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Max Nagl interview
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider Max Nagl sits in 16th place in the MXGP championship points standings. With a rough off-season, where he had to recover from his Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations crash, the German rider will head to Argentina this weekend hoping to recreate the form that saw him win that GP in 2015.
With a 3-1 result two years ago, Nagl defeated an in-form Ryan Villopoto, and the legend of Antonio Cairoli, those two finishing fourth and third respectively. Of course, Nagl held the red-plate after Argentina back then, and was riding probably better than ever.
We caught up with the Husqvarna factory rider and asked him about his season to date, and the recovery of his MXoN injury.
Q: Max, can you explain the recovery from your MXoN injury?
Nagl: It was a big impact and all the ligaments and muscles were stretched and there were no cracks, but damage to the ligaments and muscles. It took a long time to recover. The problem is when you damage those things, the position of the back starts to change and you get problems there also. After a few weeks, my vertebra started hurting, because everything was out of position.
Q: Indonesia didn’t go well for you, did it?
Nagl: It was a tough GP for all of us. I got a mediocre start and found myself racing inside the top 10 for a few corners. Then I lost a few spots and had to battle hard to get back to 10th. The ruts were so deep that our foot-pegs were getting stuck. Unfortunately, I got stuck in a very deep rut before the face of a jump and it was impossible to take my bike out and continue. It’s not been the best weekend for us but we went back to Europe for a few days and the plan was to work even harder for the next GP in Argentina. I really like the track over in Patagonia so I will do my best to collect as many points as possible for the championship.
Q: What about Qatar, how did you feel there?
Nagl: My riding kept getting better as the racing went on. To be honest, I wasn’t feeling so comfortable on the track during the qualifying race, but worked hard and managed to get a good pace during the final races. I got a great jump out of the gate in the opening moto, but I lost a bit of time entering the first corner. Getting an eighth place result I think is good for the start of this championship. Then in race two I had a better start but as I was battling with Coldenhoff I hit a kicker on a jump and went over the bars. It was a big crash but luckily, I got away unhurt and managed to finish the race.
Copyright: Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo
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