THOR RACE REPORT: NAGL BACK IN FORM IN DUTCH SAND

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl has showed impressive form at round three of the 2016 FIM World Motocross Championship, delivering two committed performances to place second overall at the GP of Europe.
 
Returning to the type of form that saw him lead the 2016 MXGP series during the first half of last season, Nagl kicked off a highly positive round three at Valkenswaard with a convincing win in Sunday’s qualifying race.

Making further steps forward Nagl’s MXGP teammate Christophe Charlier also enjoyed improved form. Powering his FC 450 to two strong starts the Frenchman fought for a place inside the top 10. With a mistake in moto one forcing him to settle for 25th at the finish, Charlier came back stronger to place 10th in moto two.

Desalle, who had braved the pain barrier to score valuable points in the Asian GPs, has still not returned to full race fitness as his recent arm injuries are still preventing him from following his usual full training regime. With characteristic gritty determination the Belgian qualified ninth and persevered through the longer opening GP moto, run in difficult conditions after a cloudburst, to again cross the line ninth. Another tough performance in race two saw Clement holding down eleventh position on the final lap until a rock damaged his drive chain and forced him to retire. He was thus credited withnineteenth in the moto, and fourteenth in the GP rather than the top ten overall finish he was looking at prior to the incident.

The MXGP series heads to Argentina for the GP of Patagonia on the 10 April.

Race results:

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:41.033;
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:05.431;
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:33.443;
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:46.976;
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:51.297;
6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:52.205;
7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:52.378;
8. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:00.386;
9. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:10.664;
10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:14.769
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MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:41.033;
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:05.431;
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:33.443;
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:46.976;
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:51.297;
6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:52.205;
7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:52.378;
8. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:00.386;
9. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:10.664;
10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:14.769
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MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 45 points;
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 40 p.;
3. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 38 p.;
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 36 p.;
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 36 p.;
6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 33 p.;
7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 31 p.;
8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 23 p.;
9.Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 22 p.;
10. Tanel Leok (EST, KTM), 19 p.
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MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 137 points;
2. TimGajser (SLO, HON), 124 p.;
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 107 p.;
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 104 p.;
5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 100 p.;
6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 84 p.;
7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 80 p.;
8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 79 p.;
9.Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 63 p.;
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 55 p.
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