NAGL WITHDRAWS FROM MX1 GP OF ITALY AFTER SCAPHOID INJURY IN PRACTICE
Following Tony Cairoli’s MX1 World Championship title last week in Gaildorf, Italy, it was a difficult weekend for the Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing Team at the final round of the season in Fermo Italy.
This was capped when Max Nagl sustained a wrist fracture that put paid to his chances of finishing in the top three for the season.
The team also announced late Friday night that Tony would not be racing in Fermo following the death of his mother at home in Sicily that afternoon, making a statement that in such circumstances the family and human values always prevail.
With Tony unable to race, it was Nagl’s wish to pick up enough points in Fermo to move him up from fourth to a possible third or even second in the final season’s standings. This would have wrapped up a season in a positive light where he has struggled with a nagging back injury. Max then crashed coming off a jump in practice and was immediately diagnosed as having a fractured scaphoid in his right wrist. He still attempted to ride in the first moto with his wrist strapped and the pain eased with injections. In what was a heroic ride, Max stuck it out until the second half of the race before the pain became so intense that he was forced to return to the pits.
Max Nagl: “I am quite disappointed that this happened already on Saturday. I was riding really good and I was in second place, I was quite surprised at my speed and when I did my last fast lap my feet came off the pegs on the jump at the finish so I jumped way too high and far. The landing was so hard that I broke my scaphoid again.” Max now returns to Belgium for further scans and medical treatment but will not be able to ride in next week’s Motocross of Nations in Saint Jean d’Angely, France.
Factory team coordinator Valentina Ragni also reported on Sunday evening from Fermo that Claudio DeCarli, Tony Cairoli’s personal manager and manager of the MX1 Factory Team for KTM, presently in Sicily with the Cairoli family, had called to express Tony’s thanks for the condolence messages and to confirm that he would ride at the MX of Nations next weekend.
Despite mixed fortunes in Fermo, the Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Team can be well pleased with their season, picking up a slew of riders and manufacturer’s World titles and extending the success they enjoyed winning MX1 and MX2 titles in 2010 for yet another season.
Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsports summed up the season saying: “There was a lot of power and energy going into the season with top riders and two title contenders. In MX1 I think we had a tough season. Last year things were a bit smoother because this year Tony had a small injury before the season started but I think that’s when you see what it means to be a great champion because he handled this pressure and his low form well and went on to win the title with a great points lead. The sad thing of course was that Max struggled all year with his back problems and it ended with his hand injury. Overall we have had a great season with also Steffi Laier winning the WMX title again and we also won many other Junior World and European titles. But the focus is always on MX1 and MX2 and we had a fantastic team and fantastic riders and for us it could not have been better.”
1, Gaultier Paulin, France, Yamaha
2, Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki
3, Jonathan Barragan, Spain, Kawasaki
4, Kevin Strijbos, Belgium, Suzuki
5, Xavier Boog, France, Kawasaki
15, Matthias Walkner, Austria, KTM
Max Nagl, DNF Race 1, DNS Race 2 (broken scaphoid injury forced Max’s retirement in the first moto)
Note: As already announced by Red Bull Teka KTM, Tony Cairoli, the MX1 World champion, did not compete in Fermo this weekend due to a family bereavement.
1, Tony Cairoli, Italy, KTM, 596 [MX1 World Champion 2011 – title settled last week]
2, Steven Frossard, France, Yamaha, 472
3, Clement Desalle, Belgium, Suzuki, 461
4, Evgeny Bobryshev, Russia, Honda 444
5, Max Nagl, Germany, KTM, 439
MX1 Manufacturers’ Standings
1, KTM, 630
2, Yamaha, 595
3, Suzuki, 562