Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings went 1-1 in their respective classes to win the Grand Prix of Thailand. In what was another amazing weekend of racing the Red Bull KTM team showed why they are so popular in the World of Motocross. Herlings in particular was brilliant in the Superfinal (won by Cairoli).
The opening moto of the Sunday program for the Grand Prix of Thailand proved to be everything we expected as Red Bull KTM Factort rider Jeffrey Herlings did what he does best. He had the lead almost straight off the start and just took off, leading all 20 laps.
Behind him KTM had more of the same with Jake Nicholls, Romain Febvre, and Glenn Coldenhoff battling with Yamaha rider Christophe Charlier, Honda rider Jose Butron, Suzukis Max Anstie and another Yamaha rider in Dean Ferris.
Nicholls was looking strong holding down third place for some time behind Herlings and Febvre, but crashed hard on the large triple jump, dropping back to 8th place, before his throttle cable broke on the last lap, dropping him back to 19th place.
The accident by Nicholls brought a bunch of riders up a position and at half race distance it was Herlings, Febvre, Anstie, Butron, Ferris, Tixier, Coldenhoff and Charlier. While there were many close battled not a lot changed until the end of the race. Herlings would win by 40 seconds, with Febvre a further six seconds ahead of Anstie.
Disappointment for British riders James Dunn and Elliot Banks Browne down in 27th and 28th respectively. Mel Pocock after an accident in the opening lap was able to come back to 15th place after a really strong ride.
In the MX1 moto the other Red Bull KTM Factory rider Antonio Cairoli showed why he is a multiple times World Motocross Champion. After following a very fast Honda Factory rider Evgeny Bobryshev early and then being passed by his team-mate Ken De Dycker (who took the lead in the race on lap six after Bobryshev slipped off) the little Italian moved into the lead on lap nine and held it until the end.
Eventually winning by 10 seconds over De Dycker and a further seven seconds over Clement Desalle the defending World MX1 Champion also moved into the lead in the series points..
Gautier Paulin and Tommy Searle once again proved consistent with fourth and fifth place finishes, while former World MX1 Champion David Philippaerts did well to come from ninth place to finish in sixth position.
Rui Goncalves had held down fifth place on the opening lap and the good start was enough to give him eight place at the end. Bobryshev had another crash, putting him back in 18th at the finish, and Shaun Simpson failed to finish the first lap after crashing on the first corner.
The last chance race was once again a rather tame affair with MX1 rider Jens Getteman winning from MX2 rider Harri Kullas and another MX1 rider Kenny Van Dueren. British riders James Dunn, James Cottrell, and Elliot Banks Browne finished in 12th, 13th and 14th.
As was the case in Qatar the Superfinal opened with riders battling in an intense war against each other. Cairoli led early from Desalle, although all eyes were on Ferris and Herlings who held fourth and fifth positions.
The Aussie was on fire and fighting with Gautier Paulin, before the Frenchman blasted past on the MX1 friendly circuit. Herlings followed soon after and slowly started dropping back as the bigger MX1 machines held an advantage.
Herlings on the other hand was on a charge, passing Ferris, and moved up on Paulin in third place. Intensity was the name of the game as the best MX1 and MX2 riders fought against each other. This beautiful prepared circuit in Si Racha really giving the riders a great chance to show off their skills.
Up front Cairoli had lost Desalle and Paulin started making ground on the Belgian, as for Herlings, he was now a couple of seconds of the pace of Paulin. A bunch of MX2 riders were fighting their way through the pack with Febvre second best MX2 rider and 11th on the track and Charlier a place behind as the third best MX2 rider.
Cairoli’s leads waqs 14 seconds as Paulin passed Desalle and Herlings moved up to the back wheel of the Suzuki factory rider. Herlings looked desperate to get that third place finish and pass the MX1 rider. At a moment Herlings passed Desalle, before Desalle pushed back past, but then suddenly slowed and the Belgian moved away.
De Dycker had done a brilliant job coming back from a terrible start to finish in 10th place and Febvre showed once again what a talent for the future he is.
Obviously spent from his amazing charge the Dutchman started cruising in the last two laps. Cairoli eventually won by 17 seconds over Paulin, Desalle, Herlings and Searle in fifth place.
NEXT MXGP – After the two overseas Grand Prix the FIM Motocross World Championship will take a three-weeks break before travelling to Valkenswaard, The Netherlands. The third Grand Prix of the season will be celebrated during the Easter weekend on the 31st March and 1st April.
It’s the annual Daytona Supercross by Honda, a very special & unique event in AMA Supercross. Today at the world famous Daytona International Speedway, Ryan Villopoto wins the premiere 450 SX Main Event, with Ryan Dungey second. Davi Millsaps tenth, and Villopoto takes over points lead. Marvin Musquin wins his first ever 250 Supercross Main Event in the USA. Wil Hahn second in the 250 East series race, and maintains 250 East points lead.
It’s difficult to fully experience all that Daytona has to offer in one day. It’s amazing – so big, and so many things to do & see. Plus, DIS keeps making investments and improvements in the facility, and the fan experience each year.
