Great Saturday speed for Gajser as Waters is ruled out of MXGP of Latvia

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EUROPE. Tim Gajser and Todd Waters have shown a strong pace in today’s (12 May 2018) qualifying race at Kegums, the venue currently hosting the seventh event of the 2018 Motocross World Championship season. The two standard bearers of Team HRC for the MXGP class, however, eventually ended up having a taste of the Latvian sand, and with very different outcomes: Waters could not re-join the moto after fracturing his collarbone, while Gajser’s tumble only cost the two-time champ a few positions.

Gajser had a decent jump out of the gate and despite the usual first-turn havoc, he managed to sweep through the first corner on two wheels and was ninth as the opening lap drew to a close. The 21-year-old Slovenian rider displayed a great pace as he charged towards the top-three, which he reached towards the end of the moto. On the penultimate lap, however, Gajser crashed unhurt and, after remounting his Honda CRF450RW machine, he crossed the line in seventh place.

Todd Waters had an unfortunate end of what was shaping to be a very positive debut moto for the 27-year-old Australian, who was running in eighth place before overshooting a jump and being thrown over the handlebar after a hard landing. Todd is now heading to Latvia’s capital city Riga in order to undergo more extensive medical evaluations, more information will follow when available.

MXGP will return to the track tomorrow at 10:45 local time (GMT +3) for the warm-up, which will be followed by the two 30-minute races at 14:15 and 17:10.

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