The fantastic news from the historic circuit of Imola in Northern Italy is that HRC’s Tim Gajser is the new MXGP World Champion. 

The 22 year old Slovenian took his CR450RW to third overall, with a fourth and second in the two races respectively. Tim adds his third world title to his two previous championship wins in 2015 and 2016, making him a three time Honda World Champion.

HRC also saw success in the MX2 class as Calvin Vlaanderen battled hard to finish the day in fifth overall. Meanwhile, Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor’s Mathys Boisrame went 5 – 15 to finish in 9th overall adding 22 points to his GP account. 

Tim Gajser

Tim Gajser 243

It is just an amazing feeling to have won this third world championship. To fight back after two really tough years and to even overcome a difficult round earlier in the year, it is just really, really great to have become champion. A big thanks to all of Team HRC, both here at the races and back in Japan who have supported me throughout this period, during the good and the bad. It is a real family I have under this awning and I am truly thankful to be riding with them for so long. We have all worked extremely hard this year to improve myself and the Honda CRF450RW but it has worked amazingly well. We have had great starts, zero issues, and I just feel really comfortable each time I get on the track, whatever the conditions.
I am struggling to say much more but it really has been an incredible experience and I’m so glad that a lot of fans from Slovenia could come out and witness this moment too. My previous wins have been in the USA, but now to have so much support here at Imola, and just throughout this year is something I am really appreciative of. Thank you to everyone who has been with me on this journey, fans team members, everyone, it means so much to me.

Team HRC – MXGP
Calvin Vlaanderen

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

It wasn’t my best day today. I got a decent start in the first moto but got stuck behind a crashed rider in the second turn and that put me outside the top 20. I think I came from around 22nd to 8th which took a lot of effort on this hot day and I was quite tired after the race with all the energy I expended passing those guys. The second race went a lot better and I was around fourth, quickly passed into third and then I rode there the rest of the race. Unfortunately I crashed in the last two last laps but I was still able to finish third. So I went eight-three for fifth overall which is solid, but not what I’m after as I hope to be on the podium.

Team HRC – MX2
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Europe Off-Road Manager

Congratulations of course go to HRC’s Tim Gajser for winning a well deserved third world title.

Great to see the return of the Honda 114 Motorsports Mitch Evans and Zach Pichon. Difficult conditions to return to with the heat and the challenging track - both suffering a little bit with confidence, but that’ll come back soon and we’re all looking forward to Sweden next week on a more conventional track.

Unfortunately, Brent van Doninck had to skip the second race due to injury and our best performer would have been Mathys Boisrame in race one, but it was shame that dropped out of a strong position.

So we’ll regroup and come back fighting in Sweden in a week’s time.