Another part that makes Daytona unique – the track. It’s long, it’s sandy, it’s rough – and it gets rougher as the day & night go on.
The weather today – perfect – 70 degrees and sunny. Ken Roczen will be racing the 350 KTM today in the 450 SX class.
Kenny Roczen’s 350 KTM is Ready to Race
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In the 250 East Qualifying sessions, it’s Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson on top with the quickest lap – 1 minute 18 seconds. This track has by far the longest lap times of the entire series all year. Second in qualifying – Wil Hahn – 1.19.4, Marvin Musquin next at 1.19.82. Then it’s Jeremy Martin (number 77 Yamaha), Blake Wharton, Zach Bell, Justin Hill, James Decotis, Gavin Faith, and Kyle Peters (1 minute 21 seconds) round out the top ten. 59 riders attempted to qualify.
In the premiere 450 SX class, it’s Ryan Villopoto with the quickest lap of the day – 1 minute 17 seconds. James Stewart is second – 1.18.12, then Chad Reed – 1.18.19, Davi Millsaps 1.18.61, Justin Barcia – 1.18.65, then Broc Tickle, Eli Tomac, Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, and Andrew Short (1 minute 20 seconds) round out the top ten. Ken Roczen was 12th in qualifying. 48 riders attempted to make it to the main event.
250 East Heat 1 – it’s Kyle Peters with the early lead – but series points leader Wil Hahn moves into first. This race will go six laps, and Wil Hahn is leading easily as they settle. Wil’s GEICO Honda team-mate Zach Bell has moved into second now. At the finish, it’s easily Wil Hahn with the win. Zach Bell second, James Decotis third. Kyle Peters and Jeremy Martin finish fourth and fifth.
250 East Heat 2 – the early leader is Vince Friese on his Honda. But by the end of the first lap, it’s Dean Wilson with the lead! And then two-time FIM World MX2 Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin moves into second.
Dean Wilson has a nice lead as this race progresses. Marvin Musquin in second. Third is now Blake Wharton, and then Justin Hill and Vince Friese.
That’s how they finish – with Dean Wilson taking the win – then Musquin, Wharton, Hill, and Friese.
450 SX Heat 1 – with lap times much longer than a normal supercross, and the track much rougher than a normal supercross, conditioning becomes important at Daytona. The start of this heat has Broc Tickle as the early leader. And then Andrew Short blows right by and into the lead! Kenny Roczen moves into second!
At the end of the first lap, it’s Andrew Short leading, Ken Roczen is second, Broc Tickle is third. Then James Stewart, Ryan Dungey, Jake Weimer, Justin Brayton, and Davi Millsaps.
These 450 heat races go eight laps. As they start the third lap, the top five are very close – Short leading, Roczen second, James Stewart in third, Tickle fourth, and Dungey fifth. Millsaps in seventh.
On lap four, on a tight left hand corner, Kenny Roczen goes inside of Short and into the lead.
Although Roczen is starting to pull just a small lead now just past the halfway point, the top four are still very close – Roczen first, Stewart now second, Dungey third, Broc Tickle in fourth. Millsaps is next, and then Short.
As the race nears the end, the top four are bunching up again – Roczen still leading, but Stewart right behind. Then Dungey, and then … Millsaps!
On the last lap – James Stewart makes an attack on Roczen – he pulls up even, and then takes the lead! James Stewart wins the race! Ken Roczen second, Ryan Dungey third, and Davi Millsaps fourth out of the 20 riders that started this race.
450 SX Heat 2 – this race has Justin Barcia, Trey Canard, Chad Reed, and Ryan Villopoto – all guys that have won Main Events.
It’s Justin Barcia with the holeshot! Trey Canard is second. There is a crash in the first corner – looks like Reed and Alessi are involved, amongst others …
At the end of lap one – it’s Justin Barcia leading, Trey Canard is second, and Ryan Villopoto is third. Alessi 11th, Reed 14th.
The track is getting rougher, and more rutted as more laps are put down on the track. At the halfway point (4 laps), it’s Justin Barcia in first, Ryan Villopoto now second, Trey Canard third. Then Eli Tomac and Matt Goerke. Alessi is ninth, and Reed is tenth. Only the top nine riders go directly into the Main Event …
Alessi is on the track, stopped – and trying to restart his bike. The running order right now – Barcia leading Villopoto by over four seconds. Third place is Trey Canard, although Eli Tomac is right behind him. Chad Reed is now into seventh.
Justin Barcia wins this race! Ryan Villopoto second. Trey Canard third. Then Eli Tomac, and … Chad Reed fifth!
The track is getting rougher. The sandy soil makes for changes to racing lines just about every lap. In the 450 LCQ, Mike Alessi wins, and in a great battle with Rob Kiniry, Weston Peick finishes second. Alessi and Peick will be the final two transfers into the 450 SX Main Event.
15 lap 250 East Main Event – at 9:45pm Florida time, this race starts. It’s number 25 on the Red Bull KTM – Marvin Musquin with the lead!
