Tony Cairoli is the former MX2 World Motocross Champion, and currently leading the MX1 World Motocross Series. Tony is from Italy, and rides for Yamaha Red Bull De Carli, number 222. Below are Tony’s own words after his MXGP victory in Latvia, to extend his points lead in attempting to become the 2009 MX1 World Motocross Champion!
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Motocross Grand Prix, Kegums, Latvia
This weekend we had to make our first trip to Latvia. We flew to Riga on Friday, and arrived at the track around 1pm in the afternoon.
The first thing I did when I arrived was to check out the track. I could see that there were a few good places to pass, so I was already happy! 🙂
Saturday I made some good lap-times, and my feelings about this new track were very good. In Saturday’s Qualification Heat I had a good start, but a few riders struggled a bit in the first corner, so I came out around tenth position. When I found my rhythm. I was able to make some good laps, and passed a few riders.
When I wanted to make a pass on Desalle, he kicked me off the track and I crashed!. I really didn’t expect he would do such a move on me, especially on Saturday.
But it happened and I crashed.
As I tried to catch back up a few places, I crashed again with a lapped rider – on the last lap! Two times I feel is not my mistake, but this is racing!
In the end, I was able to finish seventh in my qualification heat on Saturday.
On Sunday, in my first heat I had a pretty bad start … I came thru the first lap around 11th, knowing I had still a long way to go. We still had the entire heat to race! (35 minutes plus two laps). So, slowly I could make up some time and make some passes, and near the end of the heat I was in second position, behind Desalle.
I didn’t know if it was still possible to catch him, but I never gave up. I went for it, and on the last lap I was right at his back wheel and I tried to pass him before the finish, … but I came short by about one meter.
I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t pass him, but I also know I came away some good points for the championship, so I was OK with the second position.
In the second heat, I started in top ten, and I knew I had to hurry a bit and get going towards the front, because I didn’t want the same situation as the first heat. (Both in Germany with Max, and here with Desalle, in the first heats I arrived too late!)
I found some really nice lines, and every lap I was able to make up a lot of ground on the rest of the riders, so I was able to make my way to the front – I passed Desalle for the lead, and eventually won the second heat!
My finishes of second and first made me the winner of the GP in Latvia! I was really happy, winning here on this track, the very first time we have raced here.
I will be traveling from Latvia to Sweden this week, but before that, we are going to race a small race in the backyard of my teammate Tanel Leok, who will organise a friendly race on Tuesday.
It was a nice weekend, a nice track, a great event, and the crowd was great!
Thanks! See you next week! (for the Swedish Grand Prix of Motocross)
There is the ‘Tony Cairoli Official FaceBook Club‘
Tony’s own website http://www.tonycairoli.com
And Supercross.com has a Rider Profile on Tony as well here