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Antonio Cairoli wins Latvia GP as KTM takes 5 out of the 6 Podium positions

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Antonio Cairoli wins Latvia GP as KTM takes 5 out of the 6 Podium positions
The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team had a near perfect weekend on the Latvian circuit in Kegums to take both MX1 and MX2 victories after storming rides by both Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings.

Cairoli finished the first race in second position behind his teammate, Ken De Dycker after losing to much ground in the early part of the race has he got a feeling for how his recently injured knee would hold up.

In the second race Cairoli started in the front and he was able to dominate the race from start to end to claim his 61st Career GP win.

‰ÛÏI had some good races with my teammate and it was also good for the championship." Cairoli stated. "He took points away from other riders and he also gained some for himself. Hopefully he can come closer to the top.

"I haven‰Ûªt been able to train since my knee injury. I didn‰Ûªt know what to expect because the track was very rough and that takes a lot of energy. Because of my condition, I wanted to see how things went in the first moto.

"I waited a bit too long and Ken made a gap I couldn‰Ûªt make up. I knew I had to attack right from the start of the second moto. I had some good energy and I made a good gap.‰Û
Antonio Cairoli wins Latvia GP as KTM takes 5 out of the 6 Podium positions
Ken De Dycker went 1-2 for second overall at Kegums - Credit: Ray Archer
For the second straight year, De Dycker finished second to Cairoli at the Latvian GP. The Belgian rider secured the Get Athena Holeshot in the first race and he quickly opened a big gap over Cairoli and managed to keep the lead until the chequered flag.

In the second race De Dycker also had a good start, but this time it was Cairoli the first one to reach the first corner and the Belgian rode behind his teammate during the entire race.

De Dycker admitted that he was very satisfied with how the weekend went for him and even though he is still fourth in the championship, he is just eight points behind his compatriot Clement Desalle.

‰ÛÏI had a good rhythm and I made no mistakes in the first moto." De Dycker commented. "I was able to make a gap and I could control the race. Also when Tony is behind me I know I am safe and a 1-2 in the first moto is good for us.

"Then Tony was very fast at the beginning of the second moto. I tried to push and half way through the race I got closer to him. I had my rhythm, I didn‰Ûªt make mistakes and I was happy to be second," he added.

In some more good news for De Dycker, he confirmed on the weekend that he has signed on to continue racing with KTM for the next two seasons.
Antonio Cairoli wins Latvia GP as KTM takes 5 out of the 6 Podium positions
Clement Desalle was the only non KTM rider to hit the podium this weekend, finishing third in the MX1 class aboard his Suzuki - Credit: Suzuki Racing
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World‰Ûªs Clement Desalle rounded out the podium at Latvia. Desalle did not get a good start in the opening moto, but he was able to move up to third early in the race and maintain his position to race end.

In the second moto he had a better start, but by the time he moved up to third both Cairoli and De Dycker had opened a big gap at the front.

"On Saturday I really did not have a good feeling on the track so we made some different settings on the bike and it was much better in the first moto." Desalle explained. "It was a positive step and also good that I stayed on two wheels because Saturday was a different story!

"I focussed hard on my riding today and could finish third. The two guys in front were a little bit faster. My start was better in the second moto and I pushed to get into third but Tony and Ken had a little gap and it was difficult to come back.

"I saw my speed was good and I was aware that a few guys were catching me in the last 10 minutes but I stayed concentrating on the lines and keeping consistent. Finishing third on the podium is pretty good but I'm still a bit disappointed that it cannot be better and I am not winning at the moment." Desalle concluded.

Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Gautier Paulin just missed once again the podium this weekend, finishing in fourth position, finishing once position ahead of his team mate Jeremy Van Horebeek who had another good weekend managing to finished fifth overall thanks to his 4-5 result.

MX2
Antonio Cairoli wins Latvia GP as KTM takes 5 out of the 6 Podium positions
Jeffrey Herlings continued on his winning ways and remains unbeaten for MX2 Overall wins for 2013 - Credit Ray Archer
In MX2 Jeffrey Herlings continued to amaze with two stunning moto victories where he distanced himself from the rest of the pack with what appeared to be very little effort to cross the line around 40 seconds in front in each race.

It was the Dutch teenager‰Ûªs 27th GP win and he has now equalled David Strijbos as the most successful Dutch rider ever. It is a remarkable record for a rider so young. Although he is recognised as the world‰Ûªs best sand rider, Herlings is currently one of the most exciting performers on any surface He has won every GP so far in the current season and has a more than commanding lead in the MX2 World Championship.

‰ÛÏIt was a very good weekend and I was able to win both races easily." Herlings stated. "It was a nice track, good weather and good fun.

"I did struggle a bit for the first 10-15 minutes in the first moto but after that I did some good laps. Now I‰Ûªve won 11 GP and I hope to win the all this year. That‰Ûªs my goal and that‰Ûªs what I‰Ûªm working and training for," he added.

KTM rider Jose Butron of Spain put on another impressive display in MX2 and maintained the kind of speed that delivered him onto the podium in overall second.
Antonio Cairoli wins Latvia GP as KTM takes 5 out of the 6 Podium positions
Jordi Tixier made it an all KTM podium affair in the MX2 class - Credit: Ray Archer
Herlings teammate Jordi Tixier of France also had a strong day. He put a first moto crash behind him and finished behind Herlings in second place in the second moto for overall third.

‰ÛÏI got a good start in the first moto and I was second behind Jeffrey." Tixier explained. "I had a good speed because I saw the lap times and I had the fastest lap time of the race. But then I hit a big bump and lost a few places and had to fight back to catch up.

"I didn‰Ûªt get a good start in the second moto but after five minutes I was up to second. I had some crashes today but I am happy about finishing third overall.‰Û
MX1 Podium - Credit: Ray Archer
MX1 Overall top ten Latvia GP:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 47 points
2. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 47 points
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 40 points
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 34 points
5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 34 points
6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 29 points
7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), 29 points
8. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 23 points
9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), 19 points
10. Joel Roelants (BEL, Yamaha), 18 points

MX1 Championship top ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 514 points
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 432 points
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 414 points
4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 406 points
5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), 327 points
6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 318 points
7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), 272 points
8. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 271 points
9. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 203 points
10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 186 points
MX2 Podium Credit: Ray Archer
MX2 Overall top ten Latvia GP:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points
2. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 42 points
3. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 40 points
4. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), 31 points
5. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), 30 points
6. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 24 points
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 22 points
8. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 20 points
9. Harri Kullas (FIN, KTM), 18 points
10. Jason Clermont (FRA, Kawasaki), 18 points
11. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), 17 points

MX2 Championship top ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 542 points
2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 403 points
3. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 353 points
4. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 322 points
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 304 points
6. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), 273 points
7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 272 points
8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), 244 points
9. Max Anstie (GBR, Suzuki), 228 points
10. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), 196 points

Top Image: Antonio Cairoli on his way to another GP win
Credit: Ray Archer

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