Ken Roczen Obtains GP Victory and Red Plate on His Comeback
LA BANEZA (Spain) Ã¢Â€Â“ Antonio Cairoli and Ken Roczen handed two overall victories to KTM in the Spanish track of La Salgada. Desalle is still the leader of the MX1 class and Roczen regained the red plate from his team mate Jeffrey Herlings.
Antonio Cairoli had a great weekend in Spain dominating yesterdayÃ¢Â€Â™s qualifying race and obtaining a 2-1 result today. Second overall was David Philippaerts, who was on the podium in La Baneza after two difficult Grand Prix. The third step of the podium was for his team mate Steven Frossard thanks to his 1-9 result. Fourth was Rui Goncalves and completing the top five was Xavier Boog.
Ken Roczen succeeded in winning both heats even suffering from heavy pain on his back and he placed himself first in the point standings with six points advantage over Herlings. Tommy Searle was obtained two second positions, so he was on the second step of the podium, ahead of Gautier Paulin. Fourth was Jeffrey Herlings and Tonus was fifth.
Early in the morning took place the second race of the UEM EMX-1 series and Dylan Ferrandis went out with another victory which gave him the second round victory in a row. Second was overall was Filip Bengtsson with a 2-2 result and the third step of the rostrum was for Donny Bastemeijer. Charles Lefrancois finished fourth overall but he became the leader of the Championship with a 5 point advantage over Romain Febvre.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1Ã¢Â€Â™s Cairoli arrived in Spain with a heavy pain in his thumb but he managed to get the overall victory after finishing second in the first heat and dominating the second race from the beginning to the end. Cairoli was the virtual red plate holder during the last lap, but Desalle made a last minute overtake and the Italian remained second in the point standings, just one point behind the Belgian.
Monster Energy YamahaÃ¢Â€Â™s Phillipaerts was very satisfied with his second overall position, as he struggled a lot in the last Grand Prix after his overall victory in Brazil. Philippaerts was third in the first race, but he could only be fourth in the second one, as his energies fade away to keep the third position from DesalleÃ¢Â€Â™s pressure.
His teammate Steven Frossard did an incredible first race, and after an initial third position, he was able to overtake
Nagl and Cairoli and placed his Monster Energy Yamaha machine in the first position. Frossard started 15th in the second race and he could only finish ninth as he was suffering a lot of pain on his hand.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1Ã¢Â€Â™s Desalle was fourth overall due to his 5-3 results. Desalle made a mistake in the beginning of the first heat and had to ride without rear break during the whole heat as some green fence got stuck on his back wheel. In the second moto, Desalle also made several mistakes but he gave all his best to finish third and keep the red plate on his Suzuki machine.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1Ã¢Â€Â™s Nagl did a very good qualifying race yesterday, but he could not make it to the podium today and finished fourth overall. The German finished fourth and fifth respectively, so he gained some confidence for the upcoming Grand Prix and try to be back on the podium and close the gap with the Championship leader Desalle.
Leok finished 13th in the first heat, but in the second one, he did a great start and kept the second position until the chequered flag. The Estonian finished sixth overall and could not improved his 13th position in the point standings, but he obtained some valuable points to get closer the top ten.
Home rider Barragan did not have a good first race and finished ninth. However, he managed to ride third during some part of the second heat, but he had to settle down with a final fifth position, which gave him the overall seventh place.
Bobryshev and Goncalves struggled a little bit this weekend and finished eighth and ninth respectively, while Boog completed the top ten.
Home riders Campano and Lozano finished 15th and 23rd respectively.