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Positive Trentino weekend as Gajser closes gap at the top

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Team HRC’s Tim Gajser put in three solid motos over the course of this MXGP of Trentino to close up the gap at the top of the 2024 MXGP World Championship to just 13 points. The Slovenian backed up his second place from yesterday’s qualification race to go two-four for third overall as he extended his podium streak to four.

In race one, a good jump off the line saw him rounding the corner in a decent position, despite being forced into the inside wall of the first turn. He quickly made the necessary moves and by the time they crossed the lap for the first time, he was into third place. Knowing that he couldn’t afford to let the front two get away, he put on a charge and as they passed the halfway mark, he made the move on second place. Despite a last-ditch effort, crossing the line just 0.3 seconds behind the leader, he had to be content with second place and focus on moto two, knowing that a victory would have saw him stand on the top step of the podium.

Unfortunately, he got caught up in some first-turn carnage and only just about stayed on two wheels. Way down the field and knowing he had a lot of work to do, he once again sliced through the field in the opening couple of laps to get up to sixth. A lap later he was in fifth and after a mistake from a rider in front he moved into fourth. Trying to push as much as possible, he couldn’t quite make the necessary moves and instead had to settle for fourth place, which gave him third step on the podium, much to the delight of the thousands of Slovenians who had crossed the border and were supporting their hero.

Teammate Roan van de Moosdijk was missing from the action after deciding to withdraw from the MXGP. After the qualification race yesterday, it became apparent that the Dutch rider was in too much pain, to be riding at 100% and as such, decided it would be better not to line-up. He will now travel home to see a specialist and work out a plan of action based upon those results.

With two weekends off now, there is plenty of time for both riders to prepare themselves for what will a tough run of three races in three weeks. First up is Portugal on May 4-5 before the series heads to a new venue in Lugo, Spain a week later. The triple-header is then rounded out with a return to the magnificent St Jean D’Angely track in France which always brings the crowds out in force.

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I felt my riding was good for the most part, but I didn’t get the best starts, especially in race two and that really made my job difficult. So, two-four for third overall is still a podium but I really wanted to get on the top step for me, the team and for all the fans that supported me this weekend. It was great to see so many people coming out and I missed this race last year so it was really cool to see everyone again. Now we have a couple of weekends to re-group and try to get that victory that I feel like I’m close to achieving.

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Overnight I made the difficult decision to pull out of the GP. I didn’t have a good qualification race and I know my body and it just wasn’t feeling right, and I knew it was similar to how I was feeling in the pre-season and that wasn’t good for me. Now I have to get it checked out properly and once we get that information, we will make a decision how to proceed. A big thank you to all of Team HRC who have helped me these past couple of weeks and accepted my decision in a supportive way.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

A positive weekend in the championship as we closed up the table by a few of points and that’s always a good thing. Tim rode really well over all three races, making a lot of passes on a tight, tricky track and he can be proud of the effort he put in. Of course, we can see he was a little disappointed with how the second moto went but we will work on things in these next couple of weeks and try to make sure he is ready to go for the three races in a row coming up.

It was disappointing news for Roan but we could see he wasn’t able to perform at 100% and we hope that the news will be good after the check-up this week. From there we can make a plan for how we approach the rest of the season.

Race 1

Pos.       Rider     Num      Nation Points   Team     Time/Gap

1            Febvre Romain 3            FRA        25          Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP     35:02.471

2            Gajser Tim          243        SLO        22          Team HRC – MXGP           0:00.387

3            Prado Garcia Jorge          1            SPA        20          Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing                0:18.031

4            Herlings Jeffrey                84          NDL       18          Red Bull KTM Factory Racing                0:24.651

5            Seewer Jeremy 91          SWI        16          Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP     0:26.649

6            Vlaanderen Calvin           10          NDL       15          Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team       0:33.245

7            Guillod Valentin               92          SWI        14          Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz         0:55.858

8            Jonass Pauls       41          LAT        13          Standing Construct Honda MXGP                1:02.460

9            Coldenhoff Glenn            259        NDL       12          Fantic Factory Racing MXGP                1:06.503

10          Watson Ben       919        GBR       11          MRT Racing Team Beta 1:14.559

11          Paturel Benoit                  FRA        10                         1:18.682

12          Horgmo Kevin   24          NOR      9            Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz                1:23.009

13          Haavisto Jere                    FIN         8                           1:24.248

14          Koch Tom                          GER       7                           1:26.428

15          Pancar Jan          253        SLO        6            TEM JP253 KTM Racing Team     1:36.434

16          Bogers Brian      189        NDL       5            Fantic Factory Racing MXGP        1:38.493

17          Tondel Cornelius             17          NOR      4            Schmicker Racing            1 Lap

18          O?stlund Alvin                   SWE      3                           1 Lap

19          Monticelli Ivo    128        ITA         2            MRT Racing Team Beta 1 Lap

20          Gifting Isak         517        SWE      1            JK Racing Yamaha Active              1 Lap

Race 2

Pos.       Rider     Num      Nation Points   Team     Time/Gap

1            Prado Garcia Jorge          1            SPA        25          Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing                35:03.734

