Cairoli and Olsen Master Matterley Basin at the MXGP of Great Britain


Tony Cairoli‰Ûªs (222) second consecutive success this year gives him an 8 point lead in the early standings. Photo: Ray Archer
Tony Cairoli clinched his second win of the season under sunny British skies at Matterley Basin at round two of the 2019 FIM World Motocross Championship while Thomas Kjer Olsen excelled in the MX2 class to take his first win of the year.

The famous Matterley Basin circuit provided epic conditions and great weather to match its beautiful hillsides. The atmosphere was added to by the always vocal and enthusiastic British Motocross fans.

Yesterday‰Ûªs MXGP Qualifying race put Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser at the top of the standings yet when the gate dropped it was round one winner Antonio Cairoli who had the Fox Holeshot and lead.

Cairoli soon had the lead taken away by none other than the Slovenian. Gajser then put in a blistering pace to create a gap. Behind the former World Champions, it was at first Honda SR Motoblouz‰Ûªs Jeremy Van Horebeek, but he was passed by Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP‰Ûªs Gautier Paulin and then made a mistake which allowed Ivo Monticelli and Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Clement Desalle through.

Behind Van Horebeek it was Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP‰Ûªs Arnaud Tonus and now Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer. 3 laps into the race Van Horebeek made it back past Monticelli and into the top 5.
Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser, the (243) powered his Honda CRF450RW around the Matterley Basin track to a second moto victory, just narrowly missing out on his first overall of 2019.
Only a lap later Gajser took a violent high-speed crash while leading Cairoli but miraculously sprung back to his feet and rejoined the action on his damaged Honda in 3rd position barely ahead of Desalle. Surprisingly Gajser wasted no time putting in more fast laps even as his broken front number plate dangled on the bent bars. Gajser instead of stopping or even slowing won over many fans as he pulled away from Desalle and closed in on Paulin.

Max Anstie made a hard charge to move from 12th into 7th while Cairoli took the race win and Gajser took third behind Paulin.

Race 2 started in similar fashion when Cairoli took the holeshot and Gajser took the lead but this time Gajser‰Ûªs gap was bigger. Paulin was the third veteran who found himself at the front but the rider in 4th was new Arminas Jasikonis who had Seewer giving chase.

Jasikonis‰Ûª teammate Jonass was 6th before being passed by Van Horebeek but then held 7th until fading 4 positions in the last 5 laps. The top five however never changed positions during the race. Cairoli made a late charge in an attempt to catch Gajser, but it was too late, and the Slovenian claimed the race 2 win 1.7 seconds ahead of the Sicilian and a massive 54 ahead of Paulin in third.
Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha MXGP's Gautier Paulin celebrated his first podium of the season.
The overall win went to Cairoli for his 87th time, who later revealed a shoulder injury but Gajser ride was remarkable when considering his rebound from the race 1 crash. Paulin‰Ûªs 2-3 gave him third overall as Desalle took 4thand Van Horebeek placed 5thleaving the top five riders shuffled but unchanged since Patagonia. The series will now head to Valkenswaard for the MXGP of the Netherlands next weekend.

‰ÛÏIt was a great weekend and this track is for sure one of my favorites but, today it was very difficult to push from the begging," Cairoli explained. "I couldn‰Ûªt really push because I am stiff on my right shoulder and neck which gave me arm pump right away. Hopefully I can be 100% again for the next race but overall I‰Ûªm really happy, of course for the championship everything is going well and this is my goal.‰Û
It was a tough start to his fill in ride at Factory Yamaha for Dean Ferris with the Australian hurting his knee in a second moto crash.
Gautier Paulin is settling into his new team and feels he is improving round by round. ‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been a great weekend, it always is when we‰Ûªre on the box. We improved a lot compared to Argentina, we will keep working very hard and I‰Ûªm really happy with the Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha MXGP team,‰Û
Enjoying a perfect weekend at the impressive Matterley Basin track, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Thomas Kjer-Olsen has claimed a deserved overall MX2 class victory
MX2 action was filled with battles in both races as the field fought to stake their claim at the top and gain championship points.

Race 1 started with Tom Vialle taking the Fox Holeshot for the second time this season.

Vialle led but had pressure from fastest qualifier Thomas Kjer Olsen and Kiwi Dylan Walsh. Also in the thick of the racing was Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha Official MX2‰Ûªs Ben Watson and F&H Racing‰Ûªs Henry Jacobi.

Watson however made an unfortunate error dropping the bike early in the race which in turn dropped him 4thback to 9th. Watson teammate Jago Geerts also suffered from mistakes while running inside the top ten putting the two Kemea Yamaha‰Ûªs in a difficult position.
Privateer Henry Jacobi took a strong second place in MX2
By the second lap was Olsen though as the Dane took the spot from Vialle. Vialle then lost out to the moves of Jacobi as well when the German passed him on the outside. Local hero Conrad Mewse made moves from 11th to 4th before a mechanical issue on the last lap.

