HRC's double world champion displays strengths in the sands of Assen.
World champion Tim Gajser rounded out his 2019 season with the opening moto victory and MXGP class overall at Assen’s Motocross of Nations (MXoN), adding to what has been a remarkable campaign.
The Honda HRC rider showed why he was able to capture a second MXGP championship this year by winning the opening MXGP and MX2 moto in sandy, tough conditions in the Netherlands and making history for Slovenia in the process.
Moto three, the MXGP and Open classes, saw Gajser once again grab the holeshot and lead for the first three laps before a small tip-over dropped him two places. He regrouped quickly though and set about trying to regain the lead, but couldn’t make the pass he needed to go 1-1.
“It was a good day,” Gajser commented. “The weather wasn’t the best and the track became a bit of a mess, but I took two good starts, two holeshots and then I was able to win the first moto too, so it was good.
“I’m a bit disappointed to make that little mistake in the second moto when I was winning, but I came back very close to the leader at the end, so overall I’m super-happy. It’s been an incredible season and this is just another great moment to win a moto and to become the first Slovenian rider ever to do so.”
Next up for the 2019 MXGP world champion is a trip stateside as he looks to take on the best supercross riders in the world at the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas on 19 October, marking his first appearance there in two years.