Max Nagl made a good start on the soft sand of Hyvinkaa in today’s qualifying race, lying in sixth away from the gate and approaching turn one, a fast left-hander. Unfortunately, he lost ground as the pack bunched on corner entry, and as a result he was swallowed and found himself in 19th out of turn two.

The focus then was on fighting back through the pack which he did with gusto, finishing the first lap in 12th before eventually crossing the finish line tenth.

Still, after starting this qualifying race from 13th, Max will start tomorrow’s opening race from the better position of tenth gate pick, so with a good start a strong result remains well within grasp.

Max Nagl 12

“I’m not so happy with this result today. The gate jump was good – a bit of a wheelie but I could keep the throttle open and until halfway along the straight I was with the top five. But then there was one rider from the outside who also had a good start and pulled across to the left going into turn one which meant I lost some speed and some positions into the first turn and then some more going into the second turn.

Then to come through the field is difficult. In the beginning I could make up many positions but then I lost a bit of my rhythm because I could never take my lines as there was always someone in front of me which made it more difficult. The track is tough, too. Underneath is rock hard and then you have the loose sand on top with the small berms and bumps. If you stay in the ruts, many times they get broken so it’s easy to fall out of them and go off track, or if you want to stay inside on each corner you slide a lot so that makes it difficult to choose where to go. We won’t make any changes to the bike for tomorrow, just keep it as it is and I hope I can make it better tomorrow.”

Roger Harvey

HRC General Manager - MXGP

“Max struggled a little bit today. The track’s pretty fast and pretty smooth but you had to be careful today because it was getting rough but wasn’t rough enough yet to really suit Max. Hopefully that’ll roughen up properly for him tomorrow. They’ve been working on the track all day today to smooth it for the junior kids racing here, but by the second race tomorrow it should be rough and come to Max. He can ride these sort of conditions so there’s no reason with a good start he shouldn’t be ok.”

MXGP 2014
Qualifying Round 13   Finland

Results Session

Air Temp
Track Cond
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cairoli Antonio 222 ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 23:43.894
2 Van Horebeek Jeremy 89 BEL Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +9.461
3 Simpson Shaun 24 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +13.782
4 Goncalves Rui 999 POR Bike It Yamaha Cosworth Yamaha +15.663
5 Searle Tommy 100 GBR CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +20.507
6 Bengtsson Filip 664 SWE Wildcard Rider KTM +23.730
7 Strijbos Kevin 22 BEL Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Suzuki +27.886
8 Philippaerts David 19 ITA DP19 Racing Yamaha +28.907
9 Watson Ben 919 GBR Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +29.773
10 Nagl Max 12 GER Team HRC - MXGP Honda +31.514
11 Frossard Steven 183 FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +33.231
12 Guarneri Davide 39 ITA TM Ricci Racing TM +34.670
13 Potisek Milko 32 FRA 2B Yamaha Yamaha +37.935
14 De Dycker Ken 9 BEL Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:06.648
15 Soderberg Ludvig 388 FIN Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1:07.484
16 Ferris Dean 111 AUS Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:08.298
17 Ivanovs Davis 600 LAT Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1:19.357
18 Gercar Klemen 62 SLO Honda Jtech Honda +1:26.966
19 Karro Matiss 91 LAT Wilvo Forkrent KTM KTM +1:39.663
20 Magi Indrek 410 EST Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1:45.006
21 Houghton Ryan 419 GBR Bike It Yamaha Cosworth Yamaha +1:49.292
22 Roos Joni 16 FIN Wildcard Rider KTM +1 lap
23 Johnsson Tom 722 SWE Wildcard Rider KTM +2 laps
24 Brakke Herjan 61 NDL CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +7 laps
25 Leok Tanel 3 EST TM Ricci Racing TM +9 laps
Location Information

Pohjoinen Yhdystie 112, 05880 Hyvinkää, Finland - View in Google Maps