Cairoli and Musquin on top again at USGP


A very small turnout of American fans witnessed the Antonio Cairoli and Marvin Musquin show as the KTM duo completed their usual double by taking victory in the MX1 and MX2 classes respectively at the reborn Grand Prix of USA and the sixth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship at at Glen Helen, Cal.
MX1 winner Toni Cairoli. Photo: Ray Archer
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1‰Ûªs Cairoli took the victory by winning moto one and taking third in moto two. What the fans will remember is the Italian‰Ûªs performance in heat one, when he was leading until he broke the gear lever of his KTM 350 SX-F. American Mike Alessi took the opportunity to move past and take the lead but a gusty Cairoli made it back to the head of the field and took victory despite his bike being stuck in third gear.

"It was nice to win here because it's been a long time since there was a USGP," Tony said. "I like to fight with Mike Alessi, one of the best riders over here in the USA. We can improve a lot more, also with the bike, we are working really well and we're very happy. Today everything went perfect, also in the long straight here at Glen Helen where I got the holeshot in the first moto and was in the top six in the second.," the Italian concluded.

JÌ_germeister Factory KTM‰Ûªs Alessi, also onboard the KTM 350, was second overall. After taking second in moto one, the American battled it out with Cairoli for third but eventually dropped down to fourth after the two passed each other several times.

Mike Alessi shared Tony's sentiments saying: "It was a great weekend. I had a lot of fun racing with Tony Cairoli and the rest of the top GP riders. My KTM was working very well this weekend. It was very good in the corners and on the hills and I got a second place start in the first moto and a third place start in the second. I learned a lot and I had fun."

Clement Desalle of Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1 made his return to the podium courtesy of third overall. The Belgian was fifth in moto one but made up for that in moto two where he took a solid second place behind winner Ben Townley ‰ÛÒ in moto one the New Zealander crashed twice and pulled out after running as high as second.

"Qualifying was not so good and I also made a bad start," Desalle said.

"I improved on this for the first moto and was going for third or fourth but it was hard physically and very hot. I was aware of my shoulder and did not take so many risks. I did not want to crash and knew we had another tough race coming up. I felt really good in the second moto and even though Ben was too far to think about the win I am very pleased to make the podium," Desalle concluded.

Kawasaki Racing‰Ûªs Xavier Boog was fourth overall as he put together a sixth and a fifth place finish in the moto‰Ûªs. Other Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1 rider Steve Ramon completed the top five.

"It was a great experience to come here. This is my first trip to the USA and I have throughly enjoyed the trip, particularly my good results here at Glen Helen. The track was rougher today and I enjoyed that; we‰Ûªve had some great circuits this season and next weekend we have another good track at Saint Jean D‰ÛªAngely. It would be a dream to score my first MX1 podium in my home country, but I will give my best as always, and with good starts, who knows," Boog said
American Mike Alessi too out second overall in the MX1 class. Photo: Ray Archer.
After a third place in moto one, Max Nagl crashed in moto two and did not score points. The runner up in the Championship now trails Cairoli by 41 points in the championship.

David Philippaerts struggled with the track to take only a 15th place overall and drop down to fourth in the Championship while Desalle is now in third.

"There is not much I can say about the weekend," Philippaerts said. "I had a fast crash on Saturday and we struggled to find the best set-up and a good rhythm across the track. It was not a normal circuit for us and the first hot race of the season. We had a problem in the second moto and overall it was a weekend that we won't remember!"

In the MX2 class Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2‰Ûªs Marvin Musquin was his solid self where he took two moto wins and the overall in embarrassingly easy fashion. The Frenchman took two good starts and led the races from the opening lap, opening up an initial gap then racing on his own until the chequered flag.

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Frenchman Marvin Musquin was un-stopable in the MX2 class taking both moto wins
Adding to the unique and special nature of the US race, Musquin came away not only with the coveted Red Plate as the championship leader but also with a guitar instead of the usual silverware.

Taking his first podium of the season was home rider Zac Osborne of Bike It Cosworth Yamaha UK. The American could not go catch Musquin for first moto as he had to get rid of Shaun Simpson in both heats. The pair fought tooth and nail in heat one, with Osborne eventually taking fourth. In heat two when Osborne took his best heat result of the season courtesy of a second place.

The young American was also awarded the Marty Moates Cup as the highest placed American.