Olsen‰Ûªs lead then started to be chipped at by the #29 of Jacobi but the title hopeful kept his cool and held the spot through to take the checkered flag and his first race win this season. Mewse‰Ûªs 4th position was taken by Watson, but Mewse managed to limp his bike across the finish in 6thjust behind Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori‰Ûªs Michele Cervellin.

Race 2 proved that KTM and Vialle made the right choice as he took his 3rd of the 4 Fox Holeshots so far in 2019. Vialle again had Walsh just behind along with Olsen, Jacobi, and Team HRC‰Ûªs Calvin Vlaanderen.

Olsen took 2nd away from Walsh before the first lap was complete while 2018 EMX250 champion Mathys Boisrame fought in the top five on his Honda RedMoto Assomotor CRF250. A mistake from Jacobi allowed Vlaanderen to get past who then took 3rd away from Walsh.
Tom Vialle continues to make fast and impressive progress in his Grand Prix rookie season with third overall.
Jacobi then recovered and found his form to get past Walsh as well. Jacobi‰Ûªs speed allowed him to catch the front runners and Vialle who dropped a spot to Vlaanderen. With less than 2 laps to go Jacobi flew past Vialle which moved the German into 3rdin the race but 2ndoverall.

Olsen‰Ûªs dominant weekend continued winning race 2 by 9.9 seconds over Vlaanderen. In the overall it was Olsen‰Ûªs 1-1 taking first, Jacobi‰Ûªs 2-3 took 2nd, and Vialle‰Ûªs 3-4 put the Frenchman on the podium in his second ever MX2 race.

For Thomas Kjer Olsen his first win of the season was a solid confidence builder.

‰ÛÏIt was amazing to go 1-1 for the first time and it was even better when I was on the podium and they gave me the red plate because I didn‰Ûªt realize I would be leading the points. Overall I had a great weekend, I felt really good out on the track, I had great energy and I felt really comfortable, we even made improvements every time I was out so I was really happy with that and how the whole team is working," Olsen said.

Privateer Henry Jacobi as satsified with second place, ‰ÛÏI had some special lines that I was seeing and nobody else took. 2nd overall is really good for us, the team, you know we are not a factory team, but we made some really good steps over the winter with F&H Racing," Jacobi said.

Australian Jed Beaton had his first race back after injury kept him out of the opening round and finished 10th overall with a 9-13. Australia's other MX2 competitior Mitch Evans didn't have as much success as his debut at round one with the 114 Honda Motorsport rider finishing 15th after a DNF in the opening moto and an 8th in moto two.

The next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship is in 1 week time for the MXGP of The Netherlands in Valkenswaard.
Making his World Championship debut aboard FC 250 machinery, Australian Jed Beaton secured a solid 10th overall in the MX2 category.
MXGP Results

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 36:37.831
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:01.956
3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:04.473
4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:24.293
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +0:26.271
6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:27.618
7. Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), +0:45.107
8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:46.683
9. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +0:49.675
10. Julien Lieber (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:56.271

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 36:01.717
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:01.709
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:54.204
4. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +0:57.637
5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +1:00.564
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +1:05.984
7. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:20.385
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +1:22.071
9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:26.697
10. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, KTM), +1:28.257

MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 47 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 45 points
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 42 points
4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 32 points
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 31 points
6. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 30 points
7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 29 points
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 22 points
9. Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), 21 points
10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 17 points

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 97 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 89 points
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 74 points
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 66 points
5. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 65 points
6. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 56 points
7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 50 points
8. Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), 39 points
9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 39 points
10. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 38 points

MX2 Results

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), 35:01.449
2. Henry Jacobi (GER, Kawasaki), +0:04.278
3. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:16.160
4. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:28.500
5. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), +0:30.179
6. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:35.271
7. Davy Pootjes (NED, Husqvarna), +0:36.018
8. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:44.908
9. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:50.189
10. Dylan Walsh (NZL, Husqvarna), +0:54.010

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), 37:10.022
2. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:09.936
3. Henry Jacobi (GER, Kawasaki), +0:16.035
4. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:16.935
5. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:20.044
6. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:38.635
7. Davy Pootjes (NED, Husqvarna), +0:43.577
8. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:46.268
9. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), +0:54.765
10. Dylan Walsh (NZL, Husqvarna), +0:59.920

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 50 points
2. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 42 points
3. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 38 points
4. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 35 points
5. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 34 points
6. Davy Pootjes (NED, HUS), 28 points
7. Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 28 points
8. Dylan Walsh (NZL, HUS), 22 points
9. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 20 points
10. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 20 points

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 94 points
2. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 78 points
3. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 71 points
4. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 65 points
5. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 63 points
6. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 50 points
7. Davy Pootjes (NED, HUS), 50 points
8. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 49 points
9. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 45 points
10. Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 41 points

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