Tim Gajser clinched his third MXGP World Championship (and the fourth World title of his career) in Pietramurata, Italy, November 4.
The Honda HRC Team rider from Slovenia, sewed up the title after the first moto, where he finished second to Yamaha’s Jeremy Seewer of Switzerland. Gajser went on to win the second moto to claim the overall victory ahead of Seewer (1-2) and Kawasaki’s Romain Febvre (5-3).
“It feels just unbelievable,” said Gajser of winning the MXGP title. “Like I said many times, winning one is incredible but now four is just…speechless. I’m really happy. It was a weird season, but anyway in the end everything came together, and we won another title. In the first race, I was already struggling with the clutch and was riding without the clutch the whole race, finishing second. Then in the second race, I had a nice battle with Romain [Febvre] who was really pushing and I’m super happy to win the title and the overall on the same day.”
In the MX2 class, Red Bull KTM’s Tom Vialle clinched the class championship, also after the first moto of which he led every lap. However, a bad start and a damaged motorcycle in the second moto relegated the Frenchman to eighth overall.
Jago Geerts (Yamaha), the man Vialle had battled all season for the number-one plate, was the GP winner on the day and clinched second in the championship.
Great Britain’s Ben Watson (Yamaha) was second overall on the day and Australia’s Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) was third.
“I got the Fox Holeshot in the first race and it was fantastic,” said first-time champion Vialle. “On the last lap of the first race, I was almost crying and feeling so strange but then to win the title is just fantastic. I didn’t get a great start in the second race and then somebody hit me from behind and I was stuck [in gear], so I had to go back to pitlane to fix it, but I still finished. Thank you to all who supported me to win the MX2 title!”
Video | 2020 MXGP of Pietramurata Highlights
Video | 2020 MXGP of Garda Trentino Highlights
The final round of the 2020 FIM MXGP Championship took place just four days later at the same track for the MXGP of Garda Trentino, completing a three-race swing in eight days at the facility, where Gajser celebrated his fourth career World title with a season-ending victory. It didn’t start off that way, however, with Kawasaki Romain Febvre taking the first moto win ahead of Gajser, but the Honda rider came back to win moto two and the overall victory. It was his 29th career GP win.
Febvre took second in the moto and second overall.
Third overall went to Frenchman Gautier Paulin (Yamaha), followed by Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) and Clement Desalle (Kawasaki). For Paulin and Desalle, it was their final races of their careers. Both Desalle and Paulin had earlier announced their retirements from professional racing.
“I’m super happy to win my fourth title on Wednesday,” Gajser said. “Today the goal was to just go out there and have fun and we did that; we won the last overall of the year. So, couldn’t end better. I am so thankful. I want to say a huge thanks to everyone, to all my team, we were really working hard, and everybody was putting so much effort into preparing the bike, getting better and better.”
The race for second in the championship came down to the final moto, with Seewer leading Cairoli by one point, but Cairoli went down in the first moto and retired with a broken shifter. It was Cairoli’s 14th top three in the MXGP Championship.
Gasjer officially finished out the season with 720 points, followed by Seewer with 618 and Cairoli with 599 points. Febvre and Paulin rounded out the top five overall.
Great Britain’s Ben Watson closed out the MX2 Championship with the overall victory over Red Bull KTM’s Tom Vialle, who had clinched the class championship just four days earlier, and Frenchman Maxime Renaux (Yamaha).
“It was an incredible day for me,” Vialle said. “To take my first world title was just amazing. The last two days were really good, I enjoyed them a lot. In the second race, I crashed in the start and I came back from last to fifth. I crashed again two times I think, so I was a little bit angry, I was hoping for better starts and better positions but I’m happy to finish second overall.”
Vialle finished out the year with 759, followed by Belgium’s Jago Geerts (Yamaha) with 679 and Frenchman Maxine Renaux (Yamaha) with 581.
MXGP of Pietramurata (Nov 4)
- Tim Gajser (Hon) 2-1
- Jeremy Seewer (Yam) 1-3
- Romain Febvre (Kaw) 5-2
- Clement Desalle (Kaw) 4-4
- Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 6-5
- Jago Geerts (Yam) 5-1
- Ben Watson (Yam) 4-2
- Jed Beaton (Hus) 2-4
- Maxime Renaux (Yam) 3-5
- Thibault Benistant (Yam) 7-3
MXGP of Garda Trentino (Nov 8)
- Tim Gajser (Hon) 2-1
- Romain Febvre (Kaw) 1-2
- Gautier Paulin (Yam) 4-3
- Jeremy Seewer (Yam) 3-4
- Clement Desalle (Kaw) 7-7
- Ben Watson (Yam) 3-1
- Tom Vialle (KTM) 1-5
- Maxime Renaux (Yam) 2-4
- Jed Beaton (Hus) 7-2
- Isak Gifting (GG) 6-3
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