After Tim Gajser’s fourth overall in a row in Latvia last weekend, Team HRC are hoping for more success at the 10th round of the 2019 MXGP world championship in Teutschenthal, Germany. The Slovenian rider has now won seven of the last eight motos and proved that he is still capable of winning, even when faced with adversity. Fellow Honda CRF450RW rider Brian Bogers also showed signs of promise in Latvia, finishing just outside the top 10 but with laptimes comparable with those in front.
Germany will be a much different proposition than the sandy Kegums track, with ruts and rocks much more likely to a problem than the loose Latvian track. This shouldn’t be a problem for Gajser though, who is riding a wave of confidence after last weekend’s impressive comeback performance. After Saturday’s qualification race where the #243 could only come home in 18th place, things weren’t looking promising but with two great jumps out of the gate and some solid early laps, he turned the situation around and set about adding to his winning streak. Gajser was pushed all the way, but four-one results were good enough to take the overall and increase his lead in the MXGP championship to 33 points as we head into the second half of the season.
Bogers will hoping that his second moto in Latvia can be catalyst for the remainder of the series as he looks to consistently break into the top 10 in this competitive MXGP class. Finishing 12th in the moto, he’ll be hoping to go even better after a good week at home training where he’ll hopefully overcome the illness that hindered his efforts in the Baltic nation.
Unfortunately Team HRC will be without their MX2 rider Calvin Vlaanderen as he sits out one last time before his return in Indonesia. Despite a couple of promising riding sessions, he just isn’t ready to line up against the best 250cc riders in the world and will instead get in some more bike time in preparation for a return at the MXGP of Indonesia in Palembang on July 6-7.
This weekend in Germany the MXGP and MX2 riders are joined by the EMX250 and EMX125 classes as the series enters its second half. With Vlaanderen missing, the first Team HRC bike hits the track at 13:00 local time on Saturday 22nd June for MXGP free practice with the qualifying race starting at 17:40. The first gate drop for the motos then happens at 14:15 on Sunday 23rd June.