Motocross

Cairoli and Anstie take the wins in Switzerland

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In front of 45,000 fans Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs number one tactician Antonio Cairoli made his return to the top step of the podium in MX1 at round 15 of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Switzerland, while Max Anstie poured more life into his MX2 campaign with a pair of race wins for the victory in MX2.

Picking the right lines is all in the mind, and with no former knowledge of this track and venue, no videos to watch over and over, no hills that cater to a good engine with great gearing or horse power, it was all down to the riders to work out which lines were the fastest, and that made the MXGP of Switzerland presented by iXS the great equalizer.
Antonio Cairoli (222) leads the MX1 class through turn 1. Photo: Ray Archer
Antonio Cairoli put in a breakout ride just when he needed it most, at least in race one, which was enough for his third grand prix win of the season. The second race didn‰Ûªt go as smooth for the Italian legend and he was absolutely livid at the end of it, which is a good indication he still has a fire in his belly for winning races. In his post race interview he mentioned that he is going to use the three-week break to test both bikes, the 350cc and the 450cc, which is a sure sign he is on a mission to find the extra edge.

‰ÛÏIt was a very good weekend and we are back on the 450 this weekend," Cairoli said, "It is good to go into the two-week break with a win and I‰Ûªll try to regroup for the sand in Assen. My goal is to win the remaining races and to finish as close as possible to the top. So let‰Ûªs see how we finish the season.‰Û
Tim Gajser and Romain Febvre go toe to toe. Photo: Youthstream
At the moment, with the incredible depth of talent in the MXGP class, no one is good enough to get on the podium while holding something back. Roman Febvre knows better than anyone, and threw his heart on the table once again, as he always does, except this weekend the track demanded a lot of respect and anyone who pushed too hard paid the price. Febvre‰Ûªs price was eighth place in Race 1, but he came back strong in race two with a second place for third overall.

"The first moto was good, but I made a mistake and lost positions and lost my rhythym here on this track," Febvre explained. "In the second moto the start wasn't as good, but I came back after the second lap and gave everything to try and win. Physically I was on the limit, so with two laps to go I didn't want to make the same mistake. I'm really happy to be on the podium with this result."

"Next we go for some testing in Italy all week, and then two weeks off to be prepared for the sand in Assen."
Romain Febvre was third overall in the MX1 class. Photo: Yamaha
If you thought Team HRC‰Ûªs Gautier Paulin seemed out of character over the last couple of rounds, you‰Ûªll be pleased to know the real Gautier Paulin was back in the opening moto, with the assistance of a good start. A podium was on the cards for the Honda ace today, but because of his cruddy start in the final race, he fell short by 3 points and had to settle for fourth.

‰ÛÏWithout the crash we could have been on the podium today so I feel bad for that, but the podium pace was definitely there today," Paulin said.
Gautier Paulin (21) was on pace but just missed the podium and had to settle for 4th.
Meanwhile, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Glenn Coldenhoff finally cracked the top five, in overall results, when he passed his teammate, Tony Cairoli, on the last lap in the second race. The pass saw him cross the line in third place, which is the first time he‰Ûªs finished inside the top three this year.

"We‰Ûªve been looking for these results, so it was good," Coldenhoff said. "I want a good result in Assen because that‰Ûªs been my goal for a long time. We‰Ûªve also made a step up with the bike over the last couple of weeks and everything is working really well, especially on a technical track like this. I‰Ûªm really happy with the bike at the moment and I can‰Ûªt wait for Assen.‰Û
Max Anstie took his second round win in a row in the MX2 class
Team Suzuki World MX2‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer set his dotting home fans ablaze with his fine on track display. The Swiss native dusted off the motocross playbook in Race 1 when he found himself buried mid-pack at turn one. If anyone said the track here in Frauenfeld was difficult to pass on, then they need to go and get some tips on how to pass from the ‰Û÷91‰Ûª, because he blitzed past a ton of guys on his way to second place in the opening moto.

