At the 12th round of the 2019 MXGP championship, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser won his seventh overall in a row, setting an all-time record for Honda riders in world championship motocross. While other riders struggled with the heat and tricky track surface at the Semarang facility in central Java, Indonesia, Gajser took one holeshot and led every lap of both races to cruise to his eighth overall of the season, extending his lead at the top of the MXGP championship to 173 points.

With news breaking on Monday that his nearest championship rival would be missing the rest of the season, Gajser knew that he had to remain focused and ride smart in order to keep his momentum going, and that’s exactly what he was able to do when the gate dropped in both motos. A holeshot in race one made things relatively straight-forward for the #243 Honda CRF450RW rider, as he gradually opened up a gap at the front of the field before cruising to the chequered flag. He came very close to another holeshot in race two but rounded the first bend in third position. He then made a couple of passes on the first lap and once again set about breaking clear for would be his sixth maximum points haul of this amazing season. With just six rounds remaining, he knows he can’t take his hand off the throttle just yet, so his aim is to keep heading into each GP to have fun, starting with the next round in the Czech Republic.

Jeremy van Horebeek would have been hoping for a better day, after getting sixth in race, but he wasn’t able to replicate that impressive ride in race two, finishing down in 10th place.

Unfortunately it wasn’t such a positive day for teammate Brian Bogers as the Dutch rider went 11-13 for 12th overall. He never managed to find a good rhythm in either moto and wasn’t able to make the impact he wanted, as he looked to challenge again for a top 10 position. Bogers will hope to find his form again in the Dutch championship next weekend, before getting back to world championship motocross at Loket the following week on July 27-28.

IN the MX2 class Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen scored his first overall podium of the season, just two rounds after coming back from his ankle injury. After a fifth in race once, the CRF250RW rider knew he had to ride extremely well in race two to make it on the box, but that’s exactly what he was able to do at the Semarang circuit in Java, Indonesia.

Despite similar conditions to yesterdays’ qualifying moto, Vlaanderen was able to battle the heat and the tricky track surface to ride through the field in both races, proving that his resilience is there, even if he is still not back to being 100%. In the first moto he ended the first lap in eighth place, before settling into a solid pace that allowed him to close up to those in front. He made three paces in the space of five laps but couldn’t quite get any further as time expired, ending the race in fifth place.

A better start in race two meant that he was looking good for a podium spot if he could just make a couple more passes. The riders around him also needed to make passes for their podium aspirations, but Vlaanderen wasn’t to be denied, finishing in an impressive third place and taking the last spot on the podium. After starting the season with three fourth place overall’s in a row, this result was well deserved and a great way to head into the final third of the 2019 season.

The next round of the world motocross championship takes place in Loket, Czech Republic on July 27-28, which is another track that Vlaanderen likes after winning a moto last year and finishing second overall. With another couple of weeks of riding, he’ll be hoping to come out swinging once again and work his way even further towards the front of this MX2 class.

Elsewhere in the class, Honda Redmoto Assomotor’s Mathys Boisrame overcame the heat to post six-eight scores for sixth overall with teammate Brent van Doninck also doing well with eleven-five results for eighth overall. The fifth place in moto two being van Doninck’s best result of the season, and it was especially impressive as he came from 10th place after lap one to do it.

Tim Gajser

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I was having fun on both days this weekend. Unfortunately yesterday I had a crash in timed practice and I hurt my right ankle a little bit, but other than a bit of pain yesterday, it was certainly a great weekend again. In the first moto I had a great start, taking the holeshot and leading the whole race. In the second one, I started third and made quick pass, and then made another one a bit later in lap one before making a gap to control the race. I was really having fun out there although the track was a little slippery in some places, but I still got two moto wins so I can’t complain! I’m trying not to put pressure on myself on each weekend and I know if I can have fun, I can ride really fast and that seems to be working right now. It is also an honour to have the biggest win-streak for a Honda rider in world motocross, a lot of really talented riders have ridden on this great brand and it is amazing to have achieved this. I hope I can keep it going for as long as possible, and I must also thank Team HRC for helping me out so much and giving me all the support I need in order to do this.

Team HRC – MXGP
Brian Bogers

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Today wasn’t a good day for me and I feel really bad to have to say that. I didn’t travel all the way to Indonesia to ride like this and I am really, really disappointed with how I performed. I need to push the reset button for the next races and I hope to do better in the Dutch championship next weekend, which can then give me a boost for the next MXGP round. I want to say sorry to the team because they work so hard for me and they don’t deserve a performance like this. It definitely isn’t what we want.
I do feel like I can ride better though and that’s what I’m going to be aiming to do for the rest of the season, and just try to forget about this round.

Team HRC – MXGP
Calvin Vlaanderen

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In one way this podium was a bit of a surprise, but in another way, I feel like I’ve ridden well enough this year to have deserved to be on the box before. Obviously it is only my second race back from injury so I feel like I can improve even further both in speed and in my physical condition but I did feel really good this weekend. I tried to save a little bit of energy from yesterday, to make sure I could ride better today and it worked out well. I could push in both motos, which I couldn’t last weekend so already I have improved in one week so I just want to continue building and building. It was fun to be out there, with some good battles in both races and I enjoyed the whole weekend.

