Tim Gajser showed his much-improved sand riding skills at Valkenswaard, going seven-two for third overall in what was his third podium overall in a row. The CRF450RW rider had second gate pick and with two good starts, he was in a great position to challenge for wins. However a mistake in the first race whilst in third place cost him any chance of that, as he had to regroup and pass a number of riders to get back to seventh place. In race two, he was once again in the hunt for the lead, tracking Antonio Cairoli for the entire moto, but he was just unable to find his way past the Italian.

In what was his home GP, Brian Bogers had his best result of the season, with a 12th place in the first moto. The Dutch rider felt comfortable all weekend in the sandy conditions and it showed as he came so close to breaking into the top 10. Unfortunately a bike issue in the second moto, caused by a collision with another rider, meant that Bogers wasn’t able to improve upon that result as he had to pull out of the race. It was a disappointing end, but still a move in the right direction for #189 and he now heads to Italy with a boost in confidence that the top guys are within reach.

Honda SR Motoblouz rider Jeremy van Horebeek just missed out on his second podium overall of the season, coming in fourth, but tying on points with Gajser. Although the Belgian’s five-three results weren’t quite enough to land him on the podium, he can still be pleased to once again be challenging at the front of this highly competitive MXGP field.

The picturesque Pietramurata track is the venue next weekend for the MXGP of Trentino, where a hard-pack, stony surface awaits Team HRC for the fourth round of the 2019 motocross world championships.

Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen finished fourth for the third GP in succession, as once again he missed out on the podium spot, despite tying on points with the rider in third. Riding in front of his home crowd at the MXGP of the Netherlands, Vlaanderen, who lives five minutes away from the Valkenswaard track tried his hardest to break onto the podium and with less than a lap remaining, he looked to have secured that spot. However a pass by another rider elsewhere on the track meant that he dropped to fourth, making it a disappointing end to a tough weekend of racing.

Coming from a start turn crash in qualification all the way back to 14th, the CRF250RW rider also proved he had the speed in today’s races with his pair of fourth place finishes. These results also maintains his consistent run of performances that has seen him score 36, 35 and now 36 in the three rounds of the series so far. However next weekend, he’ll be hoping to score even more, and get a well-deserved spot on the podium when the championship heads to Italy for the MXGP of Trentino on April 6-7.

Mitchell Evans (Team Honda 114 Motorsports) and Brent van Doninck (Redmoto Assomotor Honda) both challenged the top 10 positions in the second moto, eventually finishing 10th and 11th respectively. For van Doninck, it was a good return to racing after missing the British GP through injury, while Evans can also be happy that he getting back to the speed that saw him get onto the podium in Argentina.

Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser 243

I’m quite happy to finish on the podium again. I’m just a little bit disappointed with the first race. I made a mistake and finished seventh, but I’m trying to learn as much as possible from these mistakes so I don’t make them in the future. The second race was good though. My speed was good, my start was good. We were really close to the front and the pace was high so overall I’m quite happy and I’m really looking forward to next weekend in Arco di Trento. A huge thanks to everyone in the team, they did an amazing job with the bike and I felt comfortable on it in both the motos.

Team HRC – MXGP
Brian Bogers

Brian Bogers 189

The first race went pretty well. I had an okay start, around 11th and I saw that on the pit board so I really tried to push to get inside the top 10. Maybe I pushed too hard to make that happen, and I ended up riding too tight and I couldn’t push anymore. I finished 12th and I was very happy with that, and it was a nice to see my work paying off. In the second race, my start wasn’t so good and I got hit by another rider but I still managed to get up to 14th place. Unfortunately though, the impact with the other rider caused some damage to the bike and I wasn’t able to finish the race. It’s a shame but this is motocross and I must put it behind me and move onto Trentino next weekend.

