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2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship

Round 10: Uddevalla – Sweden

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June 30, 2013

Podium Escapes Nagl In Sweden

A twenty-two thousand crowd packed the rocky hillside next to the slippery Uddevalla circuit to see Antonio Cairoli win the Grand Prix of Sweden – his sixtieth career success - and the tenth round of seventeen in the FIM Motocross World Championship.

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Maximilian Nagl
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Maximilian Nagl

Honda World Motocross team’s Max Nagl equalled his best moto finish yet on the factory CRF450R with second position in the first outing but the German could not avoid two crashes in the next race and completed the day with fourth place overall.

Heavy rain on Saturday meant a slimy and slippery surface for practice and qualification but a strong breeze and sunshine dried the terrain significantly for Sunday’s race programme. As is the norm with the old and traditional course at Uddevalla, overtaking was tricky with many braking bumps, some deep ruts and one fast line in the majority of the corners, it was a track that varied in grip and the degree of its technical difficulty.

Nagl said that he enjoyed the conditions and it was easy to see why in the first thirty-five minute and two lap dash. A great start and solid race-rhythm allowed ‘12’ to circulate behind Cairoli in a processional affair and equal the runner-up slot he forged in Brazil. With expectation raised for a first podium of 2013 and on the factory machine Nagl was unlucky to tangle with Jeremy Van Horebeek out of the gate and then had to battle back from two small crashes to try and reach the top ten. A cautious approach finally led to a classification of tenth after Tommy Searle was penalised for jumping through yellow flags and the silverware and champagne remains on ice; even if it does come closer with every passing Grand Prix.

The former world championship runner-up’s team mate, Evgeny Bobryshev, showed some fast speed in practice on Saturday but his day was ruined after twisting his right ankle in the formative stages of the first moto. It was the same area of the leg where the Russian had suffered a bone break earlier in the season and he had to withdraw immediately, whereupon x-rays revealed that no major damage had been done. Digesting some medicine, Bobryshev attempted the second sprint but couldn’t force his way through the right hard corners. In the wake of an engine stall through braking and not having the necessary strength to kickstart the bike ‘Bobby’ sustained his second DNF of the day.

David Philippaerts finished ninth overall with a twelve-nine scorecard at the venue where he crashed and picked-up a double wrist break last summer. The Gariboldi Honda rider admitted he was off the pace but saw the solid, if unspectacular, results, as part of the building process back to his full potential. The former world champion showed flashes of his GP winning speed back in Maggiora two weeks ago and is now focused on his goal of managing this more consistently.

Nagl remains seventh in the MX1 standings and is thirty-six points behind Tommy Searle. Philippaerts is eleventh while Bobryshev has dropped two slots to fourteenth. Round eleven of the 2013 FIM Motocross World Championship will take place next weekend at the loamy circuit of Kegums for the fifth running of the Grand Prix of Latvia.

