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Echoing Team HRC’s success last year in Qatar, Tim Gajser and Evgeny Bobryshev proved they are here to fight for the title.
Reigning world champion Tim Gajser took his first qualifying win of the season on the Honda CRF450RW with team-mate Evgeny Bobryshev fighting his way to fourth. The riders set a precedent for the race early on, with both riders setting fastest times within different sections of the track
Feeling under the weather today and seemingly struggling in timed practice earlier in the day there was uncertainty as to whether Gajser would be on top form. The Slovenian quickly squashed that in qualifying by pulling a holeshot and opening a four second gap between himself and Cairoli in second, for the majority of the race.
Bobryshev didn’t have such a good start from the gate but quickly went from eleventh place to fourth within a few corners after some clever passes. His strength was his speed within the second section of the track where he was consistently fast.