Motocross

Flawless Nagl takes Brazil qualifying win, Ferris qualifies seventh

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Honda World Motocross racer Max Nagl demonstrated a perfect start-to-finish performance today to take the qualifying race win for round seven of the MX1 World Championship in Beto Carrero, Brazil to out-gun Clement Desalle and Gautier Paulin at his first attempt.

Following a change in his training programme, Nagl has slowly been coming back to form after the injury and sickness that has thwarted the early part of the season for the Honda racer. With this being an important event for Honda with heavy sponsorship from Honda Brazil, Nagl was keen to put on a strong performance for the many cheering fans in the stands, and he did not disappoint.

With a superb start from the gate, where he tussled for the lead into the first turn, Nagl grabbed first position for the opening lap of the 20-minute plus two-lap moto around the slippery Brazilian track. The Honda racer did find it a little uncomfortable in the opening stages, as he got to grips with leading a race again, but once he found a good speed and rhythm, he was able to control his advantage over Clement Desalle to take the race win and pole position for tomorrow‰Ûªs Grand Prix, which will follow the Super Final format.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs the first time here for me, but I really liked the look of it when I came here on Friday, as it‰Ûªs like a stadium cross with a lot of jumping," Nagl explained.

"It‰Ûªs a bit tight, but I‰Ûªve really enjoyed it. I also feel comfortable here in Brazil; we have good food, I have had no problem with anything, the hotel is comfortable and it‰Ûªs a really nice place to be. I had a good start in the race, and I could control the race from the front. It was difficult in the beginning, as it is a long time since I led a race and I was feeling quite alone, but I kept focused on the lap time on the pit board from Roger (Shenton), so I didn‰Ûªt go too slow and I was feeling really good in the race."

Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1's Clement Desalle rode a smart and effective to take second place.

The Belgian was on the pace across a slick, compact and obstacle-laden track and showed no obvious repercussions of his hefty crash in Portugal two weeks ago.

"First of all I just wanted to feel good on the bike after the big crash in Portugal and it wasn't too bad out there," Desalle explained.

"I had a small crash during practice and jarred my back for a second and had a lot of pain. Luckily it went away quite quickly but I feel a bit fragile. Qualification was good. I got out of the gate well and then just rode easy and had a good look at the track while I was in second place. Max was really fast and it was not easy to pass. It could be muddy tomorrow and for those types of races you need luck but also some technique; both would be ideal!"

Kawasaki's Gautier Paulin rounded out the top three in the MX1 class.
Glenn Coldenhoff won his second pole of the season. Credit Youthstream
In the MX2 Class Standing Construct KTM‰Ûªs Glenn Coldenhoff snared his second pole position of the season after dominating the qualifying race from beginning to end. The Dutch rider was very satisfied with his riding today, but he admitted that even if he is feeling really comfortable on his bike, he is not sure he can make it to the podium tomorrow. Coldenhoff has had really good races during the whole season, but he is lacking some consistency and today he explained that what he really lacks is confidence on himself.

Frenchamn Christophe Charlier and championship leader Jeffrey Herlings rounded out the podium. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Herlings did not have a good start and on top of that he crashed during the opening lap and he had to fight from the very last position.

Australian Dean Ferris has once again put himself in with a good chance by qulifying in 7th place.

The weather has certainly been the main subject on everyone‰Ûªs minds at this race, but so far only a light shower in the second half of the MX1 qualifying race has materialised, and although the forecast is for heavy rain tomorrow, the locals believe it should stay reasonably dry throughout the day.

Main Photo: Nagl dominated the MX1 qualifying race
Credit: Youthstream


Start of the MX2 Qualifying Race
MX1 Qualifying Race top ten:
1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), 25:55.421;
2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:03.614;
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:22.509;
4. David Philippaerts (ITA, Honda), +0:26.875;
5. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:28.718;
6. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:30.238;
7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:30.523;
8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, TM), +0:32.656;
9. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +0:34.642;
10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:35.564;

MX2 Qualifying Race top ten:
1. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 24:08.150;
2. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +0:02.084;
3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:05.438;
4. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:07.376;
5. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:08.685;
6. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), +0:12.566;
7. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), +0:13.560;
8. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), +0:13.922;
9. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:15.377;
10. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:17.880;

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