Not the easiest of qualifying races for HRC MX22017-03-19 09:00
Taking to the smooth Patagonia soil for the first time in their racing careers, Michele Cervellin and Chihiro Notsuka found the qualifying race in Argentina a little more challenging then they had wished for.
Cervellin made work for himself early in the race when he lost the front end. After getting a good start and settling comfortably into the top six, the crash in the second lap then meant the feisty Italian found himself fighting back through the pack, in a bid to give himself a tenth-place finish in qualifying.
Notsuka had a strong start and showed early promise of a top 20 qualifying finish. He got into a good rhythm but found the pace tougher towards the end. It was still enough to secure himself a finish just outside the top 20.
Both riders will be looking ahead for a better result overall tomorrow. The first MX2 race starts at 12:15 local time on Sunday 19th March.
Michele Cervellin 747
I had a good moto today. I know I was around sixth when I crashed but I know I rode well after I crashed to get back into the top ten. I really like the track here, some parts are hard but overall I think it is a really amazing track and as my first time here I can see why other riders say they like it so much. Tomorrow my focus is to not crash and to have a good race.
Chihiro Notsuka 28
Every week it feels like the tracks are fast but I like this track even though in some places its hard and some places its sandy which I found a bit odd but I got used to it. I didn’t get a good start but a lot of guys crashed today and I kept saying to myself that I must stay on the bike to get a good finish, which I did. Tomorrow I hope that I can stay on the bike like I did today, ride faster for longer in the race and get the top 20 finish.
HRC General Manager - MXGP
Not the easiest of qualifying for the MX2 team. Although Michele got a reasonable start and was running top six on first lap he went down after he lost front end. This then meant he had alot of work to get back into the top 10.
Chihiro rode very well for first half of the race and showed reasonable speed but lacks stamina to push harder in the second half of the race. He recognises this and is working on it for tomorrow.
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
Pauls 41 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 24:57.849
Jorge 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +3.925
Darian 57 USA Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki +4.507
Julien 33 BEL LRT KTM +12.034
Brent 172 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team +16.402
Jeremy 91 SWI Team Suzuki World MX2
Source: Honda Racing Corporation
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