Motocross

Antonio Cairoli Wraps Up His 65th MXGP Win In Brazil

Author: Aaryn Minerds

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli of Italy was at his golden best on Sunday at the MXGP of Brazil taking a decisive 1-1 victory to surge ahead 30 points in the championship after just three rounds.

It was the Italian‰Ûªs sixty- fifth career GP victory.

Tony Cairoli, a seven times world champion opened his account in the first moto with a stunning display of riding on his KTM 350 SX-F that thrilled the 20,000 Brazilian fans.

After getting hemmed in at the start he moved from sixteenth up to sixth in the opening lap and then settled down to pick off his challengers one by one while at the same time setting a string of personal best lap times. Twelve minutes into the 30-minute plus two laps race he was half a second behind the leader Jeremy van Horebeek.

Two minutes later he took the lead and began to distance himself from the rest of the field.

Even the rain that started to fall on the Beto Carrero red clay track failed to undermine the pace of the race leader. Cairoli was in front by almost 16 seconds when he charged across the finish line, setting the stage for a thrilling second moto.
Antonio Cairoli and Gautier Paulin battle for the win in moto two - Credit: Ray Archer
Heavier rain in between the two sessions threw in another difficulty factor, ensuring that the surface became slicker and stickier than in the opening moto. Cairoli was fourth at the start as MXGP riders shot out of the grid for the second time but he quickly moved up a position to sit behind his traditional rivals Kawasaki's Gautier Paulin and Rockstar Suzuki's Clement Desalle.

Cairoli settled down in the next laps to put pressure on Desalle while assessing his overtaking options.

Sixteen minutes into the race he made his move into second. One minute later he was in the lead and immediately put down his fastest lap. The Italian went on to wrap up the race in style to pick up maximum points for this outing in South America.

T‰ÛÏI like this track a lot and I like being here in Brazil with a lot of cool people cheering."Cairoli commented. "It‰Ûªs a very technical track and this level of difficulty was increased after the rain we had between the two motos.

"Also the track this year was ripped way too much but it was the same for everyone. In some ways that was good because it was even more technical. It‰Ûªs nice to be winning again like we did last year.

"Now I have 65 GP wins so it was another great result.‰Û
Clement Desalle finished back on the podium at round three in second position overall - Credit: Suzuki Racing
Being classified in second position overall for the round was Desalle who finished the day tied on 40 points with Factory Yamaha's Van Horebeek, with the two riders sharing a second and fourth place moto result each, with Desalle awarded the second step on the podium to to his higher finish in the second moto.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm on the podium with no crashes or injuries, so these are the positive points." Desalle stated. "It has taken a lot to come back from my shoulder injury so I am happy with how some things are going.

"It was hot out there today and easy to make a mistake. It was not difficult to ride but you had to be measured with the 450 out of those corners.

"I‰Ûªd like to say thanks to the team because they have worked really hard in the past weeks to try and improve.‰Û
Van Horebeek kept his consistent start to the 2014 season going finishing every moto again inside the top five to claim the final step on the podium - Credit: Yamaha Racing
For the MXGP class rookie Van Horebeek his third place overall finish came off the back of another consistent weekend that has seen him finish inside the top five in all six motos so far in 2014.

"My weekend went really well and I felt very good on this track." Van Horebeek said. "We worked hard with the team again and the bike was great.

"I managed to pull a good start in the first moto and it made things pretty easy. I was leading a few laps and then Tony was behind me. I let him past because I still get a bit nervous out front; I'm still not used to leading but I will be! When that happens I am sure I can keep it.

"In the second moto I had to cut through from a bad start. I think I was eleventh or something and worked my way back to fourth. I reached Clement's rear wheel but then he pulled the trigger and he is a tough guy. Anyway, we are on the podium again.

"I wanted to be in the top five as much as possible this year but it seems I need to think a little bit further now. I want to keep my feet on the ground and keep working hard. I hope to win a GP this year," he added.
Gautier Paulin rounded out the top four in Brazil - Credit: Supplied
Monster Kawasaki Racing Team's Paulin took over second place in the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship after two strong rides in round three of the series at Beto Carrero in Brazil.

The Frenchman was in scintillating form throughout the weekend on the track adjacent to one of Brazil's most popular amusement parks, but a single error during the early stages of the opening race put paid to his realistic expectations of a podium finish.?

He was disputing the lead after a great start until the error which cost him a dozen places; Gautier recovered to sixth place at the finish, and added a decisive second in race two after another excellent start but that single error was sufficient to restrict him to fourth on the day. The 37 points gained were however enough to see Gautier advance to second place in the series standings.

