Tony Cairoli is the defending MX1 World Motocross Champion …
The first GP of the World Motocross season is finished already. I came back home with one heat win and a second place overall on the podium, so I’m really happy!
The weekend did go great. Saturday I was able to qualify with third position. I started in fifth position, and I was able to pass Swanepoel and Desalle to finish third.
Race Day: In the first heat I had a good start, but didn’t come out of the first corner that well. The first lap I passed the finish line in tenth position.
After a few laps, Sebastien Pourcel crashed after a big jump in the back of the track … I could see the yellow flags, and at the same time I could see them I was in the air already on that jump. I landed on Sebastien’s bike, and I crashed. Happily, I didn’t hurt myself or Seb, and didn’t lose too much time because my bike’s motor was still going.
But Seb’s bikes was totally destroyed. I didn’t lose much time as I mentioned, but I did lose two places. After my crash it was hard for me to find my rhythm again … normally the last 10 minutes of the race are my best, but this time I couldn’t get going as fast as I wanted. I ended up finishing in fifth place, behind Ken de Dycker.
I knew that I had to make a better start than the first heat if I didn’t want Max Nagl to ride away. I started third this time, and after a few laps I was able to pass David Philippaerts. My lap times where good and I saw I was getting closer and closer to Max, who was leading again. With my lap times better, I knew I was able to pass him and take over the lead. I did make the pass on Max and won second heat!
I just arrived home in Rome now, and I took home with me a big trophy for 2nd overall on the podium – it was a good start of the season for me and for KTM! With my teammates (Max, Marvin Musquin, and Steffi Laier) and I, we won every single heat (6 of 6) for KTM this weekend!
I will stay in Rome this week, and Rui Goncalves and me are gonna’ train here together this week. Friday we leave to go to Mantova (Italy) for the second round of the World MX Championships! Like always, I’m excited to ride in Mantova – there is nothing better to ride in Italy for your own fans!!