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.

Max Nagl 12

"For sure I’m so happy to come back like this. I always said I didn’t want to come back too soon as it’s much better to wait and come back like this when you’re feeling strong enough. The welcome back was so nice from the team and also from other teams in the paddock, and it’s a great feeling if you come back and feel welcome again – that makes you feel really good and stronger mentally.

To wait until I was 100 per cent was my plan but the full recovery takes a bit longer. Now though I feel really good on the bike, it’s working great and I’m feeling fit enough to race with the top guys. I don’t know how it is tomorrow with 35minutes in the races, and maybe it’s a different story, but I’ll try to push as long as possible and stay in the top five, and if I could make a podium would be really great."

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

"That was a great comeback for Max, especially taking the holeshot. To be honest I kept waiting for him to start feeling the pain more but I spoke to him after the race and he said it was just a little bit uncomfortable but not so bad. He ran a good race as he was under a bit of pressure but he kept closing the leaders down and then in the end he just settled. Top five here is ok for the start, so it was sensible. It was a good, good comeback – I’m so pleased for him and for the team. It picks everybody up. It’s obviously been hard last week with Bobby getting injured, and Max before that, so for him to come back like that was quite amazing, and there are some smiling faces in the team for the first time for a while."

MXGP 2014
Qualifying Round 11   Germany

Results Session

Cloudy
Air Temp
16°C
Track Cond
Hard Pack
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki 24:54.706
2 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +2.165
3 Nagl Max 12 GER Team HRC - MXGP Honda +6.532
4 Desalle Clement 25 BEL Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +15.964
5 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +18.336
6 Frossard Steven 183 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +23.766
7 Searle Tommy 100 GBR CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +28.892
8 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA TM Ricci Racing TM +38.691
9 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +39.992
10 Aranda Gregory 220 FRA Sturm Racing Kawasaki +40.770
11 Potisek Milko 32 FRA 2B Yamaha Yamaha +41.003
12 Philippaerts David 19 ITA DP19 Racing Yamaha +48.352
13 Teillet Valentin 737 FRA Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +49.758
14 Goncalves Rui 999 POR Bike It Yamaha Cosworth Yamaha +51.686
15 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +53.220
16 Ullrich Dennis 149 GER KTM Sarholz KTM +54.470
17 Schiffer Marcus 287 GER Wildcard Rider Suzuki +59.937
18 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +1:01.239
19 Nicholls Jake 45 GBR Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +1:06.206
20 Rauchenecker Pascal 281 AUT Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:09.033
21 Karro Matiss 91 LAT Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +1:10.533
22 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO Honda Jtech Honda +1:11.802
23 Brockel Christian 711 GER Wildcard Rider KTM +1:14.934
24 Smitka Petr 211 CZE Wildcard Rider KTM +1:21.681
25 Baudrexl Dennis 519 GER Wildcard Rider KTM +1:23.642
26 Thuresson Filip 251 SWE 24MX Lucas Oil Honda Honda +1:24.819
27 Muratov Timur 717 RUS Wildcard Rider KTM +1:49.318
28 Leok Tanel 3 EST TM Ricci Racing TM +2 laps
Location Information

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