The third in the trio of FIM World Motocross Championship races took place today at the tight and twisty Mantova (Italy) circuit; and early-on we were greeted with blue skies and an autumn chill in the air.

In the MXGP class HRC’s Tim Gajser was hoping to increase his championship lead and retain the coveted leader’s red plate, whist Tim’s Australian team-mate Mitch Evans was focused on further improving his races results – a good start being critical in Mantova to avoid battling through a competitive field. 

Riding the CRF450R, JM Honda Racing’s Dylan Walsh was also hoping to improve on his Wednesday race two 11th place – his best MXGP race and overall result so far for Dylan.

As the gate dropped in the MXGP class race one it was JM Honda Racing’s Dylan Walsh who took the holeshot and a superb early lead riding the production Honda CRF450R. The fast Kiwi rider set about putting down some stylish and consistent laps – chased hard by HRC’s Tim Gajser and Mitch Evans in second and third.

Gajser found a way past on lap four, soon followed by Mitch Evans. ‘Tiga’ went on to win the race with Mitch in fourth, whilst Walsh only managed six laps before ‘cooking’ his clutch, which put him out of the race. 

Team SR Honda Motoblouz rider Jeremy Van Horebeek had a torrid race in mid-pack, battling eventually to 14th at the finish. 

Gajser fired his HRC CRF450RW into an early lead in race two and looked smooth and in-control until a small mistake on lap three dropped the Slovenian to second – and although he battled hard to regain the lead, he finished the race in second place, taking the overall Grand Prix win by six points to extended his lead in the championship.

Mitch Evans had a good day, adding 31 points to his 2020 GP tally with fourth and eighth places and hopes to continue his improvement in the MXGP class.

JM Honda Racing’s Dylan Walsh had a tough second race but managed to progress through the field from 19th on lap one to 15th at the finish – and six more points to his 2020 GP account.  

In the MX2 class, Stefan Rubini’s Wednesday’s qualifying position showed great promise, but he struggled with poor starts and small crashes that spoilt his chances to score better points in the races. Today’s timed qualifying session once again saw Rubini in fourth position – another very promising start to the day.

Race one of the MX2 class was full of promise for Honda Racing Assomotor’s Stephen Rubini – his fourth place qualifying setting the team alight with high expectations. Sadly, the high hopes turned to disappointment as Rubini rounded lap one in 11th place and pulled out of the race after suffering an impact to his engine casing from another rider crashing into him, forcing him out of the race.

Stephen’s team-mate Alvin Östlund had another poor start and battled for most of the race in a non-points scoring position. Similar luck befell Honda 114 Motorsport’s Bailey Malkovich a poor start and 12th at the finish – his teammate Nathan Crawford not starting the race today due to a knee injury that requires rest and recuperation.  

MX2 race two saw mid-pack starts from the CRF250Rs giving the riders a hard task to push forward. Australian Bailey Malkiewicz once again headed the Hondas home driving through the pack from 20th on lap one to finish 14th at the flag – his finish position disguising his performance and effort. 

Honda Racing Assomotor’s Alvin Östlund progressed from 23rd to 16th at the finish, whilst Stephen Rubini suffered a second misfortune in race two with another DNF. 

Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser 243

It’s an amazing feeling to be back on the top step of the podium. I’ve won many heats this year but never an overall, so I’m super happy to have been able to have done that at this round in Mantova. The races were nice, although I did get a little arm-pump towards the end of the first race which made it a little closer than I’d have liked but I still won, so that was good. Then in the second race I had another good start, and passed for the lead almost immediately. Unfortunately, I fell in the middle of the race and dropped back to second. I pushed hard to get the lead back but ended up second for first overall. A big thanks to everyone at Team HRC who have supported me this year and who have kept pushing me towards this goal. Next up is Spain and I can’t wait!

