Tim Gajser and his CRF450RW took a second overall today in the MXGP of Montbéliard.
The Slovenian looked relaxed today as he fought through the rain and mud in France to end his season as it had started- on the podium. In the first race, he sat himself in the inside rut, got out of the way of Febvre early on and pulled healthy gap, enabling him to take a comfortable win. Although he had a good start in the second race it wasn’t enough to keep him out front and he finished third to give him a second overall.
Bobryshev meanwhile didn’t end his season the way he had hoped for. After making a comeback in the first race from a second corner fall, his second race ended with a DNF when he crashed out of fourth place and injured his thumb.
- Tim Gajser
- Tim Gajser
- Tim Gajser:
Race Result: 1st/3rd Championship position: 5th
- “The season for me started really well, I had the red plate for the first four rounds until I crashed in Europe and got injured. From then on, my season went downhill. I was riding in pain and was not the same condition before the crash. Then I crashed again and that was pretty much how my season has gone. I am glad to finish the season strong and today I felt really good in the mud. I made too many mistakes this year and when I make a mistake I end up injured. The last few races I have been in much better condition and the riding is quite ok. I want to say a huge thanks to everyone around me and my family.”
- Evgeny Bobryshev:
Race Result: 11th/23rd Championship position: 11th
- “I had a frustrating weekend here. Both races I had a good start but in the first race I fell in the second corner, ended up dead last but managed to come to eleventh. The conditions out there were so tough, it was really difficult and to avoid making mistakes. The second moto started off really good, I was running fourth for most of the race and I was feeling confident. I was really pumped as I knew I was running upfront. Then, I banged bars with Tonus and I went down pretty hard and damaged my thumb. I pulled off as the pain was too much. I DNF’d the second race as a result. The season is finished now and I really want to say a big thanks to all of the team, Honda and the sponsors for seven years together and it is a shame to leave the group and I am a bit sad but I wish everyone and my team mate Tim good luck for the future.”
- Roger Harvey: HRC General Manager – MXGP
- “Good result for Tim today, getting back on the podium. It has been a very calm and relaxed weekend for him to turn in a good result. He felt good all weekend even though the conditions were really against the guys It was really a case of making no mistakes which Tim avoided in the first race and avoided. In the second race, he went for the same start position and the bike spun a little off the gate and he didn’t quite make the same jump but he finished third for second overall which was a good way to end the season from Tim’s side. For Bobby, he had a fantastic start in race two. He had a number of crashes in race one but in the second race he was so strong and riding in fourth position until he fell. He ended up not finishing the race unfortunately. This is our last GP with Bobby, it has been a long time that we have been with him and we thank him for everything he has done for us over the years.”
- Evgeny Bobryshev
Beaton takes podium and career best in French Finale
Jed Beaton took an incredible third place overall on the new CRF250RW today at the final MXGP of the season in Villars Sous Ecot.
With track conditions similar to that of yesterdays qualify race, the first race was a spectacle, with only the top six riders making it round the track. Beaton was one of those riders after an excellent start meant he quickly got into fourth place and out of trouble. The Aussie tussled his Honda through the mud, staying smooth and controlled in the treacherous conditions. His consistency was rewarded as he took third place, gapping fourth by 20 seconds.
In the second race, another good start got him into the top five and he sat just inside this for the majority of the race. Then; on the last lap, Beaton passed Seewer for fourth which was enough for him to take third overall, his best result in his racing career to date.
- Jed Beaton
- Jed Beaton
- Jed Beaton:
Race Result: 3rd/4th Championship position: 26th
- “My Saturday went pretty good, I had a good qualifying race which meant I had a good gate pick and that helped a lot. My starts this weekend were a lot better too. I was a bit lucky with Seewer crashing on the last lap of the second race as that enabled me to get third overall. I wasn’t originally going to race in MX2 this weekend but thankfully Carglass Honda released me and allowed me to take up the opportunity and I am really grateful for that. To get third overall in my fourth ever MX2 race is a really awesome feeling, it was awesome to see the team so pumped about it and they have been so good at setting the bike up for me as I only raced it for the first time in Assen last weekend.”
- Roger Harvey
HRC General Manager – MXGP
- “It has been a very pleasing day for us today in what were extremely difficult conditions. It was the same for every rider but in order to survive you need to remain consistent and Jed did just that. He had only been put on the CRF250RW last week in Assen for the first time, we essentially just threw him on it but he has just gelled with it. The podium result today is proof of that and a great way to end the season for everyone. We couldn’t have asked more of him, it was a great effort. Thank you to everybody, the team, the HRC technicians from Japan and of course Jed himself. Extra special thanks have to go to Carglass Honda for releasing him to us this weekend.”
2017 FIM MXGP / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 19: Villars-sous-Ecot – France
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