Cairoli, Roczen, Herlings Top MXoN Qualifying

Cycle News Staff | September 29, 2012
Italian Antonio Cairoli is fastest in qualifying.  Photography By:

Italian Antonio Cairoli is fastest in qualifying.  Photography By:

It was a wet day of qualifying for tomorrow’s Motocross of Nations at the sandy Lommel track in Belgium. Sand specialist Jeffery Herlings, the 2012 MX2 World Champion, Antonio Cairoli, the 2012 MX1 World Champion, and 2011 MX2 World Champion Ken Roczen topped today’s qualifying action.

Cairoli rode off with the MX1-class win, while Roczen dominated the MX2 division. Despite getting off to a bad start, the Dutchman, Herlings, finished on top of the Open class.

Ken Roczen is fastest in the MX2 division.   Photography By:

Ken Roczen is fastest in the MX2 division.   Photography By:

It wasn’t a great start for the defending champs. Team USA. made up of Ryan Dungey, Blake Baggett and MXoN rookie, Justin Barcia, struggled somewhat in the sand. Dungey was sixth-fastest in MX1 and Baggett was third-fastest in MX2.

Jeffrey Herlings tops the Open class.  Photography By:

Jeffrey Herlings tops the Open class.  Photography By:

Barcia had a tough time. While running up front, Barcia ran off the track and got his Honda stuck in a fence and had to ride off the track. He was later excluded from the race results for receiving outside assistance from a spectator who had lifted up a banner so he could re-enter the race. That spectator turned out to be former U.S. MXoN Champion Chuck Sun. The exclusion didn’t affect the team’s qualification into tomorrow’s race, since the top two scores of each team are counted. However, it might’ve cost the team better gate picks tomorrow. As it is, Team USA has sixth pick behind Germany, Belgium, Italy, The Netherlands and France.

Ryan Dungey had to ditch his goggles.  Photography By:

Ryan Dungey had to ditch his goggles.  Photography By:

The MX1 class got things started today with the Italian, Cairoli, finishing about nine seconds ahead of German Max Nagl. At one point, Cairoli’s KTM developed an engine noise and he backed off. The noise, however, went away and he picked up his momentum again and took off.

Blake Baggett ended the day in third in the MX2 division.   Photography By:

Blake Baggett ended the day in third in the MX2 division.   Photography By:

Dungey held third for much of the race before pulling off his goggles and dropping back. He finished out the race in sixth well behind Cairoli. Dungey single-best lap time was a 1:53.267. Cairoli’s was 1:49.361.

In MX2, Baggett looked strong but Roczen dominated the race. The German finished just under 10 seconds ahead of Belgian rider Jeremy Van Horebeek and 20 seconds ahead of Baggett.

Justin Barcia has a tough day at the office.   Photography By:

Justin Barcia has a tough day at the office.   Photography By:

Herlings got a little over anxious at the start of the Open moto. He got caught in the gate and pretty much entered the first turn in last place. But the KTM rider had little difficult getting around everyone ahead of him in the sand and took the win just ahead of Belgian Ken De Dyker.

Estonia’s Tanel Leok finished third but well behind the two riders ahead of him.

Team Puerto Rico missed the 20-team cut. Zach Osborne crashed and suffered a laceration to his neck, and teammate Kyle Chisholm finished 25th in the Open class. Chisholm was a last-minute replacement for Jimmy Albertson, who injured his thigh a few days earlier while training.

Gino Aponte, the third member of the team, finished 31st in MX1.


1. Germany – 3pts
2. Belgium – 4pts
3. Italy – 6pts
4. Netherlands – 7pts
5. France – 8pts
6. USA – 9pts
7. Great Britain – 9pts
8. Estonia – 12pts
9. Russia – 12pts
10. Australia – 14pts
11. Portugal – 17pts
12. Denmark – 23pts
13. Sweden – 25pts
14. Ireland – 25pts
15. Finland – 26pts
16. Latvia – 27pts
17. Switzerland – 28pts
18. Norway – 29pts
19. Slovenia – 30pts

