Team HRC’s Tim Gajser was at his dominant best at the MXGP of Flanders, putting in a near-perfect performance to not only take the overall victory, but to also extend his lead in the 2020 MXGP World Championship to 48 points.

A second place in qualification gave him second gate pick and he took full advantage to get excellent starts on the Honda CRF450RW in both races at the Lommel circuit. In moto one, the #243 quickly swept into the lead on the first lap and was looking extremely comfortable, pulling out a small lead from the chasing pack. Unfortunately, he made one small mistake two-thirds of the way through the race and dropped back to second, which is where he ended up finishing. It was a minor disappointment, but Gajser was determined not to let it affect him, as he tried to back up his overall win here from 2019 when he went two-two.

Last year’s event was a milestone victory for the Slovenian rider as Lommel is called the toughest race on the calendar due to the deep, ever-changing sand that makes up this whole facility. Known as a hard-pack rider earlier in his career, Gajser has worked tirelessly to improve his sand abilities and the second moto today was an example of the high level he has now reached. Once again, he rounded the first corner in second place and after a lap of following the leader, he made his move and never looked back. Every lap he would pull out another second on the riders behind, and by the time the chequered flag was waved he crossed the line over 10 seconds ahead. This gave him two-one results for the overall victory and 47 crucial points in the championship battle.

Coming into this Belgian triple-header Gajser was 24 points clear of second place, but that has now doubled to 48, and with two more events here, he will be looking to increase that gap even more this coming week. Now though, he has a couple of days off, before racing again on Wednesday 21st October for round 14 of this 18-event world championship.

Elsewhere in the MXGP class Dylan Walsh got a great holeshot and briefly led the first MXGP race. He showed good speed throughout the races although his points tally doesn’t reflect this, but he’ll certainly be looking forward to coming back on Wednesday. Jeremy van Horebeek had his best moto finish of the season with a fifth in race one, and would have been a podium threat had he not got caught up in a first lap collision in race two. He still came through the pack really well though and is another rider excited to return in a couple of days.

In the MX2 class, Alvin Ostlund and Stephen Rubini were the standout riders on what were extremely difficult conditions in Lommel. Both riders showed speed and good passing ability to get 10th and 11th overall respectively and will be hoping for a bit better starts in order to challenge again for those top 10 spots. Unfortunately Bailey Malkiewicz also had problems on the first lap in moto one and was forced to pull off, but he put in a valiant performance in race two, getting 15th in what is his first outing at this notorious venue.

 

Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser 243

From the beginning of the day, I felt great on the track and on the bike. In the first moto, I got a good start, in second place around the first corner and then I moved quickly into the lead, pulling out a little gap. Unfortunately, I made a small mistake and fell, which allowed Gautier to pass me and I finished second. In the second moto, I had a good first corner and came out second again. I passed Jorge in the second lap and then pulled out a decent gap to control the race and take the overall. I’m really happy to take the victory here because we have worked so hard to get better in the sand and this is toughest race to win. Everyone in the team has been great and we just keep on pushing to get better and better and I can’t thank everyone enough!

Team HRC – MXGP
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Off Road Racing Manager

Impressive performance from Tim today, extending his lead in the championship after an impressive victory in Lommel. It was a real statement from him today and he showed really quality in difficult conditions. Jeremy van Horebeek demonstrated his class with a solid top five and a charge through the pack from a lap one crash in moto two. It was also great to see Dylan Walsh getting another holeshot, showing the power of the CRF450R, with Tim just behind him in second.
Unfortunately it wasn’t to be for debutant Kyle Webster who got caught up in a first turn crash in race one, and then got hit by another rider on the first lap of race two. It is all experience though and he’ll hopefully come into Wednesday’s race with a point to prove.
In the MX2 class, Alvin Ostlund led the Honda guys with another good points haul from both races. His 23 points were his second best of the season and he continues to impress in the sand. Stephen Rubini came through the pack well in both races and he’ll be hoping that he can start a bit nearer the front and score really good points in the coming rounds.

