After a hot and humid MXGP of China, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser climbed the podium steps once more as he was given the gold medal which symbolises an MXGP championship success. Although he wasn’t able to add to his nine MXGP overalls, he did still display his speed and style, giving a great performance in front of the first ever Chinese GP audience.

With 11th gate pick after qualification yesterday, Gajser once again proved the power of the Honda CRF450RW by rounding the first corner inside the top three in both races, giving himself a great chance at podium success. In race one, despite immense pressure on the riders in front, he wasn’t able to find a way to pass on this new Shanghai track and had to settle for third place. Then in race two, he was again in third place, looking to make a pass when his line off the finish jump took him slightly off course and he clipped a trackside banner. This then got wrapped up in his lever and as he tried to free himself he lost valuable time and positions. He was still able to get up to fourth, but he lost out on third overall due to the second moto tie-breaker.

While he would have liked to have finished off the season with a win, the main objective was achieved three rounds ago in Imola, Italy and he will certainly reflect on a 2019 campaign that is one of the most successful in Honda history. Nine overalls including a record-breaking seven in a row meant that he has dominated the championship table from the halfway point onwards and he fully deserved the third world title of his career.

For teammate Brian Bogers, he rounded off his season with an 11th overall after once again narrowly missing out on that the top 10 result that he has come close to achieving a number of times. The Dutch rider showed good speed early on but slipped down to 11th in both races, but his 20 points were enough to see him move up to 13th in the championship standings after missing the round in Sweden.

While the world championship season is over, Gajser will represent Slovenia at the Motocross of Nations which will take place at the famous Assen motor racing circuit in the Netherlands on September 28-29. This gives the champ a week to recover from all the recent travel before training for the sandy challenges that the MXoN track will provide.

Also in the MXGP class, Jeremy van Horebeek continued his recent run of good form by placing fifth overall after seven-five race results. The Belgian rider fought through the field in race one and then got a good start in race two as he held onto the lead pack for a long period of the race. The 30 points on the day meant that he ended up finishing in eighth place in the championship.

Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen signed off his MX2 career with an impressive podium performance at the 2019 season finale, which was hosted at the brand new facility in Shanghai, China.

The track was praised by a lot of riders over the course of the weekend, providing a good surface and an interesting layout as the MXGP championship visited China for the very first time. For Vlaanderen, it was also provide some happy memories as the Honda rider finished the season and his time as an MX2 rider with a third place overall, putting in a second moto charge that gave him the finish he needed in order to beat out fourth place by two points.

In both races the CRF250RW rider got out the gate extremely well, rounding the corner inside the top three. Then in race one, a small mistake by another rider meant that Vlaanderen was in second for the entirety of the race, putting pressure on the leader but unable to get himself close enough to make the move for the win.

Race two didn’t quite go as smoothly as it was his mistake on lap one that dropped him from third to seventh. As usual, he didn’t get rattled and instead put his head down and fought his way back up to fourth place with just five laps remaining. This was the position he needed for the podium and as he crossed the line, it was obvious he had put everything into that ride to make sure his final MX2 race was a good one.

Although the season is now completed, Vlaanderen does potentially have one race remaining as he hopes to represent the Netherlands in what is a home Motocross of Nations for them. The Assen facility will be hosting this prestigious race on September 28-29 and Vlaanderen is one of two riders who are competing for the MX2 position in the three-man team. This gave extra importance to his ride and is further proof (after his moto win and podium in Sweden) that he would be a very strong choice for what will be a very strong Dutch team.

Elsewhere, the Honda 114 Motorsports duo of Zachary Pichon and Mitch Evans finished just outside the top 10 in three of their four combined motos, as Evans just missed out on a top 10 in the MX2 championship standings in what is his rookie campaign.