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 25:24.630
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:09.489
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:30.660
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:41.400
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:45.882
6. Ryan Dungey (USA, KTM), +0:57.835
7. Marc de Reuver (NED, Kawasaki), +1:05.243
8. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +1:06.462
9. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), +1:10.189
10. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:36.040
11. Martin Barr (IRL, Suzuki), +1:52.476
12. Nicolai Hansen (DEN, Suzuki), -1 lap
13. Gert Krestinov (EST, Honda), -1 lap
14. Filip Neugebauer (CZE, Kawasaki), -1 lap
15. Ludde Söderberg (FIN, Honda), -1 lap
16. Kim Lindstrom (SWE, Kawasaki), -1 lap
17. Matevz Irt (SLO, Suzuki), -1 lap
18. Lawson Bopping (AUS, Yamaha), -1 lap
19. Kim Oiva Jarva (NOR, Honda), -1 lap
20. Makoto Ogata (JPN, Honda), -1 lap
21. Davis Ivanovs (LAT, Kawasaki), -1 lap
22. Marco Schögler (AUT, KTM), -1 lap
23. Richard van der Westhuizen (RSA, Yamaha), -1 lap
24. Joan Cros (ESP, Suzuki), -1 lap
25. Panagiotis Kouzis (GRE, Honda), -1 lap
26. Gabriel Gentil (BRA, Yamaha), -2 laps
27. Nerijus Rukstela (LTU, Suzuki), -2 laps
28. Carlos Badiali (VEN, Yamaha), -2 laps
29. Mark Szoke (HUN, Kawasaki), -2 laps
30. Viktor Gudbergsson (ISL, Kawasaki), -2 laps
31. Gino Aponte (PUR, Yamaha), -2 laps
32. Kritsada Boonatee (THA, Honda), -4 laps

1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 24:24.394
2. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:09.837
3. Blake Baggett (USA, Kawasaki), +0:20.057
4. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), +0:37.998
5. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:44.152
6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:57.232
7. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), +0:58.437
8. Luke Styke (AUS, Yamaha), +1:05.699
9. Priit Rätsep (EST, KTM), +1:08.215
10. Even Heibye (NOR, KTM), +1:17.428
11. Stefan Kjer Olsen (DEN, Suzuki), +1:24.269
12. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:31.978
13. Roberts Justs (LAT, Honda), +1:32.823
14. Irwin Graeme (IRL, Yamaha), +1:40.829
15. Karl Olsson (SWE, Honda), +1:41.941
16. Zachary Osborne (PUR, Yamaha), +2:01.368
17. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), +2:04.136
18. Tim Gajser (SLO, KTM), -1 lap
19. Paulo Alberto (POR, Honda), -1 lap
20. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), -1 lap
21. Shannon Terreblance (RSA, Kawasaki), -1 lap
22. Kayne Lamont (NZL, KTM), -1 lap
23. Teemu Lehtinen (FIN, Kawasaki), -1 lap
24. Ingvi Bjorn Birgisson (ISL, KTM), -1 lap
25. Junya Takenaka (JPN, Kawasaki), -1 lap
26. Rafael Silva Faria (BRA, Yamaha), -1 lap
27. Matas Inda (LTU, Kawasaki), -1 lap
28. Milan Spicak (CZE, Kawasaki), -2 laps
29. Lukas Neurauter (AUT, KTM), -2 laps
30. Dimitris Kotoletas (GRE, Yamaha), -2 laps
31. Erik Hugyecz (HUN, Yamaha), -2 lap
32. Trakarn Thangthong (THA, Yamaha), -2 lap
33. Hector Rodriguez (VEN, Yamaha), -6 lap

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 24:23.539
2. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:02.024
3. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +0:28.861
4. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), +0:46.358
5. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +1:11.885
6. Todd Waters (AUS, Suzuki), +1:23.898
7. Marcus Schiffer (GER, Suzuki), +1:36.198
8. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +2:10.253
9. Luis Correia (POR, Yamaha), +2:11.165
10. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, KTM), -1 lap
11. Niko Koskela (FIN, Kawasaki), -1 lap
12. Kasper Lynggaard (DEN, Kawasaki), -1 lap
13. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Honda), -1 lap
14. Lauris Freibergs (LAT, Honda), -1 lap
15. Evgeny Mikhaylov (RUS, Suzuki), -1 lap
16. Matthias Walkner (AUT, KTM), -1 lap
17. Marcal Müller (BRA, Yamaha), -1 lap
18. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), -1 lap
19. Stuart Edmonds (IRL, Suzuki), -1 lap
20. Vytautas Bucas (LTU, Honda), -1 lap
21. Alvaro Lozano (ESP, Honda), -1 lap
22. Cody Cooper (NZL, Suzuki), -1 lap
23. Yohei Kojima (JPN, Suzuki), -1 lap
24. Magne Klingsheim (NOR, KTM), -1 lap
25. Kyle Chisholm (PUR, Kawasaki), -1 lap
26. Humberto Martin (VEN, Honda), -1 lap
27. Solvi Borgar Sveinsson (ISL, Honda), -2 laps
28. George Lliopoulos (GRE, KTM), -2 laps
29. Chaiyan Romphan (THA, Yamaha), -3 laps
30. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), -8 laps
31. Neville Bradshaw (RSA, Honda), -9 laps
32. Kornel Nemeth (HUN, KTM), -11 laps
Disqualified: Justin Barcia (USA, Honda), +1:22.049