Honda Motor
GP of Flanders (BEL)

Lommel, Belgium

MXGP 2020, Round 13

Cloudy / 10
Sunday 18 Oct 2020, 15:10 UTC
  • Track Condition: Deep Sand
  • Air Temp: 10°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 36:21.474
2 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:12.666
3 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:13.976
4 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:29.157
5 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 16 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:32.265
6 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:38.527
7 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 14 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:14.279
8 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL 13 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:15.053
9 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 12 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:16.036
10 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 11 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:47.967
11 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 10 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +1:52.693
12 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS 9 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna +2:07.121
13 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 8 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +2:23.801
14 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 7 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 Lap
15 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 6 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1 Lap
16 Tanel Leok 7 EST 5 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 Lap
17 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 4 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha +1 Lap
18 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 3 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1 Lap
19 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1 Lap
20 Tom Koch 226 GER 1 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM +1 Lap
Cloudy / 10
Sunday 18 Oct 2020, 12:09 UTC
  • Track Condition: Deep Sand
  • Air Temp: 10°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 25 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha 36:38.456
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 22 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:08.713
3 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:19.653
4 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 18 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:21.723
5 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 16 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:33.340
6 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:34.647
7 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 14 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:35.438
8 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:55.038
9 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 12 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:01.292
10 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL 11 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:05.035
11 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 10 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:09.755
12 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 9 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +1:21.265
13 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:22.425
14 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS 7 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:28.324
15 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 6 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:49.638
16 Tanel Leok 7 EST 5 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:53.116
17 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 4 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha +2:17.905
18 Tom Koch 226 GER 3 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM +1 Lap
19 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR 2 JM Honda Racing Honda +1 Lap
20 Rene Rannikko 191 FIN 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 Lap
Cloudy / 10
Sunday 18 Oct 2020, 09:29 UTC
  • Track Condition: Deep Sand
  • Air Temp: 10°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:59.295
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:01.199
3 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:01.432
4 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:02.022
5 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:02.034
6 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:02.080
7 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:03.018
8 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:03.086
9 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +0:03.189
10 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:03.301
11 Romain Febvre 3 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:03.415
12 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:03.623
13 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:03.952
14 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:03.994
15 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Wildcard Rider KTM +0:04.187
16 Tanel Leok 7 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +0:04.264
17 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna +0:04.394
18 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR JM Honda Racing Honda +0:04.435
19 Petar Petrov 152 BUL Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +0:04.587
20 Adam Sterry 811 GBR JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +0:05.163
Rider Standings
Sunday, 18 Oct 2020 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 488 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 440 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 429 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
4 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 429 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
5 Romain FEBVRE 3 FRA 383 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
6 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 375 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
7 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 352 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
8 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 312 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
9 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 263 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
10 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 248 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
11 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 248 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
12 Mitch EVANS 43 AUS 228 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
13 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 174 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
14 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 164 Wildcard Rider KTM
15 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 163 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
16 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 134 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
17 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 132 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
18 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 91 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
19 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 82 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
20 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 81 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha
21 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 51 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
22 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 49 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
23 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 48 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM
24 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 45 JM Honda Racing Honda
25 Dylan WALSH 53 GBR 43 JM Honda Racing Honda
26 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 38 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
27 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 36 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
28 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 31 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM
29 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 29 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
30 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 26 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
31 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 21 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
32 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 760 AUT 19 Wildcard Rider Honda
33 Karlis SABULIS 116 LAT 18 Wildcard Rider KTM
34 Thomas COVINGTON 64 USA 15 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
35 Nicholas LAPUCCI 211 ITA 15 Wildcard Rider KTM
36 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 11 Wildcard Rider Honda
37 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 9 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
38 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 9 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
39 Tom KOCH 226 GER 6 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM
40 Ander VALENTIN 920 SPA 4 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
41 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 2 JWR Racing Honda
42 Artem GURYEV 555 RUS 2 JM Honda Racing Honda
43 Zachary PICHON 201 FRA 2 Wildcard Rider Honda
44 Rene RANNIKKO 191 FIN 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna