-- MXoN - Germans score MXoN pole
The qualifying heats of the 66th edition of the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations took place in Lommel today under fantastic sunshine and with an incredible crowd all around the Belgian track. At the end of the day, Germany finished at the top of the standings, Belgium was second and Italy third.
The first heat of the day saw Max Nagl taking the holeshot and Germany led the first two laps, but Antonio Cairoli was coming really strong from behind and he managed to put Italy on top. However, Cairoli started feeling that he had some problems with his bike, so he decided to slow down a little to avoid a possible DNF. In the end, the Italian recovered the good feeling on his KTM, overtook Nagl and dominated the heat until the end with almost ten second difference with the German rider, who finished second.
The third position was for home rider Clement Desalle, who managed to ride consistently in the third place until the chequered flag. Gautier Paulin did not have a good start, but he found a good rhythm by the middle of the heat, and he crossed the finish line fourth, followed by Russian Evgeny Bobryshev.
American Ryan Dungey had some problems with his goggles, and by the middle of the heat he had to take them off. The American struggled a lot having sand coming into his eyes, so he could not keep the fourth position and he finished sixth.
Marc De Reuver was one of the big surprised of the day, starting at the front of the MX1 heat and helping team the Netherlands qualifying fourth thanks to his seventh position. Rui Gonçalves from Portugal qualified eighth today and New Zealander Josh Coppins and British Tommy Searle completed the top ten.
MX1 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 25:24.630; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:09.489; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:30.660; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:41.400; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:45.882; 6. Ryan Dungey (USA, KTM), +0:57.835; 7. Marc de Reuver (NED, Kawasaki), +1:05.243; 8. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +1:06.462; 9. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), +1:10.189; 10. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:36.040;
Ken Roczen dominated the MX2 qualifying heat since the very beginning and he crossed the finish line in front of Jeremy Van Horebeek with almost ten seconds difference. Home rider Van Horebeek had really good feelings today and he hopes to help Team Belgium to be on the top of the podium. The third position was for Blake Baggett, who did not start at the front, but he managed to make all the way through to the top places and obtained the best result of Team USA.
Marvin Musquin from France did not have a good start either, but he got back the good feeling racing on the sand and he moved from the seventh initial position up to fourth. Fifth was British rider Jake Nichols, who did an excellent start in the second place, but he could not keep the rhythm of the front riders.
Glenn Coldenhoff started the qualifying heat placing The Netherlands in the third place, but having three laps to go he crashed and had to settle down with the sixth position. Eighth was Luke Styke from Australia, and Estonian Priit Rätsep and Even Heibye from Norway completed the top ten.
Spanish José Butron crashed at the beginning of the heat, but he managed to move all the way back from the last position to twelfth. Unfortunately, team Spain was not qualified and they will have to give it all in the B-Final tomorrow to try to enter the main event.
Zach Osborne, who is representing Puerto Rico, had a really good start, but he crashed when he was riding in fifth. In the end, Osborne obtained the 16th position in the MX2 qualifying heat.
MX2 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 24:24.394; 2. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:09.837; 3. Blake Baggett (USA, Kawasaki), +0:20.057; 4. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), +0:37.998; 5. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:44.152; 6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:57.232; 7. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), +0:58.437; 8. Luke Styke (AUS, Yamaha), +1:05.699; 9. Priit Rätsep (EST, KTM), +1:08.215; 10. Even Heibye (NOR, KTM), +1:17.428;
Complete results available at www.motocrossmx1.com/reslists.aspx
The Open class saw Jeffrey Herlings showing his outstanding potential in the sand; the Dutch rider made a mistake at the start and he anticipated the gate, so he was in the last position when he passed by the first corner. However, after the first lap, Herlings was already fourth and he crossed the finish line first.
Home rider Ken De Dycker had a good start and rode consistently in the second
position, while Tanel Leok was trying to catch him, but the Estonian had to
settle down with the third place. Max Anstie started second, but he then made a
mistake and crashed, but he managed to recover very quickly and handed team
Great Britain a fourth result.
Justin Barcia from team USA managed to lead the beginning of the Open heat, but Herlings overtook him. Some laps after he made a mistake and he crashed, but although he eventually managed to go back to the race, he was disqualified for having accepted outside assistance.
French rider Xavier Boog was riding sixth when he started having some problems with his bike and he finally had to pull out the race.
OPEN Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 24:23.539; 2. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:02.024; 3. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +0:28.861; 4. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), +0:46.358; 5. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +1:11.885; 6. Todd Waters (AUS, Suzuki), +1:23.898; 7. Marcus Schiffer (GER, Suzuki), +1:36.198; 8. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +2:10.253; 9. Luis Correia (POR, Yamaha), +2:11.165; 10. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, KTM), -1 lap(s);
Nations Qualifying Top Ten: Germany, Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands, France, Great Britain, USA, Estonia, Russia, Australia.
-- KTM Report
Germany, powered by great rides by KTM factory riders Max Nagl and Ken Roczen emerged as the top nation in qualifying for tomorrow’s annual motocross battle of attrition, the Motocross of Nations, this year being run for the 66th time in the deep soft sand of Lommel in Belgium.
Belgium, the Host nation and with KTM factory riders Ken de Dycker and Jeremy van Horebeek were also in blistering form as second fastest qualifier, while Italy with Tony Cairoli and Netherlands with Jeffrey Herlings were third and fourth. Marvin Musquin of KTM’s US factory team helped France to fifth place and USA with Ryan Dungey, KTM’s AMA 450 champion was sixth.
The USA team is bidding to continue it’s long-standing winning streak in the competition and want to retain the coveted Chamberlain Cup but they are riding on a surface that is very unfamiliar to them. The soft sand of Lommel is renowned for being tricky and it will be roughed up and deeply rutted for tomorrow’s race action.
KTM’s MX1 World champion Tony Cairoli of Italy got qualifying going at a
blistering pace and apart from a mid-race period where he tucked into second
behind KTM teammate Nagl he made the race his own. Cairoli lives for much of the
year Belgium and is no stranger to the deep sand circuit. Nagl also looked very
strong and is out to make big points for Team Germany. Unlucky was KTM’s Ryan
Dungey who had trouble with his goggles and had to discard them, leaving him in
a brutal situation with the fine sand flying in his face. Dungey crossed the
line in sixth place.
Next up was KTM’s Ken Roczen racing for Team Germany and he blazed his way to the win in the qualifying to not only put on an impressive display but also to put Team Germany in a great position after Nagl’s second qualifying place in the opening race. Jeremy van Horebeek racing his KTM for host nation Belgium came in second and Marvin Musquin (Team France) was fourth behind Blake Baggett of the USA.
All that was left them was for MX2 World Champion KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings to make his customary magic in the sand at Lommel. Competing on the 350 SX-F instead of his usual KTM 250 SX-F Jeffrey did not get away cleanly at the start and was in eleventh place after the opening lap. But then he let fly. He put down the hammer and had moved up to fourth in the next lap before he quickly closed in on USA’s Justin Barcia in the lead. The next laps were hard-fought battles with Barcia defending hard before Herlings got the edge and went into the lead. Then disaster struck for Team USA when Barcia lost the line and wedged his bike in between two of the track barrier plates. He managed to get free but was deemed by race officials to have had outside support and was disqualified.
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