Rockstar Energy Husqarna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl was involved in a great fight for the overall podium until the closing laps of the second moto. Getting the runner-up spot in the qualifying race, the German secured a good starting position for the final motos. Racing in third for most of the opening race, Nagl settled for fourth at the finish.
Starting strongly in second during the second moto he finished fifth in race two.
Fresh from his first career podium result last weekend in Italy, Max Anstie was hoping for equally positive result at the Agueda track. Getting 10th in moto one and then eighth in moto two the Brit earned ninth overall at the GP.
Involved in some great battles during both motos Gautier Paulin secured 12/11 results for 12th overall at the GP.
The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at round 13 of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship in Loket, the Czech Republic on July 22/23.
Max Nagl: “Overall, it’s been a very positive weekend and I’m happy about that. Getting good starts in qualifying and both final motos I could get a good race pace and do my own races. Earning second in qualifying got me a good gate pick for Sunday’s final motos. My riding was very good in race one. I started off well and managed to stay close to the leading group for fourth at the line. I got another good start in moto two and pushed hard for the overall podium. I really wanted to get on the podium this weekend but with 10 minutes to go in moto two I felt physically tired. It’s disappointing I couldn’t get on the podium but I’m happy the speed was there. We now have three weeks off and I want to take advantage of that to focus on getting even stronger physically for the second half of the season.”
Max Anstie: “Getting a taste of the podium last weekend in Italy I was hoping for some similar results in Portugal. Knowing the track from the past I was able to prepare myself mentally for the weekend. But he track had changed a lot. It was bumpy, quite slippery and had lots of stones. Not getting a good result in qualifying didn’t help my starts but I did the best I could to gain some places in both motos. Getting 10th in moto one and then eighth in moto two is not bad at all considering the level of competition in the class. I know I’m strong and I also know what I’m capable of so the plan is to keep working as hard as we do and hope for some better results. During the next three weeks I will work hard trying one more step with my riding and preparation.”