Team HRC – MXGP
Calvin Vlaanderen

Calvin Vlaanderen

It was two really long tough motos today, to be honest. Obviously having 14th place gate pick didn’t make things easy for me, and in the first race I didn’t have the best start. The first few laps I was carving through the field, making passes but I knew it was going to be a long race so I tried to save my energy to push at the end. That’s what I did and I got up to fourth, which I was quite happy with. In the second moto I got a better start, around sixth or seventh before making a couple of passes to get into fifth. I stayed there for a lot of the moto before I could finally make a move to finish fourth. This gave me four-four results for fourth overall, my third time in a row and the second time this season I had the same points as the person in third. It’s disappointing to be so close and miss out on the podium but at the same time its continued motivation because I know I need to be better than fourth.

Team HRC – MX2
GP of The Netherlands

Valkenswaard, Netherlands

MXGP 2019, Round 3

Sunny / 12
Sunday 31 Mar 2019, 15:49 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • 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 34:13.363
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 22 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1.461
3 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 20 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +32.822
4 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +42.905
5 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +48.123
6 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +51.333
7 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +52.345
8 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 13 RFX KTM Racing KTM +54.021
9 Max Anstie 99 GBR 12 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:00.795
10 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 11 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:01.515
11 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 10 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:12.911
12 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 9 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:13.842
13 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 8 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:16.004
14 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 7 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:19.111
15 Harri Kullas 151 EST 6 Wildcard Rider Honda +1:20.383
16 Jose Butron 17 SPA 5 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:21.295
17 Tanel Leok 7 EST 4 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:23.351
18 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 3 BOS GP Kawasaki +1:24.954
19 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 2 North Europe Racing KTM +1 lap
20 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 1 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1 Lap
Cloudy / 12
Sunday 31 Mar 2019, 12:59 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • 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 34:34.806
2 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +4.242
3 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 20 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +5.137
4 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +6.759
5 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 16 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +12.427
6 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +13.786
7 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 14 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +14.058
8 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +20.989
9 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 12 RFX KTM Racing KTM +35.999
10 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 11 Team VHR KTM +39.272
11 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +42.396
12 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 9 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +44.017
13 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 8 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +44.972
14 Tanel Leok 7 EST 7 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +47.900
15 Harri Kullas 151 EST 6 Wildcard Rider Honda +51.159
16 Max Anstie 99 GBR 5 Standing Construct KTM KTM +55.542
17 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 4 Standing Construct KTM KTM +59.031
18 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 3 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:11.942
19 Anton Gole 297 SWE 2 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:18.359
20 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 1 North Europe Racing KTM +1:21.680
Sunny / 16
Saturday 30 Mar 2019, 16:27 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 16°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:19.045
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda +4.551
3 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +15.172
4 Max Anstie 99 GBR Standing Construct KTM KTM +19.774
5 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +30.289
6 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +35.696
7 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +38.974
8 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +44.593
9 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct KTM KTM +48.604
10 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct KTM KTM +50.204
11 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +50.936
12 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Team VHR KTM +56.916
13 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR RFX KTM Racing KTM +59.806
14 Julien Lieber 33 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:02.003
15 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:02.977
16 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:04.434
17 Tanel Leok 7 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:04.536
18 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:05.114
19 Tommy Searle 100 GBR BOS GP Kawasaki +1:06.475
20 Micha-Boy De Waal 34 NDL Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:20.779
Rider Standings
Sunday, 31 Mar 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 147 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 125 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
3 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 103 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
4 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 102 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
5 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 102 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
6 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 92 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
7 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 78 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
8 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 64 RFX KTM Racing KTM
9 Julien LIEBER 33 BEL 62 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
10 Max ANSTIE 99 GBR 56 Standing Construct KTM KTM
11 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 55 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
12 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 44 Standing Construct KTM KTM
13 Tommy SEARLE 100 GBR 41 BOS GP Kawasaki
14 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 36 Team VHR KTM
15 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 35 Standing Construct KTM KTM
16 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 35 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
17 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 34 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
18 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 24 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
19 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
20 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 18 Wildcard Rider Honda
21 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 18 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
22 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 11 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
23 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 9 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
24 Dean FERRIS 111 AUS 6 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
25 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 4 North Europe Racing KTM
26 Joaquin POLI 179 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider Honda
27 Juan Pablo LUZZARDI 171 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider KTM
28 Jetro SALAZAR 220 ECU 1 Wildcard Rider Honda