MXGP

Max Nagl Wins In Patagonia, Desalle Maintains Red Plate

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing's Max Nagl has claimed his second overall round win at the third round of the 2015 World Motocross Championships held at Patagonia, Argentina.

Nagl who also won the opening round in Qatar finished the day tied on 45 points with Rockstar Energy Suzuki's Clement Desalle with Desalle holding on to the championship leaders red place in the process. Rounding out the podium was Redbull KTM's Antonio Cairoli just one point behind the leading duo while Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto lost more valuable championship points to the series front runners, finishing fourth overall for the round with a pair of 4th place moto finishes.

In the opening race, Nagl came off the line strongly but in getting pushed wide in the first set of corners the Husqvarna rider dropped down to around 10th overall. Fighting his way forward, the German clawed his way back inside the top five after the first six laps before going on to pass rival Ryan Villopoto to take third.
The MXGP class launches from the gate in Argentina - Credit: J.P Acevedo
Despite stalling his engine when the five-second board was raised for race two, Nagl amazingly still claimed the holeshot. Better holding his ground as the pack jostled for position, he ended lap one in third.

‰ÛÏThis is a fantastic result. I‰Ûªm so happy for everyone involved that made this victory happen ‰ÛÒ it was a real team effort." Nagl enthused. "We had some problems during Saturday but we managed to overcome them and with each lap on race day I felt more and more comfortable.

"Unfortunately in race one I got pushed wide in the first corner and then had to narrowly avoid crashing with another rider over a jump. That dropped me to about 11th, so it was very pleasing to get back to third.

"Despite actually stalling my engine when the five-second board was raised I managed to holeshot the race. On lap seven I got the lead and felt comfortable out front to take the win. At the time I didn‰Ûªt even know it was for the overall so it‰Ûªs great to have also got that too.

"With two wins from three rounds in these flyaway races I‰Ûªm really excited to return to Europe for the next round in Italy.‰Û
Clement Desalle maintains the championship lead as the series heads back to Europe after the three fly away rounds
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP‰Ûªs Clement Desalle claimed his first chequered flag of the season and tied on points for overall victory on his factory RM-Z450 in front of 30,000 excited spectators for the first Grand Prix of Argentina in 20 years.

The third round of 18 in the FIM Motocross World Championship took place today in the depths of the Neuquen region, Patagonia and to an eager audience drawn from the country and nearby neighbouring Chile.

For second placed Desalle the first moto was perfect as he led from the exit of the first corner until the chequered flag. He weathered some late pressure from Antonio Cairoli and didn't make any mistakes until the finish.

The second race seemed to be heading in the same direction as Desalle led the first six laps but his speed was no match for Max Nagl and then Cairoli on this occasion.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm happy because it is another good and strong result, but a bit disappointed because I wanted to win the GP." Desalle commented.

"My weekend was OK. Yesterday I had good speed but I found the track a bit tricky. Sometimes the bike would react differently to what you expected but everybody had to deal with the same. I had some good starts today and I made every lap of the first moto in first place. I was concentrating a lot and was really happy.

"It was a little bit sandy here but also not so much, but I felt good on a track like this. Max was fast in the second moto and I made a few mistakes. I concentrated again and could start to catch Antonio in the last laps. Villopoto was also not far away. I was also blocked by a backmarker, and this tends to happen a lot at the overseas races, but I could finish the moto well.‰Û
Antonio Cairoli was as consistent as ever finishing 2-2 for third overall - Credit: Ray Archer
Cairoli was as tenacious as ever on his way to picked up a 2-2 result for his podium third. The result is more amazing when considering the Italian had a big crash on the final stages of the opening moto. He went down hard on the track just a few corners before the finish but had a big enough gap to hold onto second.

"Every time on the podium, that's the way to the championship," Cairoli said. "I wasn't really feeling good after the crash in the first moto and I was a bit dizzy at the start of the second.

"I lost my rhythm, the sun went down and Max (Nagl) passed me. After that I was feeling okay so I tried to pass Desalle and maybe get closer to Max, but by then the track was tricky and bumpy and I didn't want to risk a crash."
Ryan Villopoto carded a pair of fourth place finishes and knows he will need to find a little extra heading into the next round.

‰ÛÏThis weekend was OK; it's not exactly what we wanted but we were able to improve in the second moto and to be right up there with those guys was good, but we still need to find a little more, and definitively to improve our starts." Villopoto commented. "It was tough without a good start, I was able to salvage and get up there and come with them in the front, but Max was riding really well, and so were Toni and Clement.

"To pass all those guys would have been hard but I think that if I had a little more speed I would have been able to make a little more happen. Once again I‰Ûªd like to stop saying that but I need to get used to the format of the GP, and we‰Ûªll do some more work with the team and hopefully be better in Italy.‰Û
Gauiter Paulin lead the Honda charge in 5th
Rounding out the top five for the round was HRC's Gautier Paulin, who finished just a single point ahead of the factory Yamaha pariing of Jeremy Van Horebeek and Romain Febvre who finished in 6th and 7th respectivley.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been a difficult day, and I wasn‰Ûªt able to get the starts I wanted so then was fighting in the midfield, but we come away from everything with fifth overall in the GP and we‰Ûªre fifth in the championship and still fighting." Paulin said.

"Now we look to Italy and continue to work hard on the whole package.‰Û
Aussie Todd Waters secured another top ten overall result on his way to ninth - Credit: J.P Acevedo
MXGP Overall result: 1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 45 Pts
2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 45 Pts
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 44 Pts
4. Ryan Villopoto (USA, KAW), 36 Pts
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 29 Pts
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 28 Pts
7. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 28 Pts
8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 27 Pts
9. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 22 Pts
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), 20 Pts
MXGP Podium
MXGP World Championship Standings (after 3 of 18 rounds): 1. Clement Desalle (BEL,Suzuki), 133 Pts
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 123 Pts
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 123 Pts
4. Ryan Villopoto (USA, KAW), 106 Pts
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 96 Pts
6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 95 Pts
7. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 72 Pts
8. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 62 Pts
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 60 Pts
10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), 55 Pts

Top Image: Max Nagl won his second MXGP round of the 2015 season

Credit: J.P Acevedo

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