Motocross

Cairoli and Seewer make it back to back wins with Portuguese victory

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The FIM World Motocross Championship‰Ûªs 12th Round is in the books and it was a challenging one. For the second week in a row racers had to deal with high temperatures but this time it was on a tricky and slick surface.

Lap after lap of bar to bar racing led to Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Antonio Cairoli and Suzuki World MX2‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer claiming victories via second race tiebreakers.

Cairoli has proved he is one of the fittest riders out on the track for the second time in two weeks. The Itlaian took the Fox Holeshot in race 1 but was eventually passed for the lead by his Red Bull KTM Teammate Jeffrey Herlings. Herlings was keen to make a statement after coming up short in Ottobiano and did so in the opening race. However race 2 was all Cairoli, the 8 time champion took the lead early and gapped Herlings, giving himself the opportunity to focus on the task at hand.
Cairoli and Seewer make it back to back wins with Portuguese victory
Antonio Cairoli topped the MXGP podium for the second week in a row. Credit: Ray Archer
Cairoli won race 2 taking the overall, grabbing the 5th GP win in Portugal of his career but the first on a KTM.

‰ÛÏThis is my first win here in Portugal with KTM so it is already important," Cairoli said, "It was a very difficult track and very bumpy and hot weather again. First moto I had a good start but Jeffrey was riding better in some parts of the track; I was struggling a bit and couldn't follow him immediately but eventually found a better rhythm. I made a good gap in the second moto and could stay at the front to win the GP. I‰Ûªll keep training but also rest a bit now because we have passed the middle of the season. I will try and do my best in Loket but we are starting to control the championship and have a good lead so we have to ride smart.‰Û
Cairoli and Seewer make it back to back wins with Portuguese victory
Jeffrey Herlings tied on pints with his Red Bull KTM team-mate but was classed second on account of Cairoli's second moto win. Credit: Youthstream
Suzuki World MXGP‰Ûªs Arminas Jasikonis put in the best weekend of his career so far, first winning Saturday‰Ûªs Qualifying then following it up with his first ever overall podium. The young Lithuanian is also the first rider for his country to podium in the history of the Motocross World Championship.

‰ÛÏA year ago I was only dreaming about a podium and now I have one, the hard work really pays off," Jasikonis said. "The race was really good you know, I‰Ûªm better in the sand but now I‰Ûªve proved I can do well on the hard pack as well.‰Û
Cairoli and Seewer make it back to back wins with Portuguese victory
Suzuki World's Arminas Jasikonis took his first MXGP podium with third.
Febvre not only passed Gajser but he made a pass on Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing‰Ûªs Max Nagl one lap later. The pass on Nagl tied the two in points after Nagl‰Ûªs 5th in race 1, but the better race 2 took the better overall result of 4th for Febvre.

"The racing was good, but in both moto's I didn't have a good start," Febvre explained. "In the first race, my start was not so bad but I got arm pump in my right arm, so I had to slow down a little bit and catch my breath in order to relax the arm. It was okay, but I didn't ride like I know I can. In the second race, I missed my start completely, I was outside of the top fifteen. I rode good, but I used all of my energy to get back to fourth, so overall, I just need a better start."
Cairoli and Seewer make it back to back wins with Portuguese victory
Things got heavy in turn one of the MXGP race. Photo: Ray Archer
Meanwhile Tim Gajser continued to improve his result after returning from injury, aside from 8th and 6th for 6th overall the Slovenian also took the race 2 Fox Holeshot.

"I am quite satisfied with today, every race is getting better, step by step," Gajser said.

Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Clement Desalle had a hard fought battle in race one against Romain Febvre where in the end Febvre prevailed. Race 2 started with a crash for Desalle but he managed to come from near last to finish 10th for 8th overall.

Cairoli sits atop MXGP by 91 points meaning an increase of 24 over Clement Desalle who was eighth in Portugal.

