Taking to the smooth Patagonia soil for the first time in their racing careers, Michele Cervellin and Chihiro Notsuka found the qualifying race in Argentina a little more challenging then they had wished for.

Cervellin made work for himself early in the race when he lost the front end. After getting a good start and settling comfortably into the top six, the crash in the second lap then meant the feisty Italian found himself fighting back through the pack, in a bid to give himself a tenth-place finish in qualifying.

Notsuka had a strong start and showed early promise of a top 20 qualifying finish. He got into a good rhythm but found the pace tougher towards the end. It was still enough to secure himself a finish just outside the top 20.

Both riders will be looking ahead for a better result overall tomorrow. The first MX2 race starts at 12:15 local time on Sunday 19th March. 

Michele Cervellin 747

I had a good moto today. I know I was around sixth when I crashed but I know I rode well after I crashed to get back into the top ten. I really like the track here, some parts are hard but overall I think it is a really amazing track and as my first time here I can see why other riders say they like it so much. Tomorrow my focus is to not crash and to have a good race.

Chihiro Notsuka 28

Every week it feels like the tracks are fast but I like this track even though in some places its hard and some places its sandy which I found a bit odd but I got used to it. I didn’t get a good start but a lot of guys crashed today and I kept saying to myself that I must stay on the bike to get a good finish, which I did. Tomorrow I hope that I can stay on the bike like I did today, ride faster for longer in the race and get the top 20 finish.

Roger Harvey

HRC Advisor - MXGP

Not the easiest of qualifying for the MX2 team. Although Michele got a reasonable start and was running top six on first lap he went down after he lost front end. This then meant he had alot of work to get back into the top 10.
Chihiro rode very well for first half of the race and showed reasonable speed but lacks stamina to push harder in the second half of the race. He recognises this and is working on it for tomorrow.

MX2 2017
Qualifying Round 3   Argentina

Results Session

Air Temp
Track Cond
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team GasGas 24:57.849
2 Prado Garcia Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing GasGas +3.925
3 Sanayei Darian 57 USA Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +4.507
4 Lieber Julien 33 BEL JM Honda Racing Honda +12.034
5 van Doninck Brent 32 BEL Riley Racing Yamaha +16.402
6 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +20.248
7 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +21.763
8 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Team Diga-Procross KTM +22.523
9 Covington Thomas 64 USA Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +23.351
10 Cervellin Michele 747 ITA SDMCORSE Yamaha Yamaha +32.744
11 Paturel Benoit 16 FRA Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +33.243
12 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +37.510
13 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha +37.887
14 Bogers Brian 189 NDL Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Husqvarna +43.613
15 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Kawasaki +45.211
16 Larranaga Olano Iker 66 SPA MGR Motocross Team KTM +46.007
17 Sterry Adam 811 GBR Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee KTM +50.475
18 Pootjes Davy 46 NDL JWR Honda Racing Honda +1:02.020
19 Monticelli Ivo 128 ITA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1:05.997
20 Rubini Stephen 161 FRA Team Honda Red Moto Assomotor Honda +1:11.532
Location Information

Neuquen, Argentina - View in Google Maps