Tim Gajser

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First of all, I am super happy to have my third world title this year, especially winning it in front of so many fans in Imola. It was really something special. Now, after that my level maybe hasn’t been as high and I’ve struggled to find the flow but overall I’m super happy with the year and I must say a big thank you to the team for their part in that. They have been amazing this year, but they also stood behind me these past two years when things didn’t go my way, and that is when you know you have a good team around you. I must also thank all the fans who have supported this season, they have followed me around the world and it is so great to have people at the track cheering you on. People from Slovenia even came all the way here to China and I am so thankful for that.
As for this Shanghai race, I really enjoyed the layout and the dirt and I really felt good out on the track. I was fast in practice and grabbed a holeshot yesterday but a mistake a couple of laps later cost me positions. This meant I had 11th gate pick but I was still able to get two good starts, inside the top three. In the first moto we were all close together and it was tight racing but it was difficult to find a place to pass so I finished third. Then in the second moto, I was running third again but I jumped off the track and got tangled in a banner and by the time I was free from that I had lost a lot of time and positions. I was still able to get back to fourth which was good enough for fourth overall. I would have loved to have been on the podium, but it was still amazing to get handed the gold medal as champion and overall it has been a great, great season.

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Brian Bogers

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This was the final race of the year and also the final race for me with this team and I must say thanks to everyone. I had a really amazing year and I really liked working together as they are an amazing group of people. I really enjoyed it so a big thank you.
Now once again in the race, my speed was good, but I felt fatigued on the track and maybe that is because it has been such a long year. After returning from injury last year I haven’t really had a break and I think that has caught up with me these past few rounds. I think that contributed to why I have slowed down in the second half of the races recently, but the positive side is that my speed was good before that. I was battling with the top five guys so I am happy with that and that means now my aim is to try and make that last for 30 minutes. I did enjoy my rides though and this track in China was a lot of fun.

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Calvin Vlaanderen

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Today went really well and it was a great to end the season on a high note. It was also the final MX2 race of my career so to finish on the podium was a special moment and something I won’t forget. I had a good first moto with a good start and was riding in third. Then the rider in second crashed so I moved up a position and from there I kept pressure on the leader right until the end, finishing second. I also had a good start in the second moto but a small mistake on the first lap cost me some crucial positions and I dropped back to seventh. I knew that I would have to pass a few guys to get on the podium so I put my head down and went to work. I found some good lines and while I had some crazy moments, I wanted to leave everything out there on the track and try everything to get the podium spot. Thankfully I managed to do it and while I would have loved to have battled up front with the guys, it was still a great weekend for me and for the team and a nice way to finish up. Obviously I don’t know anything for the Motocross of Nations yet, but I think I proved with my performances that I am riding very well and I hope to be able to represent the Netherlands, and help us win in front our home fans in Assen.

