The MX GP of Italy in scenic Arco Di Trento sees Tony Cairoli & Jeffrey Herlings continue their World Motocross domination of MX1 and MX2.

It also makes for quite a Red Bull KTM weekend, as Ryan Dungey and Marvin Musquin won the two major races in the AMA Supercross Series Championship. Red Bull KTM wins all four major races this weekend at the top echelon of off-road motorcycling.

MX1 – Tony Cairoli is … unbelievable. He continues to dominate the top level of World Motocross. He’s already won six world championships, and although early in the season, … can anything stop him from claiming title number 7 this year? He won both 35 minutes plus two lap motos today in his home country of Italy.

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Tony Cairoli said after his MX1 GP win: “I’m so happy, winning this round here in Italy, in front of my fans. It has a very special meaning to me. In the actual races, everything went smoothly during both heats. I knew that on this track having a great start was necessary. I got into a good rhythm and tried to not make any mistakes, since this is a quite tough and slippery track. I’m really excited about this victory (number 57 for Tony!) and honored by the many fans that were here today, and cheering me on. Now I hope to see the same or even more in Maggiora, Italy, when we race there later this season.”

Clement Desalle: “The first moto was not too bad but I was disappointed because I was stuck too long behind Gautier Paulin and I could not pass him. My start was better in the second moto. I was third but in the second corner I touched Searle and it was like my bike was glued to his. I don’t know what happened. I restarted last and on the second lap I crashed again. I came back to eighth but it was a bad day. My work didn’t pay anything back.”

MX2 – Jeffrey Herlings is perfect so far this season. He won both 35 minutes plus 2 lap motos today. The defending MX2 World Motocross Champion has won all eight motos of the season. Can he go undefeated? It’s a long season – but Jeffrey is definitely aware of the feat of going undefeated.

Jeffrey Herlings tops the MX2 podium once again

Both Evgeny Bobryshev and Steven Frossard were not able to race today (see yesterday’s Qualifying Race report for more info).

MX2 Grand Prix Results:

  1. Jeffrey Herlings – KTM – 1/1
  2. Jordi Tixier – KTM – 2/4
  3. Jose Butron – KTM – 6/2
  4. Christophe Charlier – YAM – 3/5
  5. Glenn Coldenhoff – KTM 5/6
  6. Dylan Ferrandis – KAW – 8/8
  7. Max Anstie – SUZ – 7/9
  8. Dean Ferris – YAM – 0/3
  9. Jeremy Seewer – SUZ
  10. Al Lupino – KAW
  11. Mel Pocock – YAM
  12. Jake Nicholls – KTM
  13. Max Desprey – YAM
  14. Harri Kullas – HON
  15. P. Rauchenecker – KTM

MX1 Grand Prix Results:

  1. Tony Cairoli – KTM – 1/1
  2. Ken de Dycker – KTM – 4/2
  3. Gautier Paulin – KAW – 2/4
  4. Clement Desalle – SUZ – 3/8
  5. Kevin Strijbos – SUZ – 6/5
  6. Tommy Searle – KAW – 5/6
  7. Max Nagl – HON – 11/3
  8. Xavier Boog – KTM – 8/7
  9. Jeremy van Horebeek – KAW
  10. Jon Barragan – KTM
  11. Matiss Karro – KTM
  12. Shaun Simpson – T M
  13. Rui Goncalves – KTM
  14. David Philippaerts – HON
  15. Davide Guarneri – KTM

MX2 Championship points:

  1. Jeffrey Herlings – 200
  2. Jordi Tixier – 141
  3. Glenn Coldenhoff – 128
  4. Jose Butron – 111
  5. Christophe Charlier – 107
  6. Romain Febvre – 98
  7. Max Anstie – 98
  8. Dean Ferris – 89
  9. Jake Nicholls – 82
  10. Mel Pocock – 77
  11. Al Lupino – 76
  12. Julien Lieber – 71
  13. Petar Petrov – 61
  14. Dylan Ferrandis – 50
  15. P Rauchenecker – 47

