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Nagl and Tonus dominate qualifying races in Loket

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Max Nalg and Arnaud Tonus won the qualifying races in Loket on day one of the Casino Bonver GP of the Czech Republic.
Max Nagl. Photo Youthstream
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1's Nagl felt really comfortable on the Czech track and after taking the holeshot, he managed to keep the lead until the chequered flag. The German is felling more confident at the moment, as the doctors informed him that his back injury cannot get any worse, so he can focus 100% on his riding.

After running sixth in the early laps Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1's Clement Desalle took second place after he overtook Rui Gon̤alves on the last lap.

"Not so bad today. It was difficult to pass in the qualification and we really need a good start for tomorrow," Desalle said. "You have to concentrate and use a lot of energy. I pushed and changed some lines to see how it might be for tomorrow and where they might be chances to overtake. We made a few adjustments to the setting of the bike but nothing major. A rock flew up and hit my right wrist so that is a bit painful at the moment."

Honda World Motocross' Gon̤alves had a good start and managed to ride behind Nagl most of the race. On the final lap the Portuguese rider got stuck with some lapped riders where Desalle ponced relegating the Honda World Motocross rider to third.

"Yeah I got a good start and had good speed through the moto," Gon̤alves said. "I am keen to carry on the momentum from last week and feel good out there. Towards the end, I came across a big group of back-markers and just found it difficult to get by them. Desalle had a bit of an advantage coming from behind but that's the way it is. I am looking forward to doing the same again tomorrow hopefully."

Fourth position was Kevin Strijbos on his first ride with the Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 team, and managed to ride among the top five during the whole race. Strijbos even battled with his teammate Desalle for the fourth position, which showed how comfortable he felt on his new Suzuki machine.

"I felt good as soon as I went on the track," Strijbos said. "Things went well from the first practice. We made a couple of clicks on the suspension but overall I was happy. For the heat race I didn't get a good jump from the gate but I was lucky that they didn't close me off so I was able to pull out. It was a solid ride. In some parts I was quick and making ground on Clement and in others I was a bit too slow. I was able to follow OK though and I'm pleased with how it's going."

Monster Energy Yamaha's Steven Frossard rode third during the first half of the race, but he then got a stone stuck on his rear break and dropped down two positions. Frossard, who has been officially presented today as the MX1 French representative at the MXoN, finished fifth, ahead of his compatriots Xavier Boog and the returning Christophe Pourcel.

Davide Guarneri had a very consistent race finishing eighth, ahead of red plate holder Antonio Cairoli and Shaun Simpson.

Cairoli did not have a good start and while he was climbing up some positions, he got stuck behind Evgeny Bobryshev, who crashed right in front of him. Cairoli finished ninth and Bobryshev 13th.

"That was a bad race for me," Bobryshev lamented. "I had a bad start and then crashed on the second lap. It was totally my own fault, I was just pushing to hard and the front bounced out of a rut and put me down. I am pleased in a way that I have got that out of the way in qualifying and hope to be much stronger on race day."

Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha's Arnaud Tonus dominated the MX2 qualifying race and took his maiden heat victory in the class.

Tonus admitted that he felt very comfortable on the Czech track and he is determined to ride for the overall win tomorrow against the likes of Ken Roczen, Jeffery Herlings and Gautier Paulin.

Second went to Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX2's Valentin Teillet, who rode a very consistent qualifying race, holding the in the face of immense pressure from Gautier Paulin especially during the last laps of the race. The result is a special reward for Teillet, as he missed most of season due to the shoulder injury he suffered in the first GP in Bulgaria.

"I'm very happy. It was important that I did well today because last week in Lommel was terrible, so I'm pleased to be able to make this result," Teillet said.

The team worked really hard and it was very satisfying to be up there like that; even if the race was not so easy. Despite the rain, this is the kind of track where you can always find a bit of grip, but it was difficult. I'm keeping my feet on the ground because we didn't win any points today. It would be great to make a good result tomorrow."

Monster Energy Yamaha's Paulin got a stone stuck on his rear wheel and had to ride without rear break until the stone ground away. By the end of the race, Frenchman was really close to overtake Teillet, but he decided to ride safe and keep the third position until the end.

Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2's Ken Roczen went too far wide at the first corner and had to start pushing from an initial sixth position. The German made a mistake at the beginning of the race and dropped down two positions, but he quickly recovered and managed to finish fourth.

CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit's Tommy Searle battled against Roczen at the beginning of the race, but the German managed to overtake him again and Searle crossed the finish line in fifth position. The British rider showed a good speed today, so he is convinced he can be back at the podium this weekend.

Herlings could only finish sixth, ahead of Christophe Charlier and Jeremy Van Horebeek.

Main Photo: Arnaud Tonus
Credit: Youthstream


MX1 Qualifying Race Results
1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 24:43.486;
2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:05.770;
3. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:06.767;
4. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:08.547;
5. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), +0:18.002;
6. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:21.073;
7. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:23.436;
8. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:35.193;
9. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:35.988;
10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Honda), +0:42.251;

MX2 Qualifying Race Results
1. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), 24:00.037; ;
2. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Suzuki), +0:01.873;
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:03.192;
4. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), +0:05.763;
5. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:08.669;
6. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:16.541;
7. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +0:18.585;
8. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:19.370;
9. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:21.937;
10. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:37.989;

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