Nagl & Coldenhoff take pole

Brazil MX GP

maddix park mx   BETO CARRERO (Brazil), 18 May 2013 – The weather forecast was not really favourable for today’s qualifying races, but it did not stop the thousands fans to come to the wonderful facilities of Beto Carrero to see the MX1 and MX2 qualifying races. In the end the rain did not arrived until the end of the MX2 qualifying race, so the MX1 riders had a more challenging qualifying heat, as the ground was becoming very slippery by the middle of the race.

In MX1 Max Nagl dominated the qualifying race and Clement Desalle and Gautier Paulin were second and third respectively, whereas in the MX2 class Glenn Coldenhoff went out with the victory and Christophe Charlier was second and Jeffrey Herlings third.

Honda World Motocross’ Max Nagl won the qualifying race of the Grand Prix of Brazil and obtained the first race victory in the FIM Motocross World Championship since he is with Honda. The German took a good start and even if he struggle to keep focused in the lead and to adapt his riding to the track that was becoming more and more slippery after each lap, he managed to lead the race until the chequered flag. Nagl explained that he has changed his training routine and in the last days he has noticed a great improvement on his riding, so tomorrow he will do his best to finish on the podium.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Clement Desalle is still suffering some pain on his back from the crash he had in Portugal, but he managed to ride a solid race today keeping his initial second position until the end. The Belgian has proved in the past that he can cope with the pain, so tomorrow he will give his best to finish on the podium and try to recuperate the second position of the championship.

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin obtained the fastest lap time in the pre-qualifying session, but he did not have a good jump at the start and he was down in fifth in the opening lap of the qualifying race. The French rider overtook Rui Gonçalves after one lap and then he decided to ride safe until the end of the race. However, by the end of the heat David Philippaerts, who was riding in front of Paulin, crashed, so the French rider obtained an eventual third position.

Honda Gariboldi’s David Philippaerts had an excellent start and he managed to keep a good rhythm in the third position behind Desalle. Unfortunately, the Italian made a mistake when there were three laps to go and he had to settle down with the fourth position. In any case, such result helps Philippaerts to bring his confidence back and he will do his best tomorrow to finish on the podium, as he did last year in Beto Carrero.

CLS MX1 Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit’s Tommy Searle completed the top five of the qualifying race starting from an initial sixth position. The British rider is still struggling with a broken finger but he is confident about tomorrow and he expects to be fighting for a top five result or even for a podium finish, as Searle won the MX2 Grand Prix of Brazil last year under extreme mud conditions.

Jeremy Van Horebeek did not have a good start but he did an impressive race moving from tenth to sixth and he will have a good gate pick tomorrow for the main races. Antonio Cairoli did not have a good start either and he was down in ninth in the first corner. When the Italian started recuperating some positions, he had a problem with his goggles and he crossed the finish line seventh, followed by Shaun Simpson and Davide Guarneri.

Evgeny Bobryshev was back on his Honda today after missing three consecutive Grand Prix due to a fractured fibula – in Portugal he raced the qualifying heat but a crash forced him to miss the main races on Sunday – and he finished 12th in the qualifying heat.

Ken De Dycker did not have a good start and could only finish fourteenth, followed by Antonio Balbi, who was the best-qualified Brazilian rider.

MX1 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), 25:55.421; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:03.614; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:22.509; 4. David Philippaerts (ITA, Honda), +0:26.875; 5. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:28.718; 6. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:30.238; 7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:30.523; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, TM), +0:32.656; 9. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +0:34.642; 10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:35.564;

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Standing Construct KTM’s Glenn Coldenhoff obtained his second pole position of the season after dominating the qualifying race of the Grand Prix of Brazil from beginning to end. The Dutch rider was very satisfied with his riding today, but he admitted that even if he is feeling really comfortable on his bike, he is not sure he can make it to the podium tomorrow. Coldenhoff has had really good races during the whole of the season, but he is lacking some consistency and today he explained that what he really lacks is confidence on himself.

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Christophe Charlier obtained the ninth best lap time in the pre-qualifying session, but he had a really good start in the qualifying race and he managed to finish second. The French rider was on the podium last year in Beto Carrero, so Charlier might obtain his maiden podium of the season tomorrow if he is able to ride among the top three riders as he did today.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings did not have a good start and on top of that he crashed during the opening lap and he had to fight from the very last position. The track was becoming really slippery as it started to rain, but it did not stop the Dutch rider to recuperate several positions. However, Herlings crashed again and he had to quickly go back to his KTM to finish third. Once again Herlings showed his incredible talent by moving from last to third riding in a really demanding track, so he is definitely ready to fight for a top three finish in the SuperFinal tomorrow.

Wilvo Nestaan JM Racing KTM’s Jake Nicholls had another consistent race and after a good start in the fifth position he managed to move up until the third place. However, in the very last lap Herlings, who was coming really fast from behind, surprised the British rider and Nicholls had to settle down with the fourth place.

KTM Silver Action’s José Butrón, who obtained his maiden MX2 podium last year in Beto Carrero, did not have a good start today in the qualifying race, but he was already fourth after the second corner. Nicholls overtook the Spaniard and then Butrón decided to ride safe in the fifth position to ensure a good gate pick for tomorrow’s races.

Alexander Tonkov had an excellent start and he was second in the first lap, but the Russian could not keep the rhythm of the front riders and he crossed the finish line in the sixth position. Dean Ferris was seventh followed by his teammate Mel Pocock, and Alessandro Lupino and Jordi Tixier completed the top ten.

The best-qualified Brazilian rider was Anderson Hauptli Cidade in the sixteenth place.

MX2 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 24:08.150; 2. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +0:02.084; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:05.438; 4. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:07.376; 5. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:08.685; 6. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), +0:12.566; 7. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), +0:13.560; 8. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), +0:13.922; 9. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:15.377; 10. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:17.880;

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Circuit length: 1562m
Type of ground: intermediate hard pack

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