Max Nagl Out With Stomach Ailment

Cycle News Staff | March 9, 2013

Honda World Motocross rider Max Nagl will miss tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Thailand after being admitted to hospital with a stomach infection.

The German has had a horrible start to the season as he rode in the World MX1 Championship opener last week in Qatar with a hand injury and with stomach pain, fatigue and vomiting. The initial diagnosis from medical staff at the circuit was food poisoning, and he was given rehydration drugs to help him recover. Nagl’s condition deteriorated after the event and he was admitted to the local hospital in Doha for further treatment.

 Flying to Thailand a day late, Nagl’s condition improved throughout the week and he felt good enough to begin some light training. But his condition deteriorated and he’s now back in hospital and not able to compete this weekend at the Si Racha track.

Once Nagl’s illness has improved the incredibly disappointed German racer, who was looking to put last weekend’s tough race behind him, will return to Europe to recover fully.

 “Obviously this is a huge disappointment for Max and the team, but there is nothing we can do at all,” said Lorenzo Resta, Nagl’s team manager. “Max was in a lot of pain after the race last week, but the diagnosis meant that we expected a good recovery by the middle of the week. We have been monitoring him carefully with regular treatment from the team doctor, and although Max showed some improvement yesterday, he was really sick this morning, which was making it look less and less likely that he could race, especially in such hot and humid conditions. Max is a fighter and for sure he wishes to be on track this weekend, but we can just hope that he gets well as soon as possible, as we will certainly miss him. He is currently receiving treatment at the local hospital, where we hope his condition will improve quickly for him to be able to fly home to make a good recovery.”