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MXGP of Czech republic – Loket

LOKET (Czech Republic), 24 July 2016 – Hold onto your seat folks! This season isn’t slowing down any time soon, in fact, if anything, it’s just heating up as the acclaimed riders of MXGP feel they have a point to prove, while the young guns continue to keep their throttles twisted with only one thing on their minds, winning races.

A classic old school versus new school battle bought the ancient hills of Loket to life this weekend for the thirteenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, the MXGP of Czech RepublicRockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl finally found that edge he’s been so desperately looking for and used it to defeat the rookie sensation, Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser, in both races for his first grand prix victory of the year. Meanwhile in MX2, Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Dylan Ferrandis hit a career milestone with his first ever double moto victory.

Max Nagl, welcome back to the party! Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl’s performance today was nothing short of breath taking. It was truly special to witness him ride with so much hunger and intensity, and for it to pay forward with a double moto victory and his first grand prix win of the year. Also as a result, the German star has leap-frogged Romain Febvre in the championship standings and is now third, 16 points shy of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli in second.

Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser must have been the author of the quote, “if you don’t live life on the edge, you’re taking up too much room.” He is just unbelievable. Even with a 92-point lead in the championship he still continues to push the envelope, which was his undoing at the end of the day with a small spill costing him the win in Race 2 which would have landed him on the top step of the podium for the eighth time this year. Take nothing away from the rookie though, he still managed to extend his championship lead and has maintained his perfect podium streak, thirteen from thirteen.

When it comes to challenging and technical hard-pack tracks, very few riders get around them better than the defending champ, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Romain Febvre. Starts were Febvre’s downfall today, he may need to sharpen his holeshot game if he wants top the box again this season, but then again in his defense, he has just recovered from a concussion, so it could be down to that. What is most important is that he is still running the pace, which is something he can be extremely proud of.

Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Clement Desalle tied on 34 points with Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jeremy Van Horebeek. Don’t underestimate the speed of the Belgians, they’re still running a fierce pace, it’s just finding those extra few milliseconds that will make the difference in their overall results.

You never know how a rider will transition to the bigger machine. For the likes of Febvre and Gajser, it was a piece of cake, whereas for the former MX2 World Champion, Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Jordi Tixier, it’s not been as smooth. Nevertheless, the Team Green rookie is plugging away and has progressed at every round. This weekend the Frenchman nailed his best MXGP result yet, sixth overall.