Gautier Paulin wins in Maggiora Italy Sunday 2013

2013 FIM World Motocross – Round 9 – Maggiora, Italy

Published June 16th, 2013

MX GP returns to historic Maggiora, site of the memorable 1986 Motocross of Nations. Gautier Paulin has won the MX1 class overall. Jeffrey Herlings sweeps MX2

In the MX1 class Gautier Paulin of France, riding for Kawasaki, was victorious with 3/1 moto scores. Ken de Dycker second, Tony Cairoli third. Tony leads the MX1 points chase over Gautier and Belgium’s Clement Desalle.

In the MX2 class, it was once again defending World MX Champion Jeffrey Herlings, from Holland, who swept both motos on the hilly Maggiora race track, on a very warm and sunny day. Video high-lights of both classes below.

The return to Maggiora is quite an accomplishment for many. (See Friday’s preview article here.) In yesterday’s Qualifying races, it was Gautier Paulin victorious in MX1, and Alexander Tonkov in MX2. (Read about yesterday’s Qualifying here.)

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Who and what will you see in these photos? Jeff Alessi 801, Max Anstie 14, Jose Butron 17, Tony Cairoli 222, Chris Charlier 23, shots of the massive crowd in attendance on the hilly race track, Ken de Dycker 9, Clement Desalle 25, Dean Ferris 111, Davide Guarneri 39 in a nice ‘old school’ style Grand Prix jersey, Jeffrey Herlings 84, Alessandro Lupino 300, MX1 first race start, Max Nagl 12, Gautier Paulin 21, David Philippaerts 19 on the 1986 retro David Bailey bike, Tommy Searle 100, Jordi Tixier 911, Alexander Tonkov 59, and Jeremy van Horebeek 89.

MX1 – Clement Desalle won the first moto, with Ken de Dycker second, Gautier Paulin third, and World Champion Tony Cairoli fourth after suffering two falls. Gautier Paulin won the second moto, and with it the overall victory today.

Antonio Cairoli and Gautier Paulin put on quite a show for the fans in the second moto. Paulin led from the start, but Cairoli closed … and then it was on! The enthusiastic and passionate Italian crowd cheered wildly for their ‘home’ boy Tony. Gautier and Tony battled closely, literally side by side at times! It was truly great racing!

Gautier after the race: I am happy for motocross. When all the fans are like they were – they were cheering for me and Tony. The crowd was amazing – there was no empty place on the track without fans. I got the holeshot in the second moto, and led from the start. I know Tony is like a lion – he is always there. We were pushing so hard. To see all the public behind Tony when we were close – it was exciting. I love motocross when it’s like that. The history of this track is so big – I’m proud to be part of it now.

Turns out in the post race press conference – Tony Cairoli admitted that in one of the crashes in the first moto he hurt his knee. He believes that he has torn some ligaments in the knee – but he still raced the second moto.

MX2 – Jeffrey Herlings once again dominated both motos, as he’s done a lot of in the MX2 class. But there was great racing in this class all day. In the first moto Alexander Tonkov from Russian had a great ride going, was all set to finish third, and fell just inches away from the finish line – he was scored 22nd in the moto. Jeffrey Herlings just does what he needs to do. And he does it well. He’s won every moto except one of the last 18 in MX2. Jose Butron had a nice day – second overall for the Spaniard. Third overall went to ‘hometown’ rider Alessandro Lupino.

MX2 Grand Prix Results:

  1. Jeffrey Herlings – KTM – 1/1
  2. Jose Butron – KTM – 2/5
  3. Alessandro Lupino – KAW – 6/2
  4. Jordi Tixier – KTM – 4/4
  5. Jake Nicholls – KTM
  6. Christophe Charlier – YAM
  7. Dean Ferris – YAM
  8. Petar Petrov – YAM
  9. Glenn Coldenhoff – KTM
  10. Alexander Tonkov – HON
  11. Mel Pocock – YAM
  12. Jason Clermont – KAW
  13. E Banks-Browne – KTM
  14. P Rauchenecker – KTM
  15. P Ratsep – KTM

MX1 Grand Prix Results:

  1. Gautier Paulin – KAW – 3/1
  2. Ken de Dycker – KTM – 2/3
  3. Tony Cairoli – KTM – 4/2
  4. Jeremy van Horebeek – KAW – 5/4
  5. Max Nagl – HON – 6/6
  6. Kevin Strijbos – SUZ – 7/7
  7. Tommy Searle – KAW – 10/5
  8. Davide Guarneri – YAM – 9/8
  9. Xavier Boog – KTM
  10. Clement Desalle – SUZ – 1/0
  11. Milko Potisek – YAM
  12. Evgeny Bobryshev – HON
  13. Matiss Karro – KTM
  14. Dennis Ullrich – KTM
  15. Billy Mackenzie – YAM

MX2 Championship points:

  1. Jeffrey Herlings – 447
  2. Jordi Tixier – 323
  3. Jose Butron – 285
  4. Christophe Charlier – 261
  5. Glenn Coldenhoff – 260
  6. Dean Ferris – 225
  7. Jake Nicholls – 214
  8. Max Anstie – 201
  9. Alessandro Lupino – 199
  10. Dylan Ferrandis – 159
  11. Mel Pocock – 158
  12. Petar Petrov – 158
  13. Alexander Tonkov – 132
  14. Romain Febvre – 103
  15. Maxime Desprey – 97

MX1 Championship points:

  1. Tony Cairoli – 417
  2. Gautier Paulin – 366
  3. Clement Desalle – 334
  4. Ken de Dycker – 319
  5. Kevin Strijbos – 271
  6. Tommy Searle – 266
  7. Max Nagl – 220
  8. Jeremy van Horebeek – 205
  9. Rui Goncalves – 180
  10. David Philippaerts – 145
  11. David Guarneri – 145
  12. Evgeny Bobryshev – 143
  13. Xavier Boog – 136
  14. Shaun Simpson – 130
  15. Joel Roelants – 129

MX1 start first moto Maggiora 2013

MX1 start first moto Maggiora 2013

Gautier Paulin

Jeffrey Herlings victorious in Italy 2013 Maggiora

Jeffrey Herlings victorious in Italy 2013 Maggiora

The Italian fans showed up in full force

The Italian fans showed up in full force

TC 222 at home

TC 222!

Clement Desalle all smiles after first moto win

Clement Desalle all smiles after first moto win

 

 Video high-lights of the Italian Grand Prix of Motocross, courtesy Youthstream

 

 

 

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