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Out-going champ Tim Gajser ends season on podium

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Out-going MXGP champion Tim Gajser and his CRF450RW took a second overall today in the MXGP of Montb̩liard in France for a positive end to what has been an injury plagued title defence.

The Slovenian looked relaxed 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 Romain 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‰Ûªt enough to keep him out front and he finished third to give him a second overall.

"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," Gajser said. "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 concluded his 7 years with HRC in France
Gajser's team-mate Evgeny Bobryshev meanwhile didn‰Ûªt end his season or his final race with the HRC team 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.

"I had a frustrating weekend here," Bobryshev lamented. "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‰Ûªd 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."

Main Photo: Tim Gajser
Out-going champ Tim Gajser ends season on podium

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