Setback for Nagl's world title bid

Max Nagl's world title hopes have taken a nosedive as he's announced he will miss Sunday's Swedish GP and the Latvian round a week later. That means he'll have missed three GPs after breaking his ankle in the qualifying race for the German GP recently.

Missing the German round meant he lost the red plate to Romain Febvre, but the German was planning to make a comeback on Sunday, two weeks after surgery to repair the break. But he is still in huge pain, and now has decided he'll try to make his comeback on July 26 in the Czech Republic.

He said: “Words can't describe just how disappointed I am about my MXGP championship campaign. But as everyone knows in motorsport injuries can quickly change things. I am working hard so that when I return I will be able to give a strong end to the season. I really wanted to race in Sweden but it is just too early. The support I have received from my fans all around the world has been amazing, so a huge thanks to them, the IceOne team and all our sponsors.”

With Ryan Villopoto, Clement Desalle, Tyla Rattray, Tommy Searle and Ken De Dycker all out with injuries, it means the MXGP title race suddenly is hotting up. Yamaha man Febvre leads after taking the red plate with a win in Germany, and is nine points in front of Nagl who will now no-score in the next two rounds at least. Third is world champ Tony Cairoli, 17 points behind Febvre but riding with a recently-broken hand. Behind him is Honda's Gautier Paulin who is a further 28 points back.

It's a double blow for Husqvarna as MX2 title hopeful Aleksandr Tonkov is out for the rest of the season as he recently underwent shoulder surgery following his crash at the GP of Germany. Tonkov said: “It's so disappointing to know that I'm out for the rest of 2015. I will do all I can to recover as quickly as I can but I can't push things too fast. Thanks to all my fans.”

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