News 20 Mar 2022

Dream start continues for Gajser claiming MXGP Argentina overall

Vialle emerges on top in intense MX2 showdown.

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Tim Gajser continued a dream start to his 2022 MXGP World Championship, further extending his red plate advantage in Argentina with another overall victory, as Tom Vialle stood on the top step in MX2.

Team HRC’s Gajser ended the opening lap of race one in the fourth, progressing to second by lap 12 but unable to best MXGP rookie Maxime Renaux (Monster Energy Yamaha MXGP) who took top honours in the first outing.

Gajser bounced back to take the win in race two, handing him the overall victory on countback ahead of Renaux who was second, as a consistent 4-4 scorecard saw Jorge Prado (Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing) secure third overall.

Pauls Jonass (Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing) crashed out of the lead in the opening moto, recovering to P6, before fifth in the second outing saw him land fourth overall, ahead of Glenn Coldenhoff in fifth who completed round three with a 8-6 scorecard.

Australia’s Mitch Evans (Team HRC) continued to improve in his return from injury, completing the MXGP of Patagonia – Argentina in eighth overall notching 10-8 results, as F&H Kawasaki’s Jed Beaton was 13th courtesy 13-11 results.

Jeffrey Herlings and Romain Febvre again were absent from the event, continuing to recover from injuries sustained in the pre-season.

Looking at the championship standings, Gajser now holds a 17 point advantage over Renaux, with Prado a further six points back.

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Vialle emerged on top of an intense battle with MX2 red plate-holder Jago Geerts, the pair splitting victories to finish round three level on points, Vialle’s win coming in race two which handed him to overall on countback.

Mikkel Haarup impressed in third overall, ahead of Mattia Guadagnini (Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing) in fourth and Conrad Mewse in P5. Notably, Kay De Wolf (Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing) crashed out of the lead in the opening moto, unable to complete the remainder of the event.

Geerts continue to lead the MX2 World Championship, 26 points clear of Tom Vialle, as Simon Laegenfelder sits in third just one point behind Vialle.

Detailed results