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Tim Gajser Secures a 1-1 Victory in Russia

Tim Gajser Secures a 1-1 Victory in Russia

The 2019 FIM World Motocross Championship returned over the weekend with the MXGP of Russia. Team HRC's Tim Gajser was the focal point heading into the weekend, as the 2-time World Champion closed the gap on points leader Tony Cairoli at the previous round. Unfortunately, Gajser's MX2 stablemate Calvin Vlaanderen was still deemed unfit to race in Russia due to a recent leg injury. Vlaanderen looks to return by Round 10 of the series at Teutschenthal.

 

Tim Gajser started off on a high note by clocking the fastest time in qualifying practice. However, he struggled at the start of the qualifying race and took the green flag in 6th position. He made some good moves throughout the moto, but ran out of time and had to settle for second behind Romain Febvre. Nonetheless, he showed great composure to bring it home safe, which would become vital for Sunday's motos.

 

At the start of MXGP Moto #1, Tim Gajser just narrowly missed the holeshot but gained control quickly on the opening lap and took the green flag at the head of the field. Gajser maintained a steady and smart pace while pure chaos ensued behind him, with massive crashes from Evgeny Bobryshev, Gautier Paulin and Clement Desalle throughout the moto. He showed great poise on the difficult track and brought home the win. Meanwhile, his main Championship rival Tony Cairoli struggled to a 12th place finish which handed Tim the points lead after the first moto.

 

Things were not quite as easy for Tim Gajser in MXGP Moto #2 as Glenn Coldenhoff grabbed the early lead and Tim slotted in behind him in 2nd position. He tailed Coldenhoff on the very one lined track and was able to make a move on lap 7, taking control of the lead. He set the pace again and withstood a big push from Arnaud Tonus just a few laps after taking the lead. He shut Tonus down when he dove for a pass and cruised on to the win after that challenge. It was another 1-1 Victory for Gajser and this one was extra sweet as he took control of the Championship standings by 13 points over Tony Cairoli.

 

WHAT'S NEXT

The series continues next week in Latvia and Gajser will take on the best in the world with the coveted Red Plate on his #243 HRC machine.

MXGP CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

  1. Tim Gajser - 351 Points
  2. Tony Cairoli - 338 Points
  3. Gautier Paulin - 231 Points
  4. Jeremy Seewer - 220 Points
  5. Arminas Jasikonis - 212 Points
  6. Clement Desalle - 208 Points
  7. Arnaud Tonus - 206 Points
  8. Julien Lieber - 172 Points
  9. Jeremy Van Horbeek - 170 Points
  10. Glenn Coldenhoff - 168 Points

 

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