Renowned for its endless deep sand and relentless rolling-bumps the FIM World Motocross Championship visited the Flanders circuit of Lommel today. A huge test for both riders and machines alike.

As the start gate dropped for the first time today it was Team Honda 114 Motorsport’s racer Ruben Fernandez who lead Honda’s charge in the MX2 class. 

Fernandez battled hard in the first few laps and capitalised on his competitor’s mistakes to push into third place, which he held onto for six laps. A string of mistakes then hit Fernandez which dropped him to seventh position where he eventually finished the race.

Team Honda Racing Assomotor’s Stephen Rubini struggled once again today, battling to find his form of recent years. Rubini disappointedly did not finish race two after a small crash and finished race one in 20th position. Meanwhile, Spaniard Ruben Fernandez battled hard throughout moto two swapping sixth and seventh positions and eventually coming home in seventh to give the CRF250R rider sixth overall today. 

His overall position in the World Championship means that Fernandez is now only one point away from second place going into round seven in Latvia next weekend.

     

In the MXGP class Team HRC’s Tim Gajser showed great speed on the CRF450RW and qualified in pole position for today’s racing. 

Following and early crash in race one, the four-time World Champion battled hard throughout the moto whilst hampered by crash damage to his goggle roll-off system. Gajser had to ride the rest of the race with severely impaired vision with rain and sand on his goggle lens hindering his progress. Tim finished race one in seventh position with high hopes of better luck in race two.

A much better start in race two gave Gajser a good chance to progress to the front and by lap two the Slovenian had pushed into second place. As the race-pace picked up, small crashes on lap four and six were a big setback for Tim, but he regrouped and produced some blisteringly fast laps to be within a bike’s length of second place on the final lap. Pushing so hard though brings risk and another small crash put an end to Gajser’s hopes of a podium finish. 

The current World Champion finished the day in sixth overall and plans to regroup and focus hard on the next round in Latvia on one week’s time.   

Tim Gajser

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I was really happy with my speed this weekend, posting the fastest lap-time in qualifying and then running good lap-times in the races. However, I just made too many mistakes and that cost me in both races.

They were tough motos and the rain didn’t help the conditions as it seemed softer than previous years, but I am proud to know that I never stopped trying, I never settled for a position and kept fighting until the end.

There are a lot of races left, and even after these bad races, I am still leading the championship so I know I can ride better and that’ll help me out when we go to Latvia next weekend.

Team HRC – MXGP
Ruben Fernandez

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I had two solid motos today and scored some important points. I knew it was going to be a hard day on this track. The starts were also really important and I didn’t want to take too many risks today but I made the best out of the day with sixth overall and I’m pretty happy.

I’m now only one point away from second in the overall championship and I really enjoy the track in Latvia which is the next GP so I’m looking forward to a good result.

Honda 114 Motorsports
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Off Road Racing Manager

Tim Gajser unfortunately had an early crash in race one damaging his goggle roll-off system which really restricted his vision during the whole of the race. Tim managed to salvage a good result despite the setback which is all credit to his determination.

In race two Tim fell off three times and still finished the race in fourth place and we have to compliment his speed and his ability as one of the greatest sand riders of the current times.

Tim still leads the World Championship and we’re hoping that he can move on quickly to racing without the setbacks of small crashes that rob him of valuable points.

In the MX2 class Ruben Fernandez continues to make his strong presence felt. Today he managed sixth overall with a sixth and seventh in the motos respectively. Ruben is now only one point away from second place in the overall standings and we hope he can defend his position well at the next round in Latvia.

Honda Motor
MXGP of Flanders (BEL)

Lommel, Belgium

MXGP 2021, Round 6

Rain / 18
Sunday 1 Aug 2021, 15:02 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sand
  • 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 35:47.024
2 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 22 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:04.339
3 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:09.748
4 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 18 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:11.213
5 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:31.247
6 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0:34.905
7 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:37.604
8 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:39.296
9 Ben Watson 919 GBR 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:47.333
10 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 11 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:49.616
11 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 10 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:50.407
12 Cyril Genot 105 BEL 9 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:07.126
13 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 8 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:24.122
14 Alberto Forato 303 ITA 7 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:35.825
15 Evgeny Bobryshev 777 RUS 6 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:51.088
16 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL 5 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:53.497
17 Lars Van Berkel 107 NDL 4 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:54.109
18 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 3 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:57.406
19 Tom Koch 226 GER 2 Wildcard Rider KTM +2:12.629
20 Todd Kellett 998 GBR 1 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha +2:23.155
Cloud & Rain / 18
Sunday 1 Aug 2021, 12:35 UTC
  • Air Temp: 18°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:37.691
2 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:28.149
3 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:36.418
4 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 18 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:41.724
5 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:49.914
6 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:56.529
7 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 14 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:57.895
8 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:00.916
9 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:10.924
10 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 11 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:19.128
11 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 10 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:29.092
12 Ben Watson 919 GBR 9 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:40.563
13 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 8 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM +1:43.351
14 Alberto Forato 303 ITA 7 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:46.311
15 Cyril Genot 105 BEL 6 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:53.682
16 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 5 SDM Racing Beta +1:55.247
17 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 4 Wildcard Rider KTM +2:00.475
18 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL 3 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +2:01.906
19 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 2 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +2:22.356
20 Lars Van Berkel 107 NDL 1 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1 lap
Rider Standings
Sunday, 1 Aug 2021 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 226 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Romain FEBVRE 3 FRA 221 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
3 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 217 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
4 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 212 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 184 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
6 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 180 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
7 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 160 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
8 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 159 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
9 Ben WATSON 919 GBR 111 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
10 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 109 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM
11 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 95 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
12 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 95 SDM Racing Beta
13 Thomas KJER OLSEN 19 DEN 88 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
14 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 63 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
15 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 62 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM
16 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 52 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
17 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 49 JM Honda Racing Honda
18 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 48 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
19 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 47 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
20 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 46 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
21 Alvin OSTLUND 161 SWE 41 JK Racing Yamaha Yamaha
22 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 36 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
23 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 33 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
24 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 24 Wildcard Rider KTM
25 Alberto FORATO 303 ITA 21 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
26 Lorenzo LOCURCIO 183 VEN 18 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
27 Cyril GENOT 105 BEL 15 Wildcard Rider KTM
28 Tom KOCH 226 GER 9 Wildcard Rider KTM
29 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 7 JWR Honda Racing Honda
30 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 6 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
31 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 5 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
32 Nathan WATSON 991 GBR 4 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
33 Jimmy CLOCHET 520 FRA 4 SDM Racing Beta
34 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
35 Todd KELLETT 998 GBR 1 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha
36 Anton GOLE SWE 1
37 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 1 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha