Round 15 of the FIM World Motocross Championship took place today at the Crossodrome Ciclamino Circuit, close to the north shore of the beautiful Lake Garda in Northern Italy.

In the MXGP class it was once again Team HRC’s Tim Gajser who took his Honda CRF450RW to a fantastic podium result and closed in on the championship lead. Now just three points separate the top three in the standings with Gajser in third.

In race one Tim very soon took over the lead and led 18 of the race’s 20 laps, but arm-pump and small mistakes cost him in the latter stages of the moto and rather than risk further mistakes he settled for second place and 22 race points.

In race two ‘Tiga’ hit lap one in sixth position, but very soon moved up to fourth place and slowing worked away and pushed forward. Eventually, time ran out for Team HRC’s four-time World Champion and he settled for third in the race, 42 Grand Prix points and second overall.

Gajser was followed home by JM Honda Racing’s Henry Jacobi on his CRF450R, going 9-11 in race one and two respectively and the first privateer in the points today in Italy.

Honda 114 Motorsports’ Ruben Fernandez once again had a great day in Italy.

The fast Spaniard qualified in pole position for today’s race and in moto one settled into third position where he remained for the whole moto.

Then in race two an average start gave Fernandez some work to do. He started the race in 11th position, but by lap two he’d moved up to eighth and then sixth on lap four, eventfully finishing the race I’m fifth place to take a well-earned third overall – just one point away from second.

A race one first turn crash caught out Stephen Rubini which resulted in a fractured shoulder-blade. The likeable Frenchman now starts a recovery period and will try to bounce back before the season end.

Tim Gajser

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It was a consistent day with my racing.

I’m a little disappointed that I wasn’t able to win the first race after leading so many laps but I just got a bit of arm-pump and while I was able to battle, I couldn’t quite make it until the end. Still it was nice to have a good start and lead and it definitely gave me confidence for race two and while I didn’t get the best start I was able to come through the pack and ended up third giving me second place on the podium.

It was also a good day for the championship standings and I’m now only three points off the lead, so every moto is extremely important but I’m excited for the rest of the season and I will give it everything I have!

Team HRC – MXGP
Henry Jacobi

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After the first race here in Arco we made a few small changes to the bike to suit the track conditions and the results were very good.

Sadly, I didn’t get a holeshot today but I did have two consistent races. Ninth and 11th for ninth overall. I think we were the first of the non-factory teams so this is a good achievement.

I have been struggling with a back injury that I picked up in training, but slowly this is improving, so I’m looking forward to the rest of the season and hope to get some more consistent top-ten results this year.

JM Honda Racing
Ruben Fernandez

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It was a good day for me. It started well and I qualified in pole position which I was very pleased with.

In the first moto I had a good start in fourth place and then I pushed into third place. I was struggling a little with arm-pump but still I had a large gap to the guys behind, so it was a good race.

Then in the second moto I had started from more-or-less dead-last after tangling with another rider in the first few meters. I pushed all the way up to fifth place and I had a good race and a good rhythm.

I’m happy that I finished on the podium again, but I do feel that I could have taken second place today with a little more luck in the sound moto.

Honda 114 Motorsports
Stephen Rubini

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I had a crash in the first turn of race one and two other riders hit me when I was on the ground.

I couldn’t move and I had pain all the way down my arm to my wrist. I also had a lot of pain in my knee.

We did an X-ray and an MRI scan and it shows that the shoulder blade is broken. I am very disappointed with the injury, but I will try to come back strong as soon as possible.

Honda Racing Assomotor
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Off Road Racing Manager

Here in Trentino the EMX250 resumed with Emil Weckman back to demonstrating his potential. After injury and pain earlier this year today his comeback reached a super second place in race two. A collision crash whilst passing for eighth in race one destroyed a better result that surely would have put Emil on the podium overall.

Pole position for Ruben Fernandez in MX2 shows the combination performance of Ruben and his CRF250R is one of the best in the world.

Race one turn one claimed Stephen Rubini in a multiple rider crash that injured Stephen with a fractured shoulder blade. We wish him the best of recovery and will miss him at the races. Ruben Fernandez put his great speed to use and delivered a fine third place.

Race two was a fight through to fifth position for Ruben putting himself third on the podium for the second time this week's racing.

MXGP race one saw Tim Gajser lead for almost every lap. In the end after battle and passes Tim finished second.

