HRC Honda’s Tim Gajser showed unstoppable speed and skill at the opening round of the MXGP Championship, grabbing a one – one scorecard for the day.

The Slovenian rider returned as the reigning MXGP Champion and despite having seven months away since the last round, he looked as good as ever. Taking a race one win by almost 15 seconds, and even after a crash on the start in moto two leaving him dead last, he managed to work his way back up to third by lap five, and eventually made the pass for the win claiming the overall.

“First of all, I’m really happy that we are back racing,” said Gajser. “It’s been a really long period without races and its great to see so many fans here in Russia.

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“In the first race my start was good, and my riding was smooth and consistent. I was able to get into the lead quickly and control the moto. Then in the second race my jump out of the gate was good but someone on the inside, crashed and pushed me off the track and I even jumped off the bike so when I remounted I was way back in the pack.

“I searched for some lines in the first few laps, trying to pass as many people as possible. I got into second and looked where best to make the move and once I got into first, I made a gap and took the win. I’m very happy with how it all went this weekend.”

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