2014 FIM MXGP / MX2 World Motocross Championship
The Grand Prix of Germany at Teutschenthal represented a return to regular FIM MXGP duty for the old, hard-pack and undulating track outside the city of Halle almost nine months after the Talkessel layout had hosted the sixty-seventh Motocross of Nations. Thirty-one thousand spectators saw Honda celebrate a decent set of podium finishes in both Grand Prix classes. Honda World Motocross' Max Nagl classified as runner-up in MXGP with his HRC CRF450RW in front of a noisy home crowd in what was an emphatic return to action from a broken right scaphoid. In MX2 Tim Gajser graced the rostrum for the second time this year - and in his career - with a decent second overall. Clement Desalle (Suzuki) owned proceedings in the premier MXGP class for what was an overcast and temperate eleventh round of seventeen in the 2014 campaign, with Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha) coming home in third.
Nagl was by himself in the Honda awning after Evgeny Bobryshev underwent surgery this week for the brutal leg smash and double fracture he sustained at the GP of Italy the previous Sunday. The crew were glad of Nagl's presence, among a feeling of disbelief at the misfortune suffered with injuries this term. The 26 year old had initially planned to be back on the '12' machine at Maggiora but a small infection in his arm caused a delay until the meeting at Teutschenthal this weekend. He had been on the sidelines recovering from a blameless training accident since round four.
Talkessel was not the easiest of racing tracks for the German's tender joint with its off-cambered and rutty turns and some hefty jumps. Nagl rode solidly to score third position on Saturday in the Qualification Heat and was poised for a good day on Sunday.
Raceday dawned cloudy and breezy and in the first moto of thirty minutes and two laps duration the Honda man astonished his many fans around the circuit by seizing the holeshot and proceeding to set the pace. He deflected the attentions of Desalle while in the lead and jumped past the chequered flag ecstatic with his first Heat victory since the opening GP in Qatar. Nagl couldn't revel in a repeat of his getaway for the second moto but rode steadily and safely to gain positions and register seventh position for his overall ranking of runner-up. He equalled his career-best result with Honda, posted at Losail in March.
After six Grand Prix without any points on the board Nagl was content to restart his 2014 season and admitted that extra meetings in German and Belgian Championships would be necessary to get back up to full race trim for the remainder of the international slate. He is eighth in the MXGP standings and thirty-seven points away from the top five.
Tim Gajser showed fantastic potential on the first day of action by catching and passing Dylan Ferrandis (Kawasaki) in the MX2 qualification race for a lively second position and his best Saturday performance of his career so far. The Slovenian had found an effective groove around the Talkessel 'tramlines' and was set for another podium shot on Sunday. The teenager took his factory CRF250RW to a pair of commanding but lonely second places behind world champion Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) to go 'two' across the board for the weekend and pick up his second trophy after a maiden podium at the British Grand Prix last month. Frenchman, Jordi Tixier (KTM) placed third overall today. Gasjer is sixth in the championship standings with six rounds still remaining and thirty points behind Ferrandis. Team-mate Kei Yamamoto did not compete as the Japanese is recovering from a burn to his lower back sustained seven days previously in Maggiora.
After back-to-back fixtures in Italy and Germany the FIM calendar enters a small break before another double with Grands Prix in Sweden and Finland occurring on July 6th and 13th.
|4||Van Horebeek, Jeremy(Yamaha)|
|3||Van Horebeek, Jeremy(Yamaha)|
|21||Olsen, Thomas Kjer(Honda)|
|22||van Berkel, Lars(Honda)|
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|26||Olsen, Thomas Kjer(Honda)|