Max Nagl interview
By Geoff Meyer | 23 Jul 2013
Honda World Motocross racer Max Nagl hasn’t had the easiest of seasons, and after his injury riddled 2012 season you have to start feeling for the German rider. Nagl is considered one of the best riders in the World and has often shown great speed, however the 2013 challenge to Antonio Cairoli’s MX1 World Championship has had moments of disappointment.
After the latest round of the FIM World MX1 Championships in Finland a little over a week ago Nagl took a visit to his doctor and rested up from his national championship race last weekend in preparation for the Grand Prix of Germany.
“I needed to rest to get healthy for Lausitzring,” Nagl said. “It’s important for me to do well there and put on a good show for my home fans.”
Sickness has followed Nagl throughout this season. As early as round two in Thailand when Nagl had to pull out of the weekend with food poisoning it has been hard work for the likeable Honda rider.
Nagl is a fighter though and his current position of 8th in the MX1 series points and his home Grand Prix just around the corner you can count on Nagl putting in a solid ride at the German GP and working hard to move up the MX1 rankings.
The tough three week Grand Prix haul from Sweden, to Latvia and finally Finland saw some good results. Sweden was probably the highlight with a stunning second place in the opening moto of the weekend.
“In the first heat in Sweden, I got a great start and was following Tony. I was looking at his lines and tried to make up some time, but
we got in a good rhythm and we pulled away from the rest of the pack. I was happy with the result.”
However, his second moto was less impressive as he struggled after a good start, finishing with a 10th place finish.
“Before the second race I felt good and my gate jump was good, but Jeremy was next to me and he spun into me. He hit my bike so hard that we almost crashed together, and then the start was done. I turned inside and was riding aggressively, but well in the first few laps, as I got into the top eight, but I crashed when I lost the front wheel and ended up back in 15th. I got the bike going with one kick, passed all the guys I had gotten by before, but then I went down again. After that first crash I was a bit destroyed mentally.”
Another difficult moment for Nagl was in the last round of the FIM World Motocross Championships in Finland. Again feeling ill Nagl nearly didn’t race, but gritted his teeth and even scored a ninth place in the opening moto.
“I surprised myself in Finland with the riding, because on the Saturday I was feeling so bad I didn’t think I’d be able to race. I thought that if I did ride then maybe it would be DNF’s and even the team spoke to me about stopping if I couldn’t concentrate properly or felt empty like before. In the first race my riding was good and I finished ninth. I had a good gate jump in the second race with Antonio, but he was a little faster than me and he closed the door. I was happy about the way it went, although it wasn’t the result I
Now onto Lausitzring and a new start for Nagl. As he has done his whole career many expect the German rider to come out swinging. Just as many people hope the friendly Nagl can show the form we all know he is capable of.
Photo: Max Nagl
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