The GP of Portugal is the fifth stage of this season long season of the world, the circuit of Agueda was the victim of 10 days of rains sixth stop causing significant problems and the race seemed at risk, fortunately thanks to the great work done on Saturday morning track he found it in optimal condition.
Max Nagl after the physical problems suffered during the Arco weekend, the German driver has lost more than 5 kg. He is still not at the top of his physical form.
Max in qualifying did mark the 15th overall time. In his qualifying heats Nagl has tried not to make mistakes and find the right feeling, always closing in fifteenth place but with the conviction of being able to improve in the two heats on Sunday.
Samuele Bernardini was not able to find the right set-up on the Portuguese track, the “Berna” after the opaque qualifications where he could never find the right lap got the 28th position. Samuele at the start of the qualifying heats has adopted a race conduct all attack to try to recover as many positions as possible to try to conquer a good place at the gate for the two races. Bernardini also thanks to a super start closing the race with an encouraging 12th place
At the start of the first round of the MX2 Samuele Bernardini can not find the right gate at the start and is bottled in the center group, during the first lap Samuele runs into a slip that makes him lose many positions. Thanks to a good recovery, Bernardini managed to climb the rankings up to the 17th position.
In the second heat Bernardini gets a great start and on the first lap he is eighth position that will keep for most of the race, unfortunately as often happened in these first races Samuele can not keep the pace for all the 30 minutes plus two laps and in the beats Finals must cede several positions by closing its twelfth weekend.
In MXGP Nagl started very strong and on the first lap he was already firmly in the top ten, halfway down the race, without consequences, but he lost a lot of time to get back on track, Max still attacked for the remaining 8 laps and managed a good recovery. which brought him to 12th place.
Great second heat for Nagl with a consistent pace and being able to keep constantly throughout the race the pace of the best tore an encouraging tenth place.
For the TM Factory Team 15 days off to better prepare for the difficult Russian trip.