Sunday, July 18th, 2021. Today the FIM World Motocross Championship visited Oss in the province of North Brabant, in the Netherlands and it was the first World Championship race in 23 years to visit Oss.

The track’s location right beside the N329 and A59 highways make it easily accessible and its compressed sandy surface made for exciting racing.

The MXGP class once again saw Team HRC’s Tim Gajser top the podium after a challenging start to the day with sixth in Timed Qualification. 

The Slovenia turned this around in race one with a hard fought third place, backed up by an equally tough second place in race two, giving the 24 year old the overall MXGP win and the series leader’s red plate going into round four in the Czech Republic next weekend.

The ever-competitive MX2 class also witnessed some hard racing with Team Honda 114 Motorsport’s Ruben Fernandez hoping to regain the championship lead.

In race one the Spaniard hit turn one in an average position, starting lap one in 10th place. Brave and strong passes pushed Fernandez up to seventh by lap four, but a high-speed crash drop him down to 13th. The #70 eventually finished the race in 10th position. A very hard fought race.

Ruben took a much better start in race two – firing his CRF250R into fifth place on lap one and quickly progressed into fourth. Fatigue began to show in the latter stages of the race as he dropped a few place to finish in seventh.

Fernandez now sits in third position in the MX2 World Championship, just eight points from the lead.

EMX250 hopes were dashed during Timed Qualification as Emil Weckman suffered a small crash and tangled with some track infrastructure in a short run-off area. The former two-time Honda 150 European Champion suffered a fracture to his T5 vertebra and will be out of action for at least two months. 

Tim Gajser

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Overall I am happy with the day.

Coming into the event I knew it would be difficult to take the victory as it was a new track for me and there are a lot of good sand riders, but I tried to ride smoothly, not taking too many risks and it paid off.

Of course I would have liked to have finished off with a win in the second moto but increasing my championship lead and getting on the top step of the podium was a good finish to the day.

I know I still need to keep working hard though and I will make sure I’m ready for the hard-pack of Loket next weekend where hopefully there will be a lot of Slovenian fans who can cheer me on.

Team HRC – MXGP
Ruben Fernandez

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It was a bit harder for me this weekend. It was my first race on a sand track for quite a while. Plus the track was quite slippery under the surface but soft in some places which made it very difficult.

In the first moto I had a bad start and then quite a big crash when I was charging to the front. Then I had to regroup and work hard to finish the race in 10th.

In race two I had a much better jump off the gate and started lap one in fifth place. Then later in the race I started to feel quite tired. Again, it was the first race in sand this year and this track was very difficult, so overall we still saved the day and we’re still third place in the championship and only eight points off the lead.

Honda 114 Motorsports
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Off Road Racing Manager

It was great to see Tim Gajser extend his championship lead today and his management of a challenging sandy circuit and hot conditions; showing that he’s a great all round rider and why he’s the current MXGP World Champion.

In MX2 class it was Ruben Fernandez who was once again the highest scoring Honda rider abroad the CRF250R. Although there were more points available for Ruben, in the end he managed not to panic today and salvaged some good points to keep his championship hopes alive. He now sits in third position, just eight points from the lead.

Stephen Rubini was struggling today and chose not to ride the second race feeling unsafe on the track and we can appreciate how he arrived at this decision. Stephen himself suffered a broken back during off-season training and was concerned after hearing about his close friend and teammate Emil Weckman’s accident.

A very promising EMX250 opportunity was taken away from us this weekend resulting from a small crash for Emil Weckman that ended in a big injury due to circumstances outside of our control.

Emil collided with some track infrastructure at the side of the circuit and we have to accept that the championship challenge for him is over for this year and we wish him all the best with his recovery and return to racing.

As always, we now want to move on and look for improvements at the next round in Czech Republic in one week’s time.

Honda Motor
MXGP of The Netherlands

Oss, Netherlands

MXGP 2021, Round 4

Sunny / 27
Sunday 18 Jul 2021, 15:01 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 27°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:37.324
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 22 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:03.782
3 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:05.573
4 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:06.707
5 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 16 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:26.103
6 Ben Watson 919 GBR 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:30.792
7 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 14 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:39.106
8 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0:39.106
9 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL 12 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:44.610
10 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:45.341
11 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 10 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +1:06.705
12 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 9 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:09.817
13 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 8 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +1:14.254
14 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 7 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM +1:16.412
15 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE 6 JK Racing Yamaha Yamaha +1:18.225
16 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 5 JM Honda Racing Honda +1:34.816
17 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 4 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM +1:36.475
18 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 3 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:50.990
19 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 2 JWR Honda Racing Honda +2:00.208
20 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 1 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +2:06.194
Sunny / 28
Sunday 18 Jul 2021, 11:59 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 28°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 36:28.182
2 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:02.563
3 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 20 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:05.559
4 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:11.495
5 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 16 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:22.231
6 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:38.861
7 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 14 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:46.584
8 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:48.838
9 Ben Watson 919 GBR 12 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:50.585
10 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 11 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:58.409
11 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:03.402
12 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 9 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:06.040
13 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 8 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:08.170
14 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 7 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM +1:14.049
15 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 6 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:18.200
16 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR 5 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM +1:34.754
17 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 4 SDM Racing Beta +1:49.918
18 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 3 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +1:53.337
19 Lorenzo Locurcio 183 VEN 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:55.208
20 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 1 JM Honda Racing Honda +1:59.565
Rider Standings
Sunday, 18 Jul 2021 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 166 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 143 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 143 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
4 Romain FEBVRE 3 FRA 143 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
5 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 132 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
6 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 113 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
7 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 104 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
8 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 104 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
9 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 83 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM
10 Ben WATSON 919 GBR 71 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
11 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 64 SDM Racing Beta
12 Thomas KJER OLSEN 19 DEN 62 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
13 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 61 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
14 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 47 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
15 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 44 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
16 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 40 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
17 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 36 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM
18 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 36 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
19 Alvin OSTLUND 161 SWE 36 JK Racing Yamaha Yamaha
20 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 33 JM Honda Racing Honda
21 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 23 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
22 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 23 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
23 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 23 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
24 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 19 Wildcard Rider KTM
25 Lorenzo LOCURCIO 183 VEN 5 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
26 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 4 JWR Honda Racing Honda
27 Nathan WATSON 991 GBR 4 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
28 Jimmy CLOCHET 520 FRA 4 SDM Racing Beta
29 Anton GOLE SWE 1
30 Valentin GUILLOD SWI 1