Honda World Motocross racer Max Nagl put on a strong performance throughout the weekend to take equal points to third position for fourth overall at round seven of the MX1 World Championship in Beto Carrero, Brazil today.
Following on from his qualifying win yesterday, Nagl made a strong start to the opening moto into fifth position, and was third by the end of the second lap. The determined German racer put a strong attack on fellow Honda pilot David Philippaerts, and passed him over the finish jump two laps later to take up second position.
While Nagl was unable to make an impression on race leader Antonio Cairoli, the Honda pilot had to maintain a fierce rhythm for the majority of the moto, which escalated into a real last lap dash to hold off a pressuring Clement Desalle; a battle Nagl won with great determination, to take second position at the chequered flag.
Teammate Bobryshev, who made his comeback this weekend following injury, had a steady start to the race, and while riding with caution the Russian racer began to find his feet once again, to finish in 12th position, although he was disappointed with the result.
In the second race, a SuperFinal with MX1 and MX2 combined, Nagl didn’t get such a good start, and was ninth at the end of lap one, while Bobryshev had made a strong first lap to pass a lot of riders and take up seventh position. Bobryshev was fighting hard, but he was taken down by another rider on lap three and came back to 11th by the chequered flag.
Meanwhile Nagl picked his way through the field on a track that was particularly narrow and difficult to find passing opportunities for sixth position, which gave him fourth overall on equal points to a podium finish aboard his Dunlop-shod factory CRF450R.
Antonio Cairoli won both races.
Max Nagl: 4th overall
“The riding has been great all weekend. I had a good start in the first heat; I was able to pass some guys in the first few laps and finish second behind Tony. I was really happy and proud with this result for everyone, including myself, the team and the mechanics. I had a good recovery before the second heat, which I needed, as the first race was tough with Clement pushing me nearly the whole race. In the second moto I had a good gate jump, but they had ripped the start and I got kicked up a bit when I hit a big lump of mud going down the straight, which cost me a few positions. To finish fourth on the same points is nice, but I am disappointed to have missed the podium of course. When we get back I’ll be taking a few days off to rest, and then we’ll make a plan for the training to try and be prepared for France with the aim of a podium again.”
Evgeny Bobryshev: 11th overall
“In warm-up I was feeling better than yesterday and I tried to push to find the limit with the leg. In the first race I had a bad start and I was really fighting with my bike because I had arm-pump; I was thinking about my leg in the turns, so I was braking early, and the whole race I struggled. I was very disappointed, and in the second race I wanted to improve. I had a bad jump from the gate, but then I held the speed around the first corner and got into seventh. I was quite happy, as I had good speed in the beginning; after the first race I had told myself I needed to block out the pain. I was fighting well, passing a few riders, but Tommy put me down in a corner, so it was difficult to come back. It was very narrow here, which made it tough to pass, but I’d like to say thanks to my team, to Honda Brazil for making such a fantastic job at this event, and everyone who has been behind me. The organisation here is fantastic, the crowd is loud and supportive, so I’ve had a good weekend. Now I am going to be working even harder in the week with a few races before France to try and get more confidence with a bit more speed to come back strong.”
Lorenzo Resta: Honda World Motocross Team Manager
“It was a good weekend for us with Max winning the qualifying race, and some strong battles today. He fought very hard to the chequered flag in the first moto, and although the start wasn’t perfect in race two, he demonstrated some really gritty riding throughout. It was particularly difficult to pass here, but he did a brilliant job of coming back through. We scored the same points as the podium, so it’s unfortunate Max couldn’t be rewarded for his efforts, but we can take comfort in the knowledge he finished on the same points. With Bobryshev it was a tough weekend, as he is coming back, and he is finding his confidence after missing so many races. I think we can go home from here happy, because we can show that we are in the top group, which we hope to continue at the next round.”