‰ÛÏI got two good starts today, but I‰Ûªm disappointed with the mistake I made in a corner during the first race." Paulin explained. "The bike was upside down and it took me too much time to restart.

"I lost the GP podium there, as I was fourteenth after this crash; I recovered to sixth, but it was tough with the rain during the second half of the race.

"here were many positives this weekend; my starts were good, and in the second race I finished secon." he continued. "Now we go back to Europe and after the three overseas GPs I have the same motivation; I am ready to fight and I will give my best as well as the team to get the best results.‰Û
Max Nagl ensured there was plenty of colour in the top five, with five different manufactures holding down positions in the top five - Credit: Honda Racing
Factory Honda Racing's Max Nagl rode well on his CRF450R crossing the line in fourth and backed that up on the second moto with a 5th place finish for 5th overall for the round. Nagal's fifth place finish also meant five different manufactures were represented in the top six positions overall for the round.

‰ÛÏI was happy with my riding; I was smooth and had a good tactic when passing other but physically, I don‰Ûªt know why but for me it was harder than Thailand." Nagl commented after the race.

"It was a strange heat today - it was hard for me to last in the race so I had to slow down to not destroy my body. I had two times a top five result ‰ÛÒ it‰Ûªs ok but for sure we are pushing for the podium every time. In part it was down to the starts because if you‰Ûªre not with the group then you have no chance, and also it was tough for me today so this is why it wasn‰Ûªt possible to get on the podium.

"For Arco we‰Ûªre pushing even more to find a solution to the starts because you need to be up front there. Especially the first five guys, they‰Ûªre gone and there is no chance to catch them in the race, so we will work to improve in this area.‰Û
Australia's Todd Waters continued his impressive form, finishing with a 7-10 result for 7th overall Credit: Supplied
Australia's Todd Waters racing for the RedBull Iceone Husqvarna Factory Racing team effectively made it six manufactures inside the tip six, finishing the day tied for six position overall with Rui Goncalves. However Waters officially finished seventh for the round due to Goncalves finishing with a better result in the moto two.

The round proved to be a tough one for Rockstar Suzuki's Kevin Strijbos. Coming off his second place overall finish at round two in Thailand, Strijbos did not enjoy the same fortune in Brazil, needing to pit during race one after his goggle lens popped out, leaving him with a 13th in race one. A six place finish in race two was enough to see him inside the top ten for the round in 8th position overall.

Joel Roelants and Stevn Frossard rounded out the top ten in 9th and 10th respectively.

Round four of the 2014 World Motocross Championship heads back to Eroupe on the 13th of April for the MXGP of Trentino in Italy.
MX1 Podium - Credit: Suzuki Racing
MX1 Round Results
1. Antonio Cairoli - 50 Pts
2. Clement Desalle - 40 Pts
3. Jeremy Van Horebeek - 40 Pts
4. Gauiter Paulin, Gautier - 37 Pts
5. Max Nagl - 34 Pts
6. Rui Goncalves - 25 Pts
7. Todd Waters - 25 Pts
8. Kevin Strijbos - 23 Pts
9. Joel Roelants - 23 Pts
10. Steven Frossard - 19 Pts
11. David Philippaerts - 19 Pts
12. Xavier Boog - 18 Pts
13. Jake Nicholls - 16 Pts
14. Evgeny Bobryshev - 16 Pts
15. Matiss Karro - 14 Pts
16. Shaun Simpson - 14 Pts
17. Davide Guarneri - 10 Pts
18. Tanel Leok - 6 Pts
19. Antonio Balbi - 4 Pts
20. Pascal Rauchenecker - 4 Pts
Antonio Cairoli already has a 30 point championship lead after just three rounds - Credit:
MX1 Championship Standings After Round 3:
1. Antonio Cairoli - 142 Pts
2. Gautier Paulin - 112 Pts
3. Jeremy Van Horebeek - 112 Pts
4. Clement Desalle - 111 Pts
5. Max Nagl - 110 Pts
6. Kevin Strijbos - 73 Pts
7. Steven Frossard - 68 Pts
8. Todd Waters - 68 Pts
9. Evgeny Bobryshev - 67 Pts
10. Joel Roelants - 61 Pts
11. Rui Goncalves - 53 Pts
12. Xavier Boog - 49 Pts
13. Shaun Simpson - 48 Pts
14. Davide Guarneri - 45 Pts
15. David Philippaerts - 36 Pts
16. Jake Nicholls - 32 Pts
17. Tanel Leok - 30 Pts
18. Tommy Searle - 29 Pts
19. Matiss Karro - 28 Pts
20. Pascal Rauchenecker - 14 Pts

Top Image: Antonio Cairoli on his way to claiming yet another MXGP win on the weekend

Credit: Ray Archer

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