Team HRC – MX2
GP of China

Shanghai, China

MXGP 2019, Round 18

Cloudy / 29
Sunday 15 Sep 2019, 09:31 UTC
  • Track Condition: Loam
  • Air Temp: 29°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:24.258
2 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 22 Standing Construct KTM KTM +8.514
3 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +25.810
4 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 18 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +33.249
5 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 16 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +40.121
6 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 15 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +45.179
7 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +49.883
8 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 13 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:01.483
9 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 12 Team VHR KTM +1:12.717
10 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:17.759
11 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 10 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:51.008
12 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 9 North Europe Racing KTM +1 Lap
13 Tanel Leok 7 EST 8 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 Lap
14 Nathan Renkens 83 BEL 7 NR83 KTM +2 Laps
15 Chaiyan Romphan 311 THA 6 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +3 Laps
16 Jian Hao Xu 618 CHN 5 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +4 Laps
17 Madjade Nakpane 244 TGO 4 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +4 Laps
18 Francesco Galligari 531 ITA 3 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +5 Laps
19 Liansong Deng 727 CHN 2 Wildcard Rider KTM +6 Laps
20 Tianwei Peng 59 CHN 1 Wildcard Rider KTM +18 Laps
Cloudy / 29
Sunday 15 Sep 2019, 05:59 UTC
  • Track Condition: Loam
  • Air Temp: 29°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 25 Standing Construct KTM KTM 35:20.563
2 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.841
3 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 20 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +2.268
4 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +23.103
5 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +25.636
6 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +28.101
7 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 14 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +31.951
8 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 13 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +40.088
9 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 12 Team VHR KTM +59.916
10 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 11 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:15.332
11 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 10 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:53.396
12 Tanel Leok 7 EST 9 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 Lap
13 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 8 North Europe Racing KTM +1 Lap
14 Nathan Renkens 83 BEL 7 NR83 KTM +1 Lap
15 Chaiyan Romphan 311 THA 6 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +3 Laps
16 Jian Hao Xu 618 CHN 5 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +3 Laps
17 Madjade Nakpane 244 TGO 4 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +3 Laps
18 Francesco Galligari 531 ITA 3 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +4 Laps
19 Liansong Deng 727 CHN 2 Wildcard Rider KTM +5 Laps
20 Tianwei Peng 59 CHN 1 Wildcard Rider KTM +6 Laps
Sunny / 30
Saturday 14 Sep 2019, 08:44 UTC
  • Track Condition: Loam
  • Air Temp: 30°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct KTM KTM 24:42.040
2 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1.428
3 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +2.342
4 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +3.284
5 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +3.428
6 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct KTM KTM +24.928
7 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +26.907
8 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +32.226
9 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +35.620
10 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Team VHR KTM +45.017
11 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda +49.964
12 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Team HRC – MXGP Honda +55.271
13 Petar Petrov 152 BUL North Europe Racing KTM +1:05.418
14 Nathan Renkens 83 BEL NR83 KTM +1:46.804
15 Chaiyan Romphan 311 THA Wildcard Rider Yamaha +2 Laps
16 Jian Hao Xu 618 CHN Wildcard Rider Yamaha +2 Laps
17 Madjade Nakpane 244 TGO Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +2 Laps
18 Francesco Galligari 531 ITA Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +3 Laps
19 Liansong Deng 727 CHN Wildcard Rider KTM +3 Laps
20 Tianwei Peng 59 CHN Wildcard Rider KTM +5 Laps
Rider Standings
Sunday, 15 Sep 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 782 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 580 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
3 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 535 Standing Construct KTM KTM
4 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 527 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
5 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 462 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
6 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 458 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
7 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 442 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
8 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 433 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
9 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 384 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
10 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 358 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
11 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 267 Standing Construct KTM KTM
12 Max ANSTIE 99 GBR 256 Standing Construct KTM KTM
13 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 228 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
14 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 208 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
15 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 198 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
16 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 185 Team VHR KTM
17 Julien LIEBER 33 BEL 184 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
18 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 175 RFX KTM Racing KTM
19 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 172 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
20 Tommy SEARLE 100 GBR 163 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
21 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 156 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
22 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 135 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
23 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 83 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
24 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 65 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
25 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 57 North Europe Racing KTM
26 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 44 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
27 Micha-Boy DE WAAL 34 NDL 39 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
28 Lewis STEWART AUS 29
29 Andero LUSBO 621 EST 29 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
30 Anthony RODRIGUEZ 127 VEN 28 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
31 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 25 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
32 Tom KOCH 226 GER 24 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM
33 Adam COLES 227 AUS 22 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
34 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 19 Wildcard Rider Honda
35 Jeffrey DEWULF 212 BEL 18 North Europe Racing KTM
36 Nathan RENKENS 83 BEL 17 NR83 KTM
37 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 16 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
38 Valentin GUILLOD 13 SWI 14 Wildcard Rider Honda
39 Bruno DARIAS VAPANEN 251 SPA 13 Wildcard Rider KTM
40 Sven VAN DER MIERDEN 94 NDL 13 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
41 Jordi VAN NOBELEN 131 NDL 13 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
42 Chaiyan ROMPHAN 311 THA 12 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
43 Aldi LAZARONI 110 IDN 10 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
44 Farhan HENDRA 162 IDN 10 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
45 Jian Hao XU 618 CHN 10 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
46 Madjade NAKPANE 244 TGO 9 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
47 Joel MILESEVIC 626 AUS 9 Wildcard Rider KTM
48 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 760 AUT 6 Wildcard Rider KTM
49 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 6 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
50 Francesco GALLIGARI 531 ITA 6 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
51 Dean FERRIS 111 AUS 6 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
52 Liansong DENG 727 CHN 4 Wildcard Rider KTM
53 Gert KRESTINOV 37 EST 3 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
54 Joaquin POLI 179 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider Honda
55 Tianwei PENG 59 CHN 2 Wildcard Rider KTM
56 Artem GURYEV 555 RUS 1 AG Racing Husqvarna
57 Juan Pablo LUZZARDI 171 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider KTM
58 Klemen GERCAR 62 SLO 1 62 MotoSport Husqvarna
59 Jetro SALAZAR 220 ECU 1 Wildcard Rider Honda