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.

Tim Gajser

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I didn’t have a good start in either moto, they were solid and I tried to make quick passes in the beginning but I would have liked to have been nearer to the front. The first lap of the first moto I came together with Toni and I fell so I was back in the pack, eventually coming back to fifth. I was a bit disappointed but that was the result so I had to refocus for race two. I got a better start in this race and made a couple of good early passes to get into the lead. I pulled out a gap of a few seconds and controlled the race from there to get myself another moto win. It was a tough week of racing and not everything has gone my way but the championship is really close and we are all working hard in Team HRC to get the best results possible. Now there is a weekend off so I will go home and prepare myself for the next race in Mantova.

Team HRC – MXGP
Mitch Evans

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I had another good day again and we’re still improving with sixth overall today. It’s been better each time so I’m happy with that. The first moto I didn’t get that great of a start and pushed really hard to come back to fourth so it was a good moto but I pretty much used all of my energy in that one. In the second moto I had a really good start, almost grabbing the holeshot but I had nothing left in the tank so it was just survival mode after that, with me holding on as best I could. I’m happy that I was still able to keep improving and stay healthy and be moving onto the next GP in a couple of weeks at a track I really like.

Team HRC – MXGP
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Off Road Racing Manager

The pace at the front of the MXGP class is immense right now, so it was extremely pleasing to see Tim Gajser leading in the way in that second race. Both him and Mitch Evans are really showing good speed and I’m expecting this form to continue or even reach more when we go to Mantova in a couple of weeks. Dylan Walsh also had a great start in the first MXGP race, showing the power of the Honda CRF450R.
Jeremy van Horebeek could remove all of his handicap if he too joined the front bunch on lap 1. JVH89 is having to do so much extra work to get his finish result just by not making those top 5 starts.
The MX2 guys had some good battles going between themselves, with all the riders trying their best to score points. Stephen Rubini had to work his way through the field each moto but on a track that was difficult to pass, his race craft was impressive. Bailey Malkiewicz is really getting his starts dialled and if he can keep doing that, I’m sure his end results will get better too. He fought hard alongside teammate Nathan Crawford and it was good to see Nathan have his best overall of the season.
After a tough week on a track that didn’t change too much, there were a lot of good moments across the classes and while Mantova will be completely different conditions, I’m hopeful that we can keep seeing progression from our riders.

Honda Motor
GP of Emilia Romagna (ITA)

Faenza, Italy

MXGP 2020, Round 8

Sunday 13 Sep 2020, 15:29 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 35:15.947
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +04.959
3 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +10.499
4 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 18 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +25.451
5 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 16 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +34.581
6 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +47.762
7 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +49.311
8 Mitch Evans 43 AUS 13 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +49.897
9 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 12 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1:04.063
10 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 11 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:07.203
11 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 10 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:14.153
12 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 9 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:18.679
13 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 8 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:22.820
14 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 7 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:30.970
15 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS 6 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:36.766
16 Thomas Covington 64 USA 5 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:37.129
17 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 4 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:41.625
18 Pascal Rauchenecker 760 AUT 3 Wildcard Rider Honda +1:51.124
19 Zachary Pichon 201 FRA 2 Wildcard Rider Honda +1:55.288
20 Jose Butron 17 SPA 1 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +2:00.526
Sunny / 30
Sunday 13 Sep 2020, 11:58 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 30°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:06.974
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:01.756
3 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:12.467
4 Mitch Evans 43 AUS 18 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:15.553
5 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 16 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:19.255
6 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0:19.504
7 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 14 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:22.152
8 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 13 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:25.201
9 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:40.468
10 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:49.618
11 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 10 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:52.089
12 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 9 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:56.088
13 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 8 Wildcard Rider KTM +0:58.920
14 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 7 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:06.310
15 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 6 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +1:12.173
16 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 5 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:18.200
17 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR 4 JM Honda Racing Honda +1:20.684
18 Thomas Covington 64 USA 3 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:23.390
19 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 2 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +1:30.840
20 Tom Koch 226 GER 1 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM +1:37.510
Sunny / 30
Sunday 13 Sep 2020, 09:09 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 30°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 1:50.705
2 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:00.270
3 Mitch Evans 43 AUS Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:00.813
4 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:00.828
5 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:01.032
6 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:01.107
7 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:01.303
8 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Wildcard Rider KTM +0:01.416
9 Romain Febvre 3 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:01.514
10 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:01.792
11 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:01.976
12 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:02.374
13 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:02.712
14 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna +0:02.817
15 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:03.070
16 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:03.523
17 Henry Jacobi 29 GER Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +0:03.622
18 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:03.839
19 Zachary Pichon 201 FRA Wildcard Rider Honda +0:04.038
20 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR JM Honda Racing Honda +0:04.787
Rider Standings
Sunday, 13 Sep 2020 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 285 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 278 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
3 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 263 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
4 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 255 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
5 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 237 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
6 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 233 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
7 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 233 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
8 Romain FEBVRE 3 FRA 203 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
9 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 201 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
10 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 194 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
11 Mitch EVANS 43 AUS 153 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
12 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 141 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
13 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 91 Wildcard Rider KTM
14 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 80 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
15 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 73 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha
16 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 72 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
17 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 71 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
18 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 65 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
19 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 64 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
20 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 62 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
21 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 45 JM Honda Racing Honda
22 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 31 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM
23 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 26 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
24 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 26 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
25 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 760 AUT 19 Wildcard Rider Honda
26 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 17 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM
27 Dylan WALSH 53 GBR 17 JM Honda Racing Honda
28 Karlis SABULIS 116 LAT 16 Wildcard Rider KTM
29 Thomas COVINGTON 64 USA 15 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
30 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 12 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
31 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 11 Wildcard Rider Honda
32 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 10 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
33 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 9 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
34 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 9 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
35 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
36 Nicholas LAPUCCI 211 ITA 5 Wildcard Rider KTM
37 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 2 JWR Racing Honda
38 Tom KOCH 226 GER 2 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM
39 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 2 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
40 Zachary PICHON 201 FRA 2 Wildcard Rider Honda
41 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 1 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM