- Tim Gajser Conquers Lommel
Tim Gajser Conquers Lommel
Tim Gajser Conquers Lommel
Round 14 of the 2019 MXGP World Championship took place this weekend at the famous Lommel circuit in Belgium. Known as one of the most difficult MX races on the planet, the sands of Lommel greeted the MXGP athletes for what would surely be a very physical endeavor. Heavy rains drenched the area on Friday before the race weekend, but luckily the skies cleared for Saturday and Sunday, and the track developed into the treacherous animal that it is known as. HRC's Tim Gajser held a 179-point advantage in the World Championship standings coming into the weekend and looked to continue his epic run of performances.
MXGP Qualifying Highlights
Saturday morning was a bit of a struggle for Gajser as he struggled with the flow in the sand and could only clock the 9th fastest time during Qualifying Practice. However, he turned things around in the Qualifying race that afternoon and earned 2nd place on the grid for Sunday. Calvin Vlaanderen also put in a strong performance in the MX2 Qualifying race, matching Gajser's performance with a 2nd Place finish.
German youth rider Simon Längenfelder was in action as well for Round 6 of the EMX125 Championship. Before Lommel, Längenfelder's year had been up and down but included two podium finishes and he was 7th in the season standings. The 15-year old was on fire in Lommel and set the fastest time in Qualifying Practice for the first pick on the grid. The motos were no different, and he went 2-1 for the first Overall victory of his young career. Congrats Simon!
Calvin Vlaanderen Highlights
Calvin Vlaanderen had his work cut out for him in MX2 Moto #1 after a tough start saw him take the green flag in 10th position. He stalled the bike on lap 2 which knocked him a few spots further back, but with some aggressive riding, he was able to fight up to 7th position at the end. Moto 2 was a different story for the 22-year old as he started inside the top three. He battled at the front of the pack for the majority of the moto and inherited second with just three laps to go when Jago Geerts had a mechanical. 7-2 Moto scores were good for 2nd Overall on the day, his second podium performance of the season.
After missing a string of races in the middle of the season due to injury, Calvin Vlaanderen has returned to form and has moved back into the Top 10 in the MX2 Championship standings.
Tim Gajser Highlights
All eyes were on Tim Gajser before the start of the MXGP Motos as the Slovenian closes in on his 3rd career World Championship. He got off to a great start in Moto 1 and secured the lead in the opening laps. He settled into second behind Romain Febvre and looked to control his pace from there, not riding over his head on the difficult track and ended up finishing there.
Gajser grabbed the Fox Holeshot in Moto #2 and led the MXGP field for the first couple laps before settling into 2nd place again. Gajser kept things smooth and in control again, showing the poise and mentality necessary to bring home a solid result. His consistency paid off big time, as another 2nd place finish and 2-2 Moto scores handed him the overall victory. It was Tim's first career win at Lommel, as well as the first for Team HRC. A massive statement at a track where Tim has historically struggled in the past.
MXGP CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- Tim Gajser - 626 Points
- Jeremy Seewer - 439 Points
- Gautier Paulin - 402 Points
- Arnaud Tonus - 396 Points
- Antonio Cairoli - 358 Points
- Arminas Jasikonis - 355 Points
- Glenn Coldenhoff - 349 Points
- Romain Febvre - 336 Points
- Jeremy Van Horebeek - 329 Points
- Pauls Jonass - 321 Points
After 14 Rounds, Tim Gajser now holds a 187-point lead on the MXGP title race. With just four races to go, the series takes a brief pause before resuming for Round 15 at the famed Imola speedway in Italy August 17-18.
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