Team HRC’s Tim Gajser won his sixth moto and third overall in a row at the MXGP of Russia, which was also good enough to see him handed the red plate and the championship lead after eight rounds of this 2019 world motocross season. After two monumental battles, the Slovenian rider held his nerve and his speed on this tricky Orlyonok track to secure maximum points in both races, giving him a 13 point gap at the top of the MXGP championship.

Stephen Rubini also leaves Russia with a red plate as the Team Assomotor rider went three-one in the EMX250 class, taking over leadership of the series by two points at the halfway point in the championship. In the MX2 class, Team Honda 114 Motorsports’ Mitchell Evans placed sixth overall after a hard-fought fifth in race one but he couldn’t quite match that in race two and had to settle for 10th.

Unfortunately Team HRC rider Brian Bogers wasn’t able to get the results he wanted as he struggled to make an impact on this hard-pack terrain. However next week the track at Kegums, Latvia is much sandier which should give the Honda CRF450RW rider a chance to rebound strongly.

Unbeaten in his last two GPs, Gajser came into Russia full of confidence and that showed every time he hit the track. In each session he was in the top two quickest on the track and when it mattered most, he was number one, extending his winning streak to six motos and making it now eight wins in the last 10 races.

In the first moto, he was denied the holeshot by inches but quickly swept into the lead which he held, despite pressure, for the remainder of the race. In race two, he was again close to the holeshot but this time it took the CRF450RW rider eight laps before he could see clear track. Just like in the first moto, he still had to hold off a charging Arnaud Tonus before he could secure victory but as the Swiss rider was close behind, he crashed, which gave Gajser the breathing space he needed to win his fourth overall of the season and give him the championship red plate, much to the delight of everyone at Team HRC.

It wasn’t quite such an easy weekend for Bogers who wasn’t able to achieve his aim of top 10 finishes in both motos. Instead the Dutch rider was left with a pair of 17th place finishes with the hard-pack track and hot temperatures hindering his chances of good results.

He now has a couple of days of training to prepare for the ninth round of the MXGP series, which takes place in Latvia next weekend. Unlike the last three rounds which have been pretty hard-pack, Kegums is sandy track on relatively flat terrain, but it should still provide Gajser with another good opportunity for an overall and a chance to extend his championship lead.

Tim Gajser

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I’m feeling really good about this weekend. It wasn’t easy out there, as both motos were tough because Arnaud (Tonus) was really fast and he was always behind me pushing hard. The first race I held him off all race, and then in the second race it was the same again but with 10 minutes to go he made a mistake and that gave me the gap I needed to control the race and take the victory. The track wasn’t so bumpy but it was still tough because it was so hard and it was easy to make a mistake. Overall I’m happy, and a huge thanks to everyone at Honda, as the CRF450RW is amazing and let’s hope we can continue this run of form.
Three races ago I was 40 points behind in the championship and now I have the red plate so I’m really happy about these past few weeks have gone and although it’s still early in the season and there is plenty of races ahead of us, it’s still a great feeling and I can’t wait to see the red plate on my bike in Latvia.

Team HRC – MXGP
Brian Bogers

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It wasn’t my best performance and I’m not too happy because two races placed 17th is not what we came all the way to Russia for. In this weather, I need to work still because these temperatures and on this kind of hard pack track, I’m not where I need to be. I did feel quite good, and I do like the track and I even enjoyed riding. However the results are not good enough so I now I need to work in the week to make sure that Latvia goes well.

Team HRC – MXGP
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Europe Off-Road Manager

Tim continues to put in these amazing performances and it is a great reward for him and the team to have the red plate for the next round in Latvia. We saw a lot of other riders make mistakes this weekend, but even though he was under tremendous pressure in both races, he stayed calm and didn’t make any errors. To win six motos in a row is such a great achievement and such a turnaround after Mantova when things didn’t go his well. He is showing he is physically and mentally strong and riding as well as we’ve ever seen him and we can’t wait to see his Honda CRF450RW with the red plate on it next weekend.
We also hope that Brian can put in another good result because Kegums should be a much better track for him. As Tim proved today, the bike is capable of two good starts and if Brian is able to do that, we are confident that his sand skills can put him inside the top 10 at the end of the motos.

