Cairoli and Herlings continue their world domination of MX GP! Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings leading the MX1 and MX2 series, both of them the 2012 defending World Motocross Champions in their respective classes, both won the MX GP of Brazil today at Beto Carrero in front of over 45,000 enthusiastic fans. Today was Tony Cairoli’s 58th career MX GP victory.
Video news release below, and race recap courtesy Youthstream. Photos by Fernando Bianco
Once again the Grand Prix of Brazil was a great success – thanks to the outstanding facilities of Beto Carrero, and the enthusiastic 45,000 fans.
Antonio Cairoli won the Super Final, as well as the MX1 Grand Prix and he dedicated his 58th GP victory to his friend Marco Simoncelli who passed away in 2011. Clement Desalle was third in the Super Final and second overall in the Grand Prix, whereas his teammate Kevin Strijbos obtained the third overall position thanks to his second place in the Super Final.
Jeffrey Herlings won the first race but he was the second best MX2 rider in the Super Final behind Jose Butrón. Herlings won the MX2 Grand Prix, Butrón was second and Jordi Tixier completed the MX2 top three.
MX1 Race 1: Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli obtained the GET Athena holeshot award, as he was the first one to reach the first corner. The Italian succeeded in pulling away in the first few laps and he dominated the heat until the chequered flag. At the end of the race Cairoli admitted that he had enjoyed racing the Beto Carrero track, as it was very technical and it suits his riding style very much.
Honda World Motocross’ Max Nagl managed to move from his initial fifth position to second. The German rider won yesterday’s qualifying race and he was very satisfied today for having been able to overtake several riders and finish in a well deserved second place in the first moto.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Clement Desalle did not have such a good start in the first race and when he was overtaken by Nagl in the first laps of the heat. Desalle admitted that by the end of the race he tried to attack the German but he struggled to find good lines and had to settle with third place.
Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin did not have a good start in the first race and he was down in the eleventh position in the first part of the race. However, the French rider gave it all and finished in fourth place.
His teammate Jeremy Van Horebeek also had a solid first race; the Belgian rider was eighth at the start, but he managed to overtake Kevin Strijbos, Ken De Dycker and David Philippaerts and he finished fifth.
Kevin Strijbos did not have a good start and could not find a good rhythm, so in the end he ended sixth. Instead, David Philippaerts had an excellent start and rode second during the first four laps of the race. The Italian lost a couple of positions with Nagl and Desalle, and while he was riding a very consistent race in the fourth position, he had a problem with the tear off and he was only able to finish seventh.
Tommy Searle had a really good start in third, but he made a mistake and dropped down to the ninth place. In the end the British rider finished eighth and Ken De Dycker and Joel Roelants completed the top ten.
MX2 Race 1: Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings struggled once again with his start, but he did an incredible recovery and he made the crowd go crazy lap after lap. The Dutchman was 12th at the start and even if most of the riders said that it was very difficult to pass, Herlings managed to win the first race with almost twelve seconds difference over second place Glenn Coldenhoff.
Standing Construct KTM’s Glenn Coldenhoff started second behind Alexander Tonkov, who had taken the Get Athena Holeshot, but the Dutch rider overtook the Russian after the first three laps and Coldenhoff took the lead of the race. Coldenhoff was feeling really good, but he could not keep his compatriot Herlings at the back, so Coldenhoff had to settle with second.
Wilvo Nestaan JM Racing KTM’s Jake Nicholls had a very consistent first race and he managed to finish third. The British rider started third and in lap four he overtook Tonkov and moved up to second. However, Herlings was coming really fast from behind and Nicholls dropped one position.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier did not have a good start in the first race and he was sixth in the first lap. During the first laps the French rider struggled to find a good rhythm, but by the middle of the race Tixier was able to overtake Dylan Ferrandis, Alexander Tonkov and Mel Pocock, so the French rider ended fourth.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Mel Pocock obtained his best result of the season by finishing fifth in the first race. The British rider had a really good start and he was fourth in the first laps, but Herlings overtook him and he dropped down to fifth. The British rider managed to pass Tonkov by the middle of the heat but Pocock was overtaken by Tixier in the last minutes of the race and he had to settle down with the fifth position.
Jose Butrón did not have a very good start in the first race and he struggled to find a good rhythm. After racing eighth most of the heat, the Spanish rider started feeling better and he overtook a couple of riders and he crossed the finish line sixth.
Dean Ferris finished seventh, Dylan Ferrandis was eighth and Alexander Tonkov and Alessandro Lupino completed the top ten.
