The second episode of the Turkish MXGP double-header played out today under baking-hot sunshine and blue skies and again the hard-packed circuit of Afyon witnessed some fast and furious racing in all classes.
Team HRC’s Tim Gajser once again stood on the podium today, improving on last Sunday’s third overall to take second overall and extend his lead in the MXGP World Championship to 28 points with nine races to go.
Gajser battled hard in race one from fourth place on lap one to push into third on lap four and set about a charge to the front.
Although Tim’s early laps were faster than the race leaders’, making the final two passes eluded the Slovenian and he had to settle for third place and 20 safe points.
JM Honda Racing’s Henry Jacobi had another strong first moto today and battled hard in a top-ten position to eventually finish the race in a fantastic seventh, riding the CRF450R.
As the gate fell on race two it was Gajser again who lead the Hondas into the first turn. On this occasion Gajser entered lap one in third place and soon found a fast and comfortable pace. Riding the CRF450RW ‘Tiga’ moved into second on lap six and then took the lead on lap eight, going onto set the fastest laps, lap-after-lap and win the moto by almost six seconds.
Meanwhile Jacobi was circulating in 10th place, but tightened up a little close to the mid-race point and eventually came home in 11th.
Henry finished the day in a well-earned eighth overall as he strives and battles for continued improvement. A great result for Henry today though as top-ten finishes are his goal.
In the MX2 class CRF250R racer Ruben Fernandez had a tough day battling back from a disappointing start in moto one to finish in 8th.
In moto two Fernandez was taken out by a crashed rider whilst holding fifth position on the opening lap. Ruben fought back to 12th at the finish giving the Spaniard 10th overall.
Team Honda Racing Assomotor’s Stephen Rubini continued his return to better results in Turkey today with a 13th in race one, followed by 12th in race two to give the Frenchman 13th overall with positive progress back into the top-ten. A place that Rubini is more than capable of.