Nagl takes home podium with race one win in Germany

Courtesy of Honda World Motocross

It’s been a weekend to remember for Max Nagl. Making his return to the Motocross World Championship after missing five races, he took his first holeshot of the season, won his debut comeback race, and finished second overall. All in front of his legions of home fans.

 

After showing good pace all of Saturday and finishing third in the Qualifying Race yesterday, race one went like a dream for the German. Leading away from the line, he took a dominant gate-to-flag victory. It’s his second race victory of the season on the Team HRC Honda CRF450RW, coming after the season-opener in Qatar.

 

After being shuffled down the order in race two, Max faced an uphill battle. Compounded by feeling the effects of the physical exertion on his wrist from race one, he nevertheless gritted his teeth to climb from 14th to 7th, and in doing so secured second place overall in the MXGP of Germany classification.

Max Nagl
Max Nagl No.12
I don’t think that anybody, even really myself, expected me to be on the podium here today. In the first race I had a really good start and at the beginning I was trying to push and be consistent. When I saw Clement [Desalle] coming I really was pushing and even if I was completely tired after the race I wanted that first race win. It was awesome, especially in front of the home crowd.

 

I used almost everything in the first race. I was thinking that if I win the first, I’ve done enough and it almost doesn’t matter what happens in the second race. The start wasn’t great and that made the second race even more difficult, but actually I didn’t know I was on the overall podium until after the finish and then someone told me.

 

Every time you come back from injury you don’t know where your level and fitness is and that’s quite difficult mentally, but if you can ride like I did today it shows you that you’re still fast and strong enough, so I’m really happy for me and also for Team HRC that we’ve been able to come back like this.

Keisuke Inomoto
Keisuke Inomoto Team HRC Team Principal
It’s been a very good day today! In the first race Max got a great start and rode really very well to take an amazing win. Even when I’m sure Max was very tired and feeling pain in the second race, he kept pushing and never gave up. Every team member, everyone is working so hard to make the best condition within the team this year, so for this win and for the overall podium today we are so happy and it really lifts the team spirit.
Roger Harvey
Roger Harvey HRC General Manager – MXGP
Max’s performance this weekend was quite unbelievable. Max is a bit of a specialist at coming back strongly and we’ve seen it before, but to come back and win is quite phenomenal. Especially in Germany in front of his home crowd. It was a brilliant weekend for Max, and I’m over the moon.

 

Max came back and surprised everybody this weekend, but strangely enough not himself. Max is Max and he said he knew his fitness but the only thing he didn’t know was his race speed, but clearly that’s well up there. I think some of the testing that Bobby did carried onto Max’s bike and was a benefit to Max even though he missed the testing.

 

Everybody’s working flat out, from the Japanese staff that are coming to every Grand Prix from Japan to everyone within the team, and it justifies the effort. You can see and sense within the team everyone is so pleased. It’s quite unbelievable to end up second overall.

Race 1 Results – Top ten
Weather
Sunny Intervals
Temp
19°C
Track
Hard-pack
1   Max Nagl 35:05.736 GER HONDA Team HRC
2   Clement Desalle 1.314 BEL SUZUKI Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP
3   Steven Frossard 9.685 FRA KAWASAKI Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team
4   Jeremy Van Horebeek 10.918 BEL YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5   Antonio Cairoli 11.663 ITA KTM Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MXGP
6   Shaun Simpson 43.193 GBR KTM HM Plant KTM UK
7   Kevin Strijbos 47.214 BEL SUZUKI Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP
8   Tommy Searle 53.044 GBR KAWASAKI TEAM CLS KAWASAKI MONSTER ENERGY MXGP
9   Valentin Teillet 55.988 FRA KAWASAKI Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team
10   Milko Potisek 1:00.682 FRA YAMAHA Team 2B Yamaha
Race 2 Results – Top ten
Weather
Overcast
Temp
16°C
Track
Hard-pack
1   Clement Desalle 35:11.077 BEL SUZUKI Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP
2   Kevin Strijbos 6.867 BEL SUZUKI Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP
3   Jeremy Van Horebeek 18.229 BEL YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4   Antonio Cairoli 23.148 ITA KTM Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MXGP
5   Shaun Simpson 26.615 GBR KTM HM Plant KTM UK
6   David Philippaerts 28.055 ITA YAMAHA DP19 Racing
7   Max Nagl 29.208 GER HONDA Team HRC
8   Tommy Searle 30.926 GBR KAWASAKI TEAM CLS KAWASAKI MONSTER ENERGY MXGP
9   Dennis Ullrich 40.411 GER KTM KTM Sarholz
10   Davide Guarneri 43.911 ITA TM TM Ricci Racing
Championship Standings – Round 11
1   Antonio Cairoli 477 pts ITA KTM Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MXGP
2   Clement Desalle 452 pts BEL SUZUKI Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP
3   Jeremy Van Horebeek 440 pts BEL YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
4   Kevin Strijbos 350 pts BEL SUZUKI Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP
5   Shaun Simpson 242 pts GBR KTM HM Plant KTM UK
6   Steven Frossard 237 pts FRA KAWASAKI Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team
7   Gautier Paulin 205 pts FRA KAWASAKI Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team
8   Max Nagl 205 pts GER HONDA Team HRC
9   David Philippaerts 185 pts ITA YAMAHA DP19 Racing
10   Evgeny Bobryshev 184 pts RUS HONDA Team HRC