The rain-affected Agueda track in Portugal, ended up producing an excellent weekend of racing, with Tim Gajser making a welcome return to the podium after Mathys Boisrame had won both of his EMX250 motos.

It was another positive step for Team HRC’s Gajser who rode extremely well on the difficult and rutted track, going three-five and continuing his rise up the MXGP championship standings. On an afternoon when making mistakes was so easy, Gajser’s smooth style allowed him to navigate the terrain without any problems and his delight at getting back on the box was evident for all to see. Arminas Jasikonis and Petar Petrov also scored points on-board their Assomotor machines as they continue their progression in this strong field.

Calvin Vlaanderen led the Honda charge in the MX2 class, with an impressive sixth place in the second race after another good start on his CRF250RW. Bas Vaessen put his 114 Motorsports Honda inside the top 10 in the first moto, with Martin Racing’s Michele Cervellin just behind in 11th after a good battle between the two riders. Unfortunately the Vamo Racing pair of Marshal Weltin and Micha-Boy de Waal both had to pull out of a moto, but de Waal was able to score his first points of the season in the second race when he came home in 18th.

In the EMX250 championship, Assomotor Racing rider Mathys Boisrame put in two great rides after two holeshots, to win both races in completely different conditions. In the rutted hard pack on Saturday and the muddy conditions of Sunday morning, Boisrame showed he was the best rider of this extremely competitive field and with his 50 points, moved himself right up into title contention. He now sits just 15 points behind the championship leader and with Russia being one of his favourite tracks, he has a good chance to close the gap even further at the next round.

Elsewhere in the class, Alberto Forato and the Carglass Honda duo of Freek van der Vlist and Steven Clarke all scored points.

The riders now have a weekend off before making the journey to Russia where the action will take place on the Monday and Tuesday, in order to coincide with the May 1st Russian National Holiday.

Tim Gajser

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Obviously I’m really happy to be back on the podium. I felt good throughout the weekend: the track was very technical with many lines available, and I enjoyed it a lot. I got a good start in race one and I was able to follow Jeffrey but Toni passed me with two laps to go. My jump in race two was not as good and I got caught in the middle of the pack, then I almost crashed at turn two. Fifth place was enough for the podium, so I’m happy. This is a very important result after a rough start to the year, so I want to thank my team who helped me getting back near the front. I feel like our season is starting now, so I look forward to Russia.

Team HRC – MXGP
Mathys Boisrame

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It was a good weekend with two very good races. I got a great starts and I felt really comfortable on the Honda all weekend. I got two holeshots I believe, which was important because all the mud made the track very difficult in race two, so I am very pleased with how it all went. I am really excited to go to Russia now, because my confidence is high, I like the track and with this result I have moved into fifth place in the championship.

Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor
Calvin Vlaanderen

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Again, not the weekend we wanted. The goal was to be consistent and have two good motos, but that wasn’t the case. I went down quite hard on the wave section in race one, then I picked the bike up but went down again afterwards. I wasn’t riding like I normally do, and the shoulder gets really tired after 10-15 minutes so it’s not easy to ride especially with the track being so rough. We got a good start to the second moto and I managed to get a sixth-place finish. It was good to wrap up race day with a better result, but we’re obviously looking for more.

Team HRC – MX2
Michele Cervellin

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I had a so-so weekend. The speed wasn’t too bad but in the first moto I didn’t find a good feeling and I finished 11th. It’s not super, but still a decent amount of points as I make my way back into the championship. The second moto started better as I was around eighth or ninth but then I made a mistake and crashed. The pain was pretty bad and I thought about pulling out of the race, but I was still in a points scoring position so I stuck it out and finished the moto. I hope for a bit more luck at the next round in Russia.

Team Martin Racing Honda
Arminas Jasikonis

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The weekend definitely had some ups and downs. Yesterday in the qualification race I felt so good, I didn’t even push too much because I had a little problem with my goggles. Today was the complete opposite though as I just couldn’t find any rhythm. In the first moto I made a big mistake and landed on my leg, and then I had one more crash so I just decided to pull out and concentrate on the second race. I did ok off the start in the second moto, I was inside the top 10 I think but I couldn’t find the flow or a good speed, and ended up 15th. I’m not happy about that but I know I can do better and I just want to put everything together like I know I can.

Honda Red Moto
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Europe Off-Road Manager

The highlight of the weekend for me was Mathys Boisrame winning both races convincingly in the EMX250 championship. Mathys pulled two holeshots, confirming the strength of the new Honda CRF250R, before mastering the technical conditions better than anyone else. With those results he rocketed himself into the top five of the points standings, just 15 behind the leader. This was really wonderful to see and I think the next race in Russia will be very exciting for him.
In the MX2 class we had a couple of good top 10 finishes, with Calvin Vlaanderen in sixth and Bas Vaessen in 10th. Michele Cervellin also managed an 11th place so all three contributed positively to their championship campaign. Micha-Boy de Waal also scored his first points of the season, so that was an encouraging first step and one that he can hopefully build upon.
It was fantastic for Tim Gajser to be rewarded with third overall and a return to the MXGP podium for the first time this year. I’m hoping he can keep progressing, as he gets further away from the date of his recent injury. Arminas Jasikonis delivered a solid 15th in race two, although he felt some difficulty riding the challenging track. The aim for him is to try and turn his good speed into good race results.
It will certainly be refreshing to get to the hard-pack track in Russia, after the tricky surface that we had here in Portugal. With a weekend off before, it should give our riders a good chance to prepare, for what should be an exciting round of action in all three classes.

