GAJSER HAS FINGERS CROSSED

Motocross world championship leader Tim Gajser is looking forward to the sixth round of the series, the MXGP of Europe, at Valkenswaard this weekend, although he’s very wary of the treacherous sand track.

The sixth round of MXGP returns to the popular Belgian sand track in Valkenswaard this weekend for the MXGP of Europe, just one week after the Italian GP at Trentino.

The track is well known for its tough conditions. The deep black sand is difficult to master as its condition becomes progressively more challenging throughout the day.

Last year, when he was also then the red plate-holder, Slovenian rider Gajser achieved third place at this track after winning the first race, but he made some costly mistakes in the second race as the track grew more demanding.

Gajser is still leading the 2017 world championships with an 18-point lead over Italian KTM ace Antonio Cairoli, after his second-place finish at the Italian MXGP at Trentino, but he knows he’ll need to be at his best to keep Cairoli and the other behind him this weekend.

Gajser’s smooth riding style will hopefully secure him his fifth podium of the season.

“I am looking forward to Valkenswaard,” said Gajser.

“I think I am in good shape and I feel good on the bike, I am riding in some sand this week to train for it as we all know the track gets rough.

“Sand isn’t my favourite terrain to ride in but we have to be prepared for any kind of track. I hope to have a consistent weekend I will do my best. I will be ready for it.”

© Photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com

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MXGP class rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Gajser Tim 243 SLO 201 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 183 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 151 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
4 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 145 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
5 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 145 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
6 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 144 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
7 Febvre Romain 461 FRA 106 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
8 Tonus Arnaud 4 SWI 101 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
9 Nagl Max 12 GER 95 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
10 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 90 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki
11 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 88 Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha
12 Herlings Jeffrey 84 NDL 84 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
13 Coldenhoff Glenn 259 NDL 77 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
14 Anstie Max 99 GBR 69 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
15 Jasikonis Arminas 27 LTU 56 Team Suzuki World MXGP Suzuki
16 Butron Jose 17 SPA 49 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
17 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 42 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
18 Leok Tanel 7 EST 37 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
19 Tixier Jordi 911 FRA 36 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
20 Lupino Alessandro 77 ITA 29 Team Honda Red Moto Honda
21 Guillod Valentin 92 SWI 26 Team Honda Red Moto Honda
22 Nicholls Jake 45 GBR 15 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM
23 Desprey Maxime FRA 7 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
24 Graulus Damon 71 BEL 7 Wildcard Rider Honda
25 Salazar Jetro 60 ECU 4 Wildcard Rider Honda
26 Poli Joaquin 179 ARG 1 Wildcard Rider Honda

 

 

 

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