2012 FIM World Motocross – Round 12 – Czech Republic
The Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings World tour, courtesy of Red Bull KTM, performed in the Czech Republic today, with each racer securing a Grand Prix victory, and extending their series points lead in MX1 and MX2 respectively. In addition the five time World Motocross Champion from Italy, Tony Cairoli, scored his 50th MX GP victory. C Pourcel second in MX1 today, Bobryshev 11th. Searle second today in MX2, American Zach Osborne third overall
|1.||T Cairoli 1/1||KTM|
|2.||C Pourcle 2/3||KAW|
|3.||C Desalle 4/2||SUZ|
|4.||Max Nagl 3/4||KTM|
|5.||X Boog 6/7||KAW|
|6.||K d Dycker 7/8||KTM|
|8.||G Paulin 5/11||KAW|
|Ken d Dycker||368|
|1.||J Herlings 1/1||KTM|
|2.||T Searle 2/3||KAW|
|3.||Z Osborne 4/4||YAM|
|4.||J Nicholls 3/5||KTM|
|7.||Max Anstie 5/12||HON|
|8.||J Roelants 9/7||KAW|
|10.||J v Horebeek 0/2||KTM|
|J v Horebeek||439|
The Czech Grand Prix is enthusiastically supported by the fans. Thousands turn out in the heat today to line the grassy hillsides of the ‘Serpentine’ circuit. And they enthusiastically cheer on any Czech rider each and every lap!
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Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM) secured his 50th career victory in emphatic fashion as he took both moto victories at the Casino Bonver Grand Prix of Czech Republic at Loket. His MX2 team-mate Jeffrey Herlings also took two race wins and extended his championship lead to fifty-seven points in the process.
MX2 – Jeffrey Herlings (Red Bull KTM) wasted no time in getting to the front in the first race as he passed Jose Butron (DIGA Racing KTM) and his Red Bull KTM team-mate Jeremy Van Horebeek to eventually win by almost thirty seconds over second place Tommy Searle (Floride Monster Energy Proc Circuit Kawasaki). Jake Nicholls (Nestaan JM Racing KTM) as he took his first moto podium finish with third.
Race two was a bit more dramatic as Jeremy Van Horebeek raced clear up front, his team-mate Herlings was having to deal with Tommy Searle, who seized his moment on lap nine as he drove his Kawasaki hard up the inside of the KTM leaving Herlings on the ground. Four laps later though the Dutch teenager was right back on the wheel of Searle and easily moved into second as the Brit ‘hit the wall’ and had nothing left in the tank. In the closing stages of the race Herlings found the rear wheel of Van Horebeek but it as an easy pass, ensuring an easy route to victory. The race finished Herlings, Van Horebeek and Searle but the overall podium was Herlings (1-1) Searle (2-3) and Zach Osborne (Monster Energy Yamaha) (4-4). Jordi Tixier had an 11th in the first moto, DNF the second.
MX1 – Race one was a start to finish win for Tony Cairoli (Red Bull KTM) as he did just enough to keep Christophe Pourcel (CP377 Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki) at bay for the duration of the twenty-one lap moto. The surprise of the race though was Max Nagl (Red Bull KTM) who, in his first GP back from injury moved past both the Kawasaki’s of Xavier Boog (Kawasaki Racing Team) and Gautier Paulin (Kawasaki Racing Team) as he raced to third place to the delight of the German fans in attendance. Clement Desalle (Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1) got held up at the first turn at the start of the race but rode a solid race to finish fourth.
Race two saw Max Nagl take the holeshot and lead for the first eight laps, before being caught and passed by Desalle. On the same lap and almost at the same time, Tony Cairoli moved from fourth to third as he displaced Christophe Pourcel and for much of the race the first four were no more than four seconds apart. With four laps to go, Pourcel moved ahead of Desalle to take second, but it was all too brief as the Frenchman fell in turn one, dropping back to fourth. But he was able to remount a successful challenge and found a way past Nagl with two laps to go. Cairoli won the race from Desalle with Pourcel third and Nagl fourth.
For Tony Cairoli his second race win not only secured the overall GP victory, but he extended his lead to thirty points over Desalle and took his fiftieth career victory in the process and is now tied for all time GP wins third with the great Joel Robert of Belgium.
Tony Cairoli “I’m happy that I was able to win on this hard and slippery ground that I don’t particularly love. I knew Pourcel would be fast, although on the first run I was able to control him. On the second run, I had a good start but at the first turn Goncavels made me go slightly outside. Since that moment on, I focused on studying the competitors and eventually I’ve was able to run my own race. 50 MX GP victories in my career … it’s great to obtain such a result, but I’ll be focusing on the rest of the season and on the only thing that remains my primary aim: the sixth world title.”
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Courtesy Youthstream, KTM, TC222 press
Tony Cairoli en route to victory in the Czech Republic
Jeffrey Herlings leads Tommy Searle
Tony Cairoli doing what Tony Cairoli does