The World Motocross Championships visit another new country for 2013 – Thailand. And in today’s Qualifying Races, Red Bull KTM’s dynamic duo and current World MX Champions Jeffrey Herlings (MX2) and Tony Cairoli (MX1) were the big winners.

This report is provided courtesy of Youthstream Media

Si Racha woke up this morning with heavy rain, which made the organization stop the MX2 free practice and cancel the MX1 session. However, after thirty minutes of heavy rain, the bright sun and the 32° C helped to dry the track quickly, and the rest of the sessions went on as usual. Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings dominated their respective pre-qualifying practice and qualifying races.

MX1 – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli said that the track was in perfect condition for the qualifying races and said that it was partly thanks to the good drainage system and the quality of the soil.

His teammate Ken De Dycker rode a solid race in second from the beginning of the race until the end. At some points of the race the Belgian rider was faster than Cairoli in some sections of the track, but De Dycker decided to ride safe and assured a good gate pick for tomorrow’s main races.

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Steven Frossard had a fantastic start and led the first corners of the qualifying heat. The French rider admitted that he suffered a little bit of arm pump, which made him drop to third place, but he managed to keep the position until the end of the race.

Honda World Motocross’ Evgeny Bobryshev did not have a good start, and he made several mistakes in the first corners, but the Russian quickly found a good rhythm and overtook Tanel Leok and Xavier Boog. By the middle of the heat Bobryshev was already fourth and he finished the race with really good feelings for tomorrow’s races.

Clement Desalle did not have a good start, but succeeded in overtaking several riders and he ended sixth, ahead of Tanel Leok and Rui Gonçalves. Tommy Searle started twelfth right behind Desalle, but the Brit could only move up until the ninth position. Gautier Paulin had also a difficult start, but he managed to move from his initial fourteenth position to his final tenth place.

MX1 Results:

  1. Antonio Cairoli – KTM
  2. Ken de Dycker – KTM
  3. Steven Frossard – YAM
  4. Evgeny Bobryshev – HON
  5. Xavier Boog – KTM
  6. Clement Desalle – SUZ
  7. Tanel Leok – HON
  8. Rui Goncalves – KTM
  9. Tommy Searle – KAW
  10. Gautier Paulin – KAW

MX2 – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings dominated the qualifying heat once again with authority – he crossed the finish line thirty-five seconds ahead of second place Romain Febvre. The MX2 leader admitted that he was very happy with his riding today and he is looking forward to tomorrow’s races, especially the Super Final, where he hopes to finish among the top five of the race.

MX2 Results:

  1. Jeffrey Herlings – KTM
  2. Romain Febvre – KTM
  3. Jake Nicholls – KTM
  4. Glenn Coldenhoff – KTM
  5. Jose Butron – KTM
  6. Mel Pocock – YAM
  7. Christophe Charlier – YAM
  8. Jordi Tixier – KTM
  9. Julien Lieber – SUZ
  10. Dean Ferris – YAM

Circuit length: 1550
Type of ground: Intermediate to soft
Temperature: 32° C
Weather conditions: heavy rain in the morning, sunny and cloudy during the rest of the day.

MX2 Points (after 1 round):

  1. Jeffrey Herlings – 50
  2. Dean Ferry – 38
  3. Romain Febrve – 38
  4. Glenn Coldenhoff – 36
  5. Christophe Charlier – 33
  6. Jordi Tixier – 30
  7. Jose Butron – 26
  8. Al Lupino – 25
  9. Julien Lieber – 24
  10. Jake Nicholls – 21
  11. Mel Pocock – 19
  12. E. Banks-Browne – 17
  13. Petar Petrov – 16
  14. Max Anstie – 12
  15. Tonkov, Kullas – 11

Mx1 Points (after 1 round)

  1. Clement Desalle – 47
  2. Tony Cairoli – 45
  3. Gautier Paulin – 38
  4. Ken de Dycker – 36
  5. Evgeny Bobryshev – 34
  6. Tommy Searle – 30
  7. Kevin Strijbos – 30
  8. Rui Goncalves – 23
  9. Steven Frossard – 22
  10. Shaun Simpson – 20
  11. Xavier Boog – 18
  12. David Philippaerts – 15
  13. Davide Guarneri – 15
  14. Max Nagl – 15
  15. Roelants, Leok – 15

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