The first in the final trio of the 2020 FIM World Motocross Championship races set off today in the  far-northern Italian province of Trentino. 

The MXGP class saw championship leader Team HRC’s Tim Gajser take a comfortable start-to-finish win in race one further cementing his points tally in the premier class. Tim’s teammate Mitch Evans will miss the final 2020 races due to a wrist unjustly sustained at the recent Spanish GP, but Honda’s presence in the MXGP class was aided by Team SR Honda Motoblouz rider Jeremy Van Horebeek who brought his production CRF450R home in 13th in race one. 

Race two saw Gajser start lap one in seventh position, which gave to likeable Slovenian quite a battle to progress up the field. ‘Tiga’ managed to climb his way up to a hard-earned fourth place at the finish giving him second overall – only one point away from the overall win. 

Van Horebeek improved on his race one result with and 11th place finish in the second moto, giving the tough Belgian 12th overall with 18 championship points.

It was also a tough day at the races for Honda’s MX2 campaigners – mostly battling in the mid-pack, which makes for hard racing with limited results. 

Honda 114 Motorsport’s new signing Morgan Lesiardo brought home the first CRF250R in race one – finishing in 11th place, 2.5 seconds ahead go his new teammate Bailey Malkiewicz in 12th.

In race two it was Team Honda Assomotor Frenchman Stephen Rubini who brought the first CRF250R over the line in 15th place, followed by Lesiardo in 17th and Team Honda Assomotor’s Alvin Östlund in 19th. 

A challenging day overall for Honda’s MX2 campaigners, but all are hopeful to improve their results next Wednesday when the gate drops again in the beautiful Trentino mountains.

Tim Gajser

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Overall I am quite happy with how things went. The first race was almost perfect, getting the holeshot and then making a gap at the beginning. Tony was pushing to start with but I managed to increase the gap every lap and controlled the race to take the win. In the second race I messed up the jump out of the gate and had a couple of difficult moments in the first lap as I battled through the field. I tried to take it easy at the beginning, not rush things and not make a mistake. In the end I came back to fourth place which was good enough for second overall. I did try everything to make the pass for third, which would have been good enough for first but I couldn’t quite make it happen. It was still a good result though and there are four motos left to go, so I will keep focused and try do my best.

Team HRC – MXGP
Morgan Lesiardo

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Today I had some mixed results. My qualifying wasn’t so good, which is an old problem for me that I want to work on and start using the bike 100%.

In the first race I started in around 15th place and felt very good. I was happy to finish the race in 11th. For the second race I started around 20th place but had a crash on the last lap and lost some positions so this put me down in 17th at the finish, but 14th overall - so not too bad.

I’m really happy to have the chance to ride for Honda and I’m feeling really good within the Honda 114 Motorsport team and with the CRF250R.

Team Honda 114 Motorsports
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Off Road Racing Manager

Today really showed a heightened importance of getting good starts and keeping the bike on two wheels without crashing. For our guys we could see those were the keys to the race.

Timed practice for the MXGP men saw Tim on pole and career and season best positions for Dylan Walsh in P12 and his injury recovering team mate Benoit Paturel in P14.

Jeremy Van Horebeek suffered a snapped chain in time practice which left him unable to place a time, so was forced to line up disadvantaged on the grid with last choice of gate pick.

Tim showed he is the best by taking the holeshot, setting the fastest lap of the race and winning with a comfortable margin.

Valentin Guillod put in his season best ride with a fantastic 10th, Van Horebeek was fast but multiple crashes ruled out higher than 13th at the flag. Walsh also throwing away a good result by a crash on the last lap out of 12th.

For race two of MXGP the story was much different for Tim. Without the holeshot he was held up avoiding mayhem in the traffic of the early laps, doing all he could to avoid contact and crashing was smart - paying off in the end with 4th at the flag giving 2nd overall on the podium.

Walsh crashes out of 9th at the half way mark, sad to see after showing good management of himself up to that point.

MX2 was frantic in the mid pack, this seemed to be where our boys spent so much of the race fighting and battling for position.

Passing was a challenge and came with taking risks, which created some crashes through effort and pushing too hard, which is a better genre of crash than lack of concentration or physical skill.

