KTM’s Antonio Cairoli won his fifth GP of the 2011 season in Great Britain and leads the MX1 Championship by 82 points.
The crowded track of Matterley Basin hosted the 13th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, where Antonio Cairoli and Ken Roczen handed two more victories to KTM. The penultimate round of the UEM EMX125 series also took place today and Damon Graulus obtained his maiden overall round win.
The second race of MX1 was red flagged, as there was a heavy crash between Billy Mackenzie and Tanel Leok. Both riders were fighting for the sixth position, when Mackenzie’s landed on Leok back wheel. In order to assist the riders in the best possible way, the race direction decided to stop the moto and all the MX1 riders lined up again 30 minutes after the races was stopped. Fortunately, both riders are not seriously injured, Leok has some pain on his back and Mackenzie in his neck and he was still dazed and a bit confused after some hours of the accident.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1’s obtained his fifth GP victory of the season at a track he defined as one of the best ones of the season. In the first race he had a good start but he made a mistake and had to push again from the 12th position to finally end third. In the second heat he got the holeshot and dominated it from beginning to end. The Italian is now 82 points ahead of Frossard, so his fifth World Title is closer than ever.
CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Pourcel did an incredible first race, riding second most of it and overtaking Frossard by the end of the heat. In the second one, Pourcel started really well but he was too short on a jump and he had a crash, which made him pull out from the race. However, as that race was red flagged, he was able to start again and he crossed the finish line third, which let him be on the second step of the podium.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Frossard won the Lovemytime holeshot award, as he took the holeshot in the first race. The runner up of the series was leading the heat when he braked too much and stalled the bike at a corner and then his compatriot Pourcel overtook him. Frossard obtained two double second places, but he had to settle down with the third step of the podium just one point behind Cairoli and Pourcel.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Nagl has improved one position in the championship and he is now fourth thanks to his fourth overall place. The German did not have great starts, but he did two incredible recoveries and he managed to finish fifth in both heats.
Completing the top five was PAR Honda’s Anderson, who was the best British rider in the MX1 class. Anderson, who has been picked up to represent Great Britain at the Monster Energy FIM MXoN, finished ninth and seventh in today’s races.
Barragán got involved in a tangle at the start of the first race and had to start pushing really hard from the 17th position, and when the Spaniard had recovered some places, he crashed again and crossed the finish line 14th. In the second race Barragan had and incredible start and he succeeded in keeping his initial fourth position, which gave him the final sixth overall place.
Boissiere struggled in both races and had to battle a lot in order to finish seventh overall ahead of Guarneri, who did not have great starts but managed to finish eighth and eleventh. Gonçalves could not be back on the podium this weekend and had had to settle down with a final ninth position. The Portuguese finished sixth in the first race, and although he started fourth in the second one, he crossed the finish line 14th.
Campano, on his first ride on the Monster Energy Yamaha, obtained a solid tenth position. The Spanish rider crashed at the start of the first race and had to fight from the dead last position to finish 15th. In the second heat Campano was riding third when the race was stopped and in the re-rack he obtained a sixth position, the best one of this season.
Home rider Simpson was 14th overall after obtaining a 16-10 result. The Scot was a bit disappointed with his result, mainly because he was riding second when the second race was red flagged.
Winchester FIM Motocross MX1 Results:
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 3-1
2. Christophe Pourcel (Kawasaki) 1-3
3. Steven Frossard (Yamaha) 2-2
4. Max Nagl (KTM) 5-5
5. Brad Anderson (Honda) 9-7
6. Jonathan Barragan (Kawasaki) 14-4
7. Anthony Boissiere (Yamaha) 10-9
8. Davide Guarneri (Kawasaki) 8-11
9. Rui Goncalves (Honda) 6-14
10. Carlos Jimenez (Yamaha) 15-6
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Roczen obtained his eighth GP victory of the season and he opened the gap with runner up Herlings up to 43 points. The German admitted that he had a lot of fun at the track this weekend and that he is now looking forward to racing at home in two weeks time and try to obtain his maiden MX2 Title in front of his crowd.
The second position was for home rider Searle, who could not fulfil his goal of winning the GP, but he was very satisfied with his performance this weekend and with this second overall position. The CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit rider had a difficult first race, but he managed to move from an initial 11th position up to the second place. Searle admitted that hearing his crowed cheering for him during the heat helped him to made the moves and in the second race he succeeded in having a good start and crossing the finish line second.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Gautier was back on the podium this weekend, but he was not 100% satisfied with his riding. In the first heat he had a good start but he made a mistake and several riders overtook him. However, Gautier crossed the finish line fourth. In the second race, the French was riding 15th during the opening lap, but he got a really good rhythm and managed to finish fourth and be on the third step of the podium.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Herlings missed the podium for just two points and finished fourth overall after being seventh and third at the races. Herlings was not confident with himself during the first heat and crossed the finish line seventh, but after talking to his team manager Stefan Everts, Herlings got an excellent start at the second race and rode second until the last lap, when he made a mistake and finished third.
Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha’s Tonus, who was third yesterday in the qualifying race, managed to finish fifth overall, but he had to fight really hard to end in such position. Tonus got an initial 14th place in the first race and when he was moving up some places, he made a mistake and went down the ground. The Swiss ended ninth, but the fifth position in the second heat made him finish fifth.
Home rider Nicholls rode among the top ten positions during both races and thanks to his 8-6 result he finished sixth ahead of Charlier, who was 11th in the first race, but he managed to finish seventh in the second one, even riding with some plastic stuck on his rear wheel during some laps.
Anstie had to start from the very end of the gate as he got a DNF at yesterday’s qualifying race, but he was able to finish tenth and eighth and he obtained a final eighth position.
Tixier succeeded in finishing ninth, ahead of his teammate Roelants, who was third in the first race, but a mechanical problem during the second heat made him pull out while he was riding fourth.
Teillet obtained a fifth position in the first race but he got a DNF in the second one due to a problem with his bike when he was riding fourth.
Kawasaki’s Tommy Searle overcame a difficult first moto in which he climbed from 11th up to second place.
Van Horebeek took part in the first moto and ended sixth, but his shoulder was hurting too much again and he decided not to enter the second heat.
Winchester FIM Motocross MX2 Results:
1. Ken Roczen (KTM) 1-1
2. Tommy Searle (Kawasaki) 2-2
3. Gautier Paulin (Yamaha) 4-4
4. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 7-3
5. Arnaud Tonus (Yamaha) 9-5
6. Jake Nicholls (KTM) 8-6
7. Christophe Charlier (Yamaha) 11-7
8. Max Anstie (Kawasaki) 10-8
9. Jordi Tixier (KTM) 12-9
10. Joel Roelants (KTM) 3-28