With the MXGP World Championship already won by Tim Gajser of the HRC team, his Australian teammate Mitch Evans was hoping to end the season with good results; and after qualifying for second place on Saturday, Mitch was hopeful and focused for Sunday’s races.
In the first MXGP race, Evans got off to a great start, finishing the first lap in second place, but quickly took the lead. His fluid style and deceptive speed helped Evans pull away, but an error on lap eight dropped him to fourth and another error on lap 13 pushed him further back to eventually finish the race at a disappointing 12th place.
Tim Gajser had in the meantime worked quietly outside the top ten on the first lap, but nibbled away lap after lap to find himself in a well-deserved third place at the finish.
JM Honda Racing’s Henry Jacobi finished race one in 11th place aboard the CRF450R.
In the MX2 category, the two Shiptocycle Honda SR Motoblouz Honda CRF250R of Stephen Rubini and Emil Weckman wanted to finish the season in force. Rubini had a tough qualifying race and found himself with another rider on the first lap. His 17th place gave him a poor choice for Sunday’s races, but race one saw Rubini hit the first lap in 10th place, but soon on lap two the Frenchman’s bike suffered an electrical problem which caused him disqualified.
Emil Weckman battled from 18th to lap one to move up to 13th, but a mistake on lap 14 dropped the Aileron to 15th where he finished the race.
Both Evans and Gajser got off to strong starts in the second MXGP race with Mitch in second and Tim in fourth. Evans looked strong and confident, but on lap two an unlucky kicker on a high-speed section of track saw the Aussie crash hard, ending his run. Meanwhile, Gajser inherited third place and made it his mission to reach the front. It was an easier task said than done for the Slovenian, but his efforts paid off on lap eight as he climbed back up to second place. Gajser then closed strongly on the race leader, but eventually ran out of time and finished the race in second position.
With his third place in the first race and his second in the second race, Gajser took the overall victory – his 10th GP victory of the season and his 100th career podium.
Henry Jacobi replicated his first race with an 11th-place finish in race two, coming back from 16th on the first lap.
In the second MX2 race, Stephen Rubini completed the first lap in 14th place with Emil Weckman in 21st. Rubini worked hard to move up to ninth on lap nine, but lost position towards the end of the moto to finish 10th. Emil Weckman had a tough race, but fought his way to 17th place at the finish.
As the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship draws to a close after a spectacular 18 rounds of racing, congratulations to the HRC team and Tim Gajser who are once again proud MXGP World Champions, riding the ever-competitive Honda CR – a bike with 50 year success story and we hope to see more in 2023.