Round four of the 2019 Motocross World Championship was held today at the spectacular Pietramurata track in Trentino, Northern Italy and it was Team HRC’s Tim Gajser who took the overall victory in the MXGP class – battling all the way with an on-form Tony Cairoli. Tim’s ecstatic army of devoted fans filled the valley with yellow smoke and screams as their Slovenia hero topped the podium once more. 

The MX2 class produced some exciting racing with Team Honda114 Motorsports rider Mitch Evans delivering a brave performance – battling through the pain of a qualifying race knee injury to finish 7th overall – only six points off a podium finish. Team Assomotor RedMoto Honda’s Brent van Doninck improved on his first race 14th with 9th in race two – giving him 11th overall. Mathys Boisramé finished the day in 13th overall with his never-give-up approach to the tough, unforgiving circuit.

The EMX250 class also featured Hondas battling at the front of the field with Team Assomotor RedMoto Honda’s Stephen Rubini backing up his round one second place with another second overall in Italy and his teammate Pierre Goupillon finished the day with a solid fourth overall.

St.Jean d’Angely, France hosts the next round round of the EMX250 championship on 25/26 May where Rubini is hoping his home fans will give him the lift he needs to top the podium.

  

Tim Gajser

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It is unbelievable. It’s my first win in over a year and it’s just such a great feeling. To do it here at Arco di Trento is especially special because of all the Slovenian fans that made the trip to come and support me. I had two great battles today, we were both riding so fast but I think the fans gave me that extra boost I needed to take this victory. Every lap I could hear them and it was amazing to win in front of them, just to repay them for their energy that they gave me. I am also so happy for all of the members of Team HRC who work so hard to get me to this level, they all deserve a lot of praise for the effort they put in every week, so a big thanks to them too. Now, there is a bit of a break until the next race but we are heading in the right direction and I can’t wait to try and put this Honda CRF450RW on the top step of the podium again.

Team HRC – MXGP
Brian Bogers

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The first race I didn’t have the best start and I also crashed, taking too long to get back going because I got stuck under the bike. This left me a long way behind, but I got to work and despite this being a difficult track to pass on, I worked my way back inside the top 20, ending up 19th. Obviously I knew that I needed to improve my start and that’s exactly what happened in the second moto. I rounded the first few turns inside the top 10 and that’s where I was able to finish. You could see that if I can fight with those riders, I can finish in these good positions, so that was another step in the right direction. I improved my season best result with this ninth place but I know I need to keep working and that’s what we are going to do in this break.

Team HRC – MXGP
Mitchell Evans

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I’ve not raced at Trentino before but it’s a cool track. It just took me a while to learn it. I tweeked my knee in the qualifying race and that made it a struggle to come through the pack as it was a little one-line out there. But no excuses, I know what I need to do to improve.

For the races, I strapped up my knee and pushed through the pain and got good starts. From 24th in the qualifying race to seventh overall today, I couldn’t be any happier and really pleased with how Sunday went.

Team Honda 114 Motorsports
Brent Van Doninck

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I was struggling a lot in the first 15 minute of Moto 1. I wanted to make passes and push forward, but I finished the race in 14th which I wasn’t so happy about. I had a better start in Moto 2 and was a little lucky in the first turn because a few guys crashed. I was feeling good right from the start and I hope to ride more like that in the future because I feel that’s where I belong.

Honda RedMoto Assomotor
Stephen Rubini

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It was a good weekend overall. I had some good starts in the races and pushed hard.
On Saturday the track was quite muddy and it wasn’t easy to pass. I found it hard to focus for the whole race so I had a small crash in race one. The track was drier on Sunday and there were more racing lines. I didn’t win today, but I’m happy with second. I took some good points for the championship and I’ll try hard to get the win at the next race.

Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Europe Off-Road Manager

It’s been a really positive weekend for our EMX250 and MX2 riders - and of course Tim Gajser’s double win in MXGP.

Stephen Rubini made it onto the podium again in second overall - and fourth overall for Pierre Goupillon’s is really good for the championship. We’re still denied the race wins that we’re capable of - so we’ll all keep working towards the victories we deserve.