The next two days will give an opportunity for assessment and reflection of what could have been carried out differently today to make for better results - and our young guns have to focus on fast learning and adjustment if they are to better themselves on Wednesday’s race. It’s not easy as so many races have been in such a short period of time over the last weeks, but it’s a reality that by this time next week the season will be over and there will be plenty of time for a rest then.

Honda Motor
GP of Trentino (ITA)

Pietramurata, Italy

MXGP 2020, Round 16

Cloudy / 16
Sunday 1 Nov 2020, 14:59 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 16°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 35:15.111
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2.221
3 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 20 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +9.072
4 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 18 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +12.282
5 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +19.978
6 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +44.120
7 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 14 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +45.684
8 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 13 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +57.306
9 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 12 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +58.992
10 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL 11 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:00.107
11 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 10 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:02.453
12 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 9 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:19.998
13 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 8 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1:26.041
14 Zachary Pichon 201 FRA 7 Wildcard Rider Honda +1:28.091
15 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 6 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha +1:30.368
16 Tanel Leok 7 EST 5 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:31.407
17 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 4 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +1:32.290
18 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 3 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:37.995
19 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 2 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:42.906
20 Jose Butron 17 SPA 1 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:44.196
21 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA 0 JM Honda Racing Honda +1:47.168
Cloudy / 13
Sunday 1 Nov 2020, 11:57 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • 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 35:06.977
2 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:07.891
3 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:30.105
4 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 18 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:34.388
5 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 16 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:40.260
6 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:44.522
7 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 14 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:48.919
8 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 13 Wildcard Rider KTM +0:53.606
9 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 12 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +1:13.961
10 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 11 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:23.450
11 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 10 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha +1:34.579
12 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 9 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:35.441
13 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 8 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:36.395
14 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 7 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:37.751
15 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 6 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +1:40.841
16 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:44.258
17 Tanel Leok 7 EST 4 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:47.152
18 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA 3 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha +1:49.481
19 Jose Butron 17 SPA 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:53.381
20 Zachary Pichon 201 FRA 1 Wildcard Rider Honda +1 Lap
Sunny / 12
Sunday 1 Nov 2020, 09:24 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 12°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda 1:40.057
2 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:00.304
3 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:00.455
4 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:00.768
5 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:01.184
6 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:01.214
7 Romain Febvre 3 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:01.245
8 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Wildcard Rider KTM +0:01.343
9 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:01.448
10 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:01.758
11 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:01.872
12 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR JM Honda Racing Honda +0:02.414
13 Tanel Leok 7 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +0:02.418
14 Benoit Paturel 6 FRA JM Honda Racing Honda +0:02.442
15 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +0:02.698
16 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha +0:03.187
17 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna +0:02.934
18 Adam Sterry 811 GBR JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +0:03.459
19 Petar Petrov 152 BUL Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +0:03.544
20 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:03.620
Rider Standings
Sunday, 1 Nov 2020 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 626 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 553 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 535 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
4 Romain FEBVRE 3 FRA 487 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
5 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 476 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
6 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 441 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
7 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 402 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
8 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 375 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
9 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 307 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
10 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 263 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
11 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 254 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
12 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 248 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
13 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 234 Wildcard Rider KTM
14 Mitch EVANS 43 AUS 228 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
15 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 206 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
16 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 186 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
17 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 146 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
18 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 134 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
19 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 110 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
20 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 100 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha
21 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 81 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
22 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 76 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM
23 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 75 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
24 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 69 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
25 Dylan WALSH 53 GBR 67 JM Honda Racing Honda
26 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 65 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
27 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 47 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
28 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 45 JM Honda Racing Honda
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 24 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 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 12 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
37 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 11 Wildcard Rider Honda
38 Zachary PICHON 201 FRA 10 Wildcard Rider Honda
39 Nathan WATSON 991 GBR 10 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
40 Tom KOCH 226 GER 9 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM
41 Freek VAN DER VLIST 88 NDL 9 Wildcard Rider KTM
42 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 9 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
43 Milko POTISEK 232 FRA 6 Wildcard Rider Yamaha
44 Ander VALENTIN 920 SPA 4 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
45 Artem GURYEV 555 RUS 2 JM Honda Racing Honda
46 Rene RANNIKKO 191 FIN 2 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
47 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 2 JWR Racing Honda
48 Kay EBBEN 228 NDL 2 Wildcard Rider KTM