Kawasaki CLS‰Ûª Steven Frossard was third overall despite a tough qualifying heat yesterday when he crashed and injured his right thumb. The Frenchman raced a superb heat one, taking an eventual second after Kullas broke his bike and pulled out. In moto two he finished fourth. Frossard is now third in the Championship which is a confidence booster ahead of his home GP next weekend.

"During the qualifying race yesterday I crashed and bent back my thumb when I was battling with Anstie," Frossard said. "I knew that it would be difficult for two 40 minute races on this demanding track, especially on the fast and long downhills. The track was great and it was fun to ride, but I‰Ûªm a little frustrated because it could have been even better. I‰Ûªm looking forward now to Saint Jean D‰ÛªAngely, a location that I really enjoy, next weekend," the Frenchman concluded.

Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2‰Ûªs Ken Roczen was a bitter fourth overall. The German wunderkind recovered to third in heat one after he was involved in a tangle but went down in the final moto due to another crash ‰ÛÒ eventually he was fifth.

"I don't know why I am having this bad luck and it has to stop!," the German exclaimed. "In the first race I got a really good start but then had that mistake with Jeffrey and just tried my best the rest of the moto. The second moto was the same. Anstie crashed in front of me and I had nowhere to go. I will try to keep my head up. The track was something different and it was fun to race here. The team worked really well and now we will go to France."

Other Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2 man Shaun Simpson rounded off the top five.

In the Veterans class hometown rider Dubach was the first one to break Lars Nilsson‰Ûªs dominance of this 2010 FIM Veterans‰Ûª World Cup as he went on to take victory in both heats at Glen Helen Raceway. Dubach topped the podium from former GP winner Darryl King of New Zealand, who went two-two in the heats. Nilsson was third overall to maintain the series lead. Nicoll and Davis completed the top five.

Main Photo: The MX1 class is lead away by Alessi (800) and Cairoli (222)

MX1 Race 1 top ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 40:08.080
2. Mike Alessi (USA, KTM), +0:00.668
3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:08.433
4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), +0:17.447
5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:30.090
6. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:36.188
7. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:40.895
8. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), +0:48.051
9. Grant Langston (RSA, Yamaha), +0:56.959
10. Kyle Chisolm (USA, Yamaha), +0:58.316

MX1 Race 2 top ten:
1. Ben Townley (NZL, Honda), 40:44.289
2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:07.997
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:09.528
4. Mike Alessi (USA, KTM), +0:11.313
5. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:25.269
6. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:28.412
7. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), +0:34.088
8. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), +0:36.597
9. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Aprilia), +0:42.774
10. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), +0:56.451
MX1 Overall top ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 45 points
2. Mike Alessi (USA, KTM), 40 p.
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 38 p.
4. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 31 p.
5. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 29 p.
6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), 29 p.
7. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), 27 p.
8. Ben Townley (NZL, Honda), 25 p.
9. Kyle Chisolm (USA, Yamaha), 20 p.
10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 20 p.
MX1 Championship top ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 259 points
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 218 p.
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 196 p.
4. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 184 p.
5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), 174 p.
6. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 173 p.
7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 167 p.
8. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), 135 p.
9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 115 p.
10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), 111 p.

MX2 Race 1 top ten:
1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 40:13.981
2. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:03.707
3. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), +0:09.005
4. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:39.125
5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:40.533
6. Travis Baker (USA, Yamaha), +0:44.942
7. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), +0:50.547
8. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:55.858
9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:04.309
10. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +1:20.608

MX2 Race 2 top ten:
1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 23:53.935
2. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:12.420
3. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:16.677
4. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:18.739
5. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), +0:34.302
6. Dennis Verbruggen (BEL, KTM), +0:35.856
7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:36.968
8. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:38.909
9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:46.465
10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +0:53.474

MX2 Overall top ten:
1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 50 points
2. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 40 p.
3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 40 p.
4. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 36 p.
5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 32 p.
6. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 29 p.
7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 25 p.
8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), 24 p.
9. Dennis Verbruggen (BEL, KTM), 22 p.
10. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 22 p.

MX2 Championship top ten:
1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 268 points
2. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 228 p.
3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 205 p.
4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 197 p.
5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 170 p.
6. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 163 p.
7. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 157 p.
8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), 154 p.
9. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 134 p.
10. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 129 p.

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