KTM's Max Nagl MX1 seventh in sands of Lierop, still second in standings2009-08-30 14:52
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Max Nagl rode a tenacious two motos in the deep and tricky sand of Lierop in the MX1 GP in the Netherlands to finish with an 8-5 result for overall seventh on Sunday in a GP that decided the championship.
Despite a nasty bang on the head in a crash in the first moto, Nagl gave the fight for the title his best shot even though ultimate winner Toni Cairoli came out on top in the final analysis. The Italian Cairoli, who will be Nagl's KTM factory team-mate next season, thus goes to the final GP in Brazil with a 50-point lead over Max and the title in his pocket.
Max Nagl:"I was in front in the first race on the straight but I made a mistake in the corner. I was riding well and in third place when I had a big crash and slipped back to tenth and finished in eighth. I got the hole shot and rode pretty well in race two but what was most in my mind was that I had to preserve my second place in the championship standings." Nagl also paid tribute to the new world champion. "Toni won and he's very strong. It's great to be second," he said.
KTM Team Boss Stefan Everts also congratulated Cairoli and urged Nagl to secure his second place in the rankings until the last race in Brazil.
KTM factory rider Jonathan Barragan of Team Silver Action made an impressive return to racing after missing six GPs as a result of a training accident. Barragan had an impressive start to the season and looked like being in the run for the title, but surgery intervened and sidelined the Spanish rider. On a deeply rutted, soft sand course that challenged riders of excellent skills and top physical condition, Barragan did well to pick up 14 points in the second moto.
1. Ken de Dycker, Belgium, Suzuki, 25-25—50
2. Josh Coppins, New Zealand, Yamaha, 18-22—40
3. Clement Desalle, Belgium, Honda, 15-20—35
4. Tanel Leok, Estonia, Yamaha, 20-15—35
5. David Philippaerts, Italy, Yamaha, 22-13—35
7. Max Nagl, Germany, KTM, 13-16—29
13. Jonathan Barragan, Spain, KTM, 0-14—14
MX1 Championship Standings
1. Toni Cairoli, Italy, Yamaha, 537 points
2. Max Nagl, Germany, KTM, 487
3. David Philippaerts, Italy, Yamaha, 463
4. Clement Desalle, Belgium, 461
5. Ken de Dycker, Belgium, 459
9. Jonathan Barragan, Spain, KTM, 229
Source: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG
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