It takes someone very special indeed to start breaking records at the revered Honda Racing Corporation, but Tim Gajser – who took his third MXGP title this season and his fourth World Championship in total for the team – is, well, very special!
At the tender age of just twenty-four, Gajser – a national hero in his native Slovenia – is now the most successful motocross racer in the forty-five-year history of HRC having surpassed Belgian legend Andre Malherbe’s total of twenty-seven GP wins and three World titles.
Gajser’s rise to the top has been meteoric. A European champion in the 65cc, 85cc and 125cc classes, Tim signed to HRC for his first full year in the MX2 world championship and has been a contender ever since. His MX2 title came in 2015 and he immediately moved up to win the blue-ribbon MXGP crown in his rookie season.
Following two years beset by injury problems Gajser won again in 2019, but this season – after a string of consistently strong scores though no overall GP win – he had to wait until round nine before taking the series leader’s red plate and round eleven before he stood on top of the podium.
By this point the writing was on the wall for his title rivals and once the pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place Gajser hit his stride. In the final seven rounds he topped the podium four times, was second on three occasions and won seven of the final twelve motos to take the title by one-hundred-and-two points and raise his total of GP wins to twenty-nine.
FIM Junior 125cc World Champion: 2012
FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion: 2015
FIM MXGP Motocross World Champion: 2016, 2019, 2020