Local hero Max Nagl made his Grand Prix return today and, still not feeling 100 per cent, finished a quite remarkable third in the qualifying race for tomorrow’s MXGP of Germany.
Having missed five races since being involved in a crash in testing in Holland in which he suffered a broken scaphoid and a fractured hand, Max wasted no time in making his presence felt on the CRF450RW once again.
The popular German was fourth fastest in both today’s free practice and timed practice sessions before blasting from the line in the qualifying race to take his first holeshot of the season. He fought hard to make a pass into third position before then chasing down the lead duo for much of the race.
With his injuries having healed well and giving only slight discomfort today, Max is feeling buoyed entering tomorrow’s two races, the first of which starts at 14:15hrs local time. Bumper crowds are expected tomorrow to support their native motocross star.