Honda Motor Europe
GP of Italy

Imola, Italy

MXGP 2019, Round 15

Sunny / 32
Sunday 18 Aug 2019, 16:41 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 32°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 25 Standing Construct KTM KTM 34.36.332
2 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 22 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +2.769
3 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +4.480
4 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 18 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +10.850
5 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +17.500
6 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +24.930
7 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 14 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +27.542
8 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 13 Team VHR KTM +29.951
9 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 12 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +34.606
10 Tanel Leok 7 EST 11 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +42.619
11 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 10 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +45.953
12 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 9 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +50.138
13 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 8 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +51.750
14 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA 7 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha +1.10.313
15 Tom Koch 226 GER 6 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM +1.11.753
16 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 5 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +- - - - - -
17 Petar Petrov 152 BUL 4 North Europe Racing KTM +1.23.894
18 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 3 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1.36.929
19 Anthony Rodriguez 127 VEN 2 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1 Lap
20 Klemen Gercar 62 SLO 1 62 MotoSport Husqvarna +1 Lap
Sunny / 32
Sunday 18 Aug 2019, 14:22 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 32°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 25 Standing Construct KTM KTM 34:54.225
2 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 22 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +2.337
3 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA 20 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +6.973
4 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 18 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +9.459
5 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 16 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +19.461
6 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 15 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +24.446
7 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +27.533
8 Tommy Searle 100 GBR 13 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +29.647
9 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 12 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +30.804
10 Romain Febvre 461 FRA 11 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +45.766
11 Kevin Strijbos 22 BEL 10 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +47.230
12 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA 9 Team VHR KTM +49.962
13 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 8 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +53.672
14 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 7 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +57.708
15 Tanel Leok 7 EST 6 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:00.999
16 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 5 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:02.825
17 Micha-Boy De Waal 34 NDL 4 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:06.241
18 Anthony Rodriguez 127 VEN 3 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:14.686
19 Tom Koch 226 GER 2 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM +1:17.177
20 Anton Gole 297 SWE 1 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:43.712
Sunny / 31
Saturday 17 Aug 2019, 16:50 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Packed
  • Air Temp: 31°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Tim Gajser 243 SLO Team HRC – MXGP Honda 24.46.048
2 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL Standing Construct KTM KTM +3.653
3 Ivo Monticelli 128 ITA Standing Construct KTM KTM +5.396
4 Romain Febvre 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +6.791
5 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +9.631
6 Gautier Paulin 21 FRA Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +11.601
7 Max Anstie 99 GBR Standing Construct KTM KTM +25.225
8 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +27.267
9 Tommy Searle 100 GBR Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +28.224
10 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +28.987
11 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +30.021
12 Jordi Tixier 911 FRA Team VHR KTM +32.456
13 Brian Bogers 189 NDL Team HRC – MXGP Honda +45.946
14 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +48.483
15 Shaun Simpson 24 GBR RFX KTM Racing KTM +52.627
16 Tanel Leok 7 EST A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna +59.142
17 Anthony Rodriguez 127 VEN Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1.01.833
18 Petar Petrov 152 BUL North Europe Racing KTM +1.10.551
19 Anton Gole 297 SWE JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1.14.517
20 Micha-Boy De Waal 34 NDL Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1.20.058
Rider Standings
Sunday, 18 Aug 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 664 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 481 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
3 Gautier PAULIN 21 FRA 440 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
4 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 419 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
5 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 399 Standing Construct KTM KTM
6 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 377 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
7 Romain FEBVRE 461 FRA 362 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
8 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 358 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
9 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 352 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
10 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 347 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
11 Max ANSTIE 99 GBR 256 Standing Construct KTM KTM
12 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 212 Standing Construct KTM KTM
13 Clement DESALLE 25 BEL 208 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
14 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 190 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
15 Julien LIEBER 33 BEL 184 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
16 Tanel LEOK 7 EST 172 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
17 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 156 RFX KTM Racing KTM
18 Tommy SEARLE 100 GBR 139 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
19 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 131 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
20 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 127 Team VHR KTM
21 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 89 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
22 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 70 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
23 Benoit PATUREL 6 FRA 65 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
24 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 57 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
25 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 31 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
26 Lewis STEWART AUS 29
27 Andero LUSBO 621 EST 29 A1M Husqvarna Husqvarna
28 Petar PETROV 152 BUL 28 North Europe Racing KTM
29 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 25 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
30 Adam COLES 227 AUS 22 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
31 Micha-Boy DE WAAL 34 NDL 22 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
32 Tom KOCH 226 GER 20 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM
33 Harri KULLAS 151 EST 19 Wildcard Rider Honda
34 Jeffrey DEWULF 212 BEL 18 North Europe Racing KTM
35 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 16 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
36 Valentin GUILLOD 13 SWI 14 Wildcard Rider Honda
37 Bruno DARIAS VAPANEN 251 SPA 13 Wildcard Rider KTM
38 Sven VAN DER MIERDEN 94 NDL 13 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
39 Jordi VAN NOBELEN 131 NDL 13 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
40 Aldi LAZARONI 110 IDN 10 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
41 Farhan HENDRA 162 IDN 10 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
42 Joel MILESEVIC 626 AUS 9 Wildcard Rider KTM
43 Pascal RAUCHENECKER 760 AUT 6 Wildcard Rider KTM
44 Anthony RODRIGUEZ 127 VEN 6 Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing Yamaha
45 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 6 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
46 Dean FERRIS 111 AUS 6 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
47 Gert KRESTINOV 37 EST 3 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki
48 Joaquin POLI 179 ARG 3 Wildcard Rider Honda
49 Madjade NAKPANE 244 TGO 1 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna
50 Klemen GERCAR 62 SLO 1 62 MotoSport Husqvarna
51 Juan Pablo LUZZARDI 171 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider KTM
52 Jetro SALAZAR 220 ECU 1 Wildcard Rider Honda