At the eighth round of the 2020 MXGPs, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser scored his sixth race win of the season to close the gap at the top of the championship to just seven points. In what was the third round in a week held at the picturesque Faenza circuit, Gajser, on board his Honda CRF450RW showed great speed and passing to win race two, giving him second place on the podium. It also added to his moto-winning tally which is now more than any other rider this year. Fighting hard alongside the reigning champion was teammate Mitch Evans who continued his improvement by getting sixth overall, including another impressive fourth in the first moto.
On what was the same layout as the two previous rounds, held on the previous Sunday and Wednesday, and with very similar hot temperatures, the Team HRC duo once again acquitted themselves extremely well in all three sessions of the day. Timed practice saw Evans third and Gajser fifth and their similar times continued into the first moto where they both moved through the field to record fourth (Evans) and fifth (Gajser) results.
Just like on Wednesday, and spurred on by the ever-changing championship picture, Gajser made no mistakes in race two, getting off to a good start and moving into the lead by lap five. Posting extremely fast laptimes that the rest of the field struggled to match, he pulled out a comfortable gap, eventually crossing the line just under five seconds ahead of second place. This victory was good enough for second overall, which is the fifth time he has been runner-up, but if he keeps displaying this sort of speed, it won’t be long before he turns that into an overall win.
Coming into this triple-header, Evans had the goal of improving at each round and that is exactly what the Australian achieved, going four-eight for sixth overall, which followed on from his eighth on Sunday and his seventh on Wednesday. With a couple more weeks of training under his belt, and with the series heading to Mantova, a track where he won the Internazionali d’Italia in pre-season, he’ll be expecting to keep this momentum going for what is another triple-header of racing, beginning on Sunday 27th September.
In the MX2 class Team Honda Assomotor rider Stephen Rubini made it five top 10 results out of six races in Faenza, by going eight-eight for eighth. The #118 came through the pack in both motos to round off a successful week of action, which moved him to just outside the top 10 in the MX2 championship. Team Honda 114 Motorsports’ Nathan Crawford had his best result of his rookie campaign, getting 11th overall and showing that once he gets to grips with these new tracks, he can battle with the top 10.