MX1 Championship points:

  1. Tony Cairoli – 192
  2. Ken de Dycker – 155
  3. Clement Desalle – 149
  4. Gautier Paulin – 148
  5. Kevin Strijbos – 120
  6. Tommy Searle – 118
  7. Rui Goncalves – 89
  8. Evgeny Bobryshev – 87
  9. Xavier Boog – 83
  10. Max Nagl – 75
  11. Tanel Leok – 69
  12. David Philippaerts – 61
  13. Joel Roelants – 58
  14. Shaun Simpson – 54
  15. David Guarneri – 52
  16. Jeremy van Horebeek – 49
  17. Steven Frossard – 47

Next weekend the series heads to Bulgaria and the beautiful circuit of Sevlievo.

Kevin Strijbos

Photos courtesy of Honda World MX, Suzuki Racing, and Youthstream.

And here, courtesy of Youthstream, is their race report:

MX1 – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli did not have a good day yesterday, but today he was fully focused on his starts, as he knew they were going to be the key to win his home Grand Prix. The Italian took the holeshot in both heats, winning the Get Athena holeshot award after the first race, and he succeeded in making good laps and controlling the heats until the chequered flag. Cairoli congratulated the organizers for the great job done especially on the track. He was also very pleased with the big crowd that travelled to Arco di Trento to support him and see him winning his 57th Grand Prix victory. Cairoli has now the same number of GP victories as Belgian Joel Smets and in front of him there is only Stefan Everts with 101 GP wins.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ken De Dycker did not have a good start in the first race and it was really difficult for him to go towards the front, but in the end he managed to finish fourth. In the second race he had a good start and he rode comfortably in second from the beginning until the end to finish second overall. At the moment De Dycker is second in the championship points stadnings, six points ahead of Clement Desalle.

The third overall position was Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin, after finishing second and fourth in today’s races. In the first race Paulin was fifth in the first corner, but he quickly moved up to third and after five laps he overtook Tommy Searle in second. The French rider tried to close the gap with race leader Cairoli, but he made several mistakes and finally had to settle for second. Paulin admitted that his start was not that good in the second race and that he almost crashed, but he gave his best lap after lap to move from his initial eighteenth position up to fourth, which gave him third overall position.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Clement Desalle had a very good first race, where he finished third behind Paulin after having started down in sixth position. The Belgian rider tried to overtake Paulin during the entire race, but in the end he had to settle with third position. In the second moto Desalle crashed in the second corner with Tommy Searle and David Philippaerts, and he had to restart from last place to finish eighth. In the end, Desalle finished fourth overall.

MX2 – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings admitted today that it seems that he is becoming his own rival, as he had to fight once again from the back of the pack to win both races – his fourth Grand Prix win of the year. In the first race he did not have a good jump off the gate, but was confident as he knew he had the speed to ride for the lead. In fact, by the middle of the race he caught his teammate Tixier who was riding at the front, and when there were five laps to go Herlings managed to take the lead. In the second race Herlings literally hit the gate at the start, so he had to give all his best once again to move all the way up to the lead from the very last position.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier obtained the Get Athena Holeshot Award after getting the holeshot of the first race. The French rider was dominating the race comfortably until he was overtaken by his teammate Herlings by the end of the heat. In the second race Tixier could not start at the front and it was very difficult for the French rider to recover some positions. In the end Tixier finished fourth of the race and second of the Grand Prix.

KTM Silver Action’s José Butrón obtained his second podium of the season after finishing sixth and second in today’s races. In the first heat the Spanish rider had a great start and after riding second in in the first lap, he rode third most of the heat. However, he had a mechanical problem, which made him drop down to sixth. In the second race Butrón succeeded in taking the holeshot and led the first sixth laps until Herlings overtook him. At that point Dean Ferris was behind the Spanish rider and he was making a lot on pressure on him, but Butrón gave all his best to finish second and achieve the third overall position of the Grand Prix.

Max Nagl – Honda World MX




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