The Slovenian took the holeshot and immediately carved out a 1.5second lead on the #243 CRF450RW, and in full attack mode that gap to Jeremy van Horebeek in second was soon up to three seconds.
There it stayed for much of the race as Gajser controlled the gap, taking the deep sand of the Lommel track in his stride as it became increasingly rutted and rough throughout the 20minute race.
It’s Gajser’s eighth qualifying win of the season, and once again puts him in charge of the field ahead of tomorrow two races.
This evening, Honda and HRC also announced their team for the end-of-season SMX event at the Veltins arena on 8 October, and Tim Gajser was confirmed as part of the works team of he, Evgeny Bobryshev and Gautier Paulin aboard their trio of CRF450RWs.
The three were joined on stage by HRC’s Tetsuhiro Kuwata and Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC MXGP manager Roger Harvey, and Giuseppe Luongo and Wolfgang Srb from Youthstream and the FIM respectively. Honda becomes the first team to announce their line-up for this stadium-based event in Germany.
Tim Gajser, no,243
“I started with the holeshot which made my life easier, and then quickly I could open up a gap. All the race after the first lap the gap was around three or four seconds, so I’m happy with the speed and my riding today. Jere was pushing hard behind me and I was also trying, but riding with no stress. I had a couple of moments because the track was really sketchy and bumpy, but we’re happy with today. It’s also great that Honda has confirmed their team for the SMX. I train a lot on my supercross track at home, so I’m really looking forward to this race.”
Giacomo Gariboldi, Team Principa
“The conditions were typical of Lommel today – very rough, very bumpy and very demanding – but Tim rode exceptionally well to dominate the race. It’s amazing to think that even just last season many people thought that Tim would struggle in the sand, but he’s shown time and time again that he’s so strong everywhere. Ok the points come tomorrow, but this is the best way to start the weekend.”