After a tough day yesterday, Max Nagl came out fighting on race day in Finland aboard his CRF450RW and a second position overall was within reach until the closing laps of the second race.

In race one, Max made a good start and was in second position into the first corner, and continued in third for much of the race. It the closing stages he was embroiled in a battle with Steven Frossard who just edged ahead across the line, leaving Max fourth.

As the day progressed, the soft sand of the Hyvinkaa track became ever more rutted and rough, and with it increasingly physical and technically demanding.

In race two, Max made another great start and was again lying second into turn one. As the race progressed, the German star found himself in third, fighting with Shaun Simpson for second – second or third would have ensured another visit to the podium since his return from injury only three Grands Prix ago.

Unfortunately, as the track became rougher it became more punishing on the riders and demanded more of them physically, and indeed several fell foul of the conditions and crashed. Locked in battles to the finish, Max was edged down to seventh in the final two laps as he found himself feeling the effects of missing almost two months of training, riding and racing. His combined results meant he finished the MXGP of Finland fifth overall; denied a podium that for most of today was firmly within grasp.

Max Nagl 12

“In the end I am disappointed to throw away the podium. I’m not happy about today. I had a good start in the first race, got into third and then could keep it for almost all race but right at the end I got passed by Frossard because I had no energy left. I didn’t want to be completely finished and I wanted to have something left for the second heat. In the second race I had again a good start but then I was stuck behind Shaun Simpson and I couldn’t find the way to pass him. The speed was not high enough and then I lost the rhythm and got passed by the other guys at the end because I was too tired. I made a mistake because I did not have anything left to fight back. Overall I’m not happy with myself today.”

Junji Miyazaki

Team HRC Technical Director - MXGP

“I can say there are some good points and some bad points from this weekend. Good: in both races Max had good starts, for most of the races his pace was good and he was near the front, close to another podium, and our bike is good. Bad points: towards the end of both races Max had no energy and especially in the second race lost positions and ultimately the podium, so this race management is a point we need to improve on.”

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“In general, it’s a really disappointing result for Max and the team because it could have and should have been second today. The starts were a big positive from the weekend as they were good in both races from Max, but we suffered the lasting effects of his injury from earlier in the season. Here on a hard track like this that got very rough and technical, you recognise that he hasn’t been riding and can’t push as hard as he’d like to. What it all boils down to is that he missed that time on the bike when he was recovering. It’s the same as we were talking about earlier in the year with Bobby. He’s done three races now since returning and in that time he’s taken a race win in Germany, a third in one race in Sweden and a fourth today. Normally sand conditions like these suit him, and to be honest for the majority of the races today he was looking strong and continuing his podium form, but he just wasn’t able to make the moves he needed to.”

MXGP 2014
Race Round 13   Finland

Results Session 1

Overcast
Air Temp
18°C
Track Cond
Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:02.155
2 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 22 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +7.878
3 Frossard Steven 183 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +11.988
4 Nagl Max 12 GER 18 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +19.692
5 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 16 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +24.144
6 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 15 CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +38.039
7 Ferris Dean 111 AUS 14 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +40.980
8 Bengtsson Filip 664 SWE 13 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:00.359
9 Philippaerts David 19 ITA 12 DP19 Racing Yamaha +1:09.083
10 Karro Matiss 91 LAT 11 Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +1:10.032
11 Watson Ben 919 GBR 10 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:11.896
12 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 9 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +1:16.273
13 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 8 Bike It Yamaha Cosworth Yamaha +1:27.226
14 Potisek Milko 32 FRA 7 2B Yamaha Yamaha +1:33.940
15 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:44.157
16 Leok Tanel 3 EST 5 TM Ricci Racing TM +1:56.761
17 Brakke Herjan 61 NDL 4 CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +1 lap
18 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA 3 TM Ricci Racing TM +1 lap
19 Roos Joni 16 FIN 2 Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
20 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO 1 Honda Jtech Honda +1 lap
21 Magi Indrek 410 EST 0 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1 lap
22 Ivanovs Davis 600 LAT 0 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +5 laps
23 Houghton Ryan 419 GBR 0 Bike It Yamaha Cosworth Yamaha +12 laps
24 Johnsson Tom 722 SWE 0 Wildcard Rider KTM +13 laps
25 Soderberg Ludvig 388 FIN 0 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +14 laps
MXGP 2014
Race Round 13   Finland

Results Session 2

Sunny
Air Temp
20°C
Track Cond
Sand
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:36.408
2 Frossard Steven 183 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +22.277
3 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 20 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +28.140
4 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 18 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +28.733
5 Ferris Dean 111 AUS 16 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +31.066
6 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 15 Bike It Yamaha Cosworth Yamaha +31.718
7 Nagl Max 12 GER 14 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +34.772
8 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +50.435
9 Philippaerts David 19 ITA 12 DP19 Racing Yamaha +52.472
10 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 11 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +54.411
11 Karro Matiss 91 LAT 10 Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +57.151
12 Watson Ben 919 GBR 9 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:13.369
13 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA 8 TM Ricci Racing TM +1:25.789
14 Bengtsson Filip 664 SWE 7 Wildcard Rider KTM +1:39.620
15 Leok Tanel 3 EST 6 TM Ricci Racing TM +1:43.743
16 Brakke Herjan 61 NDL 5 CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +1:45.435
17 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 4 CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +2:24.259
18 Ivanovs Davis 600 LAT 3 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1 lap
19 Soderberg Ludvig 388 FIN 2 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 lap
20 Houghton Ryan 419 GBR 1 Bike It Yamaha Cosworth Yamaha +1 lap
21 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO 0 Honda Jtech Honda +2 laps
22 Potisek Milko 32 FRA 0 2B Yamaha Yamaha +5 laps
23 Johnsson Tom 722 SWE 0 Wildcard Rider KTM +16 laps
Location Information

Pohjoinen Yhdystie 112, 05880 Hyvinkää, Finland - View in Google Maps