The forecast rain didn’t materialise at the Beto Carrero track today, but it didn’t make it any easier as the ruts became very deep and caught a number of riders out during the qualifying race.
One of those to fall victim to the steep drop-offs of the track was Max Nagl as he got pushed wide and took a fall. Recovering strongly though, the German who lies second in the World Championship on his CRF450RW rode through the field from 16th to finish 8th.
Evgeny Bobryshev rode for the first time since the MXGP of Thailand three weeks ago, just two weeks after an operation that saw a plate inserted into his ankle after it was discovered an old injury had opened itself up again.
For Bobby, today was about getting back on the bike and finding the limit of his ankle, but doing so gently so as not to overstretch it and risk further damage. Nevertheless, he fought well in the pack and wasn’t shy in the first corner scramble to finish 9th overall.
Tomorrow’s opening race will be held at 13:10hrs local time, and everybody will be watching the weather to see if Beto Carrero has a thunderstorm to offer.