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2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship

Round 09: Maggiora – Italy

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June 16, 2013

Nagl Makes Top Six in Italian Heat

Stifling conditions baked a thirty-eight thousand attendance for the Italian Grand Prix at Maggiora where Frenchman Gautier Paulin celebrated his third MX1 victory of the season, at the ninth round of seventeen.

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Maximilian Nagl
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Maximilian Nagl

Honda World Motocross team’s Max Nagl was again the top Honda runner on his factory CRF450R and rode to sixth position overall. The event was also notable for the emergence of Honda Gariboldi’s Alex Tonkov with the Russian seizing three holeshots on the CRF250R in the MX2 category and a career-best third position in the second moto.

For the first time this century Grand Prix racing headed back to one of the most iconic circuits in Europe. Maggiora had benefitted from investment and renovation and with an exceptional crowd on Sunday provided a memorable and atmospheric stage for the third race in succession – after stellar meetings in Brazil and France. The steep hills and bumpy hard-pack was fast and daunting. Riders fought for grip and to gain superior speed through the deepening corner ruts.

Nagl had to use some guile on the opening lap of the first race after a mediocre start saw him mid-pack. The German was eventually able to forge a path through to sixth position and was pleased with the way he was able to attack the course and gain places. Some refinements to his set-up assisted a better getaway later in the afternoon but a suspected buckled front wheel led to a small crash and another hard push to again reach the top six. The former championship runner-up remains consistent but just missing the final edge to be able to contend for the podium.

Team-mate Evgeny Bobryshev rode like a man possessed after a mistake on the second corner of the qualification heat meant that he needed to recover his works CRF450R and restart from last. He managed to reach eighth spot for the gate on Sunday. ‘Bobby’s speed was not in question but the errors remained across both thirty-five minute and two lap motos. At least two falls in the first outing put him far behind the top ten and he limped home in fifteenth. In the second moto a better start was ruined by a slip that required another trawl through the field and he reached eleventh. The Russian is still recovering form and fitness after his right leg break almost two months ago but among the disappointing moments at Maggiora were bright signs that he is on the right path back to being a lead-runner.

Honda Gariboldi’s David Philippaerts made a great start to the Grand Prix by starting second and pushing Tommy Searle for pole position on Saturday. The powerful Italian then suffered a crash that left him needing stitches to a facial injury and a short period of convalescence before deciding to attempt the motos on Sunday. The first ever Italian MX1 World Champion, who lives only 10km from Maggiora, tried to race but struggled through the ruts and after another slow speed spill painfully elected to retire and avoid further risks of injury.

The Italian’s MX2 team-mate Alex Tonkov was a protagonist on the CRF250R thanks to his electric starts. The Russian secured the first ever MX2 pole position for his country on Saturday and then battled with Jose Butron for third place all the way to the final metres of the first moto. Tonkov fell in his last-gasp attack and while his flying Honda broke the timing beam the fact that it did so without its rider meant he was classified down in twenty-second. No such rashness in the second affair where a fine third after chasing world champion Jeffrey Herlings for most of the moto was a eye-catching display of rapid form.

With the Grand Prix calendar now into the second phase, the MX1 points standings hold Nagl in seventh spot and needing a haul of forty-six points to rise further. Philippaerts is tenth despite his double zero today and Bobryshev continues to regain ground with twelfth.

The FIM Motocross World Championship will reconvene at Uddevalla in Sweden on July 1st for the first of three events back-to-back; the following two meetings occurring in Latvia and Finland.

