In a season filled with great moments, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser saved his best performance of the year for the second moto in Lommel, coming through from seventh place to power into the lead with five laps remaining and win the MXGP of Lommel with a one-one sweep.

Once again the Honda CRF450RW rider gave himself first gate pick by posting a qualification time over one second quicker than the rest of the field, which he then took full advantage of by reeling off two impressive holeshots. In the first race, this gave him the platform to control the moto, posting fast lap after fast lap as he pulled out a lead of over 20 seconds by the time the chequered flag was waved. It was his 11th race win of the season but he knew he still had a lot of work to do to get to number 12 which would give him the overall and the illusive one-one he has definitely deserved this year.

Like race one, he swept across the holeshot line in first place and was looking good until a mistake midway through lap one dropped him down to seventh position. With the runner-up from race one pulling away at the front, Gajser knew that the only way he’d get the overall was to win race two, but by the time he remounted, he was over 10 seconds behind. As the laps ticked off, the Slovenian worked his way through the field, posting the fastest lap of the moto to try and close in on the leader. With five laps left, he made his move and passed around the outside of one of the deep sandy bowl turns, immediately pulling out a gap that was unassailable for the tiring field. After a season of 12 moto wins, and three overalls, this was the best performance of a rider who is on top of his game and one which gave him perfect one-one moto wins. Importantly in the championship battle, it also extended his lead at the top of the table to 74 points with just three rounds and six motos left to run.

Next up for the reigning champion is the final triple-header of the year in Pietramurata, Italy. The Trentino track is a favourite of Gajser’s and he’ll be hoping to round off the season in perfect style, starting next weekend on Sunday 1st November.

Unfortunately for Jeremy van Horebeek, a fifth place in race two was snatched out of his grasp as he ran out of fuel less than a lap from the end. It was a disappointing end to a hard-fought day on his home track but he was still able to walk away with a 10th overall. New teammate Nathan Watson also impressed in his first MXGP outing with the team by placing 11th in the first moto in the difficult conditions.

In the MX2 class Alvin Ostlund showed his sand skills once more by getting 10th overall after his 12-9 results. The Assomotor rider has continually showed top 10 speed in the six motos we’ve had in Lommel and he’ll be hoping to keep up this good run of form in Trentino next week.

Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser 243

I’m very happy with how the whole week went. All three rounds my speed was good and I was enjoying the riding. In the first moto I took a really important holeshot because it was raining and the track was wet so it was a lot easier to ride in front rather than get roosted. At the beginning Romain was pushing but I managed to get a good gap and control the race. The second race I got the holeshot again but on the first lap I fell after getting sideways. I went back to seventh or so and it took me a couple of laps to regroup a bit. Then I found some good lines, made some passes and worked all the way back into the lead. I was riding really well and I’m super happy to go one-one here and finish off this week with such a good performance. A big thanks to everyone in the team who continues to work so hard in these difficult times, and I’m really looking forward to getting to Trentino!

Team HRC – MXGP
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Off Road Racing Manager

What an amazing display of man and machine by Tim Gajser and his Honda CRF450R. Total domination with pole position, 2 hole shots, 2 race wins by a generous margin (even with a crash) and taking the overall classification victory to boost his championship lead out to 74 points. All of this achieved in circuit conditions that in previous years would have been Tim’s most challenging. Credit to Tim and the HRC team for addressing this previous Achilles' Heel and turning it into his strength.
Jerre van Horebeek deserves reward for what would have been a superb 5th place in race 2, all be it coming short of fuel by only a couple of hundred metres.
Our MX2 boys showed heart and determination to repeatedly charge through the toughest of conditions and bring home points and great learning for our rookies. Getting out of the Lommel triple event rounds and moved on to the hard pack of Trentino will be a fast turnaround to see in the final races of this most unusual year. It’s a race to recover, and a race to get to the race.