Honda Motor Europe
GP of Russia

Orlyonok, Russia

MXGP 2019, Round 8

Sunny / 31
Sunday 9 Jun 2019, 15:29 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 31°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 33:31.603
2 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 22 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +5.014
3 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +9.910
4 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +14.130
5 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +15.660
6 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +18.786
7 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +20.842
8 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 13 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +21.359
9 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +23.306
10 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 11 Standing Construct KTM KTM +23.798
11 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +28.488
12 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 9 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +34.479
13 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 8 Team VHR KTM +40.259
14 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 7 Standing Construct KTM KTM +46.007
15 Max Anstie 99 GBR 6 Standing Construct KTM KTM +50.960
16 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 5 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +56.103
17 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 4 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:00.407
18 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 3 North Europe Racing KTM +1:03.787
19 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA 2 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:05.401
20 Tanel Leok 7 EST 1 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:06.912
Sunny / 31
Sunday 9 Jun 2019, 11:58 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 31°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 34:40.798
2 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 22 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +2.718
3 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +29.654
4 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +37.212
5 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +38.625
6 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +41.033
7 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +42.055
8 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 13 Standing Construct KTM KTM +43.723
9 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +44.364
10 Max Anstie 99 GBR 11 Standing Construct KTM KTM +45.964
11 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA 10 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +48.466
12 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 9 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +49.784
13 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 8 Team VHR KTM +50.594
14 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 7 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +54.864
15 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 6 Standing Construct KTM KTM +55.601
16 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 5 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:08.295
17 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 4 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:28.547
18 Tanel Leok 7 EST 3 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:41.727
19 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 2 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:46.163
20 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 1 North Europe Racing KTM +1 Lap
Sunny / 30
Saturday 8 Jun 2019, 15:13 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 30°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Romain Febvre 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 24:57.281
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1.614
3 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +12.408
4 Max Anstie 99 GBR Standing Construct KTM KTM +23.785
5 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +28.076
6 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +31.789
7 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +34.015
8 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Team VHR KTM +37.227
9 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +40.573
10 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +43.399
11 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS BOS GP Kawasaki +45.374
12 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +45.917
13 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +48.717
14 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct KTM KTM +55.854
15 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:00.813
16 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:04.014
17 Julien Lieber 33 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:06.255
18 Petar Petrov 152 BUL North Europe Racing KTM +1:15.268
19 Tanel Leok 7 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:16.695
20 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:25.410
Rider Standings
Sunday, 9 Jun 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 351 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 338 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 231 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
4 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 220 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
5 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 212 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
6 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 208 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
7 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 206 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
8 Julien LIEBER 33 BEL 172 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
9 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 170 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
10 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 168 Standing Construct KTM KTM
11 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 167 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
12 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 129 RFX KTM Racing KTM
13 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 117 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
14 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 103 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
15 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 100 Standing Construct KTM KTM
16 Max ANSTIE 99 GBR 91 Standing Construct KTM KTM
17 Tommy SEARLE 100 GBR 86 BOS GP Kawasaki
18 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 70 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
19 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 69 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
20 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 65 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
21 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 56 Team VHR KTM
22 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 41 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
23 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 33 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
24 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 32 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
25 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 18 North Europe Racing KTM
26 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 18 Wildcard Rider Honda
27 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 16 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
28 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 14 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
29 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 14 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
30 Sven VAN DER MIERDEN 94 NDL 8 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
31 Dean FERRIS 111 AUS 6 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
32 Joaquin POLI 179 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider Honda
33 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 760 AUT 2 Wildcard Rider KTM
34 Juan Pablo LUZZARDI 171 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider KTM
35 Jetro SALAZAR 220 ECU 1 Wildcard Rider Honda