Team HRC’s Tim Gajser has secured his third FIM Motocross World Championship title at the MXGP of Italy in Imola.
The Slovenian finished in fifth place in the opening moto and although his nearest rival Jeremy Seewer took the chequers in second place, Gajser’s 16 points was enough to get the job done and he’ll be able to relax and enjoy the second moto in Imola.
The 22-year-old has taken an impressive 15 moto wins, nine overalls and 13 podiums on his way to the 2019 MXGP title with seven motos still left to fight for.
Gajser has dominated the championship since round seven MXGP of France, admittedly without Cairoli challenging after the Italian dropped out of the championship after he suffered a season-ending injury.
Only Cairoli, Romain Febvre, Jeffrey Herlings, Max Anstie (and at Imola Glenn Coldenhoff) have taken GP wins off Gajser this year.
Gajser sealed his first overall of the 2019 season at the fourth round of the championship, winning both Trentino motos ahead of nine-time champion Cairoli.
He powered his way to multiple holeshots and led almost 70 per cent of the laps during a dominating period and fully cemented his place as the man to beat in this 2019 world motocross championship.
It’s Gajser second MXGP title and his third world title – his first one came in the MX2 class in 2015.
After his back-to-back titles in 2015 (MX2) and 2016 (MXGP), the #243 now joins a very select list of riders who have won three world championships on-board a Honda, with Andre Malherbe (1980, 1981, 1984), David Thorpe (1985, 1986, 1989), Georges Jobe (1987, 1991, 1992) and Eric Geboers (1987, 1988, 1990) the only other men to have achieved this feat.
He moved to joint-second in the all-time Honda wins list with 24 (after Lommel), sitting level with Stefan Everts (24) and Malherbe who has 27, and with four rounds still remaining (including Imola) there is still a possibility he can move to the top of the list, were he to win-out the rest of the season.