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2017 FIM MXGP / MX2 World Motocross Championship

Round 01: Losail – Qatar

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February 25, 2017

Gajser Starts 2017 Season on the Podium in Qatar

Tim Gajser took second place in the first GP of the season on his #243 CRF450RW in the most competitive MXGP class for the last few years.

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Tim Gajser
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Tim Gajser

Both Gajser and Bobryshev had a solid first race of the season taking second and seventh in the world championship standings to maintain Team HRC’s 100 percent podium record at the Qatari venue since 2014.

Gajser, who has been fighting off an illness all weekend, found he had a battle on his hands in the first race as he fought for the podium between teammate Evgeny Bobryshev and Clement Desalle. It was the second race where he looked more comfortable and was able to take an early lead within the first few corners, pulling a gap between himself and Cairoli. In the last lap of the race Gajser’s energy waned and he sensibly surrendered his first-place finish to Cairoli. With a full season ahead, this is a positive start to the reigning world champions season despite the challenges he faced.

Bobryshev started well in the first race and quickly got himself into second place and was running strongly, looking comfortable in the lead group. A couple of mistakes in the last few laps of the race cost the Russian a podium finish as he settled into fourth place. In the second race Bobryshev didn’t have the same jump out of the start meaning he had his work cut out to get back through the pack from eleventh. With the track becoming harder to ride and the lines limited, Bobreyshev had to settle for a seventh-place finish but took fourth overall in the GP, to lie fourth in the World Championship standings.

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Evgeny Bobryshev
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Michele Cervellin

Honda Comments

Tim Gajser:
Race Result: 3rd/2nd Championship position: 2nd
“Yeah I am actually really happy overall with the weekend. It didn’t start the best as I have been really sick all weekend but I was able to achieve two good races despite this. The first race I didn’t have the best start and I had to battle with Bobryshev and Desalle all race. It was tough to pass because there was only actually one fast line and the other lines were not the same speed. In the second race, I had a better start, I was leading and I pulled a gap between myself and Cairoli. Then, in the last two laps I was destroyed and I couldn’t give anymore but I am happy to start the season with second overall this weekend.”
Evgeny Bobryshev:
Race Result: 4th/7th Championship position: 4th
“Today was positive for my overall result in the championship but looking at the races I didn’t feel I did as well as I could have. In the first race, I made a mistake and dropped the bike in the corner before the start as I didn’t feel comfortable with my riding. In the second race, I had a really bad start and I struggled with the track but I know I had good speed as we changed a little bit on the bike for the second race. The changes were much better for my riding style in these conditions and I knew I was faster in the second section of the track. The track was really tough to pass; I feel that last year it was much better prepared. I was trying to change my line and I just couldn’t gain anything by doing this.”
Roger Harvey: HRC General Manager - MXGP
“This is a solid start to the season with both riders having a pretty strong day considering some of the circumstances. Bobryshev especially had a good race in the first one. Tim has been suffering this week with feeling under the weather and quite honestly we questioned whether he would even race but he did and coming away with this race with this position is quite a bonus for us. Now we just have to build on this in Indonesia next week which is new for all of us.”
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Chihiro Notsuka

Cervellin Takes Career Best in Qatar


Michele Cervellin charged through a highly competitive MX2 class to take his first finish with Team HRC MX2 in the top five.

Cervellin missed the start on the first race meaning leaving him back in 17th position. Then within the first 15 minutes he had battled his way into the top 10 in a spectacular ride. When others were flagging, Cervellin dug deep and by the last lap he was still pushing and was the fastest rider on track. In the second race Cervellin had a much stronger start and was fifth within the first few corners, he raced consistently and showed that he has the capability of reaching his goal this season of finishing top five by the end of the season.

Despite feeling good on the bike, Notsuka didn’t have the weekend he had hoped for in his first full GP season debut in Qatar. The young Japanese faced challenges such as being closed off at the gate and then following this he crashed early on costing him a competitive position in the race. Despite this, Notsuka picked himself up and finished the race which is important for him to do in his learning year in the MX2 world championship class.

Honda Comments

Michele Cervellin:
Race Result: 6th/8th Championship position: 5th
“I am really happy about my first GP in Qatar finishing fifth overall. The team and I worked well together and the bike was perfect. I think I may have been a bit nervous yesterday as it was my first GP with HRC and was a lot to take in but today it all felt good. I found a faster line in the first race for passing other riders and using this line helped me get up to sixth. I liked the track and I felt good on it. I look forward to trying to improve this in Indonesia next week.”
 
Chihiro Notsuka:
Race Result: 29th/24th
“To be honest I am feeling tired this weekend as in the first Moto I crashed and it took a lot to get back on the bike again and finish the race. I need to work on my speed as everyone was faster today and the track is really bumpy with deep ruts which I am not used to riding in. The bike is good but I do not feel I am riding at my best, I am learning how to ride in this new class and I want to improve my race position overall in the next few races.”
Roger Harvey
HRC General Manager - MXGP
“MX2 was a very respectable for us this weekend. Obviously, we have two young guys doing their first full season in the world championship which is always going to be a challenge. Notsuka's learning process began for him this weekend and although he isn’t happy with his performance he should take this weekend as a lesson and learn to settle into a race series which is a big step above what he has been in previously. Michele went well in the races. We are pleased with how he rode today in particular his first race and because of this he is now sitting fifth in the world championship and it’s safe to say we are pretty happy with that.”
 

2017 FIM MXGP / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 01: Losail – Qatar

MXGP - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Machine)
1Cairoli, Antonio(KTM)
2Desalle, Clement(Kawasaki)
3Gajser, Tim(Honda)
4Bobryshev, Evgeny(Honda)
5Van Horebeek, Jeremy(Yamaha)
6Paulin, Gautier(Husqvarna)
14Lupino, Alessandro(Honda)
21Guillod, Valentin(Honda)
MXGP - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Machine)
1Cairoli, Antonio(KTM)
2Gajser, Tim(Honda)
3Febvre, Romain(Yamaha)
4Desalle, Clement(Kawasaki)
5Paulin, Gautier(Husqvarna)
6Van Horebeek, Jeremy(Yamaha)
7Bobryshev, Evgeny(Honda)
18Lupino, Alessandro(Honda)
21Guillod, Valentin(Honda)
MX2 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Machine)
1Jonass, Pauls(KTM)
2Paturel, Benoit(Yamaha)
3Lieber, Julien(KTM)
4Kjer Olsen, Thomas(Husqvarna)
5Bernardini, Samuele(TM)
6Cervellin, Michele(Honda)
29Notsuka, Chihiro(Honda)
MX2 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Machine)
1Jonass, Pauls(KTM)
2Paturel, Benoit(Yamaha)
3Lieber, Julien(KTM)
4Kjer Olsen, Thomas(Husqvarna)
5Seewer, Jeremy(Suzuki)
6Lawrence, Hunter(Suzuki)
8Cervellin, Michele(Honda)
24Notsuka, Chihiro(Honda)

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