The FIM World Motocross Championship visited the picturesque island of Sardinia today, which is located west of the Italian Peninsula, north of Tunisia and immediately south of the French island of Corsica.

Known for its brutally deep sand, the Riola Sardo circuit hosted the race and the combination of 28C heat, 72% humidity and torturous track conditions meant that racing today was exhausting for even the best motocross riders in the world.

Team HRC’s Tim Gajser had an unlucky start to the day’s racing getting caught up in another rider’s first turn crash which caused a small tip-over for Gajser and put him down in 22nd position. Then another small crash a lap later dropped Tim to 27th. Nursing an injury that he picked up in practice last week, the Slovenian set about a heroic push to finish the race in 19th place and score two World Championship points, which may prove vital towards the season end. 

Tim had a better start in race two and held onto 12th position on lap one and again pushed hard to gain places, eventually finishing the race in eight place giving the four-time World Champion 12th overall and just one point off the lead of the World Championship.

There was early drama too in the MX2 race as Honda 114 Motorsport’s Ruben Fernandez tangled with other riders in the first turn and the subsequent crash injured the Spaniard’s shoulder putting him out of the race. As a precaution Fernandez skipped race two and will now focus on returning to racing at the German GP of Teutschenthal in two week’s time.  

Ruben’s teammate Joel Rizzi scored his first ever MX2 points today on the CRF250R and hopes to build upon this result in the second half of the season. Meanwhile, Honda Racing Assomotor rider Stephan Rubini had a tough day and skipped race two due to pain and discomfort from an ongoing injury.

Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser 243

Coming into this race I knew it would be extremely tough, but I know how important that every single point can be in this championship battle so I wanted to try.

Despite the injury, I actually felt pretty good posting a fast lap-time in free practice, but I wasn’t able to do a good one in the timed practice and this really hurt my chances of a top 10 start.

Then unfortunately in the first moto I got caught up by another rider as he fell over round the first bend and I had to remount almost last. I tried to regroup but another crash a lap later made things very difficult. I didn’t give up though and kept pushing and pushing and eventually I passed a couple of guys to finish 19th.

Obviously, I was disappointed but I really felt I could do better if I got a good start, which thankfully I did in race two. I rounded the first lap in 12th place and I got into a nice rhythm on what was a really difficult track. I knew I was fit, and although I was hurting, I battled through into eighth place.

Overall, I am happy to have scored 15 crucial points and with a weekend off to get healthy, I hope that by Teutschenthal, I will be able to be back battling for wins once again.

A big thank you to the team for supporting me during this difficult week. I really appreciate everything you do!

Team HRC – MXGP
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Off Road Racing Manager

Today was our most difficult day of the season so far. Injuries, crashes, defeat and struggle dominate my feeling over the good points.

There were however some good points. A season best performance for Joel Rizzi scoring his first ever MX2 points in super-physical conditions, testing his body that is just recovering from a virus.

In MXGP class Benoit Paturel scored a superb 11th place in race one. Really well deserved and encouraging for the up coming races ahead. Benoit is fighting the effects of Long-Covid and not considered to be a sand specialist, which adds more value to his great ride.

Henry Jacobi showed maturity by putting in two 14th place finishes today, elevating him up to 14th in the championship points.

Credit must also go to Tim Gajser for his determination and ability to suffer pain. The points he scored today could turn out to be his most valuable in the championship.

Honda Motor
MXGP of Sardegna (ITA)

Riola Sardo, Italy

MXGP 2021, Round 10

Sun & Cloud / 28
Sunday 19 Sep 2021, 14:52 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sand
  • Air Temp: 28°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:10.289
2 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:05.710
3 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:08.406
4 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 18 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:46.791
5 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:54.984
6 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 15 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:55.933
7 Ben Watson 919 GBR 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:58.705
8 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 13 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1:02.481
9 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 12 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:11.310
10 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:14.477
11 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL 10 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:20.540
12 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 9 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM +1:23.998
13 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 8 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:32.085
14 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 7 JM Honda Racing Honda +1:40.417
15 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 6 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:44.195
16 Alberto Forato 303 ITA 5 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:53.301
17 Tom Koch 226 GER 4 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:53.967
18 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 3 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM +1 lap
19 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 2 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1 lap
20 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE 1 JK Racing Yamaha Yamaha +1 lap
Sun & Cloud / 28
Sunday 19 Sep 2021, 11:59 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 28°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:22.630
2 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:42.419
3 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:53.010
4 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 18 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:55.993
5 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 16 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:02.253
6 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:05.689
7 Ben Watson 919 GBR 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:06.273
8 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:10.065
9 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 12 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:12.978
10 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:18.017
11 Benoit Paturel 16 FRA 10 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:32.979
12 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 9 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM +1:38.749
13 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 8 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +1:41.125
14 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 7 JM Honda Racing Honda +1:46.011
15 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 6 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:48.635
16 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 5 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1:54.000
17 Tom Koch 226 GER 4 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:59.211
18 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL 3 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1 lap
19 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 2 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +1 lap
20 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE 1 JK Racing Yamaha Yamaha +1 lap
Rider Standings
Sunday, 19 Sep 2021 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 371 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 370 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
3 Romain FEBVRE 3 FRA 367 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
4 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 359 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 326 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
6 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 279 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
7 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 254 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
8 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 234 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
9 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 185 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM
10 Ben WATSON 919 GBR 171 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
11 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 165 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
12 Thomas KJER OLSEN 19 DEN 160 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
13 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 152 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
14 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 123 JM Honda Racing Honda
15 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 110 SDM Racing Beta
16 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 108 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
17 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 83 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
18 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 80 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM
19 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 74 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
20 Alberto FORATO 303 ITA 73 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
21 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 69 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
22 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 54 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
23 Alvin OSTLUND 161 SWE 50 JK Racing Yamaha Yamaha
24 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 39 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
25 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 33 Wildcard Rider KTM
26 Lorenzo LOCURCIO 183 VEN 30 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
27 Tom KOCH 226 GER 29 Wildcard Rider KTM
28 Benoit PATUREL 16 FRA 15 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
29 Cyril GENOT 105 BEL 15 Wildcard Rider KTM
30 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 10 JWR Honda Racing Honda
31 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 8 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha
32 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 6 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
33 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 5 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
34 Nathan WATSON 991 GBR 4 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
35 Jimmy CLOCHET 520 FRA 4 SDM Racing Beta
36 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
37 Hardi ROOSIORG 75 EST 1 Wildcard Rider KTM
38 Todd KELLETT 998 GBR 1 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha
39 Anton GOLE SWE 1