Team HRC’s Max Nagl finished the qualifying race for the MXGP of Belgium in eighth place today.
Nagl started the qualifying race from 14th position after the morning’s timed practice, which put him in an outside gate position for the start. He made a good gate jump and was at the front away from the line, but owing to the bias of gate position, he had a longer distance to cover into the left-handed turn one than those starting from an inside gate.
Emerging from the first corner in eleventh, the German on his No.12 CRF450RW spent the duration of the race climbing up to an eventual finish of eighth. This will give him a more favourable gate position for tomorrow’s two races.
The track got rougher with each lap today in the deep sand, so searching out new lines each lap and physical endurance were the name of the game, and though Max’s pace also slowed towards the end of the 20 minute race, he was much more consistent than in Finland three weeks ago when the last sand race was held.
Tomorrow’s first race starts at 1415hrs local time at which point the forecast is for rain, although today’s weather prediction was similar but it remained dry and 27 degrees Celsius.
|1||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||23:48.175|
|2||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||+3.426|
|3||Strijbos Kevin||22||BEL||Rockstar Energy Suzuki World||Suzuki||+4.833|
|4||De Dycker Ken||9||BEL||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+14.753|
|5||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+16.256|
|6||Frossard Steven||183||FRA||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+17.461|
|7||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK||KTM||+26.786|
|8||Nagl Max||12||GER||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+31.284|
|9||Bengtsson Filip||664||SWE||Wildcard Rider||KTM||+39.285|
|10||Goncalves Rui||999||POR||Bike It Yamaha Cosworth||Yamaha||+41.632|
|11||Ferris Dean||111||AUS||Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+47.027|
|12||Rattray Tyla||28||RSA||Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+54.885|
|13||Krestinov Gert||371||EST||Wildcard Rider||Kawasaki||+56.971|
|14||Guarneri Davide||39||ITA||TM Ricci Racing||TM||+1:01.132|
|15||Leok Tanel||3||EST||TM Ricci Racing||TM||+1:04.818|
|16||Karro Matiss||91||LAT||Wilvo Forkrent KTM||KTM||+1:11.810|
|17||Ratsep Priit||221||EST||Wildcard Rider||Kawasaki||+1:16.080|
|18||Lonka Lukasz||262||POL||Wildcard Rider||Honda||+1:24.102|
|19||Ullrich Dennis||149||GER||KTM Sarholz||KTM||+1 lap|
|20||Gercar Klemen||62||SLO||Honda Jtech||Honda||+1 lap|
|21||De Reuver Marc||14||NDL||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+3 laps|
|22||Nemeth Kornel||108||HUN||Wildcard Rider||KTM||+5 laps|
|23||Potisek Milko||32||FRA||2B Yamaha||Yamaha||+6 laps|
|24||Philippaerts David||19||ITA||DP19 Racing||Yamaha||+12 laps|