Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles
Rounding out his participation in the 2016 Motocross World Championship
with fourth overall at the GP of USA, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory
Racing’s Max Nagl collected the points needed to secure third place in
this year’s MXGP championship.
With the Motocross World
Championship drawing to a close at the iconic Glen Helen Raceway, the
German star delivered two hugely determined rides to wrap up his 2016
MXGP campaign on a high note. Finishing as runner-up in his qualifying
moto, he kept his momentum going into Sunday’s final MXGP motos.
Getting a great start in the opening race he found himself leading the
moto for a couple of corners, before eventually finishing a strong
third. With the FC 450 powering the German to the holeshot in moto two,
Nagl went on to cross the line fourth for fourth overall at the GP of
Following in Nagl’s footsteps, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna
Factory Racing’s MX2 rider Max Anstie also claimed fourth overall in his
class to round out the 2016 series with fourth in the MX2 World
Getting the holeshot in moto one, the
Brit battled for the top spot for a number of laps before starting to
feel the effects of his recent illness. Running out of energy Anstie was
forced to settle for eighth. Determined to give it his all during the
last moto of the season, Anstie got another great start to eventually
cross the line fourth. Wrapping up the series with a total of 504
points, he was just eight points behind the top three in the MX2
After his strong fourth overall MX2 result in
Charlotte last week, Thomas Covington entered the series’ finale aiming
to earn a spot inside the top three. Getting a mediocre start in moto
one, the American battled through the pack to finish fourth.
Unfortunately, a fall in moto two resulted in a 14th place MX2 result.
Missing four GPs in the middle of the year due to injury, Covington
wrapped up his debut season with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory
Racing in 11th in the final MX2 championship standings.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl and Max Anstie are
now set to represent their respective countries at the 2016 Motocross of
Nations that will take place in Maggiora, Italy, on September 24/25.
Max Nagl: “I’m
happy with the way the season ended in Glen Helen. I wanted to end the
year on a high and finish inside the top three in the MXGP championship
and I’m happy to say both goals were accomplished. In the first moto I
got off to a great start leading the race for the first corners before
settling for third. My start in moto two was even better and I managed
to get my ninth holeshot for the season. I kept the lead until the
second lap and then slowly dropped to fourth and that’s where I
finished. We were tied in points for third overall with Gajser but he
beat me due to his better finish in moto two. We’ve worked really hard
with the team this season and this third place in the championship is
the best reward for all of us. It’s been a very long season with a lot
of travelling. I’m now going to take some time off and soon I will start
my preparations for next year. The plan is to keep working as hard as
always and hopefully in 2017 we’ll have an even bigger chance for the
Max Anstie: “It’s been a good GP,
considering I’ve been ill the last couple of days. It all started during
the previous round in Charlotte. Actually, I thought I was all right,
as I felt a lot better before the weekend. But ten minutes into each
moto and the effects started coming in. Despite aching and feeling sick I
did my best in both motos, pushing as hard as my body allowed me to do.
I’m also happy with my holeshot in moto one, which helped me secure the
holeshot award for this season. My speed was good during the first few
laps, but then I felt tired and dropped back to eighth. I got another
great start in moto two, even leading the race for a couple of corners.
Despite feeling sick again I battled to fourth for fourth overall.
Overall, I’m happy with the way this season ended and I’m looking
forward to stepping up to the MXGP class with Husqvarna in 2017.”
Thomas Covington: “I
felt good all weekend and my speed was pretty good as well. In the
first moto I started in about eighth position. I struggled to find a
good race pace in the beginning. Towards the end I found my rhythm and
was able to pass a few guys in the last ten minutes to finish the moto
fourth. In the second race I got a pretty good start, but struggled to
find a good feeling in the track. In the second lap I went off the track
and lost a couple of spots. I came back and was trying to make it to
the podium but I had another crash on top of the hill that ruined my
moto. Overall, we had a good first season with the team and I’m looking
forward to working hard during the off-season in order to come back
stronger next year.”
Results – FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 18
1. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) 50; 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 44; 3. Tim Gajser (Honda) 38; 4. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 38… 19. Jake Nicholls (Husqvarna) 7
MXGP Race 1
1. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) 16 laps, 36:36.218; 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 36:51.840; 3. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 37:04.755… 17. Jake Nicholls (Husqvarna) 38:16.217… 21. Marco Maddii (Husqvarna) 15 laps, 37:09.312
MXGP Race 2
1. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) 15 laps, 34:58.974; 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 35:15.005; 3. Tim Gajser (Honda) 35:18.015; 4. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 35:24.634… 18. Jake Nicholls (Husqvarna) 37:09.964… 22. Marco Maddii (Husqvarna) 36:10.002
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 50pts; 2. Jeremy Martin (Honda) 44; 3. Mitchell Harrison (Yamaha) 32; 4. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 31… 8. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 25
MX2 Race 1
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 15 laps, 34:43.854; 2. Jeremy Martin (Honda) 34:54.014; 3. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki) 35:00.467; 4. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 35:12.398… 8. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 35:39.237
MX2 Race 2
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 15 laps, 35:33.376; 2. Jeremy Martin (Honda) 35:40.947; 3. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 35:44.515; 4. Max Asntie (Husqvarna) 36:05.187… 14. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 37:39.711
Championship Standings (Final)
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 731 points; 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 647; 3.
Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 603… 16. Christophe Charlier (Husqvarna) 198...
21. Jake Nicholls (Husqvarna) 114... 25. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 49…
47. Rick Satink (Husqvarna) 4… 55. Marco Maddii (Husqvarna) 1
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 739 points; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 625; 3. Benoit Paturel (Yamaha) 512; 4.
Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 504… 11. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 286… 19.
Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 126… 28. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 56; 29.
Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) 54… 38. Ben Watson (Husqvarna) 39… 43.
Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 24… 47. Davide Bonini (Husqvarna) 21…
50. Nicholas Lapucci (Husqvarna) 16; 51. James Dunn (Husqvarna) 15… 61.
Sven Van der Mierden (Husqvarna) 6
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