Max Nagl’s performance in today’s qualifying race for the MXGP of Mexico was every bit as dominating as his double victory last weekend in Brazil. He ran away from the field to cross the line for a convincing fourth qualifying win of the season, and his second in as many weekends.
It was another gate to flag victory too. Max led into the first corner on his Honda CRF450RW and never looked back, delivering a succession of fastest laps around the fast and undulating venue to build an early lead that he never relinquished.
The No.12 rider was the only rider to dip below the 1m49second bracket with a fastest lap that was 0.8seconds clear of anyone else. Demonstrating his control of the pace today, with just three minutes of the 20 remaining he set a lap that was still good enough to be the fastest lap of the race.
Despite clouds threatening and a sky that remained overcast all day, conditions stayed dry with a relatively mild 20degrees Celsius air temperature. At the elevation of 1,815metres, much work by the team has gone into optimising the bike for the thinner air, which is a consideration affecting all teams here in Leon.
With the chance of thunderstorms tomorrow, the character of the track could be very different for the two races, the first of which begins at 1315hrs local time.