Team HRC – MX2
GP of Asia (Indonesia)

Semarang, Indonesia

MXGP 2019, Round 12

Sunny / 30
Sunday 14 Jul 2019, 10:56 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 30°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 35:33.827
2 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +3.270
3 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 20 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +4.207
4 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +9.206
5 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +24.727
6 Max Anstie 99 GBR 15 Standing Construct KTM KTM +26.526
7 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 14 Standing Construct KTM KTM +29.437
8 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 13 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +32.727
9 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +43.128
10 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 11 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:08.483
11 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 10 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:18.300
12 Tanel Leok 7 EST 9 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:27.667
13 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 8 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:41.801
14 Lewis Stewart 336 AUS 7 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 Lap
15 Andero Lusbo 621 EST 6 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 Lap
16 Adam Coles 227 AUS 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 Lap
17 Joel Milesevic 626 AUS 4 Wildcard Rider KTM +2 Laps
18 Jordi van Nobelen 131 NDL 3 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +2 Laps
19 Aldi Lazaroni 110 IDN 2 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +3 Laps
20 Farhan Hendra 162 IDN 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +3 Laps
Sunny / 32
Sunday 14 Jul 2019, 07:28 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 32°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 35:12.232
2 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 22 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +3.593
3 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +8.549
4 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 18 Standing Construct KTM KTM +17.412
5 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +20.948
6 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 15 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +34.782
7 Max Anstie 99 GBR 14 Standing Construct KTM KTM +40.750
8 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 13 Standing Construct KTM KTM +54.508
9 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 12 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:17.388
10 Tanel Leok 7 EST 11 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:41.440
11 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 10 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:42.113
12 Lewis Stewart 336 AUS 9 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 Lap
13 Andero Lusbo 621 EST 8 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 Lap
14 Bruno Darias Vapanen 251 SPA 7 Wildcard Rider KTM +2 Laps
15 Adam Coles 227 AUS 6 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +2 Laps
16 Joel Milesevic 626 AUS 5 Wildcard Rider KTM +2 Laps
17 Farhan Hendra 162 IDN 4 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +3 Laps
18 Jordi van Nobelen 131 NDL 3 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +3 Laps
19 Aldi Lazaroni 110 IDN 2 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +3 Laps
20 Madjade Nakpane 244 TGO 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +3 Laps
Sunny / 32
Saturday 13 Jul 2019, 10:02 UTC
  • Track Condition: Rutted
  • Air Temp: 32°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Romain Febvre 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha 24:18.499
2 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct KTM KTM +9.065
3 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda +13.481
4 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +24.292
5 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +24.996
6 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +27.802
7 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +30.058
8 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct KTM KTM +32.506
9 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +41.268
10 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +57.190
11 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:07.461
12 Max Anstie 99 GBR Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:13.737
13 Tanel Leok 7 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:35.419
14 Andero Lusbo 621 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:58.229
15 Lewis Stewart 336 AUS Wildcard Rider KTM +1 Lap
16 Joel Milesevic 626 AUS Wildcard Rider KTM +1 Lap
17 Adam Coles 227 AUS Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 Lap
18 Jordi van Nobelen 131 NDL Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +2 Laps
19 Bruno Darias Vapanen 251 SPA Wildcard Rider KTM +2 Laps
20 Aldi Lazaroni 110 IDN Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +2 Laps
Rider Standings
Sunday, 14 Jul 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 538 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 365 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
3 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 358 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
4 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 346 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
5 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 343 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
6 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 299 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
7 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 288 Standing Construct KTM KTM
8 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 271 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
9 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 268 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
10 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 243 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
11 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 208 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
12 Max ANSTIE 99 GBR 207 Standing Construct KTM KTM
13 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 184 Standing Construct KTM KTM
14 Julien LIEBER 33 BEL 184 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
15 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 144 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
16 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 132 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
17 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 129 RFX KTM Racing KTM
18 Tommy SEARLE 100 GBR 103 BOS GP Kawasaki
19 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 103 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
20 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 81 Team VHR KTM
21 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 65 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
22 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 57 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
23 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 44 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
24 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 43 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
25 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 30 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
26 Lewis STEWART 336 AUS 29 Wildcard Rider KTM
27 Andero LUSBO 621 EST 29 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
28 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 24 North Europe Racing KTM
29 Adam COLES 227 AUS 22 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
30 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 19 Wildcard Rider Honda
31 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 16 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
32 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 15 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
33 Valentin GUILLOD 13 SWI 14 Wildcard Rider Honda
34 Bruno DARIAS VAPANEN 251 SPA 13 Wildcard Rider KTM
35 Sven VAN DER MIERDEN 94 NDL 13 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
36 Jordi VAN NOBELEN 131 NDL 13 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
37 Aldi LAZARONI 110 IDN 10 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
38 Farhan HENDRA 162 IDN 10 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
39 Micha-Boy DE WAAL 34 NDL 10 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
40 Joel MILESEVIC 626 AUS 9 Wildcard Rider KTM
41 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 760 AUT 6 Wildcard Rider KTM
42 Dean FERRIS 111 AUS 6 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
43 Jeffrey DEWULF 212 BEL 4 North Europe Racing KTM
44 Gert KRESTINOV 37 EST 3 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
45 Joaquin POLI 179 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider Honda
46 Madjade NAKPANE 244 TGO 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
47 Juan Pablo LUZZARDI 171 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider KTM
48 Jetro SALAZAR 220 ECU 1 Wildcard Rider Honda