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Tim Gajser and Simon Laengenfelder Secure Top Qualifying Spots at MXGP of Turkey

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Photo of motocross rider Tim Gasjer at the 2023 MXGP of Turkey
With a lap time 0.798 seconds ahead of his nearest rival in practice, Tim Gasjer was declared the pole winner after bad weather cancelled MXGP qualifying.

Due to adverse weather conditions, including strong winds and a lightning storm, the Event Management of the MXGP of Turkey decided to cancel the MXGP RAM Qualifying Race for safety reasons. Meanwhile, Simon Laengenfelder emerged victorious in the MX2 race that proceeded earlier.

The starting grid for Sunday’s MXGP races will be determined based on Saturday’s MXGP Timed Practice results.

In the MXGP category, Tim Gajser proved to be the quickest during Timed Practice, earning himself pole position for the first time this season. In MX2, Simon Laengenfelder took the race into his own hands to lead from start to finish. The German won his third Qualifying Race of the season.

In MXGP, Tim Gajser will get the advantage after showing great speed on the hard-packed track of Afyon. Gajser won here last season and has shown that he likes the track. The Slovenian finished in front of Red Plate holder Jorge Prado, who will get a good gate pick to start well on Sunday races.

Photo of motocross rider Jorge Prado at the 2023 MXGP of Turkey
MXGP Championship leader Jorge Prad was the second fastest.

The usual suspects showed up once more at the top of the timing sheet, with Jeremy Seewer getting the third place, fourth while Jeremy Seewer was fifth. Behind them were Australian Mitch Evans and Valentin Guillod, who finished in fifth and sixth respectively. The returning Mattia Guadagnini showed an encouraging and strong ride to get the seventh-best time of the day.

“I felt really good in both practice sessions, and to get first gate pick is nice for us, even if the track will be completely different when the gate drops. Hopefully, they can do the work needed to ensure we have two good races tomorrow,” Gajser said.

With the lack of qualification race, no points were handed out so the championship standings will remain the same as they were, with the GP overall still being decided by the two motos they will run tomorrow.

Photo of motocross rider Simon Laengenfelder at the 2023 MXGP of Turkey
The MX2 Qualifying race went ahead and it was Simon Laengenfelder who dominated. Photo:

MX2

The MX2 Qualifying Race started perfectly for Simon Laengenfelder, who made a blistering start to take command of the race from the first corner.

While Laengenfelder was getting comfortable in front, things heated towards the end with changing weather conditions and a charging Liam Everts who showed great consistency and good pace throughout the race to get closer to Laengenfelder in the last couple of laps.

Getting to third place on the opening lap, Everts had to find a way past another strong performer in the shape of Roan Van de Moosdijk. It took nine laps out of twelve for the Belgian to make a successful pass on Van De Moosdijk.

Then, Everts offered an intense last-lap showdown for the crowd as he pushed hard to pass Laengenfelder. However, the German was stoik and got to the last jump only a few meters in front of Everts to win it. Everts ended with another good performance under his belt to close the gap in the Championship to the Red Plate holder and his teammate Andrea Adamo. Van De Moosdijk confirmed a good comeback after his return in the last Grand Prix in The Netherlands and finished solidly in third place.

MX2 Championship leader Adamo unfortunately fell on a turn in the opening lap while he was third. He picked himself up in twelfth place and struggled to pass Camden Mc Lellan. Adamo and Mc Lellan capitalised on Jan Pancar’s mistake to both gain a position. Adamo then took ten laps to finally make a great move on McLellan to go tenth. However, Mc Lellan never gave up and didn’t let it go as he kept a strong pace to overtake the Italian on the very last lap for tenth while Adamo finished outside of the points in eleventh place. Pancar finished fourteenth in the end.

Jago Geerts continues to show very good form as the Belgian got a good start to find himself fifth on the opening lap behind the surprising Emil Weckman. The Finn showed great speed at the beginning of the race although he had to concede his fourth place to a determined Geerts on lap four. Geerts went on to ride through the rest of the race in fourth. Things got more complicated for Weckman was picked up by three riders on lap five after a couple of mistakes. Weckman in the end had to settle for ninth, which is still a good performance for the Finn who gets another top ten.

Once again Lucas Coenen showed that he never settles and always pushes forward. The young Belgian went from ninth on the opening lap to consistently overtaking riders in front of him to finish fifth. He showed great skills along the way, similar to Kevin Horgmo, who also managed to gain many positions going from tenth place to finish sixth in the end. The Norwegian is confirming after a solid Grand Prix in The Netherlands.

Isak Gifting is another rider who is getting into the top 10 as he started solidly in seventh place. Gifting managed to pass a good David Braceras for sixth but got overtaken by Horgmo in lap eleven to finish where he started in seventh place. Braceras took a good start in sixth and moved up to fifth but unfortunately could not maintain his great pace in the second part of the race and dropped down the rank. In the end, Braceras showed great qualities to finish eighth.

“It was not an easy race,” Laengenfelder said, “I made the Holeshot, and normally after that, it gets easier but after that, it rained a lot, and it got complicated. With the wind picking up at some point, it took you off-line in the air, which made it difficult. I was lucky to stay on the bike and take another RAM Qualifying Race. I’m very pleased with that.”

MXGP – Time Practice – Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 1:44.446
2 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:00.798
3 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:01.572
4 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:01.792
5 Mitchell Evans (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:02.126
6 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +0:02.135
7 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GASGAS), +0:02.270
8 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Honda), +0:02.348
9 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:02.547
10 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), +0:02.569

MX2 – RAM Qualifying Race – Top 10 Classification:
1 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), 24:19.392
2 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:00.389
3 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Husqvarna), +0:18.587
4 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:23.542
5 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:24.428
6 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:25.512
7 Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +0:30.599
8 David Braceras (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:34.111
9 Emil Weckman (FIN, Honda), +0:34.781
10 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, Honda), +0:36.879

MX2 – World Championship – Top 10 Classification:
1 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 705 points
2 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 642 points
3 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 610 points
4 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 605 points
5 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 517 points
6 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 501 points
7 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 470 points
8 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 465 points
9 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 462 points
10 Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 325 points

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