Team HRC – MXGP
Mitch Evans

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Today was a good day and a bit of a disappointing day too. In the first moto I got a good start, made a few passes and was in third for most of the race. I ended up fourth but it was still a good moto and I enjoyed running with the top guys. In moto two I didn’t get the best jump which made things difficult because it was still hard to pass, but I got back to eighth for fifth overall, which was the same as in Matterley Basin at the first GP of the year, so I’m pleased with that. I really wanted that podium today but it didn’t quite happen but there are still seven more rounds to get it done and that’s what I’m focusing on when we head to Spain.

Team HRC – MXGP
Dylan Walsh

Dylan Walsh 53

Qualifying wasn’t so bad. I ended up in 15th place. I had really good sector times, but I just couldn’t put it all together. That was a shame, but it’s an improvement over my qualifying times at the previous races here. Race one though was unbelievable. I lead the first 11 minutes and also had one of the best lap times of the race. That was a life-long dream of mine and really good to achieve this and it’s gives me a lot more experience and confidence coming into the next races. We had a small bike problem in race one, but that was my fault by being too aggressive with the clutch. In the second moto I was feeling good. I started in 10th and moved upon to eighth, but I tangled with another rider. I got back moving and did the best I could do in the moto. I feel like I’m making good progress with the team and I’m happy with how things are going.

JM Honda Racing
Bailey Malkiewicz

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Qualifying wasn’t how we wanted it to be. Everyone was pretty quick this morning, so my 14th gate pick made it hard for the starts. I definitely felt good on the bike though. I’m really having fun at the moment and I feel the best I have all season and feel like I belong inside the top-ten results. In race one I had a poor start and it took a long time to make it up to 12th place, but I had small crashes on the last two laps and that hurt my chances of a possible top-ten. Then in race two the start was a little bit better, but starting so far out wide into turn one it’s pretty much over before it’s started. I had to push through the pack again and made my way to 14th and that’s the best I could do in that race. I could do better, but it’s just how it was today. It wasn’t what I wanted, but I’m happy to finish these races safe and fit and we move into Spain to hopefully stay inside the top ten.

Team Honda 114 Motorsports
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Off Road Racing Manager

We were missing Nathan Crawford in the MX2 class due to knee injury, but his team-mate Bailey Malkiewicz delivered a fine 11th in race one. Unfortunately Stephen Rubini suffered an impact to his engine casing from another rider crashing into him during an attempted pass, damaging the casing with a large hole and losing all his oil - forcing Stephen to pull out of the race.
Rubini was also to suffer misfortune in race two with another DNF, which is so frustrating as he has speed for great results.

Malkiewicz scored a consistent tally again and continues to be comfortable in the points in his rookie year.

MXGP race one saw a CRF trio lead the race for the opening ten minutes. Dylan Walsh led from Tim Gajser and Mitch Evans. Dylan lost some places and made a costly fall dropping him out of the lead group and damaging his clutch. Tim went on to win with Mitch in a fine fourth place.

Jeremy Van Horebeek had a fall to put him out of his (at the time) ninth position, eventually finishing 14th at the flag. It was positive to see Valentin Guillod scores points with a fine 16th, recovering from his health issue.

Race two saw JVH89 crash on lap one and start from the back. At the 20 minute mark he crashed again after pulling his way up to 16th. Dylan Walsh crashed out of 8th place on lap three after positively moving up some positions on the opening laps. He pushed himself brilliantly back up to 15th.

Tim did ever so well to win the overall and extend his championship lead. Mitch Evans proving himself well with a fifth overall. The championship resumes in one week at the new venue in Madrid, Spain.

In EMX250 it was a successful return to the Honda family for double EMX150, CRF150 European Championship winner Emil Weckman. Placing seventh in EMX250 race one was a pleasure to see and a firm base to build on in the next weeks.