Cairoli and Seewer make it back to back wins with Portuguese victory
Jeremy Seewer took the win in MX2 but didn't gain any championship places with leader Pauls Jonass equaling him on points.
MX2 was the first overall decided by the second race tiebreaker and Suzuki World MX2‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer edged out Red Bull KTM Factory Racing‰Ûªs Pauls Jonass. In a season that has become a battle of not only race wins but strategy and mental fortitude Jonass leads the way but Seewer is looking to shift the momentum and has done so the last two races.

Seewer had a less than perfect start in race 1 but he did a remarkable job coming from 6th to finish second. The deciding moment of the overall surprisingly came on the final lap of race 1 when Seewer made the pass for second. The second place allowed him to take the overall from Jonass in race 2.

"It wasn‰Ûªt the easiest weekend because it‰Ûªs a special track, we had to change the bike a lot from yesterday to today," Seewer said, "The team did really a good work and I‰Ûªm happy about that. In the second race it came down to between me and Pauls and he left the door open so I took the spot and the win.‰Û
Cairoli and Seewer make it back to back wins with Portuguese victory
Pauls Jonass remains at the top of the MX2 standings after finishing second in the MX2 class
"We didn‰Ûªt gain anything, we didn‰Ûªt lose anything in the championship this weekend," Covington said. "I‰Ûªm pretty happy with how the weekend ended, I didn‰Ûªt have the best feeling but still scored 47 points which is good for the championship.‰Û
Cairoli and Seewer make it back to back wins with Portuguese victory
American Thomas Covington rounded out the MX2 podium
Paturel made the weekend hard on himself after crashing in qualifying gave him horrible gate picks for today. The Frenchman is known for bad starts and lining up from the far outside didn‰Ûªt help as he was 13th on lap 1 of race 1 and 14 on the first lap of race 2. Luckily for Benoit he is well versed in battling through the field as he did so again today finishing 6th and 4th for 5th overall.

LRT KTM‰Ûªs Julien Lieber took 5th in race one after fighting for position with Olsen and others but would not finish race 2 result in 14th overall and only 16 championship points.

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 35:13.457
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:01.280
3. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki), +0:29.696
4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:35.385
5. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:43.826
6. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:46.739
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:48.261
8. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:49.745
9. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:50.982
10. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:01.698.

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 35:28.572
2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:01.768
3. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki), +0:38.744
4. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:44.893
5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:46.220
6. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:48.694
7. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:54.499
8. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:56.119
9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +1:00.122
10. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:01.602.

MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 47 points
2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 47 p.
3. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, SUZ), 40 p.
4. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 34 p.
5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 34 p.
6. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 28 p.
7. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 26 p.
8. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 26 p.
9. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 24 p.
10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 22 p.

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 478 points
2. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 387 p.
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 383 p.
4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 382 p.
5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 310 p.
6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 309 p.
7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 289 p.
8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 267 p.
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 267 p.
10. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 253 p.


MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 34:12.844
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:01.767
3. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:02.700
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:34.420
5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:38.345
6. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:40.144
7. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:44.133
8. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), +0:51.100
9. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:53.761
10. Anthony Rodriguez (VEN, Honda), +0:58.934.

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), 34:25.343
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:03.900
3. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:23.396
4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:27.102
5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:39.413
6. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:48.293
7. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:52.955
8. Anthony Rodriguez (VEN, Honda), +0:57.398
9. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +1:04.117
10. David Herbreteau (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:05.952.

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 47 points
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 47 p.
3. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 40 p.
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 34 p.
5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 33 p.
6. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 29 p.
7. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 26 p.
8. Anthony Rodriguez (VEN, HON), 24 p.
9. David Herbreteau (FRA, KAW), 20 p.
10. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, HUS), 20 p.

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 501 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 463 p.
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 377 p.
4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 363 p.
5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 355 p.
6. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 303 p.
7. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 241 p.
8. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 233 p.
9. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 221 p.
10. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, SUZ), 199 p.
11. Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 187 p.

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