A super start saw Max Nagl head the field into the first corner in today’s qualifying race for the MXGP of Czech Republic, after which he never looked back.

The on-form Nagl muscled his way to front from the start and then proceeded to set a string of fastest laps to build a comfortable lead which he maintained until the finish, never once looking threatened.

The No.12 rider, who has taken race podium finishes from two of the last three Grands Prix since his return from injury, led every moment of the 20minute + two lap race aboard his CRF450RW in a true gate-to-flag victory. It marks his second qualifying race win of the season.

The result gives Max first gate pick for tomorrow’s two races, the first of which commences at 1415hrs local time.

The weather today was a swelteringly humid 27degrees Celsius and the track remained in good condition all day, although tomorrow thunderstorms are predicted in the region as the atmosphere reaches saturation point.

Max Nagl 12

“I’m happy of course with today. I had a good start, the riding went really well because every lap I could make the gap one second bigger to Jeremy and Cairoli until I had seven seconds, and finally I could win. At the end of the race they could catch up a bit again because they were fighting and pushing really hard and I was getting a bit tired again, so I have to find good race management tomorrow. Like today, it’s important to have a good start and have good speed at the start for as long as possible. On one point I was not so happy with myself because the physical condition is still not as good as I expected but I try to ride relaxed and do the best I can for myself and for the team. The bike is working well and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. The weather is what we don’t know about – we have no idea whether it will be sunshine or big rain.”

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“That was a really good qualifying race and a great start from Max. When you get Max ahead with a good start he’s very good at just getting on with it and riding away at the front, which is what we saw him do very well today. He looked really smooth, and looked like he had a little bit left in the tank when they started catching him at the end which was good to see. He’s been working really hard since Finland and I’m very, very pleased with the way he was riding and with how well the bike was working.”

MXGP 2014
Qualifying Round 14   Czech Republic

Results Session

Air Temp
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Nagl Max 12 GER Team HRC - MXGP Honda 24:31.104
2 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +2.174
3 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2.795
4 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +15.005
5 Ferris Dean 111 AUS Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +26.113
6 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +29.192
7 Potisek Milko 32 FRA 2B Yamaha Yamaha +32.601
8 Goncalves Rui 999 POR Bike It Yamaha Cosworth Yamaha +34.163
9 Philippaerts David 19 ITA DP19 Racing Yamaha +37.165
10 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +38.653
11 Karro Matiss 91 LAT Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +40.873
12 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA TM Ricci Racing TM +45.451
13 Irwin Graeme 555 IRE Wildcard Rider Suzuki +46.379
14 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki +46.906
15 Michek Martin 232 CZE R.S.C. Racing Service Correggio KTM +50.092
16 Ullrich Dennis 149 GER KTM Sarholz KTM +55.924
17 Searle Tommy 100 GBR CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +1:00.346
18 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:01.792
19 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +1:05.913
20 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO Honda Jtech Honda +1:07.441
21 Leok Tanel 3 EST TM Ricci Racing TM +1:09.110
22 Brakke Herjan 61 NDL CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +1:10.226
23 Bertuzzo Pier Filippo 173 ITA Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1:13.666
24 Smitka Petr 211 CZE Wildcard Rider KTM +1:16.952
25 Rauchenecker Pascal 281 AUT Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:27.718
26 Frossard Steven 183 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1 lap
Location Information

Československé armády 350/40, 357 33 Loket, Czech Republic - View in Google Maps