Honda Motor
GP of Europe (ITA)

Mantova, Italy

MXGP 2020, Round 11

Cloudy / 19
Sunday 4 Oct 2020, 15:03 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 19°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:09.190
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 22 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:02.652
3 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:06.339
4 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:08.174
5 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 16 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:20.703
6 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 15 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:26.332
7 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 14 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:30.752
8 Mitch Evans 43 AUS 13 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:33.840
9 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 12 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:35.952
10 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 11 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:37.138
11 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 10 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:38.621
12 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 9 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +0:57.845
13 Tanel Leok 7 EST 8 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:22.514
14 Jose Butron 17 SPA 7 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:25.984
15 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR 6 JM Honda Racing Honda +1:28.534
16 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 5 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +1:29.484
17 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 4 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:31.032
18 Nicholas Lapucci 211 ITA 3 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:41.723
19 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +2:02.976
20 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 1 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1 lap
Cloudy / 18
Sunday 4 Oct 2020, 11:56 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 18°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 25 Team HRC – MXGP Honda 34:17.344
2 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 22 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:01.263
3 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:04.925
4 Mitch Evans 43 AUS 18 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:08.675
5 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:09.994
6 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:11.544
7 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 14 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:19.247
8 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA 13 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:20.654
9 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 12 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:21.495
10 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 11 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:21.844
11 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 10 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:26.995
12 Clement Desalle 25 BEL 9 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:28.124
13 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 8 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +0:56.506
14 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 7 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:03.716
15 Nicholas Lapucci 211 ITA 6 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:09.348
16 Valentin Guillod 92 SWI 5 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:13.417
17 Tanel Leok 7 EST 4 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:17.246
18 Jose Butron 17 SPA 3 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:33.536
19 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 2 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +1:39.479
20 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 1 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +1:51.930
Sunny / 18
Sunday 4 Oct 2020, 09:12 UTC
  • Track Condition: Sandy
  • Air Temp: 18°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas 1:48.616
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:00.299
3 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +0:00.320
4 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:00.458
5 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:00.470
6 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:00.591
7 Clement Desalle 25 BEL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:00.664
8 Romain Febvre 3 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:00.819
9 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +0:01.449
10 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:01.590
11 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +0:01.618
12 Mitch Evans 43 AUS Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:01.699
13 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:02.108
14 Henry Jacobi 29 GER Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +0:02.375
15 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR JM Honda Racing Honda +0:03.115
16 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha +0:03.702
17 Tanel Leok 7 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +0:03.883
18 Adam Sterry 811 GBR JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM +0:04.015
19 Petar Petrov 152 BUL Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM +0:04.191
20 Nicholas Lapucci 211 ITA Wildcard Rider KTM +0:05.225
Rider Standings
Sunday, 4 Oct 2020 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 399 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 388 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 369 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
4 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 341 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 341 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
6 Romain FEBVRE 3 FRA 304 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
7 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 285 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
8 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 263 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
9 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 262 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
10 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 248 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
11 Mitch EVANS 43 AUS 228 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
12 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 197 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
13 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 137 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
14 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 127 Wildcard Rider KTM
15 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 118 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
16 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 116 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
17 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 105 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
18 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 82 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
19 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 73 SDMCorse Yamaha Yamaha
20 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 71 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
21 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 45 JM Honda Racing Honda
22 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 41 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
23 Dylan WALSH 53 GBR 41 JM Honda Racing Honda
24 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 33 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
25 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 31 Team VRT Nordpesca Holland KTM
26 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 31 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM
27 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 26 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
28 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 25 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
29 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 760 AUT 19 Wildcard Rider Honda
30 Karlis SABULIS 116 LAT 18 Wildcard Rider KTM
31 Thomas COVINGTON 64 USA 15 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
32 Nicholas LAPUCCI 211 ITA 15 Wildcard Rider KTM
33 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 15 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
34 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 13 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
35 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 11 Wildcard Rider Honda
36 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 9 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
37 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 9 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
38 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 5 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
39 Tom KOCH 226 GER 2 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM
40 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 2 JWR Racing Honda
41 Zachary PICHON 201 FRA 2 Wildcard Rider Honda