Gajser qualifies fifth in MXGP of France

2018-06-10 08:31
Team HRC’s Tim Gajser was fifth in today’s MXGP qualifying race at Saint Jean d’Angely’s ‘Circuit du Puy de Poursay’ – the venue hosting this year’s edition of the MXGP of France.

Gajser had a good start and an even better progression throughout the opening lap of the moto, with some exciting manoeuvres that helped him get past several opponents and move up to third place in the very early stages of the race. The two-time world champion then set his sights on Paulin for second place and tried, unsuccessfully, to get the better of the French rival throughout the central part of the encounter.

In the final laps, Gajser was unable to maintain the same pace aboard his Honda CRF450RW machine and before crossing the finish line for the last time, he had moved down two positions.

The tenth-round MXGP races will get underway at 14:15 and 17:10 local time (GMT +2).

Tim Gajser 243
Today was a bit of a struggle for me from the beginning. We were able to get a good lap in timed practice but my start to the race wasn’t the best, although I managed to get back to third early on; I tried to pass Gautier for second but I was struggling a bit and then Toni [Cairoli] and Romain [Febvre] passed me towards the end. Fifth it’s not bad ahead of tomorrow, but I know I can do a lot better than that. The start tomorrow will be crucial because there’s only one main line and it’s not easy to pass with all those stones on the track, but I also need to ride better and be more consistent.

Tim Gajser
Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager - MXGP
We’re not fully happy with today’s result. This is a very difficult track and it was very hot out there, so it wasn’t easy to perform at the very best. Third or fifth doesn’t make too much of a difference on Saturday, but we need to make sure that we’re on our game tomorrow – the day that really counts. Tim likes the track and the bike is working well, so I don’t see why we can’t get two strong results tomorrow.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas
Qualifying race
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1
HERLINGS
Jeffrey 84 NDL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 24:35.251
2
PAULIN
Gautier 21 FRA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +17.990
3
CAIROLI
Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +19.988
4
FEBVRE
Romain 461 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team +27.922
5
GAJSER
Tim 243 SLO Team HRC - MXGP +34.999
6
BOBRYSHEV
Evgeny 777 RUS BOS GP +45.959

Source: Honda Racing Corporation

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