Herlings, Cairoli and Roczen win qualification races
News Saturday 29th September 2012 By Geoff Meyer
KTM riders actually finished first and second in all three races, showing once again that the Austrian brand are in total control of World Motocross.
Team USA really didn't have a day to remember as they finished with Ryan Dungey finishing in 6th in MX1, Blake Baggett finishing in 3rd in the MX2 class and Justin Barcia was excluded in the Open class after getting outside assistance after crashing while holding down second place to Jeffrey Herlings.
Fortunately Barcia's result was not counted as only the two top results counted for each team. It wasn't a big surprise that Team USA riders couldn't compete with the GP riders today, but as they prove every year Sunday is another day and anything is possible in this the MXoN.
In the opening moto of the day Antonio Cairoli and Max Nagl battled early as Cairoli suffered some a minor engine sound, Dungey held a solid third place, but slowly lost ground on the front runners as he lost his goggles.
In the MX2 class it was all Ken Roczen as he totally dominated the MX2 riders, Jeremy Van Horebeek looked strong in second place and Glenn Coldenhoff held third early until crashing out. American Blake Baggett also looked good as he moved past Coldenhoff for third place.
In the Open class race Herlings got stuck in the start gate and was last out of the first corner, but within two laps was in the lead. Struggling a little with arm pump Herlings won by just two seconds ahead of Ken De Dycker, and third was Tanel Leok. Max Anstie held second until crashing and Justin Barcia was also second when he crashed into a fence and had outside assistance to get going again.
Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations Results
MX1 qualification race: 1. Cairoli, 2. Nagl, 3. Desalle, 4. Paulin, 5. Bobryshev, 6. Dungey, 7. De Reuver, 8. Goncalves, 9. Coppins, 10. Searle
MX2 qualification race: 1. Roczen, 2. Van Horebeek, 3. Baggett, 4. Musquin, 5. Nicholls, 6. Coldenhoff, 7. Tonkov, 8. Styke, 9. Ratsep, 10. Heibye
Open qualification race: 1. Herlings, 2. De Dycker, 3. Leok, 4. Anstie, 5. Guarneri, 6. Waters, 7. Schiffer, 8. Guillod, 9. Correia, 10. Bengtsson
Qualification Team results: (top two results count) 1. Germany 3 pts, 2. Belgium 4pts, 3. Italy 6pts, 4. The Netherlands 7pts, 5. France 8pts, 6. Great Britain 9pts, 7. USA 9pts, 8. Estonia 12pts, 9. Russia 12pts, 10. Australia 14pts