess but I actually quite like these sort of conditions. Overall it wasn’t too bad and definitely not as bad as something like Russia a couple of years back but I knew that I could do well. In the first heat I got a terrible start because I crashed and got stuck under the bike and I couldn’t move until somebody helped me. After that I had to change my goggles and even with that I ended up 20th. It wasn’t the result I wanted so I was very focused for the second race, especially at the start and that helped me turn the first corner in third place. After a couple of laps, the rider in front of me crashed, so I stayed in second place for the rest of the race. My speed was very good, my fitness was good and I’m just really happy with this result. This whole team do a great job, they support me and keep believing in me and I know with their help I can do this on a normal track too. We are still building and this is great step in the process.

Team HRC – MXGP
GP of Lombardia

Mantova, Italy

MXGP 2019, Round 5

Rainy / 13
Sunday 12 May 2019, 16:06 UTC
  • Track Condition: Mud
  • Air Temp: 13°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:37.572
2 Brian Bogers 5 NDL 22 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +7.068
3 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +11.327
4 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 18 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +15.790
5 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 16 Standing Construct KTM KTM +15.887
6 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 15 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +17.780
7 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +47.849
8 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA 13 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +51.229
9 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +54.290
10 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 11 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:11.509
11 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 10 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:42.631
12 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA 9 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha +1:47.650
13 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 8 BOS GP Kawasaki +1:55.188
14 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 7 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:57.300
15 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 6 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +2:04.062
16 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 5 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +2:10.659
17 Sven Van Der Mierden 94 NDL 4 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1 Lap
18 Anton Gole 297 SWE 3 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1 Lap
19 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 2 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1 Lap
20 Pascal Rauchenecker 760 AUT 1 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 Lap
Rainy / 14
Sunday 12 May 2019, 13:03 UTC
  • Track Condition: Mud
  • Air Temp: 14°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 36:48.024
2 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +10.064
3 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +21.379
4 Max Anstie 99 GBR 18 Standing Construct KTM KTM +27.299
5 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +39.542
6 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 15 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +49.512
7 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +52.425
8 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 13 Standing Construct KTM KTM +57.535
9 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 12 RFX KTM Racing KTM +1:03.646
10 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 11 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:10.362
11 Tanel Leok 7 EST 10 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:40.024
12 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 9 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:42.227
13 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 8 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:44.908
14 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 7 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:46.680
15 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA 6 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:47.339
16 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 5 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +2:02.338
17 Sven Van Der Mierden 94 NDL 4 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha +2:16.261
18 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 3 North Europe Racing KTM +2:42.190
19 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA 2 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha +1 Lap
20 Brian Bogers 5 NDL 1 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1 Lap
Sunny / 18
Saturday 11 May 2019, 18:17 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 18°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 25:11.694
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda +15.084
3 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +20.879
4 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +27.612
5 Tanel Leok 7 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +31.096
6 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct KTM KTM +33.419
7 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +35.190
8 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +36.873
9 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +38.769
10 Max Anstie 99 GBR Standing Construct KTM KTM +40.692
11 Julien Lieber 33 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +44.276
12 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR RFX KTM Racing KTM +49.755
13 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +50.616
14 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +59.143
15 Brian Bogers 5 NDL Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:04.164
16 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:06.310
17 Tommy Searle 100 GBR BOS GP Kawasaki +1:06.727
18 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:07.273
19 Anton Gole 297 SWE JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:09.797
20 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:11.012
Rider Standings
Sunday, 12 May 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 241 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 201 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
3 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 175 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
4 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 146 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
5 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 142 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
6 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 124 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
7 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 118 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
8 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 109 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
9 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 100 RFX KTM Racing KTM
10 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 94 Standing Construct KTM KTM
11 Julien LIEBER 33 BEL 86 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
12 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 81 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
13 Max ANSTIE 99 GBR 74 Standing Construct KTM KTM
14 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 67 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
15 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 66 Standing Construct KTM KTM
16 Tommy SEARLE 100 GBR 66 BOS GP Kawasaki
17 Brian BOGERS 5 NDL 55 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
18 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 45 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
19 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 36 Team VHR KTM
20 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 32 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
21 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 25 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
22 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
23 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 18 Wildcard Rider Honda
24 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 16 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
25 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 15 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
26 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 14 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
27 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 12 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
28 Sven VAN DER MIERDEN 94 NDL 10 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
29 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 9 North Europe Racing KTM
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