Tony Cairoli twisted his knee severely at the Bulgarian Grand Prix of Motocross over two weeks ago. He wen thru a lot in the two weeks leading up to last Monday’s Grand Prix of Netherlands. But neither the pain in his knee, or the memory of Bugaria could stop him. He arrived very motivated (although in pain) to Valkenswaard … and ended up winning the MX1 Grand Prix!
After the GP of Bulgaria, Tony first went to visit his doctor, Dr. Toon Claes. They conducted an MRI, and after that scan Dr. Claes could tell that Tony damaged his patellar tendon and miniscus. Also he found a bone fracture in the femur and saw that Tony’s ACL’s are streched!
Tony said Valkenswaard was one of most difficult races if his career, but he ended the day with a first moto win, second position in the second heat, and won the GP – the 38th of his career.
Tony had great starts in both heats, but lost important positions in the first corner. In heat one he hit hay bale in the first corner and had problems getting rid of that! In both races he showed great race speed, and made spectacular comebacks!
Tony Cairoli says: On the evening before the Grand Prix I really did not know what to expect, about the results, and especially about my knee. I rested for two weeks, and did not do any training.
Without being able to train, my goal was simple to try and do the best I could and take home as many points as possible. In both races I made mistakes in the first corner. In race one I went too wide. I came from up from sixth position to win that heat. In race two I came up from ninth position.
It was not easy for a few reasons. First was the pain in my knee, but also because of being unsure of what to know or what to expect mentally. I know for sure my knee was not close to 100%.
Halfway in the second race I began to really feel the pain in the knee, and started to have cramps as well. However, I was able to defend my second place and win my third Grand Prix in a row at Valkenswaard.
I’m happy. I love riding in the sand. And although the race was difficult, it ended well.
Also, I can confirm that I will stay for another two seasons with the Red Bull KTM Factory Teka Team. I am very happy about the agreement. With KTM it feels like family and the fact that this agreement is for the future years (2012 and 2013), it gives me great peace of mind and allows me to think only about the upcoming races, and championships.
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Tony gets a big hug from KTM CEO Mr. P, as Claudio and Pit look on.