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Evgeny Bobryshev
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Evgeny Bobryshev
Max Nagl
Race Result: 6th/6th - Championship position: 7th
“In the first heat I was almost last off the start but I had a really good line on the outside of the second turn and I think I passed almost ten people in one go. They had all moved towards the inside slower line and I just went full-speed around. Each lap I passed some guys until I found myself in sixth place; I was really happy with my riding and my lap-times were really good. We altered the bike for the second start and we had an improvement. I was fifth and doing well but after the second lap my front wheel started to jam in the air. I thought ‘what could be wrong now?!’ and believed it was a stone stuck in there. I started to jump a big longer hoping that the heavier landings might shake it out but it didn’t work. Around the back the front wheel stopped completely in the air so that when I landed I slipped away and crashed. I picked up the bike to keep riding but it was not a good feeling. If the front wheel keeps grabbing then you have no control of the bike and it wants to keep diving. It was sketchy and hard to concentrate. We are still checking the bike but we’re not sure about the wheel problem. It must have been buckled somehow. So, close but not close enough to the podium. It was really nice racing here. The fans were unbelievable. Really crazy. Sometimes when you went past they were louder than your bike; unbelievable. It was a lot of fun. This was an old-school track and that’s what all the riders like.”
Evgeny Bobryshev:
Race Result: 15th/11th - Championship position: 12th
“I was happy Saturday night because I had good speed and was feeling comfortable and that was the same Sunday morning where I had a good look at the lines and sections. The races came around and then suddenly I was fighting all day. I had so many crashes in the first moto and felt like I was always going to lose the front. I had to come back from the rear of the pack again. It is tough to push so much from back in these conditions. I had a good start in the second race and we were all together fighting for positions around the top five when I made another mistake. I lost the bike in a rut and it finished me; it was so difficult after that to find the rhythm and lines. It is ridiculous for me to be fighting at the back. At least my foot is improving and I want to thank my team and all the sponsors; this was our home GP and I tried my best but we couldn’t do well. I’m really disappointed because I was looking forward to this track. Anyway, I want to try and train normally now because I have done it only once since the injury and I had a lot of pain after Ernee. I will just look forward now.”
David Philippaerts:
Race Result: DNF/DNS - Championship position: 10th
“A disaster, nothing more. I was so looking forward to this event, my home GP. The crash yesterday put me in a bad place but I had to try today. I couldn’t ride like I wanted in the first moto and after a small crash I could not give any more. It hurts my heart and emotions as much as my pride not to start the second moto but I decided not to take any risks and to heal well for Sweden.”

2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 09: Maggiora – Italy

MX1 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
2 de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
3 Paulin, Gautier (Kawasaki)
4 Cairoli, Antonio (KTM)
5 van Horebeek, Jeremy (Kawasaki)
6 Nagl, Maximilian (Honda)
7 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
8 Boog, Xavier (KTM)
9 Guarneri, Davide (KTM)
10 Searle, Tommy (Kawasaki)
11 Simpson, Shaun (TM)
12 Karro, Matiss (KTM)
13 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
14 Potisek, Milko (Yamaha)
15 Bobryshev, Evgeny (Honda)
MX1 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Paulin, Gautier (Kawasaki)
2 Cairoli, Antonio (KTM)
3 de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
4 van Horebeek, Jeremy (Kawasaki)
5 Searle, Tommy (Kawasaki)
6 Nagl, Maximilian (Honda)
7 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
8 Guarneri, Davide (KTM)
9 Boog, Xavier (KTM)
10 Potisek, Milko (Yamaha)
11 Bobryshev, Evgeny (Honda)
12 Barragan, Jonathan (KTM)
13 Ullrich, Dennis (KTM)
14 Mackenzie, Billy (Yamaha)
15 Karro, Matiss (KTM)
MX2 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
2 Butron, Jose (KTM)
3 Nicholls, Jake (KTM)
4 Tixier, Jordi (KTM)
5 Charlier, Christophe (Yamaha)
6 Lupino, Alessandro (Kawasaki)
7 Ferris, Dean (Yamaha)
8 Pocock, Mel (Yamaha)
9 Coldenhoff, Glenn (KTM)
10 Petrov, Petar (Yamaha)
11 Ferrandis, Dylan (Kawasaki)
12 Ratsep, Priit (KTM)
13 Anstie, Max (Suzuki)
14 Banks-Browne, Elliott (KTM)
15 Clermont, Jason (Kawasaki)
MX2 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
2 Lupino, Alessandro (Kawasaki)
3 Tonkov, Alexander (Honda)
4 Tixier, Jordi (KTM)
5 Butron, Jose (KTM)
6 Charlier, Christophe (Yamaha)
7 Ferris, Dean (Yamaha)
8 Nicholls, Jake (KTM)
9 Petrov, Petar (Yamaha)
10 Coldenhoff, Glenn (KTM)
11 Clermont, Jason (Kawasaki)
12 Rauchenecker, Pascal (KTM)
13 Banks-Browne, Elliott (KTM)
14 Gajser, Tim (KTM)
15 Olsen, Stefan Kjer (Honda)

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