German star Max Nagl narrowly misses out on MXGP podium result at home GP
Racing in front of his home crowd, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl wrapped up round seven of the Motocross World Championship with fourth overall at the GP of Germany.
Suffering with illness since the beginning of the week, Nagl had to dig deep in both MXGP motos. Getting a great jump out of the gate he raced a strong first moto to cross the line in third place. Again starting well in the second moto, Nagl battled for a place on the overall podium but saw his chances of a top three result ended when he lost the front end of his Husqvarna in a slow-speed corner. Quickly picking himself up and regrouping he crossed the finish line sixth. Earning the same amount of points as eventual third placed rider Evgeny Bobryshev, Nagl secured fourth overall due to a lower moto two result.
For Nagl’s MXGP teammate Christophe Charlier the GP of Germany was further proof the Frenchman has the speed to fight for top honours in the class. Blasting his way to a perfect start in MXGP’s moto one, Christophe was first into the first corner but made a small mistake, which allowed Tony Cairoli to officially claim the holeshot. Holding on to second position for the first four laps, Charlier rode a smart race to cross the line in a strong fourth. Not letting a first corner crash ruin his second moto he battled hard from last to cross the line in 13th position.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s MX2 rider Max Anstie raced an impressive opening moto battling his way from 10th in the first few corners to third at the chequered flag. The Brit returned stronger in moto two to grab a convincing lead a few corners after the gate dropped. Leading the way for the most part of the race, Anstie frustratingly hit a soft spot on the track while landing from a big jump and fell. Picking himself up he crossed the line fifth to wrap up the GP with fourth overall.
Continuing to build on his speed in his second World Championship outing, 16-year-old Conrad Mewse raced his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna FC 250 to 27th overall in MX2 class. Improving on his lap times compared to his MX2 debut a week ago, the young Brit battled from the back of the pack in both motos to earn 21/23 results.
The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at round eight of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Italy on May 14/15.
Max Nagl: “It was a really tough weekend for me as I caught the flu a few days ago and that didn’t allow me to race at my full potential. I was happy to get another good start in moto one. I quickly found myself in third and fought hard retaining this spot until the end of the moto. Then in moto two I was racing in third again. I pushed hard knowing I could make it to the overall podium but made a small mistake in a corner and ended up crashing. I went on to finish sixth to earn the same points as Bobryshev but my second moto score kept my away from the podium. A tough GP is over and now I’ll do my best to be 100% again next weekend in Italy.”
Christophe Charlier: “It was a very positive weekend. I felt good on the hard-packed terrain and my riding was pretty good too. All the hard work we’ve been putting in is starting to bring us the results we’re all looking for. I got a great start in moto one leading the pack to the first corner. My riding was good and I ended up getting fourth, which is my best moto result so far in the season. In moto two I hit the ground hard in the first corner but got back on my bike and tried to push as hard as I could. I think crossing the line in 13th position shows the speed is there to fight with the top guys.”
Max Anstie: “Despite us being a bit unlucky in moto two it was a good weekend and I feel that we’ve made a few more steps in the right direction. We could have won the second race and it felt so nice to be in that position. I was leading the race with less than ten minutes to go but jumped a bit too far, landing in a spot I shouldn’t have landed on and crashed. The track was pretty soft and that made things worse. That’s the way it goes and luckily I’m pretty solid now and haven’t hurt myself. We now have to get things sorted out again and head to the next round in Italy to do battle for the top.”
Conrad Mewse: “This might just be my second GP but already I feel we’re making progress. We’re at a good place with the bike and its setup. It’s all working great but I need to fix a few things on my side, the starts being one of them. The lap times are good enough for me to run inside the top ten in MX2. Obviously, if you don’t get the start it’s very difficult to stay close to the top but we’re working hard on it now. It’s a very difficult class so at the moment my goal is to get two solid motos inside the top 15 and then start building on that.”
Results – FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 7
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 50pts; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 40pts; 3. Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda) 35pts; 4. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 35pts… 8. Christophe Charlier (Husqvarna) 26pts… 12. Jake Nicholls (Husqvarna) 19pts
MXGP Race 1
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 19 laps, 35:21.882; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 35:26.873; 3. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 35:34.134; 4. Christophe Charlier (Husqvarna) 35:38.537… 11. Jake Nicholls (Husqvarna) 36:35.316… 26. Peter Irt (Husqvarna) 18 laps, 36:06.925; 27. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 36:08.400… 29. Marco Maddii (Husqvarna) 36:55.991
MXGP Race 2
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 18 laps, 33:52.905; 2. Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda) 33:55.688; 3. Romain Febvre (Yamaha) 33:56.254… 6. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 34:18.562… 12. Jake Nicholls (Husqvarna) 35:05.007; 13. Christophe Charlier (Husqvarna) 35:08.362… 23. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 17 laps, 34:13.936… 25. Peter Irt (Husqvarna) 34:38.612… 27. Marco Maddii (Husqvarna)
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 50pts; 2. Dylan Ferrandis (Kawasaki) 42pts; 3. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 40pts; 4. Max Anstie 36pts… 18. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 7pts; 19. James Dunn (Husqvarna) 5pts
MX2 Race 1
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 18 laps, 34:21.787; 2. Dylan Ferrandis (Kawasaki) 34:36.664; 3. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 34:43.362… 14. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 35:35.470… 21. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 36:03.123… 27. Davide Bonini (Husqvarna) 17 laps, 34:34.101; 28. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 34:41.773… 30. James Dunn (Husqvarna) 34:45.791
MX2 Race 2
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 18 laps, 34:26.873; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 34:29.238; 3. Dylan Ferrandis (Kawasaki) 34:46.693… 5. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 35:04.966… 16. James Dunn (Husqvarna) 36:07.305… 21. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 17 laps, 34:32.498… 23. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 34:53.588
Championship Standings (After Round 7)
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 299pts; 2. Romain Febvre (Yamaha) 291pts; 3. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 263pts; 4. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 238pts… 12. Christophe Charlier (Husqvarna) 124pts… 21. Jake Nicholls (Husqvarna) 32pts… 32. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 3pts
MX21. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 350pts; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 270pts; 3. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 218pts… 7. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 162pts… 17. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 70pts… 22. Ben Watson (Husqvarna) 39pts… 28. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 13pts… 34. James Dunn (Husqvarna) 5pts… 38. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 3pts… 42. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 1pt
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