2            Vlaanderen Calvin           10          NDL       22          Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team       0:02.042

3            Seewer Jeremy 91          SWI        20          Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP     0:07.956

4            Gajser Tim          243        SLO        18          Team HRC – MXGP           0:11.825

5            Febvre Romain 3            FRA        16          Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP     0:18.595

6            Coldenhoff Glenn            259        NDL       15          Fantic Factory Racing MXGP                0:30.167

7            Herlings Jeffrey                84          NDL       14          Red Bull KTM Factory Racing                0:46.646

8            Paturel Benoit                  FRA        13                         0:56.321

9            Guillod Valentin               92          SWI        12          Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz         1:00.355

10          Jonass Pauls       41          LAT        11          Standing Construct Honda MXGP                1:02.018

11          Pancar Jan          253        SLO        10          TEM JP253 KTM Racing Team     1:08.331

12          Horgmo Kevin   24          NOR      9            Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz                1:12.354

13          Watson Ben       919        GBR       8            MRT Racing Team Beta 1:13.368

14          Bogers Brian      189        NDL       7            Fantic Factory Racing MXGP        1:32.016

15          Scuteri Emilio    228        ITA         6            Wildcard Rider 1:43.274

16          Spies Maximillian                           GER       5                           1:44.571

17          O?stlund Alvin                   SWE      4                           1:45.190

18          Koch Tom                          GER       3                           2:05.262

19          Edberg Tim         37          SWE      2            JM Honda Racing            1 Lap

20          Tondel Cornelius             17          NOR      1            Schmicker Racing            1 Lap

Rider Standings

Pos.       Rider     Num      Nation Points   Team

1            Prado Garcia Jorge          1            SPA        219        Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing

2            Gajser Tim          243        SLO        206        Team HRC – MXGP

3            Febvre Romain 3            FRA        174        Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP

4            Herlings Jeffrey                84          NDL       164        Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

5            Jonass Pauls       41          LAT        142        Standing Construct Honda MXGP

6            Seewer Jeremy 91          SWI        141        Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP

7            Vlaanderen Calvin           10          NDL       131        Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team

8            Coldenhoff Glenn            259        NDL       118        Fantic Factory Racing MXGP

9            Guillod Valentin               92          SWI        88          Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz

10          Horgmo Kevin   24          NOR      82          Team Ship To Cycle Honda SR Motoblouz

11          Watson Ben       919        GBR       78          MRT Racing Team Beta

12          Renaux Maxime               959        FRA        63          Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team

13          Tondel Cornelius             17          NOR      45          Schmicker Racing

14          Gifting Isak         517        SWE      45          JK Racing Yamaha Active

15          Koch Tom                          GER       40

16          Monticelli Ivo    128        ITA         38          MRT Racing Team Beta

17          Bogers Brian      189        NDL       38          Fantic Factory Racing MXGP

18          Pancar Jan          253        SLO        37          TEM JP253 KTM Racing Team

19          Spies Maximillian                           GER       27

20          Paturel Benoit                  FRA        26

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Liam Everts stars again in Trentino for first MX2 victory of 2024

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MXGP stayed in Italian soil but swapped the sand of Sardinia for the hard-pack of Trentino in northern Italy for round four of the 2024 campaign. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing grabbed MX2 victory for the second year in a row thanks to Liam Everts who went 3-2 on the day and around the slick stony and rough course with a strong crowd populating the grassy slopes at Pietramurata.

Liam Everts’ good starts and consistent speeds brings Red Bull KTM’s first overall victory of the 2024 campaign, and at the circuit where the Belgian earned his maiden career podium in 2023

Jeffrey Herlings shows fierce speed and racecraft to recover from poor luck at the start of both MXGP motos to reach 6th overall

Andrea Adamo after taking Pole Position through victory in the RAM Qualification Heat on Saturday leaves his home event with 7th in MX2 as Sacha Coene again shows moto-winning potential but misfortune puts the Belgian 16th

MXGP now breaks for three weeks before travelling to the distinctive red soil of Agueda for the Grand Prix of Portugal on May 5th

MXGP rushed around the Pietramurata dirt in the shadow of the Dolomite Mountain range and at one of the most consistent events in the last decade of Grand Prix racing. The tight, compact and slick layout of the Arco di Trento facility was familiar to many teams and riders and something of a complete contrast to the deep, draining sand tackled the previous weekend at Riola Sardo.

Red Bull KTM came to northern Italy after Jeffrey Herlings ha captured his first podium finish of the season the previous weekend. The crew’s competitiveness came through to the fore in the Saturday RAM Qualification Heat where Andrea Adamo was able to lead a KTM 250 SX-F ‘1-2’ with Liam Everts in a decent second place and Sacha Coenen in 8th after yet another excellent start. Herlings took the KTM 450 SX-F to 4th spot and a decent pick of gates for the motos on Sunday.

Under bright skies and in significantly cooler conditions than Sardinia, race day depended largely on the starts. Jeffrey Herlings made a reasonable getaway in the first moto and worked hard to pass Pauls Jonass and Valentin Guillod to seal 4th position. In the second race the Dutchman was better placed and tried to accelerate into 3rd spot out of the third corner when he lost rear traction and slid out. #84 used the rest of the moto to regain ground to arrive to 7th; meaning 6th overall.

