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.

Max Nagl 12

"The track I really like, it’s really cool and with many spectators, but it’s like a mud race with so much water added to the dirt so the track is basically just one line and difficult to pass. Between the free practice and qualifying we made some changes to the bike which made it much better, and it felt really aggressive. I had a really bad gate jump in the race; it was really slow, which meant I had to go through the field. This feeling I have right now with the starts, I’ve never had before and it’s difficult to explain, but we have to work on it. It was going good working through the field after that though and I made many positions, but I got pushed wide off the edge of the track and crashed. It was a high berm so the rear wheel dropped off it and I had sort of a high-side crash. I’m ok though. Overall riding was going good today and I’m happy that we came back from 16th to 8th.”

Evgeny Bobryshev 777

“The track was really gnarly today with deep ruts so it was not so easy. When you make a bad start it’s difficult to come through because there’s not so many lines. I was spinning a little from the start so I lost some meters, but I had a good first corner so was ok. I was stiff on the bike today because of no riding for three weeks since Thailand, and because of my ankle I couldn’t relax on the bike. I’m still trying to find the limit with my ankle and a couple of times I twisted it which was a lot of pain. I think I’m close to the current limit, but it’s too slow. It’s only 15 days since I had the surgery though, and the doctors said full healing time is six weeks so it’s still very swollen. I had to modify my boot today to fit properly. Every time I’m landing or turning hard in corners I get a big sensation of pain. If you can’t get through the pain it’s impossible to ride properly, and it’s possible you make it worse, and to be honest my main concern is not doing more damage. But I was always sure that I will race this weekend so I’m riding safely to collect some points and I know that all the time my ankle is getting stronger again.”

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“There were a lot of mistakes during that race, and unfortunately Max was just getting pushed about a bit and dropped his rear wheel over the edge of a berm. At the start he missed the gate jump a bit so then he was right in the mix for the whole race, having to take what was thrown at him. Bobby continues to recover and you could see he was suffering again round right-handers. He said a couple of times he hyper-extended it which is going to make it stiff. Really, 8th and 9th isn’t bad for tomorrow. Gate position doesn’t make a huge difference, but there is a dry line off the start from a number of gates which helps. But this raises the main unknown for tomorrow which is the weather. The track was pretty wet today even though it didn’t rain, so if the forecast thunderstorms come tomorrow it’ll be a totally different race tomorrow. It can be quite a slog when it gets really wet here because the track is ripped quite deep and if we get rain on top of that it could turn into a bit of a one-rut race.”

MXGP 2014
Qualifying Round 3   Brazil

Results Session

Air Temp
Track Cond
Intermediate Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki 25:01.250
2 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +6.097
3 Paulin Gautier 21 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +10.130
4 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +13.508
5 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +13.780
6 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +21.906
7 Waters Todd 47 AUS Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +28.664
8 Nagl Max 12 GER Team HRC - MXGP Honda +33.352
9 Bobryshev Evgeny 777 RUS Team HRC - MXGP Honda +41.052
10 Nicholls Jake 45 GBR Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +41.487
11 Frossard Steven 183 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +44.317
12 Karro Matiss 91 LAT Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +46.572
13 Goncalves Rui 999 POR Bike It Yamaha Cosworth Yamaha +48.822
14 Leok Tanel 3 EST TM Ricci Racing TM +50.004
15 Rauchenecker Pascal 281 AUT Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +59.787
16 Campano Carlos 115 ESP Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1:20.231
17 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO Honda Jtech Honda +1:36.053
18 Bill Julien 702 SWI Wildcard Rider Honda +1:43.960
19 Justs Augusts 95 LAT Latvia Husqvarna Racing Husqvarna +1:45.965
20 Boog Xavier 121 FRA 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1:48.779
21 Roelants Joel 34 BEL J-Race Racing Honda +1:50.148
22 Brakke Herjan 61 NDL CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +1:54.032
23 Ramos Jean Carlo 992 BRA Wildcard Rider Honda +1:57.951
24 Cidade Anderson 203 BRA Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1:58.460
25 Vilardi Thales 927 BRA Wildcard Rider Yamaha +2:19.506
26 Da Silva Faria Rafael 716 BRA Wildcard Rider Yamaha +1 lap
27 Berois Richard 914 USA Wildcard Rider KTM +2 laps
28 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA TM Ricci Racing TM +6 laps
29 Philippaerts David 19 ITA DP19 Racing Yamaha +6 laps
30 Balbi Antonio 903 BRA Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +8 laps
Location Information

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