In MX2 I saw some positive riding, but again the results don’t match the on-track performances or the riders’ ability and speed. Small problems can produce big effects - bad starts and small crashes are all part of racing, but again here in Trentino the riding was much better than the results show for some of the boys. Mitch was riding with injuries. Mathys Boisramé is recovering from injury, yet they were still able to produce great lap times.

We now have a short break until the next rounds - so everyone can regroup, recover from injury and continue to work to realise their full potential.

Overall, a positive weekend but we’re very sorry for Chihiro Notsuka’s injury and also Calvin Vlaanderen and we wish them both a speedy recovery.

Honda Motor Europe
GP of Trentino

Pietramurata, Italy

MXGP 2019, Round 4

Cloudy / Dry / 12
Sunday 7 Apr 2019, 16:05 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard packed
  • Air Temp: 12°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 34:11.454
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +24.305
3 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 20 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +53.333
4 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 18 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +57.384
5 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +58.712
6 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 15 Standing Construct KTM KTM +0:58.712
7 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 14 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:18.657
8 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 13 BOS GP Kawasaki +1:25.075
9 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 12 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:31.843
10 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 11 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:36.522
11 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 10 RFX KTM Racing KTM +1:37.584
12 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 9 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:55.458
13 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA 8 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1 lap
14 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 7 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1 lap
15 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 6 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1 lap
16 Tanel Leok 7 EST 5 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 lap
17 Jose Butron 17 SPA 4 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1 lap
18 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA 3 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha +1 lap
19 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 2 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1 lap
20 Pascal Rauchenecker 760 AUT 1 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
Cloudy / 12
Sunday 7 Apr 2019, 13:00 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 12°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 34:13.822
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:01.081
3 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 20 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +0:53.919
4 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 18 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:00.314
5 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 16 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:03.786
6 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 15 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:05.635
7 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 14 RFX KTM Racing KTM +1:06.887
8 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:07.631
9 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:13.322
10 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 11 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:20.698
11 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:23.090
12 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 9 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:27.064
13 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 8 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:31.829
14 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 7 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:35.950
15 Tanel Leok 7 EST 6 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:38.113
16 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA 5 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:51.684
17 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 4 BOS GP Kawasaki +1:57.950
18 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 3 North Europe Racing KTM +1 lap
19 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 2 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1 lap
20 Jose Butron 17 SPA 1 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1 lap
Cloudy / 11
Saturday 6 Apr 2019, 16:21 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 11°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda 23:45.731
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.549
3 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +29.478
4 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct KTM KTM +44.067
5 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +44.983
6 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +51.535
7 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +55.993
8 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +57.021
9 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR RFX KTM Racing KTM +59.128
10 Anton Gole 297 SWE JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:03.049
11 Tommy Searle 100 GBR BOS GP Kawasaki +1:06.570
12 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:09.270
13 Julien Lieber 33 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:11.171
14 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:12.073
15 Max Anstie 99 GBR Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:22.569
16 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:24.758
17 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:26.231
18 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:27.705
19 Tanel Leok 7 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:31.514
20 Petar Petrov 152 BUL North Europe Racing KTM +1:49.999
Rider Standings
Sunday, 7 Apr 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 191 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 175 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
3 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 142 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
4 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 120 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
5 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 113 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
6 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 112 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
7 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 98 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
8 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 88 RFX KTM Racing KTM
9 Julien LIEBER 33 BEL 79 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
10 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 71 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
11 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 67 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
12 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 66 Standing Construct KTM KTM
13 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 65 Standing Construct KTM KTM
14 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 60 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
15 Tommy SEARLE 100 GBR 58 BOS GP Kawasaki
16 Max ANSTIE 99 GBR 56 Standing Construct KTM KTM
17 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 36 Team VHR KTM
18 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 35 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
19 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 32 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
20 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
21 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 18 Wildcard Rider Honda
22 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 16 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
23 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 13 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
24 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 9 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
25 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 7 North Europe Racing KTM
26 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 6 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
27 Dean FERRIS 111 AUS 6 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
28 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 3 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
29 Joaquin POLI 179 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider Honda
30 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 760 AUT 1 Wildcard Rider KTM
31 Juan Pablo LUZZARDI 171 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider KTM
32 Jetro SALAZAR 220 ECU 1 Wildcard Rider Honda