In MX2 Everts, with fond memories of his first career trophy at Trentino last year, used the prowess of the KTM 250 SX-F and his skill at picking space around the tight first corners to front the pack. His advantage from the first laps, as well as consistent pace, helped towards results of 3rd and 2nd and ensured overall victory: his first of 2024 and the fourth of his career (the fourth in Red Bull KTM colors). Adamo, riding at the site of his maiden GP win in 2023, wasn’t so prolific away from the gate. Charging hard in front of his home fans Andrea reached positions of 7th and 6th for 7th in the final Grand Prix standings. Sacha Coenen was luckless in Trentino. He set the pace in the lead and then the top three for most of the first moto but suffered a technical problem in the last minutes. The Belgian was then caught up in the first corner crash in the second outing that meant he had to fight back to 11th from almost last place. The Belgian ranked 16th overall.

In the highly competitive EMX250 European Championship, Gabriel SS24 KTM’s Cas Valk rode his KTM 250 SX-F to 2-2 for 2nd position overall. The result marked the KTM GP Academy starlet’s first top three of the season and the Dutchman sits 3rd in the rankings.

MXGP now breaks until the first weekend of May where a ‘double’ on the Iberian Peninsula – Portugal and then northern Spain – will push the series up to round six.

Jeffrey Herlings, 4th and 7th for 6th overall in MXGP: “I clearly had the speed to be on the podium today. I came from P20 to pass many guys and reach P4 in the first moto and in the second I had a really good start but the rear end washed away and it meant another charge back, this time to 7th. It’s pretty devastating because I had the pace to maybe even to go for the win. Two out of three starts this weekend were good and my feeling was really good, especially with my ribs…we just didn’t have the result! Anyway, we go home in one piece and we have sixteen more races to come. I should be fully fit and ready to go in Portugal.”

Liam Everts, 3rd and 2nd for 1st overall in MX2: “This weekend was a step in the right direction. It wasn’t a perfect weekend but we got the job done. It’s nice to be back on top, especially at this iconic venue. I had struggled in Sardinia, so I wanted to do better and get on the podium. I wanted to get that burden off my shoulders, and I hope now I have that sense of freedom to continue. We’ll have a small break now and then work hard towards the next Grand Prix.”

Sacha Coenen, DNF and 11th for 16th overall in MX2: “A really good first moto. I led for a while and then got passed by two riders but couldn’t make the finish. It was a technical issue and just bad luck. I really wanted to win the second one but we had the start collision. Disappointing. Last to 11th and not what I wanted but we’ll hope for better In Portugal.”

Andrea Adamo, 7th and 6th for 7th overall in MX2: “After yesterday I was confident for today but this is the way it is and we cannot change the result. The speed was there and everything was on-point but I didn’t make the best starts. It was really difficult to pass. I made a mistake in the first moto and I was in the middle of the mess at the start of the second. We’ll recover, relax and work in the next weeks now to reset the motivation for Portugal.”

Harry Norton, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager: “Really nice for Liam and great to see after he had to miss the first GP of the year. Also, the first one for the team so we’re really happy. Unfortunately Sacha had a DNF, otherwise he was in podium contention and Andrea also showed he had the sped until his mistake. Jeffrey is building back into what we know and we’re sure the slow-and-steady approach will pay-off in the long run.”

Results MXGP Trentino 2024

  1. Jorge Prado (ESP), GASGAS, 3-1
  2. Romain Febvre (FRA), Kawasaki, 1-5
  3. Tim Gajser (SLO), Honda, 2-4
  4. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED), Yamaha, 6-2
  5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI) Kawasaki, 4-3
  6. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, 4-7

Standings MXGP 2024 after 4 of 20 rounds

  1. Jorge Prado (ESP), GASGAS, 219 points
  2. Tim Gajser (SLO), Honda, 206
  3. Romain Febvre (FRA), Kawasaki, 174
  4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, 164
  5. Pauls Jonass (LAT), Honda, 142

Results MX2 Trentino 2024

  1. Liam Everts (BEL), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, 3-2
  2. Thibault Benistant (FRA), Yamaha, 2-4
  3. Simon Laegenfelder (GER), GASGAS 8-1
  4. Kay de Wolf (NED) Husqvarna 1-8
  5. Andrea Adamo (ITA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, 7-6
  6. Lucas Coenen 9BEL) Husqvarna, 10-9
  7. Sacha Coenen (BEL) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, DNF-11

Standings MX2 2024 after 4 of 20 rounds

  1. Kay de Wolf (NED) Husqvarna, 213 points
  2. Simon Laegenfelder (GER), GASGAS, 141
  3. Thibault Benistant (FRA), Yamaha, 148
  4. Lucas Coenen 9BEL) Husqvarna, 147
  5. Andrea Adamo (ITA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, 139
  6. Liam Everts (BEL), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, 128
  7. Sacha Coenen (BEL) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, 90
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