FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MXGP – GP of USA, Glen Helen Round #18

GAJSER ROUNDS OUT 2016 MXGP SEASON ON THE PODIUM IN THE USA

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Recently-crowned 2016 MXGP World Champion Tim Gajser rounded out his stellar rookie season with his 16th podium of the year, taking third overall at the MXGP of the USA at Glen Helen.

After a fight-back in yesterday’s qualifying race, today was much more plain sailing for Gajser. Launching to third from the start in race one on his #243 CRF450RW, the Slovenian dropped to sixth before mounting a charge back up to fourth.

In race two, Gajser soon blew into second by the exit of turn two, and spent the race chasing down then-leader Antonio Cairoli. As the pair were passed by eventual winner Eli Tomac, Gajser kept the pressure on Cairoli to come home a close third, which took him to third overall and his 16th podium of the season.

His run of form this season has been spectacular, taking him to the MXGP crown and making him the first back-to-back MX2 and MXGP winner in this era of the championship. His results also contributed in no small part to Honda dominating the Manufacturers Championship crown for the perfect double in 2016.

 

Tim Gajser, no.243

“I’m happy overall with this weekend, and very happy with the way this season has gone. To finish 16 times on the podium from 18 races this year has been amazing, and the team has done such a great job to give me such a great bike all year. Yesterday was a tough day so it’s great to have come out stronger today. I pushed too much early on in race one, but in the second race we had a better tactic and had a battle with Toni all race. It’s been a long season, but I’m so happy to have taken the title and also to end the year in this way back on the podium. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone around me this season – all the fans that have travelled all around the world in support of me, Honda and HRC for all their support and such a great bike, the Gariboldi team for all their really hard work all season, and all my sponsors like Fox, Monster and Just1, and of course my family and my father. This season has been a joint effort between us all, and I’m so grateful for everything. It’ll be nice to have a very short break now after three GPs in a row, but I’m looking forward to the Nations already now!”

 

Giacomo Gariboldi, Team Principal

“It’s been a great season for Tim and for Honda, and it’s a good feeling to end the season in this way, back on the podium. Sixteen podiums from 18 races, and in Tim’s rookie year, is incredible and proves the decision to take Tim straight into the MXGP class after winning in MX2 last year was totally the right one. We’re so proud of what we’ve achieved this season, with all the support from Honda and HRC and all our partners, and of course the fans. It’s been like a dream year. Actually a dream two years, beyond anything we could have imagined. To finish with the Manufacturers’ title too is a great reward for Honda for all the work they’ve put in this season, and I am delighted that we can share this together.”

 

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