MXGP Race 2
MXGP 2022
Round 16

Team HRC's Tim Gajser wins the MXGP World Championship in Finland

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Round 16 of the FIM MXGP World Championship visited the southern Finland circuit of Hyvinkää this weekend where Team HRC’s Tim Gajser became World Champion for the fifth time riding the Honda CRF.

Team HRC's Tim Gajser wins the MXGP World Championship in Finland

Located in the Uusimaa region, approximately 50 kilometres north of the capital Helsinki the fast and sandy circuit of Hyvinkää produced some spectacular racing in all classes with a partisan crowd keen to see some of the world’s best motocross racers battle for victory.

Although Honda’s MXGP riders had a good showing in Saturday’s timed qualification session the qualifying race didn’t go as smoothly; and with average starts Team HRC’s Tim, Gajser and Mitch Evans struggled to make passes and came home in sixth and seventh respectively. Team Honda 114 Motorsport’s Rubén Fernández was 11th, still recovering from a hard crash at the Czech GP one month ago.

In MXGP race one Gajser got off to a good start and rounded lap one in second place. Rubén Fernández was down in seventh place whilst Team JM Honda Racing’s Henry Jacobi was in 11th. An early crash dropped Australian Mitch Evans out of a points-scoring position as he remounted and rejoined the race. 

Gajser rode a sensible moto to come home in sixth - focused hard on protecting his overall championship position. Evans made his way up to 14th place at the flag showing good speed and flow, but Fernández struggled in the unpredictable sand, eventually finishing in 16th. 

Shiptocycle Honda SR Motoblouz’s Stephen Rubini had a tough GP in Finland. The Frenchman was the sole Honda in the MX2 class this weekend and was still struggling with soreness from a big crash just one week before in Sweden. Rubini started race one in 18th place and managed to progress four positions to eventually finish in 14th. A slightly better start in race two allowed Rubini to flow a little better in the race and produce better lap times to finish in 12th.

The final MXGP race of the day brought high hopes and anticipation for Tim Gajser and Team HRC. The Slovenian needed to finish in eighth place or higher in the final race of the day to be crowned 2022 MXGP World Champion and as the gate dropped and the parade of riders hit lap one, Gajser had given himself some work to do. He passed the timing beam in 10th place on lap one and stayed there for five laps. Meanwhile, German fast-starter Henry Jacobi had launched his CRF450R into second place on lap one and looked comfortable. Fernández was in fifth. On lap six Jacobi began to drop back a little to eventually come home in ninth and Fernández retired on lap 10 having dropped down to 24th. Evans crashed again in race two and come home in 20th.

Gajser eventually calmed and regrouped on lap six to improve his lap times, which quickly showed in his race positions. As the end of the moto neared the soon-to-be champion moved into seventh place, which was enough to crown ‘Tiga’ MXGP World Champion - his fifth title riding the Honda CRF with Team HRC.

The World Championship now heads to St Jean D’Angely, France next weekend, for the penultimate round of the 2022 series,

Tim Gajser
Tim Gajser 243
Team HRC
Wow! What a day. I definitely didn’t ride my best, but I got the job done and that’s what I set out to achieve at the beginning of the day. Five world titles, and I can’t believe it. It really hasn’t sunk in yet. A big thank you to the whole of Team HRC, the people at the races and all the support from Japan. Also thank you to my girlfriend and all the support I receive from my fans around the world. It has been great to see so many of you cheering me on around the track and I can’t thank you enough. It is a special moment for me and I am just so happy to have got my fifth title!

Mitch Evans
Mitch Evans 43
Team HRC
Today was definitely not my day. I felt good coming into the motos but things just didn’t work out for me. A crash on the first lap in race one ruined any chance of a good result there, as I was almost last by the time I remounted. I charged through to 14th but it definitely wasn’t what I was after. Then a similar story in race two. Obviously, I’m really disappointed with how it went but I’m still fit, and motivated to get things right in the final two rounds of the season.

Henry Jacobi
Henry Jacobi 29
JM Honda Racing
This Sunday was far better for me then I expected. Last weekend I had quite a big crash in Sweden and was still sore from this and couldn’t train this week. Then in free practice I had another big crash and hurt my shoulder so it didn’t look promising. My goal today was to finish between 10th and 15th and after the first race I was 12th. Then in the second race I took a really good start and took the opportunity to hold on in second for a long as I could. Of course a good start always helps and although I have a good starting technique, you also need a really strong engine which I have with my CRF450R. 

Gordon Crockard
Gordon Crockard
Honda Motor Co. Ltd
Today I have mixed emotions, it's difficult to feel joy about the race results but completely understand why due to the injuries our riders are currently riding with and therefore not able to maximise their full potential, but the overall big picture of the championship victory is a good feeling and one for huge celebration.
Tim winning is justice to himself and to all the great work by all the members involved in achieving such success.
Congratulations goes to each team member and they all should rightly be proud of their contribution to delivering another world title to Honda with two rounds of the series still to run.
A display of true outright winning.

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