On a special day for Team HRC’s Tim Gajser, the #243 powered his Honda CRF450RW around the Matterley Basin track to a second moto victory, just narrowly missing out on his first overall of 2019. Showing great speed all weekend, the Slovenian rider was fastest in almost every session and if it wasn’t for a mistake in the first moto when he was leading, he could easily have walked away from the MXGP of Great Britain with a 1-1 performance and a share of the championship lead. Instead, he ended up in third place in race one, second overall on the day, and still happy to have won the second race at a track that he likes so much.

After winning the qualification race yesterday, first gate pick enabled Gajser to round the first turn in good position in both races, soon moving to the front of the field with a nice display of passing. Unfortunately in race one, a crash left him remounting in third place and although he was still the fastest rider on the track, he wasn’t quite able to close the gap to the top two and make the pass that would have left the overall victory within his control. The second race followed much the same pattern, except this time Gajser was able to pull out a five second lead in the middle of the moto, before holding off a late charge by Antonio Cairoli to notch up his first race win in 2019. This now leaves him eight points off the top of the championship as the schedule now heads to Valkenswaard in the Netherlands for round three.

Jeremy van Horebeek followed up his podium performance from Argentina with a fifth overall in England. The Belgian rider rode well for his five-six moto scores and continuing to show real speed in this highly competitive MXGP class.

Unfortunately Brian Bogers was unable to make much of an impact at the British GP, suffering from arm-pump in race one, and then crashing while well-place in race two. It was a disappointing meeting for the Dutch rider, but he’ll be hoping to rebound next weekend at his home GP, in what should be much softer conditions at the sandy Valkenswaard circuit.

Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser 243

We had a great weekend! I was feeling great on the bike and the track both yesterday and today. I’m really happy to finish on the podium on this special day for me. The first race we started well and the beginning was good, but then I made a mistake and I fell down and finished third. The second race was better as I took the same start and worked my way to the front and I’m just so happy to win my first race in more than a year, after all my injury problems so I’m thankful and happy. A huge thanks to all the team because they all put in huge amounts of work and it’s paying off. We will continue working hard and to keep pushing!

Team HRC – MXGP
Brian Bogers

Brian Bogers 5

My first race was not good, it was one to forget. I didn’t have a good start but in the beginning I could push for quite a few places and I was around 16th. Then I got arm-pump and I couldn’t push anymore and I finished 21st. The second race, it was a little bit a better. In the beginning I was around 12-13 and I felt quite good, but then I had a small crash and I dropped back to 22nd and I just couldn’t find my rhythm again and that’s where I finished. Overall it’s definitely one to forget, but I need to learn from my mistakes and make sure the next one is better.

Team HRC – MXGP
Marcus Pereira De Freitas

Marcus Pereira De Freitas

HRC General Manager - MXGP

It was so good to see Tim riding with such speed and style all weekend long. He came into this race feeling confident and you can see just how much he was enjoying himself out on the track. It was a shame to see him crash in the first race, when he was pulling away from the field, but he showed in the second race that he a great competitor and that he can withstand the pressure and raise his speed when needed. The whole team has been working hard and Tim winning that second moto is a great reward for everyone. Unfortunately Brian didn’t have his best weekend but we hope that he can work hard this week and get himself in a good place for his home GP at Valkenswaard next weekend.

Team HRC – MXGP
GP of Great Britain

Matterley Basin, United Kingdom

MXGP 2019, Round 2

Sunny / 14
Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 18:27 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 14°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 36:01.717
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.709
3 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 20 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +54.204
4 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +57.637
5 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:00.564
6 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 15 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:05.984
7 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:20.385
8 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 13 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:22.071
9 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 12 RFX KTM Racing KTM +1:26.697
10 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 11 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:28.257
11 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:29.087
12 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 9 Team VHR KTM +1:30.297
13 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 8 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:41.114
14 Max Anstie 99 GBR 7 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:42.804
15 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 6 BOS GP Kawasaki +1:51.621
16 Tanel Leok 7 EST 5 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:54.062
17 Harri Kullas 151 EST 4 Wildcard Rider Honda +1:56.215
18 Anton Gole 297 SWE 3 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:59.266
19 Jose Butron 17 SPA 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +2:01.623
20 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 1 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +2:19.562
21 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 0 North Europe Racing KTM +2:21.425
22 Brian Bogers 5 NDL 0 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +2:21.953
Sunny / 14
Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 14:25 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 14°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 36:37.831
2 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 22 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1.956
3 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 20 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +4.473
4 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +24.293
5 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 16 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +26.271
6 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 15 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +27.618
7 Max Anstie 99 GBR 14 Standing Construct KTM KTM +45.107
8 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +46.683
9 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +49.675
10 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +56.271
11 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 10 BOS GP Kawasaki +1:06.762
12 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 9 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:08.543
13 Tanel Leok 7 EST 8 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:09.921
14 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 7 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:11.013
15 Dean Ferris 111 AUS 6 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:11.353
16 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 5 RFX KTM Racing KTM +1:24.434
17 Anton Gole 297 SWE 4 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:26.104
18 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 3 Team VHR KTM +1:31.026
19 Harri Kullas 151 EST 2 Wildcard Rider Honda +1:36.221
20 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 1 North Europe Racing KTM +1:41.904
21 Brian Bogers 5 NDL 0 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:47.114
Cloudy / 10
Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 18:10 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 10°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda 26:05.801
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +8.020
3 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +19.843
4 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +22.694
5 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +29.642
6 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +31.455
7 Max Anstie 99 GBR Standing Construct KTM KTM +32.561
8 Julien Lieber 33 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +36.612
9 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Team VHR KTM +47.480
10 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +53.543
11 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +54.445
12 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR RFX KTM Racing KTM +59.409
13 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:01.805
14 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:04.793
15 Harri Kullas 151 EST Wildcard Rider Honda +1:05.936
16 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:14.201
17 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:14.285
18 Dean Ferris 111 AUS Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:14.495
19 Brian Bogers 5 NDL Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:15.666
20 Jose Butron 17 SPA JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:18.845
Rider Standings
Sunday, 24 Mar 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 97 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 89 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
3 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 74 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
4 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 66 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
5 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 65 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
6 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 56 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
7 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 50 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
8 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 39 RFX KTM Racing KTM
9 Max ANSTIE 99 GBR 39 Standing Construct KTM KTM
10 Tommy SEARLE 100 GBR 38 BOS GP Kawasaki
11 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 38 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
12 Julien LIEBER 33 BEL 33 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
13 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 29 Standing Construct KTM KTM
14 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 26 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
15 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 25 Team VHR KTM
16 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 25 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
17 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 22 Standing Construct KTM KTM
18 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
19 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 13 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
20 Brian BOGERS 5 NDL 9 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
21 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 7 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
22 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 6 Wildcard Rider Honda
23 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 6 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
24 Dean FERRIS 111 AUS 6 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
25 Joaquin POLI 179 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider Honda
26 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 1 North Europe Racing KTM
27 Juan Pablo LUZZARDI 171 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider KTM
28 Jetro SALAZAR 220 ECU 1 Wildcard Rider Honda