Team HRC’s Tim Gajser increased his lead at the top of the 2019 world motocross championship table to 177 points after finishing second overall at the MXGP of the Czech Republic. Watched on by a record number of Slovenian fans who made the journey north to watch their Honda CRF450RW-riding hero, the #243 rode solidly throughout both races to secure his podium position, his eighth in a row. Team mate Brian Bogers also had a good day, placing ninth in race one, before finishing just outside the top 10 in race two.

On the hard pack Loket track, Gajser made two good starts, placing inside the top three in both races and with passing opportunities limited due to the lack of line options, he settled for two second places to score 44 points on the day. This was good enough for second overall and more importantly, four points more than his nearest championship rival which left the gap at 177 with just 250 points left to race for. Unfortunately it does mean his winning streak ended at a record-breaking seven, but the vast number of Slovenian fans didn’t care one bit as the double world champion took another massive step towards title number three.

Taking a risky outside gate pick in both motos, Bogers stormed around the first corner in race one in fifth position. Holding a good speed early on, he eventually succumbed to arm pump on a track that was really tricky to go fast on. By the end of the race, he crossed the line in ninth place which was still inside the top 10, his goal at the beginning of the moto. Unfortunately the outside gate pick didn’t pay off in race two and he rounded the first bend outside the top 20. Making a lot of quick passes early on, he managed to work his way up to 13th by the midpoint of the race and although his pace was good, he could only finish in 12th, which was enough for 11th overall.

In fifth overall was Team Honda DR Motoblouz rider Jeremy van Horebeek, who put in two solid motos with results of seven and six. It was good to see the Belgian rider back up to the top five after a couple of difficult rounds in Asia and he’ll be hoping to do well at his home GP in seven days time.

Next weekend the MXGPs head to Lommel for one of the toughest tests of the year as the riders have to deal with the deep sand in the north of Belgium. It is certainly a much different surface than the hard pack surface they found this weekend in Loket, but as Gajser has proved over the last 13 rounds, he is capable on every type of terrain. He also knows that with a couple more good results, his dream of a third world championship title becomes ever nearer. Bogers is also looking forward to racing at a track that he grew up riding on and will once again set his sights on the MXGP top 10 when the gate drops in Lommel on Sunday 4th August.

Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen showed good speed all weekend at the MXGP of the Czech Republic, posting times in the top two in all the practice sessions and even riding inside the top four for the majority of the two races. Unfortunately though, he wasn’t quite able to translate this speed into podium results and instead had to settle for seventh overall after nine-five race results.

Getting a good start in race one at the Loket facility, the Honda CRF250RW rider was stuck in third place for the first 11 laps, unable to find a passing spot for the rider ahead, which would then have allowed him to go for the leader. Instead, on the twelfth lap as he looked to sweep around the outside, the two riders lines came together and both ended up on the ground. Vlaanderen was able to remount, but he’d lost seven spots in the incident and despite making one more pass, finished the race in ninth place.

It was similar story in race two as Vlaanderen rounded the first bend in fourth place. It took him eight laps to move into third and as he once again set his sights on the top two, a small mistake cost him a few positions and he dropped to sixth. He quickly moved back to fifth but any chance of a podium had gone and instead he had to settle for seventh overall. Still, there were a lot of positives to take out from the weekend and he’ll be looking to show similar speed next weekend when the series heads to the deep sand of Lommel, Belgium on August 3-4.

Just behind Vlaanderen were the Honda Redmoto Assomotor pair of Mathys Boisrame and Brent van Doninck, with Boisrame eighth overall with 11-8 and van Doninck 10th with 10-13 results. Both riders had to battle hard for all their results and were able to force a lot of passes on this tricky track. Passing should be a lot easier next week, but the terrain will pose a whole new challenge for all the riders.

Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser 243

The track was really tough, it was hard and slick so I didn’t feel so comfortable on the track, but I’m quite happy with how the motos turned out. I took two good starts and I was riding smart and I didn’t want to push too much because it was easy to make a mistake. Overall it was a good weekend and I’m happy I could give all the Slovenian fans something to cheer about. They support me so much on the track and I could really hear them around the start straight bend each lap. So many of them made the trip and I am just really thankful for every one of them and it is just an awesome feeling to be out there and celebrating with them.

Team HRC – MXGP
Brian Bogers

Brian Bogers 189

I’m quite happy with the results today. In the first moto I got a good start and was in fifth and I felt good there. I showed some good speed at the beginning of the race but then I got arm pump and had to slow down. Still, I finished ninth and that’s good. Unfortunately the start didn’t work in the second race and I had to start from around 20th. I fought back to 12th though and I’m happy with how I rode. It was much better than Indonesia and it was important to bounce back. I’m certainly looking forward to next weekend on a sand track that I enjoy riding on.

Team HRC – MXGP
Calvin Vlaanderen

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

It wasn’t a great pair of races to be honest. I’m a bit disappointed with the results, but I’m happy with my riding. I didn’t feel fast, but I proved in a lot of sessions that I was one of the fastest out there, especially in the first race. I had a good start and was riding behind Tom (Vialle) and for 20 minutes I was getting roosted by him and I was trying everything to pass him but the track was so one lined and I couldn’t find a way. In the end I tried and he cut me off at the last second and we came together and we both went down. This was unfortunate but I was able to pick the bike up and finish ninth. Second race I had a pretty good start again, I moved from fourth to third and I then I had a small tipover. I didn’t feel great in that second moto but overall I’m happy with my speed and I’m going to keep working in order to make the most of these five remaining GPs.