At the end of the second lap – it’s Musquin leading, Dean Wilson into second, Wil Hahn third. Wilson has Musquin in his sights …
5 laps into this race, Marvin Musquin is leading. Dean Wilson is second. Wil Hahn is third. In practice earlier today, it looked like Musquin was trying many different lines because he knows how much a sand track changes during a race. Fourth Jeremy Martin, and fifth Blake Wharton.
At the ten lap mark – Marvin Musquin is leading – he’s heading towards his first ever AMA Supercross Main Event win in the 250 class! Wil Hahn has moved into second, Dean Wilson third. Then Jeremy Martin with a nice ride into fourth, and Blake Wharton fifth.
Marvin Musquin has won! Marvin wins his first ever supercross in the USA! Second place goes to Wil Hahn, who maintains his 250 East series points lead. Jeremy Martin with a nice ride in third. Dean Wilson finishes fourth. (Full results below.)
Marvin Musquin – 250 winner at Daytona 2013
Marvin said right after his first win “I’ve been dreaming about this. My first win in supercross ever (in the USA). I had a great day, it was so much fun, … it cannot of been any better. I love the sand. I did it, let’s move on to the next race, and see how the championship goes … Red Bull gives me wings! : ) “
20 lap 450 SX Main Event – 10:25pm. The 450 class blasts off the line. The leader is … Ryan Villopoto, and he’s chased by Kenny Roczen. Villopoto bobbles by sliding out on a corner – and Ken Roczen takes over the lead!
At the end of lap two – it’s Roczen, Villopoto in second, Barcia third, then Ryan Dungey, James Stewart, Trey Canard, Chad Reed, Matt Goerke, …. and Davi Millsaps makes a mistake – he’s back in 12th.
Lap four – Villopoto moves past Roczen. Then Barcia moves past Roczen as well. Stewart falls in a tight left hand corner. A lot of action is going on all over the place …
Just five laps in – it’s Ryan Villopoto with the lead, Justin Barcia is just over one second back of RV. Third is Ryan Dungey and he’s followed by Kenny Roczen. Fifth is Trey Canard, then Chad Reed, Eli Tomac, Matt Goerke, James Stewart, Broc Tickle in tenth, Andrew Short, and then Davi Millsaps 12th. Millsaps could possibly lose the points lead to Villopoto if things stay the same …
10 laps in now – Ryan Villopoto is leading Ryan Dungey by almost nine seconds. Third is Barcia. Then Roczen, Canard, Tomac, Stewart, Reed, Tickle, Millsaps tenth.
On the start of lap 15, some changes – but not up front. It’s Ryan Villopoto with a commanding lead, and the potential to take over the series points lead as well. Second is Ryan Dungey. Third Justin Barcia. Then, Eli Tomac to fourth, Kenny Roczen in fifth, Trey Canard, Chad Reed, and James Stewart. Roczen, Canard and Reed are very close. Millsaps is still tenth …
Last lap – the top three are the same – Villopoto, Dungey, Barcia. Davi Millsaps is tenth.
The checkered flag falls … and Ryan Villopoto has won this race! And taken over the 2013 series points lead! Second goes to Ryan Dungey, third to Justin Barcia (full results below).
RV in practice earlier
Ryan Villopoto said after his win “Daytona is a unique place. You have to be a man to do 20 laps here. Got a great holeshot, which made it easy, although I slid out in a corner and made it back up. It feels good to have the red plate (as series points leader) back. It feels good to leave here with a two point lead. But there is still a lot of racing left. We need to keep this ball rolling.”
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.
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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.
Antonio Cairoli – KTM
Ken de Dycker – KTM
Steven Frossard – YAM
Evgeny Bobryshev – HON
Xavier Boog – KTM
Clement Desalle – SUZ
Tanel Leok – HON
Rui Goncalves – KTM
Tommy Searle – KAW
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.
Jeffrey Herlings – KTM
Romain Febvre – KTM
Jake Nicholls – KTM
Glenn Coldenhoff – KTM
Jose Butron – KTM
Mel Pocock – YAM
Christophe Charlier – YAM
Jordi Tixier – KTM
Julien Lieber – SUZ
Dean Ferris – YAM
MXGP THAILAND – QUICK FACTS
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.
It’s the once a year Daytona Supercross by Honda – a very unique race during the AMA Supercross season. Daytona is different for many reasons – especially the track. It’s sandy, rough, long, … and gets rougher and bumpier as the night goes on.
Hey look! It’s Trey Canard!
Today was ‘press day’, a chance for the media to interview and photograph riders the day before the race. Who was there? Ricky Carmichael, Chad Reed, Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Justin Barcia, Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Trey Canard, GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac, GEICO Honda rider Will Hahn, GEICO Honda rider Zach Bell, RCH Suzuki rider Josh Hill, RCH Suzuki rider Broc Tickle, and 2008 Daytona Supercross By Honda champion Kevin Windham.
Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s latest video of the ‘Beyond the Finish Line’, episode 4 is now online.
Episode #4 features some great behind-the-scenes footage of current AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship leader Davi Millsaps aboard his RM-Z450, both on and off the track, along with a trip to hospital with 250-series racer Ryan Sipes and his recuperation from injury, plus interviews with the Rockstar Energy team people who make this all happen for Millsaps, Sipes, Jason Anderson and Blake Wharton.