|Grand Prix of Finland||Hyvinkaa||13/07/2014|
After a tough day yesterday, Max Nagl came out fighting on race day in Finland aboard his CRF450RW and a second position overall was within reach until the closing laps of the second race.
In race one, Max made a good start and was in second position into the first corner, and continued in third for much of the race. It the closing stages he was embroiled in a battle with Steven Frossard who just edged ahead across the line, leaving Max fourth.
As the day progressed, the soft sand of the Hyvinkaa track became ever more rutted and rough, and with it increasingly physical and technically demanding.
In race two, Max made another great start and was again lying second into turn one. As the race progressed, the German star found himself in third, fighting with Shaun Simpson for second – second or third would have ensured another visit to the podium since his return from injury only three Grands Prix ago.
Unfortunately, as the track became rougher it became more punishing on the riders and demanded more of them physically, and indeed several fell foul of the conditions and crashed. Locked in battles to the finish, Max was edged down to seventh in the final two laps as he found himself feeling the effects of missing almost two months of training, riding and racing. His combined results meant he finished the MXGP of Finland fifth overall; denied a podium that for most of today was firmly within grasp.
|2||89||Jeremy Van Horebeek||YAMAHA||19||+07.878|
|2||Jeremy Van Horebeek||YAMAHA||515|