Super Final: The Grand Prix of Brazil hosted the last Super Final of 2013 and it was slightly different from the ones in Qatar and Thailand. The MX1 and MX2 riders lined up for the Super Final in their respective championship standings up to the tenth gate pick, i.e. Cairoli, Herlings, Paulin, Tixier and so on. However, Herlings decided not to be next to Cairoli and he chose the first gate from the inside.
ICE1Racing’s Rui Gonçalves took the holeshot of the Super Final, but after the first few corners Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Kevin Strijbos overtook him and the Belgian led the race until there were three laps to go. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli had a good start but he almost crashed in the opening lap so he went down in fourth; the Italian tried to overtake the front riders as soon as possible, but when he was second Strijbos had already opened a big gap and Cairoli started getting some arm pump. In the end Strijbos got a little bit tired so Cairoli could close the gap and with three laps to go the Italian took the lead.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Clement Desalle admitted that he did not feel really comfortable today, but he managed to ride a consistent moto in third. Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin was fifth in the first lap of the Super Final, but after four laps he managed to overtake Ken De Dycker and he kept the fourth position until the chequered flag, position that gave him the overall fourth place of the Grand Prix of Brazil.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ken De Dycker struggled in the first race but he managed to have a good start in the Super Final and he rode a consistent race in fifth. However, the Belgian rider was only seventh overall in the Grand Prix. Honda World Motocross’ Max Nagl was sixth in the Super Final, so he obtained his best result of the season by finishing fourth overall in the Grand Prix.
Rui Gonçalves could not keep his initial second position and crossed the finish line seventh, followed by Jeremy Van Horebeek and Tommy Searle. Jose Butrón was tenth and he was the best MX2 rider in the Super Final. Jeffrey Herlings finished thirteenth and Jordi Tixier fifteenth.
MXGP BRAZIL QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1562m
Type of ground: intermediate hard pack
Weather Conditions: cloudy and some light rain
Crowd attendance: 45,000
Tony Cairoli said afterwards I’m really excited about this victory. Everything went smoothly and I managed to keep a good gap over my competitors. In the Superfinal, once behind Kevin Strijbos, I tried to reduce the disadvantage and during the last three laps I ended up overtaking him. It’s great to win in front of the Brazilian fans that are always so welcoming. I’d like to dedicate this 58th MX GP win to Marco Simoncelli.
- Jeffrey Herlings – KTM – 1/2
- Jose Butron – KTM – 6/1
- Jordi Tixier – KTM – 4/3
- Glenn Coldenhoff – KTM – 2/12
- Dean Ferris – YAM
- Christophe Charlier – YAM
- Mel Pocock – YAM
- Al Lupino – KAW
- Al Tonkov – HON
- Dylan Ferrandis – KAW
- Max Anstie – SUZ
- Jake Nicholls – KTM
- Tony Cairoli – KTM – 1/1
- Clement Desalle – SUZ – 3/3
- Kevin Strijbos – SUZ – 6/2
- Max Nagl – HON – 2/6
- Gautier Paulin – KAW – 4/4
- Jeremy van Horebeek – KAW – 5/8
- Ken de Dycker – KTM – 9/5
- Tommy Searle – KAW – 8/9
- Joel Roelants – YAM
- Shaun Simpson – T M
- Evgeny Bobryshev – HON
- David Philippaerts – HON
- Rui Goncalves – KTM
- Jon Barragan – KTM
MX2 Championship points:
- Jeffrey Herlings – 347
- Jordi Tixier – 257
- Jose Butron – 218
- Glenn Coldenhoff – 214
- Christophe Charlier – 198
- Dean Ferris – 182
- Max Anstie – 172
- Jake Nicholls – 150
- Al Lupino – 148
- Mel Pocock – 138
- Petar Petrov – 114
- Dylan Ferrandis – 105
- Romain Febvre – 98
MX1 Championship points:
- Tony Cairoli – 330
- Gautier Paulin – 278
- Clement Desalle – 267
- Ken de Dycker – 245
- Kevin Strijbos – 220
- Tommy Searle – 205
- Max Nagl – 169
- Rui Goncalves – 148
- Jeremy van Horebeek – 138
- David Philippaerts – 130
- Joel Roelants – 112
- Shaun Simpson – 112
- Tanel Leok – 108
- Evgeny Bobryshev – 106
- D. Guarneri – 97
- Evgeny Bobryshev – 87
Video recap of the 2013 Brazilian MX GP – courtesy Youthstream