World champ Tim Gajser won both the MXGP races at the Argentinian GP to take the lead in the championship in what the HRC Honda man said was “A perfect weekend!”
After winning Saturday’s qualifying race, Gajser was in similar dominant form today. He quickly moved to the front in both motos and pulled away to a dominant lead.
He stole the red plate from eight-times world champ Tony Cairoli who now trails him by 10 points. Cairoli had two trouble-hit races, with a crash in the opening moto which put him at the back of the pack, and a poor start in heat two. Riding like a true champ both times, he took ninth and fifth place finishes for seventh overall.
But in both motos he did have the pleasure of catching and passing world MX2 champ Jeffrey Herlings. The Dutchman, who missed vital pre-GP test after breaking his hand, says he is now not in huge pain but is simply off the pace and that he underestimated the MXGP competition.
Second overall on the day was Yamaha’s Jeremy Van Horebeek, benefitting from some changes his team made to the YZF450. He took a strong second place in the opener but lost second to Honda’s Evgeny Bobryshev in the final few laps of race two.
The Russian, who had been suffering from an illness all week, said the fast track suited him as it was not so tiring. He took sixth in the opener then second behind his team-mate in race two.
Gautier Paulin took fourth overall from Romain Febvre and Clement Desalle, who led the second moto but couldn’t keep the pace up. He was third in the first moto.
Max Nagl was eighth overall in front of Herlings and Max Anstie who both scored 23 points. Anstie was seventh in the first moto after losing sixth to his team-mate Paulin who barged through on the last lap.
Shaun Simpson was 10th overall, his results hit when his team-mate Arnaud Tonus crashed in front of him in moto two which took the Scotsman down.
Jake Nicholls didn’t score any points after he had a crash in the opener.