THOR Race Report

THOR RACE REPORT: Thailand scorcher sees Nagl claim 2nd moto podium

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl has ended the second round of the 2016 Motocross World Championship with respective runner-up and third place second moto results at the GP of Thailand, bringing the Asian leg of the MXGP series to a positive close for Husqvarna. Surviving the near 40-degree heat and stifling humidity Max Nagl kicked off the weekend with apromising seventh position in the MXGP Qualifying Race.
Nagl then made a good start in the opening MXGP race. Racing in seventh position for most of the moto the German had a small crash that caused damage to his radiator and forced him to retire. Nagl returned stronger in moto two, coming close to securing the holeshot and racing in second place for the majority of lap one. Nagl rode a fast and steady moto to earn a well-deserved third place result.

Continuing to build on his speed Christophe Charlier had a very positive weekend of MXGP racing in Thailand. Powering his FC 450 to a strong start in the opening moto the Frenchman found himself battling inside the top five. Fighting it out with the MXGP elite for the first time this year, Charlier crossed the line in 10th position. Making another top 10 start in moto two Charlier struggled with fatigue and placed 16th.

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team once again defied the pain from a forearm fracture sustained three weeks ago to salvage six world championship points.

The gritty Belgian had been content to keep his racing activity to a minimum during qualification, but showed great resolve in the opening GP moto to race alongside fully-fit riders for an eventual fifteenth place, just one a halfminutes behind the winner. Race two proved to be more difficult and after again holding down fifteenth place during the early laps he eventually slackened his pace in the closing laps to cross the line twentieth. Clement now has threeweeks to prepare for the next round of the series at Valkenswaard in the Netherlands on Easter Monday, March 28.

Race results:

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 34:04.313;
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:02.775;
3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:05.871;
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS,Honda), +0:18.040;
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:21.958;
6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:33.137;
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:36.125;
8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:47.200;
9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:51.008;
10. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:59.191

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 34:41.154;
2. Ben Townley (NZL, Suzuki), +0:06.038;
3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna),+0:07.876;
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:10.723;
5. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:20.508;
6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:23.325;
7. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:32.355;
8. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:36.229;
9.Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:38.176;
10. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha),+0:41.132

MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 50 points;
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 36 p.;
3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 34 p.;
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 32 p.;
5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 31 p.;
6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 27 p.;
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 26 p.;
8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 23 p.;
9. Ben Townley (NZL, SUZ), 22 p.;
10. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 22 p

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 92 points;
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 86 p.;
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 74 p.;
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 68 p.;
5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 64 p.;
6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 57 p.;
7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 48 p.;
8. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 47 p.;
9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 44 p.;
10. Ben Townley (NZL, SUZ), 42 p