Qualification victory for Tim Gajser and Jorge Prado at the MXGP of Trentino


Tim Gasjer pulled the holeshot in MXGP and went on to lead every lap.
HRC's Tim Gajser repeated his Matterley Basin qualification success by taking top honours in qualification at the MXGP of Trentino overnight while Jorge Prado led home the MX2 field to start favourite for Sunday's racing.

After posting the fastest times in both free and timed practice, Gajser took the holeshot in the qualification race and never looked back, holding off some late pressure to cross the line and take first gate pick into tomorrow‰Ûªs main races.

Most eyes this weekend are on Antonio Cairoli as both the Italian favorite at home and the MXGP championship leader. However, Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser is nearly as popular with many Slovenian fans making the trip to see the country‰Ûªs motocross superstar in action.

Today the pair proved their hype was real as Gajser took the holeshot and lead while Cairoli ran in 2nd. The third-place rider, Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha MXGP‰Ûªs Arnaud Tonus, was off to his best performance of the season on the start.

Much to the Italian crowd‰Ûªs delight 3 Italian were fighting in the top 5 with Cairoli 2nd and Ivo Monticelli leading Alessandro Lupino in 4th.

Pauls Jonass was in 6th with JWR Yamaha‰Ûªs Anton Gole having a surprising ride in 7th. Gole did lose his spot to Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha MXGP‰Ûªs Gautier Paulin on lap 2 however.

Paulin then would catch Jonass for 6th but the Latvian MXGP rookie proved to be a hard customer to pass slamming the door in Paulin‰Ûªs face several times. Lap 7 was the lucky one for Paulin who finally found his way around the #41 on his former colors.
Arnaud Tonus finished 29 seconds back from Cairoli and Gasjer for third.
Meanwhile the battle for the lead intensified as the race approached its conclusion. A gap that was over 2 seconds quickly shrunk to less than a second with only two laps to go. Cairoli applied pressure to the Slovenian with the roar of both riders' fans pushing them on. On the final lap Gajser stayed strong and took the win over Cairoli by only 0.549 seconds! Tonus took third while Monticelli took a well-deserved 4th ahead of Paulin.

"I have a good Saturday behind us," Gajser enthused. "I had good speed today and the start was good so I'm really happy and we're looking forward to tomorrow. It's a great atmosphere here and tomorrow we expect even more fans from Slovenia, it's just unbelievable and I'm really thankful to have so many supporters here."

Despite having to settle for second, Cairoli was still confident heading into tomorrow's race day and happy to be racing at home.

"It's very nice to race here in Italy because you see a lot of people that you don't normally see, a lot of fans but even people who used to ride with me when I was riding on small bikes in the Italian Championship," Cairoli said. "I really enjoy these Italian GPs. In the qualifying race we had very good battles and some very nice racing."
Defending champion Jorge Prado set the pace once again in MX2.
The MX2 Qualifying started out with a jump off the grid from defending champion Jorge Prado with Kawasaki‰Ûªs Darian Sanayei entering the first turn right alongside. Tom Vialle was quick to fill in the position between Prado and Sanayei on lap 1.

Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha Official MX2‰Ûªs Jago Geerts made his intentions clear by taking 3rd from Sanayei on lap 2. The pass put Sanayei into the view of his fellow American and newcomer to MX2 with BUD Racing Kawasaki, Mitchell Harrison.

Harrison made a pass on Sanayei two laps later in an impressive qualifying race debut with the new team. MX2 points leader Thomas Kjer Olsen from Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Racing came from 11 on the first lap up to 5th by lap 6. Olsen the continued to build momentum after a winning a battle over 4th with Harrison.
Jago Geerts finished second in MX2
Geerts was also continuing his mission to the front with his pass on Vialle to take over second place. Further back Sanayei was fighting to hold onto 6th as both Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori‰Ûªs Michele Cervellin and Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha Official MX2‰Ûªs Ben Watson applied the pressure.

At the finish Prado took the win 9.8 seconds ahead of Geerts followed by Vialle, Olsen, and Harrison. Meanwhile Cervellin used the home GP advantage to get 6th from Sanayei while Watson settled for 8th.

It wasn't a ggod day for the Australian with Jed Beaton 21st and Mitch Evans 24th.

Team HRC's Calvin Vlaanderen show he had the pace with the fastest lap time in MX2 Time Practice but shortly after the Dutchman twisted his ankle. Vlaanderen lined up for Qualifying despite the injury but then withdrew prior to completing a single lap and has since withdrawn from tomorrows racing.
Young Frenchman Tom Vialle is showing plenty of speed in his Rookie season, this time finishing third fastest.
MXGP Qualifying Race Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 23:45.731
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:00.549
3. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:29.478
4. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, KTM), +0:44.067
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:44.983
6. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:51.535
7. Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:55.993
8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:57.021
9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:59.128
10. Anton Gole (SWE, Yamaha), +1:03.049.

MX2 Qualifying Race Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 24:19.805
2. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:09.852
3. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:15.416
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:26.906
5. Mitchell Harrison (USA, Kawasaki), +0:38.553
6. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), +0:40.656
7. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:42.192
8. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:43.572
9. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:46.522
10. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:47.343.

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