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.

Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser 243

Overall, I’m quite happy with the day. My riding was good and my speed was good in both motos, I just made that small mistake after I passed Prado to go into the lead in race two. I didn’t even crash, I just went off the track into the banners and lost 20 seconds. After that, I regrouped for a lap before picking up the speed and passing guys in front of me. My laptimes were a lot faster than the leaders and I closed right up, it’s just a shame I ran out of laps. So yes, it was a good day, winning a race and showing speed again in race two. I am very much looking forward for Sunday as I’m really enjoying riding in the sand and hopefully I can continue to get up onto the podium again.

Team HRC – MXGP
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Off Road Racing Manager

MX2 race one started with Rubini and Malkiewicz placed fourth and sixth on their CRF250Rs. Ostlund ran 10th making up places as the race went on. Rubini held a superb third until the final minutes of the race, where he crashed, then finishing sixth at the flag. Ostlund held on for ninth, Malkiewicz sat inside the top 10 all race to then lose places on the last lap to drop to 14th.

In the second MX2 our boys came round lap one in formation from 10th. Ostlund led Malkiewicz then Rubini.
At the flag Ostlund held 11th and Rubini 12th, Malkiewicz brought it home for 19th.

MXGP race one saw three of our CRF450R's inside the top 10 at the end of lap one.
A small mistake on lap four made for Tim to lose second position, but regained that soon after. Jeremy van Horebeek crashed out of sixth at the half way mark, restarting in 16th to then climb back up to 11th at the flag. Walsh sat 11th for most of the race, dropping back with three laps to go to 17th.
Tim was dominant with his win, really showing the strength of himself and his CRF.

Race two for MXGP started well again for Gajser, Walsh and Van Horebeek who ended lap one in second, eighth and 11th. Walsh dropped it and went back to 14th, Tim took the lead but suffered going off track when the berm he was using broke loose, putting him back to seventh with 15 mins to go. He brilliantly got back to third with amazing lap times right to the flag. Jerre van Horebeek put in a strong eighth place which was positive for his points tally.
The next rest days will be valuable to all and we are hoping for the next round in just a few days to deliver kind weather after a rain and wind affected race today.

Honda Motor
GP of Limburg (BEL)

Lommel, Belgium

MXGP 2020, Round 14

Windy / 15
Wednesday 21 Oct 2020, 15:22 UTC
  • Track Condition: Deep Sand
  • Air Temp: 15°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:54.221
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:01.349
3 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 20 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:07.509
4 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:19.506
5 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 16 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:21.288
6 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 15 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:32.046
7 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:42.261
8 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 13 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:45.771
9 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 12 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:51.185
10 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:02.918
11 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 10 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:09.805
12 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 9 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +1:18.231
13 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS 8 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:25.289
14 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR 7 JM Honda Racing Honda +1:29.191
15 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 6 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:35.921
16 Tanel Leok 7 EST 5 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:51.312
17 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 4 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:55.152
18 Tom Koch 226 GER 3 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM +2:00.902
19 Freek van der Vlist 88 NDL 2 Wildcard Rider KTM +2:12.343
20 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 1 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1 Lap
Sunny / 16
Wednesday 21 Oct 2020, 12:01 UTC
  • Track Condition: Deep Sand
  • Air Temp: 16°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 35:51.802
2 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:09.460
3 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:19.277
4 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:25.844
5 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:39.570
6 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 15 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:46.241
7 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 14 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:58.549
8 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 13 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:02.925
9 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 12 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:09.942
10 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL 11 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:21.751
11 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 10 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:35.122
12 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 9 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +1:39.683
13 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 8 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +1:42.763
14 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 7 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:45.024
15 Tanel Leok 7 EST 6 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:50.512
16 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS 5 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna +2:09.408
17 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR 4 JM Honda Racing Honda +2:19.642
18 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 3 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha +2:59.114
19 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 2 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1 Lap
20 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 1 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1 Lap
Raining / 12
Wednesday 21 Oct 2020, 09:11 UTC
  • Track Condition: Deep Sand
  • Air Temp: 12°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 1:59.922
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:00.020
3 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:00.609
4 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:00.820
5 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:01.010
6 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:01.092
7 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:01.209
8 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:01.421
9 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Wildcard Rider KTM +0:01.532
10 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:01.804
11 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:01.956
12 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:02.186
13 Romain Febvre 3 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:02.560
14 Adam Sterry 811 GBR JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +0:03.125
15 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +0:03.146
16 Tanel Leok 7 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +0:03.227
17 Freek van der Vlist 88 NDL Wildcard Rider KTM +0:04.018
18 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:04.143
19 Petar Petrov 152 BUL Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +0:04.184
20 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha +0:04.533
Rider Standings
Wednesday, 21 Oct 2020 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 533 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 478 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 476 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
4 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 461 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
5 Romain FEBVRE 3 FRA 421 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
6 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 375 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
7 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 369 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
8 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 336 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
9 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 271 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
10 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 263 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
11 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 248 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
12 Mitch EVANS 43 AUS 228 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
13 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 204 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
14 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 190 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
15 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 186 Wildcard Rider KTM
16 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 150 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
17 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 134 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
18 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 93 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
19 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 84 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha
20 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 82 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
21 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 62 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
22 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 62 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
23 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 56 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM
24 Dylan WALSH 53 GBR 54 JM Honda Racing Honda
25 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 49 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
26 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 45 JM Honda Racing Honda
27 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 42 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
28 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 40 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
29 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 31 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM
30 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 26 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
31 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 21 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
32 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 760 AUT 19 Wildcard Rider Honda
33 Karlis SABULIS 116 LAT 18 Wildcard Rider KTM
34 Thomas COVINGTON 64 USA 15 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
35 Nicholas LAPUCCI 211 ITA 15 Wildcard Rider KTM
36 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 11 Wildcard Rider Honda
37 Tom KOCH 226 GER 9 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM
38 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 9 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
39 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 9 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
40 Ander VALENTIN 920 SPA 4 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
41 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 2 JWR Racing Honda
42 Artem GURYEV 555 RUS 2 JM Honda Racing Honda
43 Zachary PICHON 201 FRA 2 Wildcard Rider Honda
44 Freek VAN DER VLIST 88 NDL 2 Wildcard Rider KTM
45 Rene RANNIKKO 191 FIN 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna