Earning a well-deserved runner-up spot in MXGP’s opening moto, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl rounded out his participation in the eighth round of the Motocross World Championship with fifth overall at the MXGP of Trentino in Italy.
Showing great form around a tough and rutted track, the German star powered his FC 450 to a great start in race one. Quickly placing himself in second position behind race leader Tony Cairoli, Nagl delivered a committed performance to secure the runner-up spot.
Hoping to capitalise on his imposing speed, Nagl saw his chances for a season first overall victory diminish after a poor start in race two. Hunting down the leaders he was forced to charge from 22nd position at the end of lap one. He courageously battled his way to eighth place for fifth overall at the GP of Trentino.
Continuing to show signs of progress Nagl’s MXGP team-mate Christophe Charlier enjoyed a strong moto one performance. Getting a good jump out of the gate and racing in fourth position for the first few corners the Frenchman placed 10th at the finish line. Suffering a minor fall midway through moto two, Charlier wrapped up his GP with a 22nd place result in moto two to earn 16th overall in MXGP class.
“For us it was a challenging GP,” said Nagl. “I had a really good first race. I got a great start following Tony Cairoli in second after the first few corners. Despite the track being really tough I managed to keep a steady rhythm and hold on to second position until the end. Then in the second moto I had a really bad start. My rear wheel got too much traction so I had to back off the throttle a little bit. I ended up being squeezed in the back of the pack going into the first turn. At the end of lap one I was in 22nd position but gave it all to finish eighth. I’m a little disappointed as once again I had the speed to battle for the overall victory.”
Looking to fight for a spot on MX2’s podium, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Anstie had to dig deep in both races. Placed 11th at the end of lap one in the opening MX2 moto, he battled hard to cross the line in fifth. Failing to get a good start in moto two the Brit gave his all to cross the line in 16th for 10th overall.
“We had a good solid start to the weekend,” said Anstie. “Despite the rain making the track a bit tricky I was fast in the qualifying race and managed to secure seventh place.
“In the first moto my speed was good and I came through from 11th to fifth. I was really confident going to the last moto. It was a shame I couldn’t get a good start. I felt I did everything exactly the same as I’m always doing but just didn’t get enough speed going into the first corner. I quickly found myself closed in by a group of riders so there was nothing I could do.
“Regardless of that the last few weeks have been really good and I can go back now, regroup and go again in Spain.”
In what was only his third World Championship outing, 16-year-old Conrad Mewse raced his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna FC 250 to 26th overall in MX2 class. Showing he has the speed to fight for a spot inside the top 15, the young Brit was unable to get the starts he’d hoped for and had to battle his way from the back of the pack for 26/22 results in each of the respective MX2 motos.
Mewse commented: “It was a tough weekend but I’m glad I’m gaining more experience. I had a pretty good qualifying race coming through to 16th place and I was really happy about it. Unfortunately I got a bad start in the opening race. The track was really difficult to pass – there were not many lines to come through so I ended up finishing 26th.
“Then in the second race my start was a lot better and I managed to come through just on the points. Towards the end of the race I hit a brick wall and lost some positions to finish 22nd. It wasn’t the perfect weekend but I’m looking forward to the next GP in Spain. I’ll keep on doing my best to improve and hopefully the results will come.”
The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at round nine of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Spain on May 28-29.