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Maximilian Nagl
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David Philippaerts
Max Nagl:
Race Result: 2nd/10th - Championship position: 7th
“I was feeling good before the second moto. My gate jump was OK but Jerry [Van Horebeek] was next to me and he had a load of wheelspin and slammed into me. We almost crashed together. The start was ‘done’ so I had to turn hard inside and lost a lot of places. I fought hard to come back to eighth and I had a little crash, nothing too bad, just losing the front wheel. The bike restarted really quickly, just one kick and it was running. I re-passed all the guys that I had done before and then crashed again. I have to admit that I was a bit destroyed after the first fall. The pressure was too much. Everybody – including me – was expecting the podium and maybe I pushed too hard and was too aggressive. A few times I was really close to a big crash and I had to close the throttle and finish the race. The track was really slippery; there were some dark spots that had some traction and white spots that were really slick. It was not easy but I enjoyed riding it. I will try to remember the first heat where I got into second behind Tony and made a good rhythm. We pulled out some time on Desalle and the others behind and I was really happy about it. I was so pumped to go for that podium this weekend but in the end I couldn’t make it happen.”
Evgeny Bobryshev:
Race Result: DNF/DNF - Championship position: 14th
“It was a bit of a disaster really. The day started well because warm-up was good and the track was fine. In the first race I had a good start and was top five and fought with Frossard in the beginning. I then stepped on the ground in a corner and my foot was slightly up. I hit it hard and twisted it. It is the same one I broke and I felt a crack. It is not 100% and I had a lot of pain in that moment. I really thought I had broken it and was almost weeping in agony. After fifteen minutes I was able to take a few breaths and then an x-ray showed it was OK. I was given some pain-killers and tried to go out for the second race. My start wasn’t good and I was battling in the pack. I couldn’t really ride and in the right corners I was suffering. I was like a novice and struggled to turn. Fortunately it is nothing serious but then the bike stopped and I couldn't restart; it is another weekend to forget. I just want to really thank all of the team because they are really behind me and tell me to keep my head up. I don’t know what more I can say.”
David Philippaerts:
Race Result: 12th/9th - Championship position: 11th
“I’m not happy with today…or my speed. I didn’t like the track and was always two seconds off the pace both today and yesterday. I was too slow. We worked anyway to make a good race. Physically I am OK but I need to work and train more because two years with injury takes some time to forget and to get back to a peak. We can also work a bit more on the bike; so there is more to come from us. We have two more races in a row now, so I hope for better.”

2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 10: Uddevalla – Sweden

MX1 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Cairoli, Antonio (KTM)
2 Nagl, Maximilian (Honda)
3 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
4 de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
5 van Horebeek, Jeremy (Kawasaki)
6 Searle, Tommy (Kawasaki)
7 Paulin, Gautier (Kawasaki)
8 Frossard, Steven (Yamaha)
9 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
10 Guarneri, Davide (KTM)
11 Boog, Xavier (KTM)
12 Philippaerts, David (Honda)
13 Simpson, Shaun (Yamaha)
14 Leok, Tanel (TM)
15 Karro, Matiss (KTM)
MX1 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Cairoli, Antonio (KTM)
2 de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
3 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
4 Paulin, Gautier (Kawasaki)
5 van Horebeek, Jeremy (Kawasaki)
6 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
7 Boog, Xavier (KTM)
8 Guarneri, Davide (KTM)
9 Philippaerts, David (Honda)
10 Nagl, Maximilian (Honda)
11 Simpson, Shaun (Yamaha)
12 Leok, Tanel (TM)
13 Searle, Tommy (Kawasaki)
14 Karro, Matiss (KTM)
15 Ullrich, Dennis (KTM)
MX2 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Charlier, Christophe (Yamaha)
2 Nicholls, Jake (KTM)
3 Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
4 Tixier, Jordi (KTM)
5 Ferris, Dean (Yamaha)
6 Lupino, Alessandro (Kawasaki)
7 Tonkov, Alexander (Honda)
8 Coldenhoff, Glenn (KTM)
9 Butron, Jose (KTM)
10 Pocock, Mel (Yamaha)
11 Heibye, Even (KTM)
12 Anstie, Max (Suzuki)
13 Kullas, Harri (KTM)
14 Desprey, Maxime (Yamaha)
15 Banks-Browne, Elliott (KTM)
MX2 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
2 Tixier, Jordi (KTM)
3 Charlier, Christophe (Yamaha)
4 Lupino, Alessandro (Kawasaki)
5 Nicholls, Jake (KTM)
6 Ferris, Dean (Yamaha)
7 Butron, Jose (KTM)
8 Tonkov, Alexander (Honda)
9 Febvre, Romain (KTM)
10 Ferrandis, Dylan (Kawasaki)
11 Pocock, Mel (Yamaha)
12 Coldenhoff, Glenn (KTM)
13 Desprey, Maxime (Yamaha)
14 Petrov, Petar (Yamaha)
15 Kullas, Harri (KTM)

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