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Max Nagl started his MX GP season strongly for Honda, with a victory in the first of the two 30 minute races in Qatar today. His win was his first with Honda, the first for the Evans cooled CRF450RW machine, and also the first for Team HRC.
The German #12 rider consolidated his positive start to the year in the second race with a determined ride to fourth position, putting him second overall in the championship standings.
‘The last win was a long time ago for myself so to win the first race today makes me really happy. I got a good start and managed to get out front. Up until the last lap I wasn’t that tired, just maintaining my pace, but then I had to really push at the end when Toni was behind me as I knew he’d be giving it everything he’s got.
I’m just so pleased for Roger, my chief mechanic, and the whole team for this win, and it was the perfect way to start the season. I was happy all weekend with my riding, and the bike was always working perfectly. Every session we made some small changes to setup and we always could improve it a little bit and that’s the best way to work. It’s important to start the season this way, not like last year, and to be taking points.’