MXGP of Great Britain 2022 Race Report
After a three month off season, MXGP returned to Great Britain where Matterley Basin hosted the opening round of the 2022 campaign.
Despite just missing out on last year’s championship by 20 points in a close fought finale, Tim Gajser started his year off with a strong 1-2 overall victory.
Reigning champion Jeffrey Herlings was absent from the opening round after suffering an injury to his foot during training in early February. It is not confirmed when the Dutchman will return.
MXGP Race 1
It was business as usual for Jorge Prado at the start of the first race, who grabbed the Fox Holeshot just as he did many times last year. The Spaniard led Jeremy Seewer and Glenn Coldenhoff after the start.
Behind the trio it was Alberto Forato and Maxime Renaux that were settled in fourth and fifth. But it wasn’t long before Tim Gajser joined in the battle for third and battled hard to move past Renaux and then Coldenhoff just moments later.
Meanwhile at the front of the field it was Seewer who sat comfortably in the lead after making an early move on Prado. The latter then came under pressure from a charging Gajser who wasted no time moving into second and subsequently set off after the lead of the race.
The pair fought back and forth for a chunk of the race, but it all came to an end when Seewer went down and allowed Gajser to take a 3.7s victory over the Yamaha rider.
Renaux closed out the race in third ahead of Prado and Jed Beaton, with Forato eventually ending sixth.
Jeremy Van Horebeek closed off the top-ten finishers in the first race.
MXGP Race 2
The final race off the day began just as the first with Prado grabbing the Fox Holeshot and leading the pack ahead of Coldenhoff and Seewer early on.
The GASGAS rider quickly built up a three second lead from his rivals and wasted no time in getting his head down out in front.
Race One victor Gajser sat in fourth after the start and was looking to make his way through to the front. The Slovenian dispatched of Seewer and quickly got by Coldenhoff for second.
At that point it looked like Gajser was the favourite to win, especially as he cut Prado’s five second lead down in a couple of laps and then moved ahead of the Spaniard on lap 11.
But just a lap later Gajser crashed and allowed Prado to move back into the lead, undoing all of the HRC rider’s hard work.
That’s how it stayed for the rest of the race with the pair separated by just 0.5s at the chequered flag, Coldenhoff crossed the line in third.
Seewer finished in a comfortable fourth place with Ruben Fernandez fifth and Renaux sixth.
Beaton ended his day with a seventh place ahead of Forato and Van Horebeek.
Kjer Olsen crossed the line in tenth.
MXGP GP Classification (Top 10)
- Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda) - 47 points
- Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS) - 43 points
- Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha) - 40 points
- Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha) - 35 points
- Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha) - 32 points
- Jed Beaton (AUS, Kawasaki) - 30 points
- Alberto Forato (ITA, GASGAS) - 28 points
- Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, KTM) - 24 points
- Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Beta) - 23 points
- Brian Bogers (NED, Husqvarna) - 23 points