THOR Race Report

Tough start to the 2016 MXGP series for THOR riders

Battling his way to 12th and sixth in the two MXGP motos Max Nagl rounded out the Qatar event in 10th overall. Despite showing that he had the speed to battle for the podium Nagl struggled with his starts in both MXGP races. With the Losail track offering limited possibilities for passing the German started the first race in 10th place, dropping to 12th at the finish. A better start placed the German in eight position at the beginning of race two. Improving his speed as the race went on Nagl crossed the line in sixth.
Suffering a practise injury two weeks before the opening event of the 2016 MXGP series, Frenchman Christophe Charlier wasn’t able to give 100% during his competitive debut for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing. Spending limited time on his FC 450 before the GP of Qatar, Charlier rode to two 17th place finishes earning a handful of valuable points ahead of a long season
Clement Desalle bravely returned to the saddle less than two weeks after breaking his left forearm to collect three valuable championship points. The Belgian rider restricted his on-track activities to as minimum during qualification, but showed intense desire in the two GP motos to finish twentieth and nineteenth even though his injuries prevented him from attacking the many large jumps while the acceleration bumps on the exit of each corner also caused him much pain. He flew back to Europe after the race for further medical treatment before next weekend's GP in Thailand.

Race results:

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 33:56.516;
2. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:07.507;
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:19.644;
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:23.148;
5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:27.015;
6. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:29.383;
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:30.886;
8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:32.227;
9. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:33.672;
10. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:35.336

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:07.633;
2. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:08.230;
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:09.952;
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:10.628;
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:11.960;
6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:14.601;
7. Shaun Simpson(GBR, KTM), +0:19.057;
8. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:20.221;
9. KevinStrijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:41.741;
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:42.891

MXGP Overall:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 50 points;
2. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 42 p.;
3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 42 p.;
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 34 p.;
5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 33 p.;
6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 30 p.;
7. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 25 p.;
8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 25 p.;
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 25 p.;
10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 24 p.