In the MX1 class, Max Nagl got an eventual win, after taking advantage of a mistake of race leader Steven Frossard with just three laps to go. Jeffrey Herlings dominated the MX2 qualifying race from beginning to end, showing his impressive skills on the sand.
German Max Nagl got an excellent start, but Steven Frossard already overtook him during the opening lap. By the end of the race, the French made a mistake and could only finish 13th. Second was Evgeny Bobryshev and completing the top three was his teammate Rui Gonçalves.
The MX2 class was clearly dominated by home rider Jeffrey Herlings, who opened a massive gap from his pursuers already in the first laps of the race. Ken Roczen managed to be second after starting from an eight position and British Max Anstie completed the top three.
In the opening round of the FIM Veterans World Cup, Mats Nilsson imposed a superb rhythm and became the first red plate holder after winning both heats. Second overall was Pascal Bal, and home rider Klaas Hofstede was on the third step of the podium.
The UEM EMX2 Championship also started in Valkenswaard today with the time practices and the qualifying races. The best 40 riders out of the 100 who were initially in entry list are all ready for tomorrow’s races.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1’s Max Nagl took the holeshot in the MX1 Qualifying race and he rode on the second position most of the heat, as Steven Frossard got the lead already in the opening lap. The German did a very consistent race without mistakes and keeping the pressure from Rui Gonçalves and and later on from Evgeny Bobryshev. With just three laps to go, Frossard crashed and Nagl took advantage of it and crossed the finish line in the first position.
The second place was for Honda World Motocross’ Evgeny Bobryshev, who succeeded in finishing second ahead his teammate Rui Gonçalves. The Russian was seventh overall in the Dutch GP last year, but with such second position in the MX1 Qualifying Race, proved to himself that tomorrow he is able to fight for being at the top.
His teammate Rui Gonçalves did an excellent start from the outside and succeeded in being third during a few laps. However, the Portuguese lost one position by the middle of the race, but he also benefit from Frossard’s mistake and he will be the third to choose the gate for the GP races.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1’s Antonio Cairoli was fourth in the MX1 Qualifying race and he showed everybody that he might be fighting for being on the podium even having his left knee injured. The Italian started tenth, but he gave all his best to finish in a solid fourth position.
Completing the top five was other Italian David Philippaerts from Monster Energy Yamaha team, who will race tomorrow to repeat or even to improve his last year’s third overall position.
Sand specialists Clement Desalle, Ken de Dycker, Marc de Reuver and Steve Ramon were placed from the fifth to the ninth position, so they will have to make really good starts tomorrow to be fighting for the top three overall positions.
Jonathan Barragán, who was third overall in Bulgaria, was 12th and his teammate Xavier Boog crashed at the second turn after the start and he did not come back to the race.
MX1 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 24:54.711; 2. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:05.633; 3. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:06.307; 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:07.207; 5. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:12.989; 6. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:19.643; 7. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Honda), +0:21.558; 8. Marc de Reuver (NED, Yamaha), +0:46.695; 9. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:49.948; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Honda), +0:53.691;
After Ken Roczen dominated in Bulgaria, today it has been clear that his teammate Jeffrey Herlings has taken the lead for this GP. The home rider was already first in the opening lap and crossed the finish line with an incredible gap of 16 seconds over Ken Roczen.
The German was eighth in the opening lap, but he put all his best to finish second and be able to choose a good starting gate for tomorrow’s GP races. Roczen had the same speed as Herlings at some points of the MX2 Qualifying Race, so if he gets a good start tomorrow, he might be able to stop Herlings from obtaining another overall victory at his home track.
CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Max Anstie managed to ride at the front during the whole qualifying race and starred in some good battles with his compatriot Zach Osborn, who took the holeshot, and Ken Roczen. The British rider is looking forward to celebrating his 18th birthday tomorrow on top of the podium.
Gautier Paulin got a consistent fourth position, ahead of Tommy Searle and Arnaud Tonus.
Zach Osborne took the holeshot in the MX2 Qualifying Race, but he made a mistake and had to settle down with a final 10th position.
MX2 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 24:19.560; 2. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), +0:16.147; 3. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:20.798; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:34.905; 5. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:40.628; 6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:41.569; 7. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +0:51.748; 8. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +1:02.871; 9. Antonio Jose Butron Oliva (ESP, KTM), +1:17.870; 10. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +1:22.413;
Valkenswaard hosted the first round of the FIM Veterans World Cup and the defending 2010 World Champion achieved a consistent overall victory after winning both races with clear authority. Pascal Bal obtained the second overall position thanks to a 3-2 result and home rider Klaas Hofstede handed the third position to all his home fans who cheered for him during both races. In fact, Hofstede did an outstanding second race riding in the second position most of the heat, but while he was pushing really hard to close the gap with Nilsson, he made a mistake and finished fourth.
GP OF THE NETHERLANDS – QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1500 mt
Type of ground: sand
Temperature: 26° C
Weather conditions: sunny
Monday: EMX2 Warm up 8:30; MX2 Warm up 9:00; MX1 Warm up 9:30; EMX2 Race 1 10:20; MX2 Grand Prix Race 1 12:10; MX1 Grand Prix Race 1 13:10; EMX2 Race 2 14:10; MX2 Grand Prix Race 2 15:03; MX1 Grand Prix race 2 16:03.