After teasing us all on social media recently, Honda have now confirmed that Nagl will be back just in time for his home Grand Prix in Teutschenthalthe for this weekend’s MXGP of Germany.
Nagl hasn’t featured for Team HRC since a crash in testing in April, but will climb aboard his Honda CRF450RW once more in front of his home fans.
Nagl said when asked about his return to action: “Firstly I’m really happy and excited anyway to be returning to racing again, but the home GP makes it even more so. I know the track very well and the fans will help me push that little but extra.
“The crowds are really close to the track in Teutschenthal so you can really hear them and feel them which makes it very special. I’ve always had pretty good races there so I’m really looking forward to it. I had said that I didn’t want to come back until I’m 100 per cent fit, which now unfortunately isn’t the situation.
“The hand is taking longer than expected to recover and they found something more just one week ago which is what is giving me a little pain. Last week it was hard as I couldn’t train much, but then it started feeling better so it’s possible to ride. I’m testing on hard-pack tomorrow so I’ll see how it feels then, but I think it will be okay so I’m just really looking forward to coming back in Teutschenthal.”
Roger Harvey said for HRC: “Teutschenthal is quite a difficult track and it can get very rough. It’s very technical but very spectacular. It’s a big race for Max being his home grand prix and obviously he wants to do well, and we’re very happy to welcome him back.
“It was his choice as to when he felt ready to come back, and his home race was where he wanted to make his return as he has so much support and so many fans there. He’s always had good results at the track too, so we’re hoping for the best but just wanting a safe weekend. We’re putting no expectation on him whatsoever; we’re just keen to get him back into the swing of things and assess the situation again after Germany.
Unfortunately as one rider returns, another is cruelly ruled out, as a season full of misfortune for Evgeny Bobryshev continued in Italy last weekend where he suffered fractures of his left tibia and fibula in a racing accident whilst in fifth position.
Harvey said: “Of course we’re unfortunately missing Bobby this weekend after his injury in Italy last weekend, but his surgery has gone well so we wish him a full and speedy recovery.”
Teutschenthal has been ever-present on the Motocross Grand Prix calendar since its first appearance in 1966. The dirt-based venue has stood the test of time and continues to attract big crowds at a track featuring steep hills mixed with tight and twisty sections.
The weather forecast should be clear, with temperatures hovering around the low 20 degrees Celsius creating ideal racing conditions.