KTM's Antonio Cairoli claimed 2-1 moto scores in Spain for the overall. He is currently just one point behind Clement Desalle.
Antonio Cairoli and Ken Roczen handed two overall victories to KTM
in the Spanish track of La Salgada. Desalle is still the leader of the MX1 class and Roczen regained the red plate from his team mate Herlings.
Antonio Cairoli had a great weekend in Spain dominating yesterday’s qualifying race and obtaining a 2-1 result today. Second overall was David Philippaerts, who was on the podium in La Bañeza after two difficult Grand Prix. The third step of the podium was for his team mate Steven Frossard thanks to his 1-9 result. Fourth was Rui Gonçalves and completing the top five was Xavier Boog.
Ken Roczen succeeded in winning both heats even suffering from heavy pain on his back and he placed himself first in the point standings with six points advantage over Herlings. Tommy Searle was obtained two second positions, so he was on the second step of the podium, ahead of Gautier Paulin. Fourth was Jeffrey Herlings and Tonus was fifth.
Early in the morning took place the second race of the UEM EMX-1 series and Dylan Ferrandis went out with another victory which gave him the second round victory in a row. Second was overall was Filip Bengtsson with a 2-2 result and the third step of the rostrum was for Donny Bastemeijer. Charles Lefrançois finished fourth overall but he became the leader of the Championship with a 5 point advantage over Romain Febvre.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1’s Cairoli arrived in Spain with a heavy pain in his thumb but he managed to get the overall victory after finishing second in the first heat and dominating the second race from the beginning to the end. Cairoli was the virtual red plate holder during the last lap, but Desalle made a last minute overtake and the Italian remained second in the point standings, just one point behind the Belgian.
Monster Energy Yamaha
’s Phillipaerts was very satisfied with his second overall position, as he struggled a lot in the last Grand Prix after his overall victory in Brazil. Philippaerts was third in the first race, but he could only be fourth in the second one, as his energies fade away to keep the third position from Desalle’s pressure. His teammate Steven Frossard did an incredible first race, and after an initial third position, he was able to overtake
Monster Energy Yamaha's David Phillipaerts posted second overall despite fading towards the end of the second moto.
Nagl and Cairoli and placed his Monster Energy Yamaha machine in the first position. Frossard started 15th in the second race and he could only finish ninth as he was suffering a lot of pain on his hand.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki
World MX1’s Desalle was fourth overall due to his 5-3 results. Desalle made a mistake in the beginning of the first heat and had to ride without rear break during the whole heat as some green fence got stuck on his back wheel. In the second moto, Desalle also made several mistakes but he gave all his best to finish third and keep the red plate on his Suzuki machine.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1’s Nagl did a very good qualifying race yesterday, but he could not make it to the podium today and finished fourth overall. The German finished fourth and fifth respectively, so he gained some confidence for the upcoming Grand Prix and try to be back on the podium and close the gap with the Championship leader Desalle.
Leok finished 13th in the first heat, but in the second one, he did a great start and kept the second position until the chequered flag. The Estonian finished sixth overall and could not improved his 13th position in the point standings, but he obtained some valuable points to get closer the top ten.
Home rider Barragán did not have a good first race and finished ninth. However, he managed to ride third during some part of the second heat, but he had to settle down with a final fifth position, which gave him the overall seventh place.
Bobryshev and Gonçalves struggled a little bit this weekend and finished eighth and ninth respectively, while Boog completed the top ten.
Home riders Campano and Lozano finished 15th and 23rd respectively.
Argueda FIM Motocross MX1 Results:
1. Anotnio Cairoli (KTM) 2-1
2. David Philippaerts (Yamaha) 3-4
3. Steven Frossard (Yamaha) 1-9
4. Clement Desalle (Suzuki) 5-3
5. Max Nagl (KTM) 4-6
6. Tanel Leok (TM) 13-2
7. Jonathan Barragan (Kawasaki) 9-5
8. Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda) 8-7
9. Rui Goncalves (Honda) 7-10
10. Xavier Boog (Kawasaki) 10-8
KTM's Ken Roczen snagged the overall in Spain with a double victory ahead of Kawasaki's Tommy Searle.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Roczen dominated both heats and obtained his third Grand Prix victory of the season. In the end of the first heat, Searle was really close to Roczen, but the German crossed the finish line first three seconds ahead of the Brit.
CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki
Pro Circuit’s Searle was very close to win the first moto, but Roczen managed to keep the lead until the chequered flag. Tommy is satisfied with his performance, as he proved to himself that he is very close to beat his main rival and leader of the Championship, Ken Roczen.
Third overall was Monster Energy Yamaha’s Paulin thanks to his 4-3 result. The French rider started 12th in the first heat and he had to fight really hard to finish among the top five. In the second race, Gautier kept the initial third position until the end and he is now determined to improve his third overall result in the upcoming GP.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Herlings did not have a very good feeling on the Spanish track and he could only take an overall fourth position. Herlings was third and fourth in today’s races and he is now second in the point standings, six points behind his teammate Roczen.
Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha’s Tonus showed an incredible riding style this weekend and he managed to obtain an overall fifth position. Tonus improved one position in the MX2 point standings and he is now sixth, 16th points behind his teammate Osborne.
Aubin started second in the first heat of the Spanish GP, but he crossed the finish line in the fifth position. The French rider did not have a good start in the second one, but he managed to finish eighth and he obtained a final overall sixth position.
Roelants was seventh overall and Coldenhoff obtained his best result this season, being eighth ahead of Kullas and Triest.
Kullas was second in the start of the first race, but he had arm pump and could only finish tenth in both heats.
Osborne did several mistakes in the first heat and at some point a rider crashed on his Yamaha machine and had to pull out from the race. In the second heat, Osborne finished in a consistent 6th position.
Home rider Butrón took very good starts and managed to finish 11th in the first heat. However, the Spaniard had to pull out from the second race as he had a problem with the engine of his KTM machine.
Searle: "It was really hot and sticky today; normally I’m strong in these conditions but after about 15 minutes I felt a little tired."
Anstie crashed yesterday during the qualifying race and his bike landed on his back. The Brit went out to race the first heat, but the pain was so hard that he decided to pull out.
Argueda FIM Motocross MX2 Results:
1. Ken Roczen (KTM) 1-1
2. Tommy Searle (Kawasaki) 2-2
3. Gautier Paulin (Yamaha) 4-3
4. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 3-4
5. Arnaud Tonus (Yamaha) 6-5
6. Nicolas Aubin (KTM) 5-8
7. Joel Roelants (KTM) 7-7
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (Yamaha) 9-9
9. Harri Kullas (Yamaha) 10-10
10. Nick Triest (KTM) 8-15