The first Qualifying Race of the day was that of the MXGP class with the vibrant crowd roaring in the background. When the gate dropped Team Germany‰Ûªs Max Nagl took the holeshot but it wasn‰Ûªt long before he was passed by Team Slovenia‰Ûªs Tim Gajser.
Following the moves of Gajser and making their way past Nagl was Team France‰Ûªs Gautier Paulin, Team Italy‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli, Great Britain‰Ûªs Max Anstie, along with a handful of other riders. For Nagl the race didn‰Ûªt get any better as he would continue to drop positions then fall and pull out of the race.
Back at the front Gajser was in a race of his own leading by a substantial margin. In second was the Frenchman Gautier Paulin but behind Paulin was an epic battle between Max Anstie and Antonio Cairoli. The pair of Anstie and Cairoli duked it out for the majority of the race with Cairoli leading the way more often than not. Anstie on lap 8 of 10 took the spot from Cairoli with an amazing move around the outside coming into a turn. However Cairoli responded shortly after taking the spot back and while Anstie remounted a charge he collided with a lapped rider over a jump.
At the finish it was Slovenia‰Ûªs Tim Gajser ahead of France‰Ûªs Paulin, Italy‰Ûªs Cairoli, Great Britain‰Ûªs Max Anstie (who recovered quickly from his fall), Belgium‰Ûªs Jeremy Van Horebeek, and Russia‰Ûªs Evgeny Bobryshev. Team USA‰Ûªs Cole Seely finished 9th in his first Motocross of Nations race of any type.
‰ÛÏThe track is really good, I‰Ûªm enjoying it. I had a really good start, I was second and made a quick pass to get into the lead, made it happen and controlled the race. I‰Ûªm really happy that tomorrow we will be in the final.‰Û