Honda Motor Europe
GP of Portugal

Agueda, Portugal

MXGP 2018, Round 5

Cloudy / 15
Sunday 15 Apr 2018, 17:08 UTC
  • Track Condition: Rutted
  • Air Temp: 15°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:12.692
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +34.373
3 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +43.349
4 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +48.023
5 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 16 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:13.648
6 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:22.962
7 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 14 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:26.309
8 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:37.942
9 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS 12 BOS GP Suzuki +1:41.051
10 Max Nagl 12 GER 11 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:49.071
11 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 10 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:50.671
12 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 9 Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:52.132
13 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA 8 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:56.412
14 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 7 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +2:06.092
15 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 6 Honda Red Moto Honda +1 Lap
16 Maxime Desprey 141 FRA 5 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1 Lap
17 Tanel Leok 7 EST 4 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 Lap
18 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 3 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1 Lap
19 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 2 Honda Red Moto Honda +1 Lap
20 Ander Valentin 920 SPA 1 920 Fly Group Husqvarna +1 Lap
Cloudy / 15
Sunday 15 Apr 2018, 14:12 UTC
  • Track Condition: Muddy
  • Air Temp: 15°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:14.689
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +6.260
3 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 20 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +8.257
4 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 18 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +10.742
5 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +13.248
6 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +42.068
7 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +45.249
8 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 13 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +57.082
9 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS 12 BOS GP Suzuki +1:13.250
10 Julien Lieber 33 BEL 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:29.151
11 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 10 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:31.230
12 Max Nagl 12 GER 9 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:33.831
13 Tanel Leok 7 EST 8 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:39.204
14 Maxime Desprey 141 FRA 7 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:39.340
15 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 6 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:47.564
16 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA 5 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +2:00.065
17 Jose Butron 17 SPA 4 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +2:18.993
18 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 3 Honda Red Moto Honda +1 Lap
19 Paulo Alberto 51 POR 2 Wildcard Rider Honda +1 Lap
20 Ander Valentin 920 SPA 1 920 Fly Group Husqvarna +1 Lap
21 Klemen Gercar 62 SLO 0 62 MotoSport Husqvarna +1 Lap
22 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 0 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1 Lap
23 Tomasz Wysocki 831 POL 0 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +1 Lap
24 Nathan Renkens 83 BEL 0 KMP-Honda Repsol Racing Honda +1 Lap
25 Stefan Ekerold 85 GER 0 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM +1 Lap
26 Rui Goncalves 999 POR 0 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1 Lap
27 Joaquin Poli 179 ARG 0 Wildcard Rider Honda +2 Laps
28 Simone Zecchina 120 ITA 0 Ceres 71 Yamaha +2 Laps
29 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 0 Standing Construct KTM KTM +4 Laps
30 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 0 Honda Red Moto Honda +7 Laps
Sunny / 19
Saturday 14 Apr 2018, 16:40 UTC
  • Track Condition: Red Clay
  • Air Temp: 19°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:36.707
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.541
3 Romain Febvre 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +4.761
4 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda +8.175
5 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +24.822
6 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +27.661
7 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +42.055
8 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS BOS GP Suzuki +52.023
9 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +54.046
10 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Honda Red Moto Honda +59.735
11 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +1:09.414
12 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:10.703
13 Maxime Desprey 141 FRA Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:11.715
14 Julien Lieber 33 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:13.084
15 Max Nagl 12 GER TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:18.206
16 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL Standing Construct KTM KTM +1:22.104
17 Jose Butron 17 SPA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:23.200
18 Petar Petrov 152 BUL Honda Red Moto Honda +1:36.525
19 Tanel Leok 7 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:49.803
20 Rui Goncalves 999 POR Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1:57.325
Rider Standings
Sunday, 15 Apr 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 241 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 225 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 169 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
4 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 165 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
5 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 147 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
6 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 140 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
7 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 132 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
8 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 113 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
9 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 110 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
10 Max NAGL 12 GER 88 TM Racing Factory Team TM
11 Julien LIEBER 33 BEL 86 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
12 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 76 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
13 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 72 BOS GP Suzuki
14 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 58 Honda Red Moto Honda
15 Maxime DESPREY 141 FRA 58 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
16 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 56 Standing Construct KTM KTM
17 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 52 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
18 Max ANSTIE 99 GBR 45 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
19 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 41 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
20 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 22 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
21 Tommy SEARLE 100 GBR 20 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
22 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 18 Honda Red Moto Honda
23 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 17 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
24 Graeme IRWIN 55 IRE 15 Hitachi KTM UK KTM
25 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 14 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
26 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 9 iFly JK Racing Yamaha
27 Jetro SALAZAR 60 ECU 5 Wildcard Rider Honda
28 Ken DE DYCKER 9 BEL 5 BOS GP KTM
29 Ander VALENTIN 920 SPA 5 920 Fly Group Husqvarna
30 Filip BENGTSSON 20 SWE 3 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
31 Paulo ALBERTO 51 POR 2 Wildcard Rider Honda
32 Sven VAN DER MIERDEN 94 NDL 1 Wildcard Rider Yamaha