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Australia Qualifies First For 2013 MXoN With 1-2-4 Results

New Zeland Qualify Stright Through to Final in 13th Place

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Thousands of fans crowded the German track of Teutschenthal to watch first hand the Australian team race to pole position for the 67th edition of the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations overnight.

Team Australia qualified first thanks to the strong performance of Brett Metcalfe who won the MX1 race, Dean Ferris who closely followed Ken Roczen home for second in MX2 and Todd Waters who finished a strong fourth in the MX Open claee.

Team USA finished second while Team Belgium completed the top three with host nation and defending champions Germany rounding out the top four.

Brett Metcalfe got Australia off to the best possible start claiming the Holeshot at start of the MX1 leading the race until the chequered flag with the only rider in the field able to close to the Australian being American KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey.

Dungey had a good start in second and he tried to catch Metcalfe during the race but in the end he had to settle for very solid second place finish giving the U.S.A a good start to his years event.

Rounding out the thop three in the MX1 race was Tommy Searle racing for Team Great Britain who put in an amazing race despite have the last gate pick which was decided by a ballot before racing to underay. had the last gate pick.

Italy finished in fourth place after 2013 World Champion Antonio Cairoli raced through the back after a bad start, while defending Belgium's Ken De Dycker finishing in 5th.

French rider Gautier Paulin also put in an outstanding effort, comthing through to 7th place after crashing in the opening turn of the race.

New Zealand's Rhys Carter who was celebrating his birthday, raced to a fine 12th place finish giving the Kiwis a great chance to qualify for Sunday's finals.

MX2
Dean Ferris made it two fro two holeshots for Australia when the gates dropped on the MX2 race.

The lead did not last long however as both Ken Roczen from Germany and Spanish rider Jose Butron both passed the Aussie on the opening lap.

Roczen looked as if he was going to run away with the race, however Ferris had a different idea, first re-passing Butron for second place before putting in the quickest laps of the race and closing to within 1.5 seconds of Roczen.

Ferris was never able to get close enough to Roczen to challenge him for the lead with the German going on to win the race by just six second from Ferris giving the Australian team a near unbeatable 1-2 score after the opening two motos.

Behind the leading duo it was Belgian rider Jeremy Van Horebeen who raced to third place after rounding the opening lap in seventh. It was an impressive ride by the rider who was forced to race the MX1 class in the World Motocross championship in 2013 due to the MX2 23 year age rule in the World championships.

Team U.S.A rider Eli Tomac who was left buried deep in the field after a bad start, worked his way through to fourth place by race end, guaranteeing the Americans a spot in the final.

Great Britains Jake Nicholls finished in fifth, with French rider Jordi Tixier in six and Butron working his way backward from second to seventh at the conclusion of the moto.

Kayne Lamont finished in 20th place for New Zealand, leaving his team in 15th place after two moto's and looking good for an apperence in Sunday's big show.

OPEN
In the Open class Belgian rider Clement Desalle took the holeshot just ahead of Australia's Todd Waters and the U.S.A's Justin Barcia.

Bracia quickly made his way into second position and while most would have expected Barcia to close in and challenge Desalle for the lead, the American was unable to make any in roads on the world number two, with Desalle going on to win the race by 13 seconds.

Barcia finished second just five over five seconds ahead of Estonian Tanel Leok, with Aussie, Waters coming in a fine fourth place after being past by Leok in the final lap of the race.

Shaun Simpson who won the final World MX Gp of the year like his country man Searle made his way from last pick of the gate to finish in fifth spot just head of Germany's Dennis Ullrich who held third for the first half of the race.

France's Christophe Charlier finished seventh, ahead of Russia's Evegeny Mhkhaylov who saved the day for the Russian team after his team mate Bobryshev was forced to retire from the MX1 race.

Matthias Walkner finished in 9th place for Austria, with New Zealand's Cody Cooper rounding out the top ten giving the Kiwis the 13th qualifying spot for the day.

With each teams top two results counting towards the overall qualifying position, team Australia finished on top with just 3 points thanks to Metcalfe's win and Ferris's second place.

Belgium and Team U.S.A tied on four points, with the Americans getting the nod for second after the final decision came down to the teams third riders results, with Tomac's fourth place finish beating beating De Dyckers 5th place finish.

Norway in 19th place claimed the final qualifying position over Ireland. Ireland will now head into the B final as the odds on favourites to take the final qualifying place for the Finals, with the first team from the B final advancing to the big show.

Tomorrow's finals will get underway at roughly 7Pm AEST with live coverage via www.mx-life.tv



MX1 Qualifying Race top ten:
1. Brett Metcalfe (AUS, Kawasaki), 23:35.783;
2. Ryan Dungey (USA, KTM), +0:01.633;
3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:13.873;
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:16.251;
5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:19.500;
6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), +0:26.949;
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:43.854;
8. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), +0:45.244;
9. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +0:50.222;
10. Marc de Reuver (NED, KTM), +0:55.953.

MX2 Qualifying Race top ten:
1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 25:02.351;
2. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), +0:05.219;
3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:15.710;
4. Eli Tomac (USA, Honda), +0:19.534;
5. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:23.440;
6. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:27.269;
7. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:28.421;
8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:35.772;
9. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Honda), +0:41.120;
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:51.532.

OPEN Qualifying Race top ten:
1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 25:08.470;
2. Justin Barcia (USA, Honda), +0:13.324;
3. Tanel Leok (EST, TM), +0:16.771;
4. Todd Waters (AUS, KTM), +0:18.732;
5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:20.691;
6. Dennis Ullrich (GER, KTM), +0:21.173;
7. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +0:34.471;
8. Evgeny Mikhaylov (RUS, KTM), +0:50.642;
9. Matthias Walkner (AUT, KTM), +0:52.375;
10. Cody Cooper (NZL, Suzuki), +0:54.813.

Nations Qualifying Positions:
1. Australia 3 pts
2. USA 4 pts
3. Belgium 4 pts
4. Germany 7 pts
5. Great Britain 8 pts
6. Italy 12 pts
7. France 13 pts
8. Russia 17 pts
9. Estonia 18 pts
10. Spain 20 pts
11. The Netherland 20 pts
12. Austria 20 pts
13. New Zealand 22 pts
14. Switzerland 22 pts
15. Portugal 23 pts
16. Denmark 25 pts
17. Finland 29 pts
18. Czech Republic 31 pts
19. Norway 32 pts

Top Image: Brett Metcalfe on his way to winning the MX1 race and helping Australian to the Qualifying win
Credit: www.youthstream.org

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