Team HRC – MX2
GP of Czech Republic

Loket, Czech Republic

MXGP 2019, Round 13

Cloudy / 28
Sunday 28 Jul 2019, 16:56 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 28°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 25 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 35:24.868
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 22 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +2.779
3 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +7.399
4 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 18 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +10.737
5 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 16 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +12.992
6 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 15 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +14.782
7 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +16.522
8 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 13 Standing Construct KTM KTM +26.870
9 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +29.205
10 Max Anstie 99 GBR 11 Standing Construct KTM KTM +50.995
11 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 10 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +58.846
12 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 9 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:03.552
13 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 8 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:05.105
14 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 7 RFX KTM Racing KTM +1:06.014
15 Tanel Leok 7 EST 6 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:06.728
16 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 5 Team VHR KTM +1:26.475
17 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 4 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:35.512
18 Tom Koch 226 GER 3 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM +1:38.222
19 Micha-Boy De Waal 34 NDL 2 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:44.709
20 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA 1 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha +1:54.349
Cloudy / 28
Sunday 28 Jul 2019, 13:00 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 28°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 25 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 35:16.428
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 22 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1.767
3 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +3.019
4 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 18 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +4.994
5 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +6.234
6 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +11.778
7 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 14 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +23.045
8 Max Anstie 99 GBR 13 Standing Construct KTM KTM +29.981
9 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 12 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +36.277
10 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 11 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +39.366
11 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 10 RFX KTM Racing KTM +40.663
12 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 9 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +44.529
13 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 8 Standing Construct KTM KTM +55.289
14 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 7 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +56.989
15 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 6 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +58.186
16 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 5 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:02.169
17 Tanel Leok 7 EST 4 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:03.587
18 Tom Koch 226 GER 3 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM +1:23.691
19 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA 2 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha +1:37.141
20 Anthony Rodriguez 127 VEN 1 BOS GP Kawasaki +1:44.168
Sunny / 32
Saturday 27 Jul 2019, 16:14 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 32°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Romain Febvre 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 23:48.025
2 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +4.535
3 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda +6.351
4 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +8.762
5 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +10.672
6 Tommy Searle 100 GBR Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +14.469
7 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +20.505
8 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct KTM KTM +24.603
9 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +26.915
10 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +31.209
11 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR RFX KTM Racing KTM +32.538
12 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +36.873
13 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +45.028
14 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Team VHR KTM +49.206
15 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Team HRC – MXGP Honda +52.524
16 Max Anstie 99 GBR Standing Construct KTM KTM +53.798
17 Davide De Bortoli 143 ITA Wildcard Rider Honda +55.086
18 Tanel Leok 7 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +55.744
19 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +56.234
20 Anthony Rodriguez 127 VEN BOS GP Kawasaki +1:08.207
Rider Standings
Sunday, 28 Jul 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 582 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 405 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
3 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 379 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
4 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 373 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
5 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 358 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
6 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 327 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
7 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 309 Standing Construct KTM KTM
8 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 300 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
9 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 297 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
10 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 293 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
11 Max ANSTIE 99 GBR 231 Standing Construct KTM KTM
12 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 208 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
13 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 189 Standing Construct KTM KTM
14 Julien LIEBER 33 BEL 184 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
15 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 165 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
16 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 146 RFX KTM Racing KTM
17 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 142 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
18 Tommy SEARLE 100 GBR 112 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
19 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 107 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
20 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 86 Team VHR KTM
21 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 65 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
22 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 60 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
23 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 58 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
24 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 57 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
25 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 30 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
26 Lewis STEWART AUS 29
27 Andero LUSBO 621 EST 29 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
28 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 24 North Europe Racing KTM
29 Adam COLES 227 AUS 22 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
30 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 19 Wildcard Rider Honda
31 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 18 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
32 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 16 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
33 Valentin GUILLOD 13 SWI 14 Wildcard Rider Honda
34 Bruno DARIAS VAPANEN 251 SPA 13 Wildcard Rider KTM
35 Sven VAN DER MIERDEN 94 NDL 13 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
36 Jordi VAN NOBELEN 131 NDL 13 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
37 Micha-Boy DE WAAL 34 NDL 12 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
38 Aldi LAZARONI 110 IDN 10 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
39 Farhan HENDRA 162 IDN 10 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
40 Joel MILESEVIC 626 AUS 9 Wildcard Rider KTM
41 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 760 AUT 6 Wildcard Rider KTM
42 Tom KOCH 226 GER 6 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM
43 Dean FERRIS 111 AUS 6 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
44 Jeffrey DEWULF 212 BEL 4 North Europe Racing KTM
45 Gert KRESTINOV 37 EST 3 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
46 Joaquin POLI 179 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider Honda
47 Anthony RODRIGUEZ 127 VEN 1 BOS GP Kawasaki
48 Madjade NAKPANE 244 TGO 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
49 Juan Pablo LUZZARDI 171 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider KTM
50 Jetro SALAZAR 220 ECU 1 Wildcard Rider Honda