I was sad to see Benoit Paturel go out of the race from sixth position with a detached electrical connection. Henry Jacobi rode to a fine ninth and our guest rider from Canada Dylan Wright scored a superb 12th learning MXGP every lap.

Race two, Tim fought through to third and now sits just three points off the championship lead boosted by his second overall podium today.

Jacobi, Paturel and Wright showed the CRF450R can mix it with the factory bikes well. It's been a great day for us and we carry positive energy into the third and final run of races at this venue in a few days time. Ciao for now!

Honda Motor
MXGP of Pietramurata

Pietramurata, Italy

MXGP 2021, Round 15

Sunny / 17
Wednesday 27 Oct 2021, 14:51 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • 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 35:08.916
2 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:02.601
3 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 20 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:04.915
4 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:07.054
5 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:10.463
6 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:15.671
7 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0:46.087
8 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 13 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:51.388
9 Ben Watson 919 GBR 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:52.602
10 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 11 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +1:04.312
11 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 10 JM Honda Racing Honda +1:07.034
12 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 9 SDM Racing Beta +1:08.035
13 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 8 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM +1:09.737
14 Benoit Paturel 16 FRA 7 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:12.002
15 Tom Koch 226 GER 6 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:12.883
16 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 5 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:17.122
17 Dylan Wright 109 CAN 4 GDR Honda Honda +1:18.814
18 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL 3 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:21.292
19 Mathys Boisrame 172 FRA 2 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:24.411
20 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 1 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM +1:24.738
25 Miro Sihvonen 147 FIN 0 JWR Honda Racing Honda +1 lap
26 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 0 JWR Honda Racing Honda +1 lap
Sunny / 18
Wednesday 27 Oct 2021, 11:56 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 18°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 34:48.910
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 22 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:01.008
3 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:25.488
4 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:34.807
5 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:44.780
6 Ben Watson 919 GBR 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:45.729
7 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 14 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:54.647
8 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0:56.661
9 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 12 JM Honda Racing Honda +0:59.380
10 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 11 SDM Racing Beta +1:00.160
11 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 10 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:03.235
12 Dylan Wright 109 CAN 9 GDR Honda Honda +1:10.416
13 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 8 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM +1:13.736
14 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 7 JWR Honda Racing Honda +1:14.932
15 Tom Koch 226 GER 6 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:16.477
16 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 5 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:20.335
17 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 4 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +1:21.961
18 Alberto Forato 303 ITA 3 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:28.096
19 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 2 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:31.689
20 Josh Gilbert 326 GBR 1 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:32.825
Rider Standings
Wednesday, 27 Oct 2021 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 573 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Romain FEBVRE 3 FRA 572 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
3 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 570 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
4 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 473 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 464 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
6 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 450 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
7 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 391 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
8 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 369 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
9 Thomas KJER OLSEN 19 DEN 266 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
10 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 266 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM
11 Ben WATSON 919 GBR 244 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
12 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 241 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
13 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 203 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
14 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 185 SDM Racing Beta
15 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 167 JM Honda Racing Honda
16 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 123 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
17 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 119 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
18 Alberto FORATO 303 ITA 111 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
19 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 105 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
20 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 101 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM
21 Benoit PATUREL 16 FRA 94 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
22 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 87 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
23 Tom KOCH 226 GER 65 Wildcard Rider KTM
24 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 54 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
25 Alvin OSTLUND 161 SWE 50 JK Racing Yamaha Yamaha
26 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 39 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
27 Lorenzo LOCURCIO 183 VEN 37 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
28 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 37 JWR Honda Racing Honda
29 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 33 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha
30 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 33 Wildcard Rider KTM
31 Mathys BOISRAME 172 FRA 26 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
32 Dylan WRIGHT 109 CAN 21 GDR Honda Honda
33 Cyril GENOT 105 BEL 15 Wildcard Rider KTM
34 Josh GILBERT 326 GBR 11 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
35 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 9 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
36 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 6 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
37 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 5 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
38 Nathan WATSON 991 GBR 4 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
39 Jimmy CLOCHET 520 FRA 4 SDM Racing Beta
40 Maxime DESPREY 21 FRA 3 Team GSM DAFY MICHELIN YAMAHA Yamaha
41 Morgan LESIARDO 44 ITA 1 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
42 Hardi ROOSIORG 75 EST 1 Wildcard Rider KTM
43 Todd KELLETT 998 GBR 1 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha
44 Anton GOLE SWE 1