The 2013 MX GP series heads to the beautiful hillside circuit of Sevlievo. Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings, the defending MX1 and MX2 World Motocross Champions, are leading their respective class points chase this season.

Today in the Qualifying Races, it’s Jeffrey Herlings on top on MX2, and Gautier Paulin on top in MX1. (Results below.) The Grand Prix is tomorrow. There are YouTube videos below highlighting both the MX1 and MX2 Qualifying races.


Gautier Paulin!

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Steven Frossard is still on the sidelines as the Frenchman fully recovers from recent surgery on his left foot. He plans to be back in action for the MX Grand Prix of Portugal on May 5. Evgeny Bobryshev is not racing this weekend as well – a broken bone in his leg.

MX2 Qualifying Race Results:

  1. Jeffrey Herlings – KTM
  2. Jordi Tixier – KTM
  3. Jake Nicholls – KTM
  4. Christophe Charlier – YAM
  5. Jose Butron – KTM
  6. Mel Pocock – YAM
  7. Al Lupino – KAW
  8. Ivo Monticelli – TM
  9. Dylan Ferrandis – KAW
  10. Petar Petrov – YAM
  11. Valentin Teillet – KAW
  12. James Decotis – KAW
  13. Tim Gajser – KTM
  14. P. Rauchenecker – KTM
  15. Max Anstie – SUZ

MX1 Qualifying Results:

  1. Gautier Paulin – KAW
  2. Kevin Strijbos – SUZ
  3. Tommy Searle – KAW
  4. Max Nagl – HON
  5. Tony Cairoli – KTM
  6. Jeremy van Horebeek – KAW
  7. Clement Desalle – SUZ
  8. Rui Goncalves – KTM
  9. Davide Guarneri – KTM
  10. Ken de Dycker – KTM
  11. David Philippaerts – HON
  12. Matiss Karro – KTM
  13. Joel Roelants – YAM
  14. Shaun Simpson – TM
  15. Tanel Leok – HON

MX2 Championship points (after 4 rounds):

  1. Jeffrey Herlings – 200
  2. Jordi Tixier – 141
  3. Glenn Coldenhoff – 128
  4. Jose Butron – 111
  5. Christophe Charlier – 107
  6. Romain Febvre – 98
  7. Max Anstie – 98
  8. Dean Ferris – 89
  9. Jake Nicholls – 82
  10. Mel Pocock – 77
  11. Al Lupino – 76
  12. Julien Lieber – 71
  13. Petar Petrov – 61
  14. Dylan Ferrandis – 50
  15. P Rauchenecker – 47

MX1 Championship points (after 4 rounds):

  1. Tony Cairoli – 192
  2. Ken de Dycker – 155
  3. Clement Desalle – 149
  4. Gautier Paulin – 148
  5. Kevin Strijbos – 120
  6. Tommy Searle – 118
  7. Rui Goncalves – 89
  8. Evgeny Bobryshev – 87
  9. Xavier Boog – 83
  10. Max Nagl – 75
  11. Tanel Leok – 69
  12. David Philippaerts – 61
  13. Joel Roelants – 58
  14. Shaun Simpson – 54
  15. David Guarneri – 52
  16. Jeremy van Horebeek – 49
  17. Steven Frossard – 47

Max Nagl flies high in Bulgaria – courtesy Honda World Motocross

Clement Desalle – courtesy Suzuki Racing

YouTube video highlights of the MX1 race – won by Gautier Paulin 21

YouTube video highlights of the MX2 race, won by Jeffrey Herlings 84

Race report below, videos, and photo of Gautier Paulin courtesy of Youthstream

MX1 – Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin started the day clocking the fastest lap time in the pre-qualifying session and he succeeded in having a good start and led the race from the beginning. The French rider admitted after the race that he feels really comfortable with the settings of his bike and he is more consistent in his starts, so he is now ready to be fighting for wins.

Second place was Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Kevin Strijbos, who started 8th. The Belgian rider felt really well on his Suzuki, especially after the team had made some changes to the bike settings. Strijbos is very confident for tomorrow and he is looking forward to obtaining his first podium of the season.

CLS MX1 Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit’s Tommy Searle had a great qualifying race today at Sevlievo. The British rider started second. Then he made a small mistake at the upper part of the track and Strijbos passed. Searle is very happy with his progression in the MX1 class and he is now closer than ever to obtain his first podium of the season.

Honda World Motocross’ Max Nagl had a good start and he finished in a solid fourth potion. The German rider proved last weekend that he is getting his confidence back and today he managed to keep Cairoli at bay during the last laps of the qualifying race. Nagl finished fourth ahead of the Italian.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli was ninth in the pre-qualifying session and fifth in the qualifying race. Sevlievo is not one the Italian’s favourite tracks, but he will give his best tomorrow to be on the podium once again.

Jeremy Van Horebeek had a good start and he succeeded in finishing sixth, ahead of Desalle, who had taken the holeshot but a small mistake in the opening lap made him drop down to the tenth position. Rui Gonçalves started also with the front group, but after riding third during the first half of the qualifying race, he lost his rhythm and he could only cross the finish line eighth. His teammate Xavier Boog, who is entering his 100th Grand Prix this weekend, was forced to retire from the qualifying race as he twisted his ankle when landing from a jump.

MX2 – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings was the fastest today at the Bulgarian track and he dominated with great authority, crossing the finish line almost 22 seconds ahead his teammate Jordi Tixier, who finished second. The Dutch rider had a good start today, so he was pleased to race at the front since the beginning and he hopes to do the same tomorrow and win the Bulgarian Grand Prix for the first time.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier started third in the qualifying race but he quickly moved up to second and he managed to hold the position comfortably until the finish flag. The French rider is looking forward to a good start tomorrow in order to try to stop his teammate to win both heats and fight for what it would be his maiden overall victory of the season.

Wilvo Nestaan JM Racing KTM’s Jake Nicholls took the holeshot and was second during the first two laps of the qualifying race, but Tixier was faster than him and he dropped down to third. However, the British rider managed to keep a good rhythm and he rode third until the chequered flag. Tomorrow Nicholls is determined to finish once again on the podium and leave completely behind the bad result he obtained in Arco di Trento last weekend.

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Christophe Charlier showed really good speed today in Sevlievo. The French rider started fifth and after some laps he managed to move up to third, but he made a mistake and he lost the position with Nicholls. Charlier is making significant improvements every Grand Prix, but he still lacks a little bit of confidence to fight for the top three positions at every race.

Silver Action KTM’s José Butrón did not have a good start today in the qualifying race, but he managed to move from his initial eighth position to fifth. The Spanish rider did not want to take any risks today and he rode safe during the whole day in order to assure a good result at tomorrow’s races.


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