HRC’s Tim Gajser has won his fifth world motocross championship – his fourth in the premier class – at the MXGP of Finland.
Taking hold of the red-plate from the very beginning, Gajser put in an early run of results that saw him win six of the first seven rounds including three double-moto wins as made sure his competitors knew he was the rider to beat.
This weekend at the sandy Hyvinkaa track, #243 wasn’t at his best, but he was still able to post six-seven results, which was more than enough to give him a 104-point advantage and wrap-up the championship with two rounds still to race. With the pressure of winning his fifth world championship over, expect Gajser to be battling for wins once again, and adding to what is already a remarkable 2022 season.
“Wow! What a day. I definitely didn’t ride my best, but I got the job done and that’s what I set out to achieve at the beginning of the day,” said Gajser.
“Five world titles, and I can’t believe it. It really hasn’t sunk in yet. A big thank you to the whole of Team HRC, the people at the races and all the support from Japan. Also thank you my girlfriend and all the support I receive from my fans around the world.
“It has been great to see so many of you cheering me on around the track and I can’t thank you enough. It is a special moment for me and I am just so happy to have got my fifth title.”
Before this weekend’s round – number 16 of 18 – the Honda CRF450R rider has won more qualification races (4), lead more laps (184), had over triple the number of race wins than any other rider (13), two times as many GP overalls (8) and stood on the podium more than anyone else (10).
His #243 machine is the only bike to have worn the red-plate after his victory at the opening round in Great Britain, which has led him to compete with it in every future round of the season.