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2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship

Round 07: Beto Carrero – Brazil

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Brazil
May 19, 2013

Nagl In Touching Distance of Brazil Podium

The Grand Prix of Brazil at the superb Beto Carrero circuit was the hunting ground of Honda World Motocross team’s Max Nagl as the German finished fourth overall and almost grabbed his first podium finish on the factory CRF450R.

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Maximilian Nagl
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Maximilian Nagl

The seventh round of seventeen in the FIM Motocross World Championship took place in front of forty-five thousand spectators and around a compact and difficult track on the coastline north of Florianopolis. Reigning number one Antonio Cairoli celebrated success in the premier MX1 class as the Brazilian date witnessed the last outing for the Superfinal format.

Beto Carrero hosted the Brazilian appointment on the calendar for the second year in a row and the facility adjacent to the popular theme park again set a standard for presentation and organisation. The ‘stadium’ set-up with the narrow and winding race-track surrounded by grandstands created a vibrant atmosphere among the bike-mad partisan crowd. The terrain itself veered between slippery and tacky with heavy rain through the night and light showers during the morning forcing high technical demands of the riders.

Nagl opened the Honda-backed Grand Prix by taking a dominant pole position on Saturday. The German started well and set the pace ahead of Clement Desalle for a convincing performance on his first visit to Beto Carrero after missing the 2012 edition of the event through injury. The duo clashed again during the first moto of thirty-five minutes and two laps duration and Nagl had to be on top form to keep the Belgian at bay for the majority of the race and especially in the closing circulations.

At the second time of asking and bursting from a forty-strong gate with the MX1 and MX2 riders grouped for the Superfinal, Nagl had to weather an attack from Tommy Searle and then made a decisive move to pass Rui Goncalves for sixth place. ‘12’ was thirty metres from a podium slot as he tracked Ken De Dycker and needed to pass the Belgian to gain the single extra point required to relegate Kevin Strijbos from the top three. Nagl just ran out of energy trying to catch the KTM and had to be content with a total haul of thirty-seven points.

Gariboldi Honda’s David Philippaerts was circulating in third position for much of Saturday’s qualification heat and only a small crash pushed him down to fourth by the chequered flag. Entering the gate with his best Saturday position the former World Champion was able to push with the leaders in the first moto and eventually came home with seventh spot on his CRF450R for his second highest classification of the season. A set of broken goggles stopped him from scoring a higher ranking. A crash while chasing MX2 World Champion Jeffrey Herlings for a place just outside the top ten in the second moto forced a retirement after a knock to his right hand.

Honda World Motocross were back to a full rider roster with Evgeny Bobryshev competing in earnest for the first time in four Grands Prix after recovering from a broken leg. The Russian is clearly lacking quality race time and is in the process of regaining fitness and confidence but rode to a brace of twelfth positions in each outing; bearing the pain and the discomfort of arm-pump due to his physical handicap.

Nagl is gaining ground in the MX1 standings and lies seventh, thirty-six points behind Searle. Philippaerts is tenth and Bobby posted points for the first time in four races to stabilise his ranking of fourteenth. The FIM Motocross World Championship now pauses for almost three weeks after the recent cancellation of the Mexican stop on the calendar that would have originally kept the series in South America for another seven days. On June 8th/9th the ‘circus’ will reconvene on the hill of Ernee for the Grand Prix of France.

