At the sixth round of the 2019 MXGP world championships, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser won the MXGP of Portugal with two impressive moto victories. After his triumph in Trentino, this is now Gajser’s second overall and a great way to rebound after last weekend’s race in Lombardia. Unfortunately team mate Brian Bogers wasn’t able to match his Mantova effort, struggling to challenge the top 10 after having an outside gate pick which really hindered his chances of doing well.

Gajser, put in two really impressive rides to show once again that when the conditions are good, he and his Honda CRF450RW are a tough combination to beat. After getting second gate pick for today’s races, the Slovenian rider got off to two decent starts which allowed him to start in the top five and pressure those riders in front of him. Rather than chase the victory, he showed good maturity to let the race come to him and when the opportunity arose in both races, he made the necessary passes before reeling off the fastest laps in each moto.

It was a great way to put the disappointment of Mantova behind him and showed that he is still very much in this championship hunt that has 12 more rounds left to race. Having also won four of the last six motos, his confidence is high and he is knows that on this hard-packed tracks, very few can match his speed.

Next weekend in France is another track that should suit him, with the St Jean D’Angely circuit being a stoney surface, on a naturally hilly landscape, very similar to the Pietramurata track which he won at earlier in the year.

The French GP will also give Bogers a chance to bounce back quickly after what was a disappointing pair of results in Portugal. Having an outside gate pick after Saturday’s qualification race, things were always going to be difficult and while his laptimes weren’t too far outside of those in the top 10, he wasn’t able to make the necessary passes to really challenge for those positions.

It was a tough weekend for Jeremy van Horebeek who is still suffering from a shoulder injury he sustained in a previous round. The Belgian rider came 12th in both races as he struggled to make an impact on those top 10 riders ahead of him, in what was a tricky track to pass on.

After France, the series takes a weekend off before three races in three weekends, taking place in Russia, Latvia and then Germany as the championship heads into its middle third of the season.

Tim Gajser

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It was really great to come away with two wins and the overall here in Portugal. I put last weekend behind me and I knew that if I focused and rode like I know how to ride, I could do well at this Agueda track. Still, to get both moto victories is a great confidence booster and backs up my win in Trentino very nicely. I now have the fastest laps in the last four motos so my speed is good and I know I am feeling strong too. These back to back races are tough but I head to France really happy with my riding and confident that the bike and I are working well together. A big thanks to the team for working so hard to help make this happen, and let’s keep up the effort!

Team HRC – MXGP
Brian Bogers

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The riding wasn’t so bad, with my laptimes not too far away from those inside the top 10. However my starts were a problem and that was a result of my qualification race yesterday. I didn’t have a good race then and that I meant I started from the outside today and that was really difficult at a track like this. I’m now really motivated for next weekend when I will try and do a lot better on both days and that should help me get back inside the top 10.

Team HRC – MXGP
GP of Portugal

Agueda, Portugal

MXGP 2019, Round 6

Sunny / 20
Sunday 19 May 2019, 17:07 UTC
  • Track Condition: Clay
  • Air Temp: 20°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 34:47.988
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +10.604
3 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 20 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +12.909
4 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +15.819
5 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 16 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +18.856
6 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +20.225
7 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +22.115
8 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 13 Standing Construct KTM KTM +24.630
9 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +27.080
10 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +30.999
11 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +45.241
12 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 9 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +50.486
13 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 8 RFX KTM Racing KTM +51.999
14 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 7 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +52.292
15 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 6 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +58.562
16 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 5 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:00.403
17 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA 4 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:07.647
18 Tanel Leok 7 EST 3 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:08.643
19 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 2 North Europe Racing KTM +1:16.227
20 Anton Gole 297 SWE 1 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:19.066
21 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 0 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:21.537
Sunny / 20
Sunday 19 May 2019, 13:58 UTC
  • Track Condition: Clay
  • Air Temp: 20°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 34:00.609
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.197
3 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 20 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +17.885
4 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +27.240
5 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +28.880
6 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +29.847
7 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +35.562
8 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 13 Standing Construct KTM KTM +51.205
9 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +52.970
10 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 11 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +53.969
11 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +54.782
12 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 9 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:00.629
13 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 8 RFX KTM Racing KTM +1:02.850
14 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 7 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:03.478
15 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 6 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:04.069
16 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 5 BOS GP Kawasaki +1:06.802
17 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA 4 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:08.623
18 Tanel Leok 7 EST 3 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:10.058
19 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 2 North Europe Racing KTM +1:18.321
20 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 1 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:20.079
Sunny / 17
Saturday 18 May 2019, 17:11 UTC
  • Track Condition: Clay
  • Air Temp: 17°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 25:05.809
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda +2.638
3 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +30.238
4 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +32.829
5 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +34.891
6 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +35.788
7 Julien Lieber 33 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +43.707
8 Romain Febvre 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +50.157
9 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +52.361
10 Tommy Searle 100 GBR BOS GP Kawasaki +54.146
11 Tanel Leok 7 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +54.561
12 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR RFX KTM Racing KTM +56.502
13 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +56.796
14 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct KTM KTM +58.702
15 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Team VHR KTM +1:00.796
16 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:01.536
17 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:02.263
18 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:02.766
19 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:07.146
20 Ander Valentin 92 SPA Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:17.031
Rider Standings
Sunday, 19 May 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 285 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 251 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
3 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 197 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
4 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 175 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
5 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 166 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
6 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 153 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
7 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 137 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
8 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 136 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
9 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 122 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
10 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 120 Standing Construct KTM KTM
11 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 116 RFX KTM Racing KTM
12 Julien LIEBER 33 BEL 114 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
13 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 85 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
14 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 78 Standing Construct KTM KTM
15 Max ANSTIE 99 GBR 74 Standing Construct KTM KTM
16 Tommy SEARLE 100 GBR 71 BOS GP Kawasaki
17 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 56 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
18 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 51 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
19 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 47 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
20 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 40 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
21 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 36 Team VHR KTM
22 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 31 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
23 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 18 Wildcard Rider Honda
24 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 16 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
25 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 15 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
26 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 14 North Europe Racing KTM
27 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 14 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
28 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 13 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
29 Sven VAN DER MIERDEN 94 NDL 8 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
30 Dean FERRIS 111 AUS 6 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
31 Joaquin POLI 179 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider Honda
32 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 760 AUT 2 Wildcard Rider KTM
33 Juan Pablo LUZZARDI 171 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider KTM
34 Jetro SALAZAR 220 ECU 1 Wildcard Rider Honda