A better start in race two saw the hometown hero blast to the front of the field. The crowd erupted like you wouldn‰Ûªt believe, even Anstie felt as though all of Switzerland was here egging the Suzuki star on. In the end, Max Anstie took the win after battling to the flag, but the down-to-earth kid from just up the road was still pretty satisfied with his 2 ‰ÛÒ 2 result for second overall,

‰ÛÏI didn't expect the Swiss public to be that great: so many people, flags‰Û_it was amazing to ride here," Seewer said, "I didn't win, which would have been the small present to them and myself but I‰Ûªm happy and I have three second places in a row now.

"I just need to find that last piece of the puzzle. Maybe I should have waited longer to take the lead in the second moto but I had some better lines in some places and could push but he [Anstie] came back and followed me strongly. It was a good race and I just missed that ‰Û÷little bit‰Ûª to be able to win.

"Now I‰Ûªm just focussing on myself and that approach has been the same for the last three GPs when Jeffrey has not been riding. I am still trying to do the best I can and beat the riders that are on the track with me. It [the championship] was not on my mind this weekend and it won‰Ûªt be for the next GP.‰Û
Runner-up Jeremy Seewer (91) splits the MX2 field off the gate.
Kemea Yamaha MX Official Team‰Ûªs Benoit Paturel is MX2‰Ûªs unsung hero. The French kid has been running a fever pitch pace all year although his results have been a little bit higgledy-piggledy despite his speed. Nevertheless, the Yamaha star on the rise has been constantly improving and authenticated his potential today with a 3 ‰ÛÒ 3 for third overall. He has also moved into third place in the championship standings.

Last but not least, the battle for fourth was tight between two unusual suspects. TM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Samuele Bernardini and HSF Logistics Motorsports Calvin Vlaanderen were on fire today as they both charged into the top five. While we did say ‰Û÷unusual‰Ûª, perhaps Bernardini doesn‰Ûªt fall in that category as he has put in some blistering hot performances this year. Anyway, the Italian youngster was fourth while the South African rookie that rides with a Dutch license, Vlaanderen, scored his first ever top five finish, fifth.

The MX2 class in Switzerland was without Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team's Jeffrey Herlings who has sat out the last three rounds to heal a collarbone fracture. Despite not racing Herlings continues to lead the class points and will go into the next round at home in Assen with a 43-point lead

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 35:08.501
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:07.545
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:10.443
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:12.257
5. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:19.403
6. Jordi Tixier (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:23.488
7. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:25.625
8. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:28.295
9. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:31.260
10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:31.694.

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:24.265
2. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:11.791
3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:20.333
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:22.574
5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:23.071
6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:24.626
7. Jordi Tixier (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:37.348
8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:42.562
9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:49.442
10. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:54.840.

MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 41 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 37 points
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 35 points
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 32 points
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 30 points
6. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 29 points
7. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 29 points
8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 29 points
9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 27 points
10. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 25 points

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 644 points
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 545 points
3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 509 points
4. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 499 points
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 472 points
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 446 points
7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 308 points
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 307 points
9. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 298 points
10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 279 points

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), 35:18.680
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:10.590
3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:32.037
4. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +0:47.010
5. Pascal Rauchenecker (AUT, Husqvarna), +0:54.752
6. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:57.350
7. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +1:04.853
8. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +1:07.385
9. Petar Petrov (BUL, Kawasaki), +1:07.965
10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +1:09.352.

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), 34:19.959
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:01.470
3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:43.141
4. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:47.204
5. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:58.480
6. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +1:11.612
7. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, KTM), +1:15.345
8. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:17.906
9. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +1:21.132
10. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +1:22.073.

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 50 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 44 points
3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 40 points
4. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 33 points
5. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), 31 points
6. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 29 points
7. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 24 points
8. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 24 points
9. Pascal Rauchenecker (AUT, HUS), 24 points
10. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, KTM), 23 points

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 597 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 554 points
3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 433 points
4. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 416 points
5. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 403 points
6. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 378 points
7. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 340 points
8. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 327 points
9. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 320 points
10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 309 points

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