Rockstar Energy Husqvarna factory racing battle through challenging conditions at MXGP of Indonesia
Husqvarna Factory Rockstar Energy Team
March 05th, 2017
It was a tough GP for all teams and riders, organisers were forced to reduce the length of the event due to heavy rain and deteriorating track conditions. Following the cancellation of Saturday’s qualifying races, and the second MXGP moto was also cancelled.
In the MXGP category the Indonesian event proved to be a challenging one for all Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team riders. Gautier Paulin raced a consistent opening MXGP moto to finish 13th for 13th overall at the GP. With two rounds completed the Frenchman is currently seventh and two points behind a provisional top six in the MXGP championship standings.
Following a similar approach to Paulin, Max Anstie put in a steady ride to bring his FC 450 home in 14th place.
Collecting 14th overall at the GP the MXGP class rookie sits 12th in the points standings.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl got a good start in the MXGP moto and found himself racing as high as 10th. With the track deteriorating as the race progressed, the German’s bike got stuck in a very deep rut and he was unable to finish the race.
The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at round three of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship in Argentina on March 18/19.
Gautier Paulin: “Overall, I’m satisfied with our results in Indonesia. The first and only moto we raced was more like a gamble and you had to remain focused and patient. The key for me was to keep going and not get stuck in the mud. Line choice was also crucial as in most places you could not tell how deep the ruts could be. I take my 13th place and move on. It is an OK result and I’m happy we’re now going back to Europe for some more training and testing with the team.”
Max Anstie: “We really did the best we could do at this GP. With so much rain over the last couple of days, the track was more like an enduro test. You had to remain 100% focused on avoiding the softer spots and keep your wheels moving at all times. It was more like a survival race for everybody and to get away with a 14th place result is not so bad. Now it’s on to the next overseas GP and we’re looking forward to some better luck in two weeks in Argentina.”
Max Nagl: “It was a tough GP for all of us. I got a mediocre start in the first moto 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 track was almost impossible to ride in some places. The ruts were so deep that our footpegs 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 now we’re going back to Europe for a few days and our plan is 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.”