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2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship

Round 05: Sevlievo – Bulgaria

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April 21, 2012

Tricky Bulgarian GP For Honda MX Crew

Gautier Paulin raced to his first Grand Prix victory of the 2013 FIM Motocross World Championship by claiming the Bulgarian round at Sevlievo the fifth round of seventeen in the series.

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Maximilian Nagl
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Maximilian Nagl

The impressive event, located two hundred kilometers east of Sofia, saw twenty-two thousand spectators (weekend figure) gather inside the award-winning facility where Honda World Motocross’ Max Nagl had a difficult day on the hard-pack.

The Bulgarian terrain was unforgiving, tough and fast and saw riders circulating within tenths-of-a-second of each other. The quick pace placed extra emphasis on the starts and this is one area in which Max Nagl endured contrasting fortunes.

Nagl experimented with the rear suspension setting in an effort to get his CRF450R to turn even quicker through practice and also swapped a few different Dunlop compounds for improved traction. The German made a decent launch from the gate in the opening thirty-five minute and two lap moto – although he ran a little wide into the first turn - and was lapping inside the top five until Tony Cairoli forced his way through. Nagl suffered a slow speed tumble after losing balance in a rut but still brought the Honda home in sixth. In the next outing the twenty-six year old was at a deficit from the very first seconds as he misjudged the gate drop and rounded the initial corners of the lap near the back of the pack. Some hard work was halted by hesitation behind Rui Goncalves as ‘12’ sought a way to safely obtain seventh position with superior speed but became increasingly frustrated trying to overtake. Eventually Nagl tired, lost concentration briefly and crashed, recovering the works motorcycle to score eleventh place for ninth overall.

One slot in front of Max was brand-mate David Philippaerts. The former World Champion is still in the midst of his recovery to full grand prix pace and fitness after two turbulent years with a wrist injury. The Italian did however manage two solid top ten finishes – an eighth and a ninth - on his CRF450R Honda Gariboldi to ditch his bad luck experienced in the past two rounds in Holland and Italy.

Evgeny Bobryshev is still on the ‘absent’ list with his fractured right fibula but is hoping to be fit enough to enter the Grand Prix of Portugal in two weeks. The principal Honda riders are grouped together near the bottom of the top ten; Nagl holds eighth while Bobryshev is tenth and Philippaerts is just one point behind. Round six of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place in two weeks at the undulating and scenic layout of Agueda for the Portuguese stop on the schedule.

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David Philippaerts
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Max Nagl
Race Result: 6th/11th - Championship position: 8th
“I was feeling good the whole day and in the first heat I had a good gate jump but went too wide in the first turn. I struggled and lost a few positions but then recovered to come back to fifth. Tony got me with a few laps to go so I finished sixth; the riding was OK but the result was not that special. I screwed up the start in the second heat. I started to go a little and stopped but then the gate dropped, so I got it completely wrong and was far behind. I caught some guys and was stuck for almost the whole race behind Rui. I just couldn’t pass him. I did not want to make an aggressive move and make us both crash. I tried and tried to find the line to do it cleanly but I was getting stressed and tired. With two laps to go I even crashed in a turn through losing the bike. I’m really disappointed to finish eleventh. It should have been much better and my lap-times were good. I have to improve my riding – especially at the beginning – and get more aggressive with my passing…there is no other way.”
David Philippaerts:
Race Result: 8th/9th - Championship position: 11th
“I feel better about today compared to the other races. I could stay closer to the factory bikes. In the first moto I rode around fifteen minutes with Antonio but then got a little bit tired as my arms ached. It was very easy to make a mistake and also easy to simply follow another rider because the speed is so high and the laptimes are the same. In the second moto I started in the top ten and tried to follow through with Nagl for the whole race but he was just a bit faster. It was difficult to pass, but Nagl crashed and I moved. It was tough in the last minutes of the races but I am improving step by step. Today I was closer to the top five and this is good for me.”

2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 05: Sevlievo – Bulgaria

MX1 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Paulin, Gautier (Kawasaki)
2 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
3 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
4 Cairoli, Antonio (KTM)
5 Searle, Tommy (Kawasaki)
6 Nagl, Maximilian (Honda)
7 van Horebeek, Jeremy (Kawasaki)
8 Philippaerts, David (Honda)
9 de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
10 Guarneri, Davide (KTM)
11 Roelants, Joel (Yamaha)
12 Simpson, Shaun (TM)
13 Karro, Matiss (KTM)
14 Barragan, Jonathan (KTM)
15 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
MX1 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Cairoli, Antonio (KTM)
2 Paulin, Gautier (Kawasaki)
3 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
4 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
5 de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
6 van Horebeek, Jeremy (Kawasaki)
7 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
8 Searle, Tommy (Kawasaki)
9 Philippaerts, David (Honda)
10 Guarneri, Davide (KTM)
11 Nagl, Maximilian (Honda)
12 Simpson, Shaun (TM)
13 Roelants, Joel (Yamaha)
14 Barragan, Jonathan (KTM)
15 Leok, Tanel (Honda)
MX2 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
2 Tixier, Jordi (KTM)
3 Teillet, Valentin (Kawasaki)
4 Butron, Jose (KTM)
5 Coldenhoff, Glenn (KTM)
6 Nicholls, Jake (KTM)
7 Charlier, Christophe (Yamaha)
8 Lupino, Alessandro (Kawasaki)
9 Anstie, Max (Suzuki)
10 Ferris, Dean (Yamaha)
11 Pocock, Mel (Yamaha)
12 Petrov, Petar (Yamaha)
13 Kullas, Harri (Honda)
14 Desprey, Maxime (Yamaha)
15 Rauchenecker, Pascal (KTM)
MX2 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
2 Tixier, Jordi (KTM)
3 Lupino, Alessandro (Kawasaki)
4 Anstie, Max (Suzuki)
5 Charlier, Christophe (Yamaha)
6 Ferris, Dean (Yamaha)
7 Butron, Jose (KTM)
8 Coldenhoff, Glenn (KTM)
9 Ferrandis, Dylan (Kawasaki)
10 Rauchenecker, Pascal (KTM)
11 Petrov, Petar (Yamaha)
12 Kullas, Harri (Honda)
13 Monticelli, Ivo (TM)
14 Nicholls, Jake (KTM)
15 Olsen, Stefan Kjer (Honda)

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