Taking to the smooth Patagonia soil for the first time in their racing careers, Michele Cervellin and Chihiro Notsuka found the qualifying race in Argentina a little more challenging then they had wished for.

Cervellin made work for himself early in the race when he lost the front end. After getting a good start and settling comfortably into the top six, the crash in the second lap then meant the feisty Italian found himself fighting back through the pack, in a bid to give himself a tenth-place finish in qualifying.

Notsuka had a strong start and showed early promise of a top 20 qualifying finish. He got into a good rhythm but found the pace tougher towards the end. It was still enough to secure himself a finish just outside the top 20.

Both riders will be looking ahead for a better result overall tomorrow. The first MX2 race starts at 12:15 local time on Sunday 19th March. 

Michele Cervellin 747

I had a good moto today. I know I was around sixth when I crashed but I know I rode well after I crashed to get back into the top ten. I really like the track here, some parts are hard but overall I think it is a really amazing track and as my first time here I can see why other riders say they like it so much. Tomorrow my focus is to not crash and to have a good race.

Chihiro Notsuka 28

Every week it feels like the tracks are fast but I like this track even though in some places its hard and some places its sandy which I found a bit odd but I got used to it. I didn’t get a good start but a lot of guys crashed today and I kept saying to myself that I must stay on the bike to get a good finish, which I did. Tomorrow I hope that I can stay on the bike like I did today, ride faster for longer in the race and get the top 20 finish.

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

Not the easiest of qualifying for the MX2 team. Although Michele got a reasonable start and was running top six on first lap he went down after he lost front end. This then meant he had alot of work to get back into the top 10.
Chihiro rode very well for first half of the race and showed reasonable speed but lacks stamina to push harder in the second half of the race. He recognises this and is working on it for tomorrow.

MX2 2017
Qualifying Round 3   Neuquen

Results Session

Sunny/Dry
Humidity
49%
Air Temp
22°C
Track Cond
Soft
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:57.849
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +3.925
3 Sanayei Darian 57 USA Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +4.507
4 Lieber Julien 33 BEL LRT KTM KTM +12.034
5 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +16.402
6 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki +20.248
7 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki +21.763
8 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +22.523
9 Covington Thomas 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +23.351
10 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA Team HRC - MX2 Honda +32.744
11 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +33.243
12 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM +37.510
13 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +37.887
14 Bogers Brian 189 NDL HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM +43.613
15 Watson Ben 919 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +45.211
16 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +46.007
17 Sterry Adam 811 GBR Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +50.475
18 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL HSF Logistics Motorsport Team KTM +1:02.020
19 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:05.997
20 Rubini Stephen 118 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:11.532
Location Information

Neuquen, Argentina - View in Google Maps