Team HRC’s Max Nagl took a commanding victory on his Honda CRF450RW in the qualifying race for the MXGP of Bulgaria today, meaning he will have first choice of start gate for tomorrow’s opening race.
The German made a fantastic start, the result of all the work the team has done to improve this area in recent tests, and was second by turn two. Hunting down then-leader Antonio Cairoli, Max made his move on lap two and never looked back, extending the gap to his rivals with remarkable consistency.
Much is made of start position at this track because the ‘wrong’ side of the start gates is both markedly farther from the first corner and on the side with less traction.
Evgeny Bobryshev gritted his teeth after last week’s injury to his back that sent him to hospital to finish a determined seventh. Still stiff and sore, and therefore less mobile on the bike, Bobby showed his fighter’s spirit to push through the pain until the flag.
After four days of non-stop rain in the region, today’s running schedule was shortened to preserve the track for tomorrow’s racing. The weather conditions today though produced only a few suggestions of rain, meaning that by the afternoon the track was drier and much less muddy than it had started out. Sun and clear skies are expected tomorrow for race one which starts at 1410hrs local time and race two which gets underway at 1710hrs.
|1||Nagl Max||12||GER||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||25:31.817|
|2||Van Horebeek Jeremy||89||BEL||Yamaha Factory Racing||Yamaha||+1.411|
|3||Paulin Gautier||21||FRA||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+2.216|
|4||Cairoli Antonio||222||ITA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||+4.421|
|5||Desalle Clement||25||BEL||Rockstar Energy Suzuki World||Suzuki||+25.437|
|6||Strijbos Kevin||22||BEL||Rockstar Energy Suzuki World||Suzuki||+29.921|
|7||Bobryshev Evgeny||777||RUS||Team HRC - MXGP||Honda||+32.799|
|8||Simpson Shaun||24||GBR||Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK||KTM||+36.358|
|9||Frossard Steven||183||FRA||Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing||Kawasaki||+41.451|
|10||Rattray Tyla||28||RSA||Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+51.849|
|11||Guarneri Davide||39||ITA||TM Ricci Racing||TM||+57.331|
|12||Boog Xavier||121||FRA||24MX Lucas Oil Honda||Honda||+58.723|
|13||Philippaerts David||19||ITA||DP19 Racing||Yamaha||+1:23.626|
|14||Nicholls Jake||45||GBR||Wilvo Forkrent KTM||KTM||+1:24.813|
|15||Ullrich Dennis||149||GER||KTM Sarholz||KTM||+1:25.259|
|16||Waters Todd||47||AUS||Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+1:28.569|
|17||Leok Tanel||3||EST||TM Ricci Racing||TM||+1:35.183|
|18||Goncalves Rui||999||POR||Bike It Yamaha Cosworth||Yamaha||+1:40.619|
|19||Brakke Herjan||61||NDL||CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy||Kawasaki||+1:50.962|
|20||Gercar Klemen||62||SLO||Honda Jtech||Honda||+2 laps|
|21||Roelants Joel||34||BEL||J-Race Racing||Honda||+3 laps|
|22||Justs Augusts||95||LAT||Latvia Husqvarna Racing||Husqvarna||+5 laps|
|23||Karro Matiss||91||LAT||Wilvo Forkrent KTM||KTM||+10 laps|