Team HRC’s Tim Gajser won his fifth race of the season at the beautiful Faenza track, to move within striking distance, as the battle for the lead of the 2020 MXGP world championship intensifies. Teammate Mitch Evans also impressed as he finished in fourth place in the second moto, posting the fastest laptime of the race and reminding everyone just what he is capable of when he is fully fit.

In what is the seventh round of the series, and the second of this triple-header at the hillside track, Gajser started off the day well by qualifying in first position, giving himself first gate pick and setting himself up for an important two races. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to capitalise in the opening moto, just getting edged wide across the holeshot line and losing some positions in the process. As he was fighting for position, the harsh roost took its toll and he was forced to settle for fifth place.

Despite having an outside shot of the overall victory, Gajser showed up for the second moto in determined mood and when he rounded the first lap in second place, expectations were high that he would add to his four previous race wins. Within a few more laps, the Honda CRF450RW rider was in the lead, which he eventually pulled out to just under five seconds, in another great display of hard-pack riding. His five-one results meant he finished second overall, and more importantly, closed the gap at the top of the championship with plenty of racing still to go.

In what was a great moto for Team HRC, Evans came extremely close to making it a Honda one-two as the Australian fought for 35 minutes to score his best race finish since round one in Great Britain. Sitting in third at the halfway point of the moto, the #43 tried his best to follow his teammate home, even posting the fastest lap of the race, but it wasn’t quite to be as he had to settle for nine-four scores for seventh overall. It was still another encouraging step for the rider in his first season in the MXGP class as he comes back a shoulder injury sustained in round two of the series, and with a third race on Sunday before three rounds in Mantova at a track he won at in pre-season, he will be looking for even more improvement in the coming weeks.

Stephen Rubini was the standout rider in the Honda MX2 contingent as he posted seven-five results for sixth overall. The French rider is improving every round and had his best points tally of the season with 30 points, which moved upto 13th in the championship. Team Honda Assomotor teammate Alvin Ostlund had a pair of consistent 14th places while Honda 114 Motorsports’ Bailey Malkiewicz had his best start of the season which allowed him to run up front with the top guys for a good portion of the first moto.

The third of the triple-headers in Faenza, is on Sunday 13th September for what should be another hot day of racing in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy.

Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser 243

It was a good feeling to get back out and winning races again. I’ve had some bad luck in the last few rounds, and even again today but I’m extremely happy with how that second moto went. The first moto I wasn’t able to push as much as I wanted but I was riding well and was still able to come out in fifth. I wanted to really show everyone again just how fast I can be in race two and I think with the victory I am back to where I want to be and standing in a good position in the championship battle. Now I just need to continue this with two good starts on Sunday and if I manage that, I’m sure I will get a good result.

Team HRC – MXGP
Mitch Evans

Mitch Evans 43

Very good day which started off well in timed practice, where I was in first position for awhile in the session. That was a cool feeling but I knew the racing was the main focus. In the first moto I got a really good start but struggled a bit with arm-pump due to probably pushing too hard at the beginning. I wasn’t riding myself and ended up in ninth which I wasn’t too happy about, but I put it behind me for moto two.
I didn’t get quite such a good start in race two but I kept pushing the whole moto and made some passes and I was battling with the front guys, which was very satisfying to be back up there and running their pace. I was really happy with how that race went, finishing fourth and now I’m looking forward to getting some more top fives when we race again on Sunday.

Team HRC – MXGP
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Off Road Racing Manager

Wednesday racing is still unusual and a betting man would place his money on the results being similar to that of Sunday just three days ago. Same venue, same track, same riders on the same bikes, one might ask why the results would be any different?? But yet we are experiencing very different race results. A mix of good starts versus bad starts seem to be the main reason for the variation of results. Of course some incidents and crashes are a big factor too, but that is all part of success and failure that the teams and riders face as a challenge to overcome. Today was good for the points situation for Tim and Mitch, thanks to outstanding performances from both of them. All our MX2 boys had worthy highlights too, but merely looking at the results sheets doesn’t show that. I think Rubini deserves a tip of the hat for his well placed fifth in race two. His upward progress is gaining momentum well.
An awesome start by Bailey Malkiewicz in race one allowed him to battle at the front and that is how you get to learn fast. Nathan Crawford needs some luck to fall his way, as his effort is not reflecting his results. And Alvin is something of the same.
The MXGP men had plenty of positives, fast, good starts, but unfortunately dramatic crashes due to collisions in racing incidents halted the reward of their true potential.
On to the next one in a few days again.

