Today the FIM World Motocross Championship stopped off at the natural amphitheater of Matterley Basin, close to the historic Hampshire town of Winchester – and in all classes Honda riders posted promising podium results.  

Team HRC’s Tim Gajser started the day with a challenging qualify session, struggling a little to adjust to Matterley Basin’s loose terrain. The friendly Slovenian finished Timed Qualifying session in seventh place, but felt confident that the races would bring some strong results.

Gajser started race one in fifth place and battled hard through the moto to make progress, eventually moving up one position at the halfway point into fourth place where he finished the race.

As heavy rain began to fall, the gate dropped for race two and ‘Tiga’ dropped into an early third position, but on lap two pushed hard into second place and began to slowly close the gap to the leader. His tenacity and speed on the CRF450RW paid off on lap 12, bursting into the lead and winning the moto by almost 1.5 seconds. 

Gajser retains the World Championship lead by 15 points as the MXGP World Championship heads to Maggiora, Italy next weekend. 

The 250cc MX2 class also witnessed Honda success as Team Honda 114 Motorsport’s Ruben Fernandez backed up his fantastic first race second place with sixth in race two to secure third overall. The tall Spaniard now leads the MX2 World Championship by five points.

Matterley Basin also hosted round one of the 2021 FIM European EMX250 Championship and Team Honda Racing Assomotor’s Finnish EMX250 racer Emil Weckman had a great day on his CRF250R.

Race one saw Honda’s 2016 150 European Champion progress from a 10th place start to push forward through the pack to finish the moto in a well-earned 7th. The young Finnish racer had a better start in race two and dropped into fourth place on lap one, but pushed hard and moved up to third position on lap two where he remained comfortably for the rest of the race. Weckman now sits in fourth place in the championship. Round two is in Oss, Netherlands on 18th July.

Tim Gajser

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I always enjoy coming to England and racing here at Matterley Basin.

The weather meant that they didn’t rip the track so much, so in the first moto there weren’t many lines and it wasn’t easy to pass on so I just had to settle for a fourth place.

I felt I could have challenged for the lead but I didn’t want to push too hard and I thought that in race two it would be easier. I got a better start in second race and although there was a lot of passing and action going on, I stayed calm and focused on finding good lines and working my way to the front. When I was in second place, I couldn’t stay too close to the leader for a long time because the roost was hard and I wanted to make sure I had clear vision for near the end of the race. When I saw the two-lap board come out, I knew a couple of places where I could make my move and on the last lap I used a really good outside line and took the lead. I’m really happy with how I’m riding and how everyone in the team is working together to improve each weekend.

I can’t wait for Maggiora and I hope to continue this run of results. A big thank you to everyone!

Team HRC – MXGP
Ruben Fernandez

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I didn’t make things easy for myself today after making a mistake in the first race and losing some positions, but I feel fantastic with everything; with the bike and the team and I think we are all doing a great job. We see this in the results and there’s a nice atmosphere in the team and this also helps to achieve these results.

I really think I fit well to the CRF250R and many people have seen a positive change in my riding since I started riding my Honda. I have a really strong bike and I’m very happy.

Honda 114 Motorsports
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Off Road Racing Manager

We’re leading the MXGP and the MX2 World Championships and it’s fantastic to have both red plates.

In the EMX250 class there was real promise from our young riders with good lap times in Free Practice and Timed Qualification - topped by the race highlight of Emil Weckman’s third place finish in race two giving him fourth overall.

In MX2, Ruben Fernandez had a fantastic race one snatch of second place, right on the last corner; and then in the second moto he had a small crash on lap one whilst in fifth position, which dropped him quite far back, but he recovered well to finish the day in third overall and lead the championship, so we’re very happy about that.

Stephen Rubini had some unfortunate luck in race one and wasn’t unable to finish due to a collision with another rider, but in race two he recovered well to finish in 12th.

It was also a delight to see Gianluca Facchetti return to racing and join the Honda family with his performance over the two races and recovering from his recent surgery.

Joel Rizzi experienced his first ever home GP and it was very nice to see him finish both races.

In MXGP, Tim Gajser extended his championship lead which is fantastic. He had another race win today and that’s brilliant to see. We also had a good result from Henry Jacobi in race two - finishing in 14th.

Overall I’m really happy with the weekend and very excited to go racing again next weekend in Italy.

Honda Motor
MXGP of Great Britain

Matterley Basin, United Kingdom

MXGP 2021, Round 2

Sunday 27 Jun 2021, 16:13 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 36:18.266
2 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:01.468
3 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:15.489
4 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:21.730
5 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:24.350
6 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 15 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:32.300
7 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:41.289
8 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 13 SDM Racing Beta +0:43.046
9 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:43.610
10 Ben Watson 919 GBR 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:46.107
11 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 10 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:47.133
12 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 9 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0:51.446
13 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 8 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM +0:52.751
14 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 7 JM Honda Racing Honda +0:53.953
15 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 6 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +0:57.832
16 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 5 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:06.101
17 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 4 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:11.794
18 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL 3 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:14.286
19 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 2 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1:16.515
20 Lorenzo Locurcio 183 VEN 1 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:17.997
Cloudy / 17
Sunday 27 Jun 2021, 13:02 UTC
  • Track Condition: Loam
  • Air Temp: 17°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 36:02.691
2 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:07.922
3 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:10.502
4 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 18 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:12.831
5 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:15.617
6 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 15 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:16.646
7 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:18.008
8 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:28.312
9 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 12 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM +0:38.199
10 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 11 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:39.569
11 Ben Watson 919 GBR 10 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:40.276
12 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 9 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:43.144
13 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 8 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:45.544
14 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 7 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0:46.902
15 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 6 SDM Racing Beta +0:50.868
16 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 5 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM +0:52.315
17 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 4 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:03.068
18 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 3 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:08.375
19 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE 2 JK Racing Yamaha Yamaha +1:09.946
20 Valentin Guillod SWI 1 +1:10.823
Cloudy / 17
Sunday 27 Jun 2021, 10:23 UTC
  • Track Condition: Loam
  • Air Temp: 17°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2:19.201
2 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:00.207
3 Romain Febvre 3 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:00.300
4 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:00.358
5 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA MRT Racing Team KTM KTM +0:00.646
6 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:00.748
7 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:01.081
8 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:01.634
9 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:01.718
10 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:02.025
11 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:02.271
12 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:02.365
13 Henry Jacobi 29 GER JM Honda Racing Honda +0:02.421
14 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:02.606
15 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL SDM Racing Beta +0:02.709
16 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Wildcard Rider KTM +0:02.758
17 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:02.811
18 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0:02.900
19 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:02.959
20 Adam Sterry 811 GBR JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +0:03.061
Rider Standings
Sunday, 27 Jun 2021 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 93 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 78 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Romain FEBVRE 3 FRA 73 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
4 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 65 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 61 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
6 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 60 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
7 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 54 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM
8 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 50 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
9 Thomas KJER OLSEN 19 DEN 43 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
10 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 42 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
11 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 39 SDM Racing Beta
12 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 31 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
13 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 29 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
14 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 28 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
15 Ben WATSON 919 GBR 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
16 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 21 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
17 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 19 Wildcard Rider KTM
18 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 17 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
19 Alvin OSTLUND 161 SWE 16 JK Racing Yamaha Yamaha
20 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 14 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM
21 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 12 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
22 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 7 JM Honda Racing Honda
23 Nathan WATSON 991 GBR 4 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
24 Lorenzo LOCURCIO 183 VEN 3 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
25 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 2 JWR Honda Racing Honda
26 Valentin GUILLOD SWI 1