Max Nagl delivered a strong ride coupled with a good start to take a third place finish in the second race of the MXGP of Sweden in Uddevalla today.

From fourth at the first corner he fought up to third and then set about closing down the lead duo on his CRF450RW, before having to turn more defensive to successfully resist great pressure from Kevin Strijbos in the latter half of the race.

A poor start in the opening race left the German star languishing in 19th position with a lot of work to do, but even on a track on which overtaking is very hard, he fought through to ninth by the finish. The combined results of ninth and third put him fifth overall in the Grand Prix classification.

Amid the threat of possible storms, the only precipitation today was a brief shower during the first MX2 race of the afternoon that did little to slow proceedings. Shortly after the sun re-emerged to send the temperature back up to 26 degrees Celsius once more, making hot work for the riders on the rough yet slippery Uddevalla track.

Team HRC will be back in action again with Max in just a week’s time for the MXGP of Finland, the second half of this Scandinavian back-to-back. Feeling stronger than he did on his comeback in Germany two weeks ago, Max will nevertheless take some rest between these two rounds to maximise his energy for the Hyvinkaa track.

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"In general I’m really happy with the second moto. I was struggling all weekend with the track because the ground was similar to Arco [MXGP of Arco di Trento, April] and it was difficult for me, but today was better than yesterday. In the first race I had a terrible start and was really far behind, and especially at this track it’s hard to make up many positions. We changed some small things on the bike and then in the second heat I had a good start and got with the front guys and was able to carry the same speed and follow them in third. Kevin [Strijbos] was pushing me really hard mid-race but when someone like him is behind you, you feel safe because you know he won’t make any stupid moves. It meant I could still take my lines and not have to worry where he was going to go, so I was able to still push hard to stay ahead and in the end pull away a little bit."

Junji Miyazaki

Team HRC Technical Director - MXGP

"The start in the first moto was not so good which made it harder for Max as he had to catch up, but he pushed hard to recover to ninth. The second moto was a different story though as he made a good start and rode very well. There was not so much difference between the top four so it was a very strong ride to move into third and keep the position. Overall it’s good for Max and for the team heading into the next race in Finland as another third position finish helps with the momentum the team now feels."

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

"We’ve got to be happy with third place for Max in the second race today, especially after the first race. He didn’t make a particularly good start in the first and with the nature of the track it’s hard to climb back through the field so it was hard work for him. It was actually a very good ride as he did make progress through the field, but the position in the end wasn’t very rewarding. In the second race though, he looked a lot more aggressive from the start and it was much better. You could see he was really pushing and once he made the pass for third he got into a good rhythm and started closing in on second, and then resisted great pressure from Kevin [Strijbos], so it was a strong ride.

Along with Tim Gajser’s podium in MX2, the top three results are very welcome because we have had some very senior figures from Honda here today – Mr Yoshida, Managing Officer, Director, and Chief Operating Officer responsible for Motor Sports; Mr Nomura, President of HRC; and Mr Fujiwara, Manager of Motorcycle Department Motor Sports division. For Mr Yoshida and Mr Nomura it was their first visit to a motocross grand prix outside Japan so it was great to welcome them here to Team HRC."

MXGP 2014
Race Round 12   Sweden

Results Session 1

Sunny
Air Temp
26°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:22.421
2 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 22 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +3.481
3 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 20 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +7.712
4 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 18 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +11.653
5 Frossard Steven 183 FRA 16 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +15.019
6 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 15 CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +37.196
7 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 14 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +39.063
8 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +42.436
9 Nagl Max 12 GER 12 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +50.853
10 Philippaerts David 19 ITA 11 DP19 Racing Yamaha +1:03.013
11 Potisek Milko 32 FRA 10 2B Yamaha Yamaha +1:06.822
12 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA 9 TM Ricci Racing TM +1:09.981
13 Ferris Dean 111 AUS 8 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:17.454
14 Watson Ben 919 GBR 7 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team Yamaha +1:18.694
15 Larsen Nikolaj 249 DEN 6 Wildcard Rider Honda +1:24.117
16 Ullrich Dennis 149 GER 5 KTM Sarholz KTM +1:25.575
17 Leok Tanel 3 EST 4 TM Ricci Racing TM +1:26.911
18 Bengtsson Filip 664 SWE 3 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:31.353
19 Karro Matiss 91 LAT 2 Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +1:32.821
20 Thuresson Filip 251 SWE 1 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1:34.865
21 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 0 Bike It Yamaha Cosworth Yamaha +1 lap
22 Johnsson Tom 722 SWE 0 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
23 Jonsson Jesper 147 SWE 0 Wildcard Rider Suzuki +1 lap
24 Ivanovs Davis 600 LAT 0 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1 lap
25 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO 0 Honda Jtech Honda +1 lap
26 Brakke Herjan 61 NDL 0 CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +1 lap
27 Gustavsson Nicklas 41 SWE 0 Wildcard Rider Honda +1 lap
MXGP 2014
Race Round 12   Sweden

Results Session 2

Sunny
Air Temp
26°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 33:52.052
2 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 22 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +4.201
3 Nagl Max 12 GER 20 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +9.408
4 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 18 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +14.361
5 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 16 CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +22.638
6 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA 15 TM Ricci Racing TM +38.631
7 Philippaerts David 19 ITA 14 DP19 Racing Yamaha +40.791
8 Karro Matiss 91 LAT 13 Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +42.619
9 Frossard Steven 183 FRA 12 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +44.496
10 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 11 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +46.857
11 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 10 Bike It Yamaha Cosworth Yamaha +52.082
12 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL 9 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +54.924
13 Watson Ben 919 GBR 8 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team Yamaha +1:05.396
14 Ullrich Dennis 149 GER 7 KTM Sarholz KTM +1:17.725
15 Bengtsson Filip 664 SWE 6 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:31.556
16 Brakke Herjan 61 NDL 5 CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +1:32.187
17 Thuresson Filip 251 SWE 4 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1:36.003
18 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO 3 Honda Jtech Honda +1:38.494
19 Jonsson Jesper 147 SWE 2 Wildcard Rider Suzuki +1:40.049
20 Gustavsson Nicklas 41 SWE 1 Wildcard Rider Honda +1 lap
Location Information

Äsperödsvägen 81, 451 34 Uddevalla, Sweden - View in Google Maps