Team HRC’s Tim Gajser extended his championship points lead to 55 points after his one-three race results at the MXGP of Limburg, held once again at the deep sand track of Lommel.
An excellent performance in race one, saw Gajser take another race win at what is the toughest circuit on the calendar. After his victory on Sunday, he was full of confidence, stalking the leader for two-thirds of the race before making his move in sweeping fashion. Once in the lead, he controlled the rest of the moto and took his 10th moto victory of this 2020 world championship campaign.
Race two was shaping up to be a repeat performance as he once again bided his time before moving into first position. Unfortunately, soon after he’d made the pass, he went slightly off the track and into one of the trackside banners. As he lost 20 seconds removing his bike, he also dropped into seventh position and with 15 minutes remaining, there was also the possibility of him losing his overall podium spot. Instead, Gajser regrouped and put his head down, passing four riders in a display of speed and purpose that showed just how well he is riding his Honda CRF450RW. His laptimes were almost four seconds a lap quicker than the leaders and with just a few more minutes in the race, he would have been challenging for the one-one. Instead, his one-three was good enough for second overall, and another increase in his points gap from 47 to 55. This means he is over one-full event ahead of his closest rivals and with just four rounds remaining, including another here at Lommel on Sunday 25th October, he is looking in a very strong position to take his fourth world championship title.
Jeremy van Horebeek showed a lot of speed and commitment at his home GP, with his ninth overall definitely not a fair reflection of how well he rode, fighting back after an awkward crash dropped him down the field. Dylan Walsh also had his best points tally of his MXGP career, showing continued improvement since he joined the class midway through the season.
In the MX2 class there was a lot of early promise in both races as Stephen Rubini, Alvin Ostlund and Bailey Malkiewicz were all fighting at the front of the field in motos. Unfortunately, the treacherous conditions eventually caught up with them at the end of the races, but Rubini was still able to finish six-twelve for eighth overall, closely followed by Ostlund who went nine-eleven for 10th. With a bit more luck both riders could be challenging for top fives, which will be their target when the next round takes place in Lommel again on Sunday.