Team HRC and Tim Gajser started off the 2019 MXGP world championships with a second overall at the picturesque Villa La Angostura track in Patagonia-Argentina. With a packed crowd showing their appreciation, Gajser led part of the second race as he looked on course for an overall victory. In the end, he had to settle for a pair of second place finishes, but it was an extremely impressive opening round for the Slovenian rider who has won at this track twice before.

Rounding the first turn outside the top five in moto one left Gajser with plenty to do, but he eventually settled into a rhythm and began to pick off riders one by one as the laps ticked off. With just five laps remaining he eventually made the pass on Romain Febvre for second and set about trying to track down Antonio Cairoli. Unfortunately time ran out before he could really mount a challenge and he crossed the line just over five seconds behind.

In the second race, Gajser was millimetres away from claiming the holeshot but he soon passed for the lead and set about trying to escape from the chasing pack. Unfortunately he couldn’t find his rhythm straight away and Febvre passed him early on. With Cairoli just behind, the three engaged in a great battle which eventually saw Cairoli move into the lead with Gajser close behind. The two quickly pulled away and although the #243 gave it everything he had, he missed out on the overall victory by under three seconds. It was still a podium performance though and one that sets him up nicely for round two in a few weeks’ time.

Joining Tim Gajser on the podium was new Honda SR Motoblouz rider Jeremy van Horebeek, who had only recently announced he would be competing in the MXGPs this year. The Belgian rider put in two extremely impressive rides, going six-three, which was good enough to take the third step on the podium at this opening round of the 2019 MXGP season. This sparked great scenes of celebration amongst the rider and the team, who will now set their sights on maintaining this start at the next round in Matterley Basin in three weeks’ time.

It was also a solid first round for fellow Team HRC rider Brian Bogers, who is easing himself back into this competitive MXGP class, after missing almost the entire 2018 season with injury. Bogers is hoping to get up to race pace as quickly as possible and felt that today was positive step towards that goal as he achieved two top 20 finishes.

With the next round of the series being at Matterley Basin, on March 23/24, Bogers has a couple of weeks now to build upon this solid showing and prepare himself for England and for what is another one of the best tracks in the calendar.

Tim Gajser

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I’m really happy to start the season strongly with a podium, and to feel really good on the track. In the first race I didn’t get the best of starts and it took me a couple of laps to find a good rhythm and to find the nice lines but once I did that, I passed a lot of the guys in front of me and finished in second. That was a great way to start the season off. Then in second moto, it was even better as I almost took the holeshot and I led for a lap but I was riding tight and not enjoying my riding so Romain (Febvre) and Toni (Cairoli) passed me. After this, I found my rhythm and found the flow around the track and was able to move into second and just start enjoying riding again. Two second places is a good start to the season and I’m really looking forward to the next races. A big thanks to the whole team around me, who help me out and put together this amazing CRF450RW.

Team HRC – MXGP
Brian Bogers

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I felt pretty good today and it was better than yesterday so that was positive. I feel like I need a lot more of the race rhythm after being out for such a really long time. However I think I will get it back quickly and already the second moto was better than the first, even though I was 17th compared with 16th. The goal was the top 15 for this weekend and I think it was close to that with two solid motos with nothing strange happening, so I’m pretty happy with this weekend and it’s nice to know where I am now and where I need improve from here.

Team HRC – MXGP
Marcus Pereira De Freitas

Marcus Pereira De Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

A very positive day for both Tim and Brian. It was great to see Tim lead the qualifying race and part of the second moto today, and to just see him riding to his true potential. Already he showed that the Honda CRF450RW is very fast out of the gate and has the speed to lead the best riders in the world, and to leave here in the championship hunt is exactly what we hoped after the first round. And for Brian, it was good to see him ride well for two complete races and just to see him battling for positions in this MXGP class. He now knows what he needs to work on and I expect him to improve every round, as he gets more and more experience racing the 450cc machine.

Team HRC – MXGP
GP of Patagonia (Argentina)

Neuquen, Argentina

MXGP 2019, Round 1

Cloudy / 12
Sunday 3 Mar 2019, 20:07 UTC
  • Track Condition: Loam
  • Air Temp: 12°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:56.475
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 22 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +2.386
3 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 20 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +37.829
4 Max Anstie 99 GBR 18 Standing Construct KTM KTM +42.332
5 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 16 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +43.070
6 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +47.509
7 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 14 BOS GP Kawasaki +49.602
8 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +58.810
9 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 12 RFX KTM Racing KTM +1:01.941
10 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 11 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:03.513
11 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 10 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:06.816
12 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 9 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:10.204
13 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 8 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:12.688
14 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 7 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:19.272
15 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 6 Team VHR KTM +1:30.001
16 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 5 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:37.593
17 Brian Bogers 5 NDL 4 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:39.530
18 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 3 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1 Lap
19 Jose Butron 17 SPA 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1 Lap
20 Juan Pablo Luzzardi 171 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 Lap
Cloudy / 15
Sunday 3 Mar 2019, 16:59 UTC
  • Track Condition: Loam
  • Air Temp: 15°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:41.270
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 22 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +6.253
3 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +9.838
4 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +11.464
5 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 16 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +14.030
6 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 15 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +32.226
7 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +39.435
8 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +49.752
9 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +50.285
10 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +59.164
11 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 10 RFX KTM Racing KTM +1:00.619
12 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 9 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:03.350
13 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 8 BOS GP Kawasaki +1:07.067
14 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 7 Team VHR KTM +1:19.027
15 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 6 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:29.965
16 Brian Bogers 5 NDL 5 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:32.387
17 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 4 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:33.684
18 Joaquin Poli 179 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider Honda +1 Lap
19 Jose Butron 17 SPA 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1 Lap
20 Jetro Salazar 220 ECU 1 Wildcard Rider Honda +1 Lap
Sunny & Dry / 22
Saturday 2 Mar 2019, 19:56 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 22°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Romain Febvre 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 24:21.194
2 Julien Lieber 33 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +4.306
3 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +6.536
4 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +10.377
5 Max Anstie 99 GBR Standing Construct KTM KTM +13.962
6 Max Nagl 12 GER KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM +14.612
7 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +17.028
8 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +24.790
9 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda +27.141
10 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +36.354
11 Tommy Searle 100 GBR BOS GP Kawasaki +39.076
12 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +42.852
13 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +44.508
14 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Team VHR KTM +45.569
15 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR RFX KTM Racing KTM +46.909
16 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct KTM KTM +53.753
17 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct KTM KTM +55.594
18 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +57.127
19 Jose Butron 17 SPA JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +57.340
20 Jetro Salazar 220 ECU Wildcard Rider Honda +1:08.190
21 Brian Bogers 5 NDL Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:11.323
Rider Standings
Sunday, 3 Mar 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 50 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 44 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
3 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 35 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
4 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 33 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
5 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 32 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
6 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 26 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
7 Tommy SEARLE 100 GBR 22 BOS GP Kawasaki
8 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 22 RFX KTM Racing KTM
9 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 21 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
10 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 21 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
11 Julien LIEBER 33 BEL 21 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
12 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
13 Max ANSTIE 99 GBR 18 Standing Construct KTM KTM
14 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 17 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
15 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 13 Team VHR KTM
16 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 11 Standing Construct KTM KTM
17 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 11 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
18 Brian BOGERS 5 NDL 9 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
19 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 7 Standing Construct KTM KTM
20 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 4 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
21 Joaquin POLI 179 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider Honda
22 Juan Pablo LUZZARDI 171 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider KTM
23 Jetro SALAZAR 220 ECU 1 Wildcard Rider Honda