2016 FIM MXGP World Champion
Born on 8 September 1996 in Ptuj, Slovenia
GAJSER STEPS UP IN STYLE
For the second year in a row the FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship was rocked by the skill, bravery and attacking aggression of a rookie. 2015 FIM MX2 World Champion Tim Gajser (Honda) made a late decision to vault into the premier class for 2016 and it proved an inspired move. The strong Slovenian, who trained and practised with the bigger CRF450RW even during his MX2 tenure, immediately adapted to the rigours of racing the larger motorcycle and threw his distinctive yellow cap into contention for the title from the very first Grand Prix at Losail, Qatar with a surprising double success.
Still only 19 years of age and pushing experienced rivals such as reigning number “1” Romain Febvre (Yamaha), Max Nagl (Husqvarna), Antonio Cairoli (KTM) and Gautier Paulin (Honda), Gajser proved his desert dominance was no fluke by winning another three of the first six Grands Prix in Argentina, Mexico and Latvia as the band of noisy supporters from Slovenia grew and grew at the fences.
His podium run would last until round thirteen, by which point Gajser was becoming attached to the red plate as series leader. Bumps in Belgium and Holland meant he would have to wait until the penultimate round at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina to be Honda’s first premier-class champ since 2000 and the first back-to-back victor in different categories since Greg Albertyn in 1992-93. Eight-time World Champion Cairoli finished championship runner-up ahead of Nagl.
3 World titles
Junior 125cc (2012)