Team USA‰Ûªs Justin Cooper led the MX2 qualifier, followed by Team Australia‰Ûªs Kyle Webster, Team New Zealand‰Ûªs Dylan Walsh, Team Norway‰Ûªs Kevin Horgmo and Ivanovs fifth. Team Belgium‰Ûªs Jago Geerts was back in 12th on the opening lap.
After four laps the lead by Cooper was nearly five seconds, followed by Webster, Walsh, Horgmo, and Vlaanderen. Meanwhile, Olsen was back in 11th place. Team Great Britain‰Ûªs Adam Sterry found himself in trouble back in 14th position.
While Cooper continued to lead from Webster, Walsh, Vlaanderen and Horgmo, Vlaanderen moved up to third place as he made a pass on New Zealander, Dylan Walsh. And after making a mistake, Aussie Kyle Webster found himself off the track, but not lost any places in the process.
Nine seconds ahead and looking brilliant in the sand was Cooper, who completely blew away the theory that Team USA would struggle in the sand. Horgmo also passed Walsh for fourth place, and Vlaanderen cought Webster for second place on lap nine.
Vlaanderen started to catch Cooper for the lead, and was looking very quick, third was Webster, then Geerts and Forato in fifth. In the end it was Team USA‰Ûªs Justin Cooper who secured the win in the MX2 qualifying race after taking the holeshot and leading the whole race at his first MXoN attempt followed by Vlaanderen and Webster.
Justin Cooper: ‰ÛÏI did a good job, I didn‰Ûªt expect to come out first and from that outside gate, that was good. This track is really tough but we will make some changes and come out tomorrow. Thanks to everyone supporting me.‰Û