Gajser extends championship lead after Lombok qualifying second-place

Team HRC’s Tim Gajser put in a strong second-place ride to increase his lead in the 2024 MXGP World Championship to 24-points after the MXGP of Lombok qualification race. The Honda CRF450R rider grabbed a great holeshot and lead the majority of the race before relinquishing the lead three laps from the end to earn a well-deserved second place.

Already, the Slovenian looked much more comfortable on this reversed-layout at the Mataram circuit, with other track alterations also being met by universal approval from the riders. The mid-week rain also seemed to help conditions when they first took the terrain, when Gajser got to grips during the practice sessions.

A second-place in timed practice gave him second gate-pick and he used that to maximum advantage by grabbing another holeshot, crossing the line well clear of the rest of the chasing pack before quickly trying to break away. At the mid-point of the race, the #243 was looking comfortable but like last week, the surface was proving difficult to race on, and although he tried to maintain the gap as best he could, he soon came under pressure from behind. With three laps remaining, he was forced back to second, but it was still a good result for the championship, as his lead increased by two points.

Once again, he’ll have second gate-pick in tomorrow’s GP-scoring motos and given how well he has been starting recently, he will be approaching these races with belief that he can challenge for the GP overall.

Ferruccio Zanchi fought back to finish 15th in the MXGP of Lombok qualification race, after a first lap crash whilst in sixth place dropped him right to the back of the pack. It was a disappointing incident to what looked like a promising race for the youngster, but he put his head down once again and made up a number of positions before the chequered flag.

Last week, he proved he can still get a good start from the outside gate-picks and he’ll need to be utilising all the power of the Honda CRF250R in order to be battling it out for the top 10 spots, which is where his speed for the rest of the moto placed him. That’ll be his immediate focus for the races tomorrow, but he’ll also want to be able to negotiate the first few laps cleanly in order to give him a real chance of moving towards the top five positions.

1. Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), 24:15.060; 2. Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:04.688; 3. Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:09.780; 4. Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), +0:13.874; 5. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Triumph), +0:23.028; 6. Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:24.989; 7. Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +0:37.138; 8. Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), +0:37.833; 9. Karlis Alberts Reisulis (LAT, Yamaha), +0:46.960; 10. Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:48.652;… 15. Ferruccio Zanchi (ITA, Honda), +1:16.408

Tim Gajser  243

It’s a bit frustrating to lose the lead that close to end of the race, but I am happy with my riding overall and I felt much better than last week. I am also very happy with how I started, and that is thanks to all the work everyone does, so I’m hoping I can continue with this momentum and keep getting the holeshots.


Ferruccio Zanchi  73

Once again, a crash on the first lap really ruined any chances I had of posting a good result and that is something I need to try to fix moving forward this season. My laptimes in the rest of the moto were good enough to see me comfortably inside the top 10, so that is encouraging, but I know I can do better and that’s what I want to focus on in these two races tomorrow. I have enjoyed my time in Indonesia, and I really want to finish on a strong note!


Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

We could tell coming into this race that Tim was highly motivated to do better than last weekend’s results and immediately he looked better on the track. That carried through into the qualification race, and although he wasn’t quite able to win, he rode a lot better and he has a good base to build upon for tomorrow.

Ferro is so close to putting himself in the battle for the top five positions, but those small mistakes are costing him a lot. The goal is to try and help him get it right and if he can avoid those, we really feel he is on the right track to achieving his goals.