It’s been a weekend to remember for Max Nagl. Making his return to the Motocross World Championship after missing five races, he took his first holeshot of the season, won his debut comeback race, and finished second overall. All in front of his legions of home fans.

After showing good pace all of Saturday and finishing third in the Qualifying Race yesterday, race one went like a dream for the German. Leading away from the line, he took a dominant gate-to-flag victory. It’s his second race victory of the season on the Team HRC Honda CRF450RW, coming after the season-opener in Qatar.

After being shuffled down the order in race two, Max faced an uphill battle. Compounded by feeling the effects of the physical exertion on his wrist from race one, he nevertheless gritted his teeth to climb from 14th to 7th, and in doing so secured second place overall in the MXGP of Germany classification.

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“I don’t think that anybody, even really myself, expected me to be on the podium here today. In the first race I had a really good start and at the beginning I was trying to push and be consistent. When I saw Clement [Desalle] coming I really was pushing and even if I was completely tired after the race I wanted that first race win. It was awesome, especially in front of the home crowd.

I used almost everything in the first race. I was thinking that if I win the first, I’ve done enough and it almost doesn’t matter what happens in the second race. The start wasn’t great and that made the second race even more difficult, but actually I didn’t know I was on the overall podium until after the finish and then someone told me.

Every time you come back from injury you don’t know where your level and fitness is and that’s quite difficult mentally, but if you can ride like I did today it shows you that you’re still fast and strong enough, so I’m really happy for me and also for Team HRC that we’ve been able to come back like this.”

Junji Miyazaki

Team HRC Technical Director - MXGP

“It’s been a very good day today! In the first race Max got a great start and rode really very well to take an amazing win. Even when I’m sure Max was very tired and feeling pain in the second race, he kept pushing and never gave up. Every team member, everyone is working so hard to make the best condition within the team this year, so for this win and for the overall podium today we are so happy and it really lifts the team spirit.”

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“Max’s performance this weekend was quite unbelievable. Max is a bit of a specialist at coming back strongly and we’ve seen it before, but to come back and win is quite phenomenal. Especially in Germany in front of his home crowd. It was a brilliant weekend for Max, and I’m over the moon.

Max came back and surprised everybody this weekend, but strangely enough not himself. Max is Max and he said he knew his fitness but the only thing he didn’t know was his race speed, but clearly that’s well up there. I think some of the testing that Bobby did carried onto Max’s bike and was a benefit to Max even though he missed the testing.

Everybody’s working flat out, from the Japanese staff that are coming to every Grand Prix from Japan to everyone within the team, and it justifies the effort. You can see and sense within the team everyone is so pleased. It’s quite unbelievable to end up second overall.”

MXGP 2014
Race Round 11   Germany

Results Session 1

Sunny
Air Temp
18°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Nagl Max 12 GER 25 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 35:05.736
2 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 22 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +1.314
3 Frossard Steven 183 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +9.685
4 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 18 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +10.918
5 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +11.663
6 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 15 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +43.193
7 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 14 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +47.214
8 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 13 CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +53.044
9 Teillet Valentin 737 FRA 12 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +55.988
10 Potisek Milko 32 FRA 11 2B Yamaha Yamaha +1:00.682
11 Philippaerts David 19 ITA 10 DP19 Racing Yamaha +1:01.090
12 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA 9 TM Ricci Racing TM +1:03.985
13 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL 8 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:04.184
14 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 7 Bike It Yamaha Cosworth Yamaha +1:05.595
15 Aranda Gregory 220 FRA 6 Sturm Racing Kawasaki +1:09.318
16 Watson Ben 919 GBR 5 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1:16.362
17 Karro Matiss 91 LAT 4 Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +1:22.006
18 Ullrich Dennis 149 GER 3 KTM Sarholz KTM +1:26.353
19 Schiffer Marcus 287 GER 2 Wildcard Rider Suzuki +1:35.151
20 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO 1 Honda Jtech Honda +1:38.109
21 Muratov Timur 717 RUS 0 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:46.453
22 Rauchenecker Pascal 281 AUT 0 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1 lap
23 Smitka Petr 211 CZE 0 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
24 Brockel Christian 711 GER 0 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
MXGP 2014
Race Round 11   Germany

Results Session 2

Overcast
Air Temp
16°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 25 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki 35:11.077
2 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 22 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +6.867
3 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 20 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +18.229
4 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +23.148
5 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 16 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +26.615
6 Philippaerts David 19 ITA 15 DP19 Racing Yamaha +28.055
7 Nagl Max 12 GER 14 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +29.208
8 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 13 CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +30.926
9 Ullrich Dennis 149 GER 12 KTM Sarholz KTM +40.411
10 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA 11 TM Ricci Racing TM +43.911
11 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL 10 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +45.628
12 Potisek Milko 32 FRA 9 2B Yamaha Yamaha +46.110
13 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 8 Bike It Yamaha Cosworth Yamaha +46.571
14 Aranda Gregory 220 FRA 7 Sturm Racing Kawasaki +49.442
15 Nicholls Jake 45 GBR 6 Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +56.704
16 Karro Matiss 91 LAT 5 Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +57.460
17 Teillet Valentin 737 FRA 4 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1:07.598
18 Schiffer Marcus 287 GER 3 Wildcard Rider Suzuki +1:11.083
19 Muratov Timur 717 RUS 2 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:20.441
20 Rauchenecker Pascal 281 AUT 1 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:23.584
21 Brockel Christian 711 GER 0 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:25.003
22 Smitka Petr 211 CZE 0 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:53.672
Location Information

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