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Evgeny Bobryshev
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David Philippaerts
Max Nagl
Race Result: 2nd/6th - Championship position: 7th
“I’m really disappointed about missing the podium but I’m really happy with my riding. I got a great start in the first moto and my lap-times were really good. I was running at the same pace as Tony and made sure of second place. I knew Clement was pushing hard but I could keep him behind me and didn’t make any mistakes. I was very happy with that but I had a small problem at the start of the second Heat. I made the jump out of the gate but the start-straight had been turned over by the machine and there was a big clump of mud right in my path. I hit it about five metres out of the gate and it stopped some momentum of the bike and caused me to lose ground before I had even reached the first corner. I then had to fight through and it was difficult to pass many fast riders. Tommy [Searle] was a bit crazy because he block-passed me on the take-off of a jump and I was really scared at that moment because it could have been a huge crash for both of us and I don’t know why he did it. He then crashed into Bobby just in front of me! I concentrated on Rui and was able to pass him and then tried to catch De Dycker but just ran out of energy to finish sixth; missing the podium because of a position. Passing Rui can be difficult because his bike is really fast out of the turns. I had to wait a little and see where I could make the pass but found a good spot to do it cleanly. The result is not great but we made good points and now we have a bit of time to prepare for France. I am happy with my current programme away from the races and our plan will be to go better for Ernee and make the top three there.”
David Philippaerts:
Race Result: 7th/35th - Championship position: 10th
“I started the weekend well and to have fourth on Saturday was a positive beginning for me, with the bike and the team. In the first I got away really well, second place, but even though I am getting faster I am still not at the level of Antonio and a couple of others. I stayed in the top four for many laps and that was really good for me and my confidence. Paulin overtook me and my goggles broke so I had to throw them away and then had trouble seeing the lines. Anyway, seventh was pretty good and I was happy with my riding and lap-times. In the Superfinal I didn’t start well and struggled a bit. I’m not a fan of mixing the 250s and 450s. They can go faster into the corners but on the straights and jumps the 450s are better. For forty minutes it was hard work. I got up to twelfth place but then had a big crash and hit my hand on the floor. Not so much luck so far this year but I am taking it easy because I don’t to go crazy and risk another injury, sometimes it is better and smarter to close the gas.”
Evgeny Bobryshev:
Race Result: 12th/12th - Championship position: 14th
“The day was quite good. I felt better in warm-up than I did yesterday. I tried to push in that session and find the limit of the feeling with my leg. I had a good start in the first moto but was really fighting with the bike and suffered arm-pump. I had the sensation of pain when I was in the turns so I had to brake and tease my way into the corners. I struggled through to twelfth and was pretty disappointed. The second moto was a bit better. I had a bad jump from the gate but held the speed around the first corner. I was in eighth and quite happy because I just forgot about the leg; I was so angry after the first moto that I tried to hold and fight through the pain. I was coming through OK and then Tommy put me down in a corner and then it was difficult to recover. It was gnarly to pass on that track. I want to say thanks to Honda Brazil and for the organisers for a superb event. It is one of the best I have been to with the crazy public. They were shouting so loud! I hope to get a bit of confidence for France now.”
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Maximilian Nagl

2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 07: Beto Carrero – Brazil

MX1 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Cairoli, Antonio (KTM)
2 Nagl, Maximilian (Honda)
3 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
4 Paulin, Gautier (Kawasaki)
5 van Horebeek, Jeremy (Kawasaki)
6 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
7 Philippaerts, David (Honda)
8 Searle, Tommy (Kawasaki)
9 de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
10 Roelants, Joel (Yamaha)
11 Leok, Tanel (Honda)
12 Bobryshev, Evgeny (Honda)
13 Simpson, Shaun (TM)
14 Barragan, Jonathan (KTM)
15 albi, Antonio (Kawasaki)
MX1 - Super Final Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Cairoli, Antonio (KTM)
2 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
3 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
4 Paulin, Gautier (Kawasaki)
5 de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
6 Nagl, Maximilian (Honda)
7 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
8 van Horebeek, Jeremy (Kawasaki)
9 Searle, Tommy (Kawasaki)
10 Butron, Jose (KTM)
11 Simpson, Shaun (TM)
12 Bobryshev, Evgeny (Honda)
13 Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
14 Roelants, Joel (Yamaha)
15 Tixier, Jordi (KTM)
MX2 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
2 Coldenhoff, Glenn (KTM)
3 Nicholls, Jake (KTM)
4 Tixier, Jordi (KTM)
5 Pocock, Mel (Yamaha)
6 Butron, Jose (KTM)
7 Ferris, Dean (Yamaha)
8 Ferrandis, Dylan (Kawasaki)
9 Tonkov, Alexander (Honda)
10 Lupino, Alessandro (Kawasaki)
11 Desprey, Maxime (Yamaha)
12 Charlier, Christophe (Yamaha)
13 Petrov, Petar (Yamaha)
14 Anstie, Max (Suzuki)
15 Alberto, Paulo (Honda)
MX2 - Super Final Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Cairoli, Antonio (KTM)
2 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
3 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
4 Paulin, Gautier (Kawasaki)
5 de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
6 Nagl, Maximilian (Honda)
7 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
8 van Horebeek, Jeremy (Kawasaki)
9 Searle, Tommy (Kawasaki)
10 Butron, Jose (KTM)
11 Simpson, Shaun (TM)
12 Bobryshev, Evgeny (Honda)
13 Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
14 Roelants, Joel (Yamaha)
15 Tixier, Jordi (KTM)

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