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2014 FIM MXGP / MX2 World Motocross Championship

Round 15: Lommel – Belgium

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August 3, 2014

Hard Day for Nagl in Belgian Sand

High temperatures and generous sunshine was perhaps not the best climate for the intense demands of the energy-sapping sand of Lommel for the Grand Prix of Belgium. Honda World Motocross’s Max Nagl was twelfth overall on his works CRF450RW and could only finish one of the two motos after struggling with stamina and strength.

Maximilian NaglEvgeny Bobryshev
Maximilian Nagl
Maximilian NaglEvgeny Bobryshev
Maximilian Nagl

The fifteenth round of seventeen in the FIM Motocross World Championship was played out over possibly the most difficult and technical terrain of the season and it was Antonio Cairoli (KTM) who managed to triumph in front of twenty-one thousand spectators. An unpredictable race with Gautier Paulin (Kawasaki), Ken De Dycker (KTM) and Shaun Simpson (KTM) also going for podium places saw De Dycker and Simpson eventually take the rostrum of the premier MXGP class respectively in what is the last Grand Prix fixture on European shores this term.

Lommel is well known among the motocross and Grand Prix fraternity. Located in the Limburg region the winding, sandy course is a popular practice and training haunt and last entered the international spotlight by hosting the 2012 Motocross of Nations.

Nagl qualified in eighth position on Saturday after ruing a mediocre start in the Qualification Heat. Under blue skies on Sunday the German made a better job in the opening sprint of thirty minutes and two laps distance and slotted into third place through the first laps. As the leaders sorted out their race pace Nagl faced threats from Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha), Paulin and Simpson. ‘12’ ran lap-times in the low 1min 50s and then mid ‘50s for a pretty consistent speed. He just lost out in a battle with Kevin Strijbos (Suzuki) and De Dycker and crossed the line in sixth place.

For the second moto Nagl was struggling from the outset. The twenty-six year old (twenty-seven this week) was running on empty and after several near misses with crashes pulled out of the race after seven laps.

Nagl missed some valuable championship points and sits seventh in the MXGP table, forty-nine behind Steven Frossard (Kawasaki) and thirty-two points in front of Gautier Paulin.

In the MX2 category Gariboldi Honda’s Tim Gajser was fifth overall on the CRF250RW. The Slovenian had recovered slightly from the blow to the left knee he sustained during the second moto in the Czech Republic the previous weekend. A technical DNF on Saturday – caused by his unwitting part in a multi rider crash - meant he was almost last to the start line. Tim fought his way from fourteenth place to eighth despite the handicap due to his gate position. The seventeen year old triumphed in an entertaining scrap with Alex Tonkov (Husqvarna) in the second moto to finish sixth and was ultimately content with his top five classification through the Lommel lumps.

After his exertions through the sand Gajser is still fifth in the MX2 championship standings.

The overall Grand Prix win in MX2 went to Britain’s Max Anstie (Yamaha) with Jordi Tixier (KTM) in second spot and Dylan Ferrandis (Kawasaki) rounding out the podium.

Lommel was also the scene of the closing chapter in the second ever Honda 150 European Championship and the UK’s Albie Wilkie was crowned champion after securing four victories from a total of ten motos. The youngster will now have a supported saddle through the J-Tech Honda squad for a European EMX250 campaign in 2015.

The FIM Motocross World Championship now enters an extended summer break after the Grand Prix of Ukraine – originally planned for mid-August – was cancelled several months previously. The penultimate round of the 2014 series will take place at Trindade in Brazil for the State of Goias Grand Prix on September 7th.

Maximilian NaglEvgeny Bobryshev
Maximilian Nagl
Marc de ReuverTim Gajser
Marc de Reuver

Honda Comments

Max Nagl:
Race Result: 6th/20th Championship position: 12th
“Yesterday was already really hard in terms of getting the bike set up for the deep sand conditions. Normally I really enjoy riding the sand but this time was very difficult. I had a good start in the first heat with the holeshot and I had good speed in the beginning. I finished sixth; which was not the best but not bad considering. I was happy because Saturday felt much worse. My start was not great in the second moto and I don't know what happened then; I had so much pain in my legs and across my body and I could not hold the bike any more. I tried doing one lap very slowly to recover but I didn't get any better. I tried to push but lost grip of the handlebars three times. There is nothing you can do when your body is so tired. I will go this week to a specialist in Germany where I can make some analysis because the situation today was not normal. This track is heavy but when you are an athlete you should not need to pull out. We are all training hard…so we need to check what is wrong.”
Tim Gajser:
Race Result: 8th/6th Championship position: 5th
“Yesterday I had some bad luck and broke the engine in the qualification heat. I had started quite well but crashed with a load of other riders and I damaged the radiator. I was last for picking the gate and I was so far on the outside. In the first race I was right at the back and came through OK but the bike started to smoke. I’m not sure what the problem was but I was able to finish. Second race was a better start and I had – and won – a battle with Tonkov. Sixth was not so bad for this sand!”
Tim GajserTim Gajser
Tim Gajser

2014 FIM MXGP / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 15: Lommel – Belgium

MXGP - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Machine)
1Cairoli, Antonio(KTM)
2Paulin, Gautier(Kawasaki)
3Simpson, Shaun(KTM)
4de Dycker, Ken(KTM)
5Strijbos, Kevin(Suzuki)
6Nagl, Maximilian(Honda)
10de Reuver, Marc(Honda)
19Lonka, Lukasz(Honda)
20Gercar, Klemen(Honda)
MXGP - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Machine)
1Cairoli, Antonio(KTM)
2de Dycker, Ken(KTM)
3Simpson, Shaun(KTM)
4Paulin, Gautier(Kawasaki)
5de Reuver, Marc(Honda)
6Frossard, Steven(Kawasaki)
17Gercar, Klemen(Honda)
18Lonka, Lukasz(Honda)
20Nagl, Maximilian(Honda)
MX2 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Machine)
1Anstie, Max(Yamaha)
2Ferrandis, Dylan(Kawasaki)
3Tixier, Jordi(KTM)
4Febvre, Romain(Husqvarna)
5Jonass, Pauls(KTM)
6Coldenhoff, Glenn(Suzuki)
8Gajser, Tim(Honda)
18van Berkel, Lars(Honda)
26Yamamoto, Kei(Honda)
27Desprey, Maxime(Honda)
29Brylyakov, Vsevolod(Honda)
MX2 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Machine)
1Tixier, Jordi(KTM)
2Anstie, Max(Yamaha)
3Ferrandis, Dylan(Kawasaki)
4Febvre, Romain(Husqvarna)
5Butron, Jose(KTM)
6Gajser, Tim(Honda)
16van Berkel, Lars(Honda)
19Brylyakov, Vsevolod(Honda)
21Desprey, Maxime(Honda)
24Yamamoto, Kei(Honda)

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