Honda Motor
GP of Città di Faenza (ITA)

Faenza, Italy

MXGP 2020, Round 7

Sunny / 29
Wednesday 9 Sep 2020, 15:06 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 29°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 35:30.119
2 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:04.289
3 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:05.114
4 Mitch Evans 43 AUS 18 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:07.098
5 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 16 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:08.679
6 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:13.530
7 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:14.697
8 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0:39.999
9 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:43.128
10 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 11 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:48.777
11 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 10 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:03.589
12 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 9 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:10.340
13 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 8 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:13.497
14 Pascal Rauchenecker 760 AUT 7 Wildcard Rider Honda +1:14.811
15 Tanel Leok 7 EST 6 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:36.357
16 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 5 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:38.874
17 Thomas Covington 64 USA 4 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:41.873
18 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS 3 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:48.180
19 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 2 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +1:49.369
20 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR 1 JM Honda Racing Honda +1:52.858
Sunny / 29
Wednesday 9 Sep 2020, 11:58 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 29°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 25 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 35:00.143
2 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:15.681
3 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:34.451
4 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:36.731
5 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 16 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:40.143
6 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 15 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:46.374
7 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 14 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:48.024
8 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 13 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:49.952
9 Mitch Evans 43 AUS 12 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:50.234
10 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:00.342
11 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 10 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:06.314
12 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 9 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:10.876
13 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 8 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:18.038
14 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 7 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:24.124
15 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 6 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:27.415
16 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 5 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:33.276
17 Pascal Rauchenecker 760 AUT 4 Wildcard Rider Honda +1:37.967
18 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR 3 JM Honda Racing Honda +1:40.785
19 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 2 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1:43.189
20 Nicholas Lapucci 211 ITA 1 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:44.529
Sunny / 29
Wednesday 9 Sep 2020, 09:37 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 29°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda 1:52.289
2 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0:00.135
3 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:00.601
4 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:00.626
5 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:00.726
6 Romain Febvre 3 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:00.748
7 Mitch Evans 43 AUS Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:01.039
8 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:01.545
9 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:01.943
10 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:01.957
11 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:01.994
12 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:02.216
13 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:02.317
14 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Wildcard Rider KTM +0:02.336
15 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:02.925
16 Henry Jacobi 29 GER Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +0:02.952
17 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:02.957
18 Zachary Pichon 201 FRA Wildcard Rider Honda +0:03.407
19 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha +0:03.886
20 Petar Petrov 152 BUL Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +0:03.959
Rider Standings
Wednesday, 9 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 241 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 237 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
4 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 217 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
5 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 210 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
6 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 204 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
7 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 197 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
8 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 179 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
9 Romain FEBVRE 3 FRA 172 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
10 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 168 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
11 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 122 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
12 Mitch EVANS 43 AUS 122 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
13 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 76 Wildcard Rider KTM
14 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 73 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha
15 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 71 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
16 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 65 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
17 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 64 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
18 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 56 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
19 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 55 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
20 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 47 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
21 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 45 JM Honda Racing Honda
22 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 31 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM
23 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 26 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
24 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 20 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
25 Karlis SABULIS 116 LAT 16 Wildcard Rider KTM
26 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 760 AUT 16 Wildcard Rider Honda
27 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 15 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM
28 Dylan WALSH 53 GBR 13 JM Honda Racing Honda
29 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 12 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
30 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 11 Wildcard Rider Honda
31 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 10 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
32 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 9 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
33 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 9 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
34 Thomas COVINGTON 64 USA 7 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
35 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
36 Nicholas LAPUCCI 211 ITA 5 Wildcard Rider KTM
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