Honda Motor
GP of Lommel (BEL)

Lommel, Belgium

MXGP 2020, Round 15

Windy / 14
Sunday 25 Oct 2020, 15:53 UTC
  • Track Condition: Deep Sand
  • Air Temp: 14°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 36:31.050
2 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:18.740
3 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:23.084
4 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 18 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:30.972
5 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 16 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:55.849
6 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:10.025
7 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 14 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:25.726
8 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL 13 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:31.433
9 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 12 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:36.101
10 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 11 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:49.623
11 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS 10 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:58.837
12 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR 9 JM Honda Racing Honda +2:09.702
13 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 8 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +2:10.945
14 Freek van der Vlist 88 NDL 7 Wildcard Rider KTM +2:11.826
15 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 6 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1 Lap
16 Tanel Leok 7 EST 5 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 Lap
17 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 4 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +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 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 1 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +1 Lap
Rainy / 13
Sunday 25 Oct 2020, 12:04 UTC
  • Track Condition: Deep Sand
  • Air Temp: 13°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 36:25.583
2 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:22.638
3 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:39.629
4 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:55.783
5 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 16 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1:00.705
6 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 15 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:09.550
7 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 14 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:14.677
8 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 13 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1:14.890
9 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 12 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:23.600
10 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:43.515
11 Nathan Watson 991 GBR 10 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:49.611
12 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 9 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +2:25.235
13 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 8 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1 Lap
14 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 7 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +1 Lap
15 Milko Potisek 232 FRA 6 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1 Lap
16 Tanel Leok 7 EST 5 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 Lap
17 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR 4 JM Honda Racing Honda +1 Lap
18 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS 3 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 Lap
19 Kay Ebben 228 NDL 2 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 Lap
20 Rene Rannikko 191 FIN 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 Lap
Windy / 13
Sunday 25 Oct 2020, 09:16 UTC
  • Track Condition: Deep Sand
  • Air Temp: 13°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda 1:58.830
2 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:01.172
3 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Wildcard Rider KTM +0:01.550
4 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:01.646
5 Romain Febvre 3 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:01.740
6 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:01.769
7 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:01.806
8 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:01.889
9 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:02.264
10 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:02.633
11 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +0:02.669
12 Nathan Watson 991 GBR Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:02.768
13 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:02.810
14 Petar Petrov 152 BUL Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +0:03.678
15 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:03.894
16 Cornelius Toendel 302 NOR JWR Racing Honda +0:05.159
17 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:05.253
18 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha +0:05.340
19 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna +0:05.455
20 Tanel Leok 7 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +0:05.783
Rider Standings
Sunday, 25 Oct 2020 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 583 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 509 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 499 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
4 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 476 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 Romain FEBVRE 3 FRA 465 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
6 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 403 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
7 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 375 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
8 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 362 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
9 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 289 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
10 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 263 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
11 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 248 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
12 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 233 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
13 Mitch EVANS 43 AUS 228 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
14 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 212 Wildcard Rider KTM
15 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 206 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
16 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 161 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
17 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 134 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
18 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 122 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
19 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 84 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha
20 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 82 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
21 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 75 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
22 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 72 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
23 Dylan WALSH 53 GBR 67 JM Honda Racing Honda
24 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 66 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM
25 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 53 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
26 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 52 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
27 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 45 JM Honda Racing Honda
28 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 44 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
29 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 31 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM
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 Nathan WATSON 991 GBR 10 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
38 Tom KOCH 226 GER 9 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM
39 Freek VAN DER VLIST 88 NDL 9 Wildcard Rider KTM
40 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 9 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
41 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 9 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
42 Milko POTISEK 232 FRA 6 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
43 Ander VALENTIN 920 SPA 4 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
44 Artem GURYEV 555 RUS 2 JM Honda Racing Honda
45 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 2 JWR Racing Honda
46 Rene RANNIKKO 191 FIN 2 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
47 Zachary PICHON 201 FRA 2 Wildcard Rider Honda
48 Kay EBBEN 228 NDL 2 Wildcard Rider KTM