Max Nagl started his season strongly aboard the Honda CRF450RW with a victory in the first of the two 30minute races in Qatar today. His win was his first with Honda, the first for the CRF450RW machine, and also the first for Team HRC.

The German #12 rider consolidated his positive start to the year in the second race with a determined ride to fourth position, putting him second overall in the championship standings.

After finishing an encouraging third in yesterday’s qualifying race despite carrying an injury, Evgeny Bobryshev sustained further knocks to his right ankle today and the increased pain hampered his race-distance pace.

In race one, Bobby started strongly and was running a comfortable second in the early stages before slipping to 8th, and in race two again a fast start saw the Russian in 5th in the opening laps before contact exacerbated his injury and the pain it caused him. Gritting his teeth, he nevertheless brought his Honda CRF450R across the line in 9th, putting him 9th overall in the Championship.

Max Nagl 12

"The last win was a long time ago for myself so to win the first race today makes me really happy. I got a good start and managed to get out front. Up until the last lap I wasn’t that tired, just maintaining my pace, but then I had to really push at the end when Toni was behind me as I knew he’d be giving it everything he’s got.

I’m just so pleased for Roger, my chief mechanic, and the whole team for this win, and it was the perfect way to start the season. I was happy all weekend with my riding, and the bike was always working perfectly. Every session we made some small changes to setup and we always could improve it a little bit and that’s the best way to work. It’s important to start the season this way, not like last year, and to be taking points."

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

"Really I was fighting twice today – once with the race itself, and also with my ankle injury. I have the speed and everything but I could not handle the track and the slippery ground. There were many right handers and I couldn't use my injured leg properly. In the second race I twisted it twice again, and I had a big battle at the start of the race and a few times my ankle was hit which caused me so much pain. I had to continue so I squeezed my teeth and finished. The season is long, but at the moment it’s really tough."

Junji Miyazaki

Team HRC Technical Director - MXGP

"A lot of work has gone into the off-season by Honda and HRC and performance was good, so I am pleased to see the same level today in the races. Team HRC won the first race of this Grand Prix, so we are confident in our effort. Bobby had no luck with his ankle but his speed is there, so we hope he can feel stronger in Thailand next weekend. We are very happy that Max won and is second in the Championship, so overall we are happy with the weekend."

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

"Max was tremendous this weekend, really excellent. To win the first race of the year and to end up second in the championship is fantastic; we’re really pleased. It’s a great basis to start the season from. A lot of work and effort from everyone has gone into the preseason and to preparing for this year so it’s great for the whole team, for Honda and for HRC.

"With Bobby too, we can see he’s certainly got the speed. Third in qualifying yesterday was a positive start, and he made good starts in both races. But you could see he was suffering a bit – basically he’s ridden a whole weekend putting his right foot down as little as possible to protect his ankle, which, at this level of performance, makes a big difference."

MXGP 2014
Race Round 1   Qatar

Results Session 1

Night Race
Air Temp
20°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Nagl Max 12 GER 25 Team HRC - MXGP Honda 34:57.925
2 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1.942
3 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 20 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +7.827
4 Frossard Steven 183 FRA 18 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +15.643
5 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 16 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +26.612
6 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 15 CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +31.196
7 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 14 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +33.585
8 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 13 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +34.386
9 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 12 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +34.597
10 Roelants Joel 34 BEL 11 J-Race Racing Honda +50.077
11 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 10 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +51.142
12 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA 9 TM Ricci Racing TM +51.863
13 Philippaerts David 19 ITA 8 DP19 Racing Yamaha +1:07.548
14 Waters Todd 47 AUS 7 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:09.526
15 Leok Tanel 3 EST 6 TM Ricci Racing TM +1:28.636
16 Nicholls Jake 45 GBR 5 Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +1:30.797
17 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 4 Bike It Yamaha Cosworth Yamaha +2:05.582
18 Getteman Jens 51 BEL 3 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1 lap
19 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO 2 Honda Jtech Honda +1 lap
20 Sabetifar Amirezza 69 IRA 1 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +4 laps
21 Boog Xavier 121 FRA 0 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +9 laps
22 Karro Matiss 91 LAT 0 Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +12 laps
23 Justs Augusts 95 LAT 0 Latvia Husqvarna Racing Husqvarna +13 laps
24 Runnals Ross Ian 411 RSA 0 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +13 laps
MXGP 2014
Race Round 1   Qatar

Results Session 2

Night Race
Air Temp
19°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 35:04.471
2 Frossard Steven 183 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +2.773
3 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +9.941
4 Nagl Max 12 GER 18 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +13.124
5 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL 16 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +20.093
6 Desalle Clement 25 BEL 15 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +23.932
7 Searle Tommy 100 GBR 14 CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +25.651
8 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL 13 Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +38.386
9 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS 12 Team HRC - MXGP Honda +1:02.213
10 Roelants Joel 34 BEL 11 J-Race Racing Honda +1:05.317
11 Waters Todd 47 AUS 10 Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:17.267
12 Philippaerts David 19 ITA 9 DP19 Racing Yamaha +1:18.539
13 Boog Xavier 121 FRA 8 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1:19.595
14 Leok Tanel 3 EST 7 TM Ricci Racing TM +1:24.242
15 Karro Matiss 91 LAT 6 Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +1:26.733
16 Nicholls Jake 45 GBR 5 Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +1:39.671
17 Goncalves Rui 999 POR 4 Bike It Yamaha Cosworth Yamaha +1:44.497
18 Getteman Jens 51 BEL 3 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1 lap
19 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO 2 Honda Jtech Honda +1 lap
20 Sabetifar Amirezza 69 IRA 1 Wildcard Rider Yamaha +3 laps
21 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR 0 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +4 laps
22 Runnals Ross Ian 411 RSA 0 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +9 laps
23 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA 0 TM Ricci Racing TM +11 laps
Location Information

Losail International Circuit, Al Daayen, Qatar - View in Google Maps