Red Bull KTM’s Tony Cairoli renewed his affection for the Matterley Basin circuit on Sunday when he wrapped up decisive wins in both MX1 motos of the British GP to further extend his lead in the 2012 World Championship. The Italian now has a 55-point lead over Clement Desalle as he edges closer to a possible sixth world title.
Teammate Max Nagl was an impressive second overall finishing with a 2-2 result to underline he has made an excellent return to racing after a prolonged injury break.
Cairoli scored his 51st GP career victory on his light and agile KTM 350 SX-F on the hard pack terrain of the Matterley circuit. He launched himself out of the gate in the opening moto and settling down to deliver a master class by leading the opening race right to the flag. It was Nagl who stole the holeshot in the second MX1 moto when he powered his KTM 450 SX-F into the lead at the first corner. But Cairoli slipped into the lead by the end of the first lap and the Italian then left no doubt as to his intentions for the rest of the race.
At the end of a day that he clearly enjoyed, Cairoli admitted he responded well to the British fans. “I like to race in England. I have a lot of fans and they cheer like crazy all the time, so for me it is nice to come here. And also the tracks they work really well, and they are always fun to ride on. It’s amazing that it’s my 51st GP so I’m pretty happy about that.”
Nagl also said he was happy to be on the podium after his injury problems. “I liked the track a lot because there were always deep ruts and that’s what I prefer.”
Ken de Dycker, the team’s other factory rider had a solid 3-5 result at Matterley and finished overall fourth after admitting he missed the start in the opening moto and also had a small crash. Looking forward to the next race at Lierop, de Dycker said it would be physically hard riding in the sand. “But its going to be nicer,” he said. “A lot slower, looking for lines so I’m looking forward to that!”
Mixed fortunes for MX2 leader Jeffrey Herlings
?It was not the weekend that Jeffrey Herlings would have wished for and he had to concede a rare defeat to his rival Tommy Searle who had the significant home advantage. In fact Herlings’ two motos were almost mirror images of one another. He slotted his KTM 250 SX-F in behind Searle in the opening race but the Briton doggedly hung onto his lead, urged on by the partisan crowd throughout the race. The final minutes of the moto was a nail biting affair while Herlings jockeyed for position and looked for an opportunity to slip by the British rider. Then Jeffrey made an uncharacteristic mistake and the moment of opportunity was gone.
With all still to play in the second moto Herlings did not have his best start and it was teammate Jeremy van Horebeek that had the advantage behind Searle who once again grabbed the holeshot. Van Horebeek kept second place warm for several laps until Herlings put his head down and went after Searle. Herlings closed down the gap to less than a couple of bike lengths then just as he set himself up to make the challenge he made another mistake and the race and GP went to his biggest rival. Jeffrey’s second place cost him six points of his significant championship lead as he heads for the sands of Lierop where he will have benefit of the home crowd support.??Herlings:
“It’s a shame I didn’t win here but I only lost six points on Tommy and now the next races are in Lierop and that’s like my own back yard. I’ll be ready for that and I’m sure I can win both motors there and add to my 51-point lead and hopefully Jeremy (van Horebeek) will also be between me and Tommy and help me to extend that points gap.”
Teammate Jeremy van Horebeek wrapped up his day with a 5-2 result for the two motos for overall fourth. “My first heat was not so good at the start and I made a mistake in the first lap and was right back in the field. I managed to work my way back to fifth but it cost me a lot of energy so I was very tired after about 20 minutes into the second moto and had to back off the speed.” Jordi Tixier is still recovering from a big crash in Loket where he was badly concussed but managed to finish with a 9-12 for overall ninth. Van Horebeek and Tixier are third and sixth in the championship points after the thirteenth round.
In what was billed as a Festival of Motocross, KTM also celebrated rider and manufacturer titles in European Championships in EMX65 with Swiss rider Xylian Ramelia, in EMX85 with Davy Pootjes of Netherlands, and in the EMX125 with Tim Gajser of Slovenia.
The remaining three GPs are at Lierop (Netherlands), Faenza (Italy) and Teutschenthal (Germany) and the season wraps up with the Motocross of Nations in Lommel, Belgium on September 30.
GP of Great Britain at Matterley Basin, Winchester – Round 13?? MX1 Results?
1, Tony Cairoli, Italy, KTM ?2, Max Nagl, Germany, KTM? 3, Gautier Paulin, France, Kawasaki ?4, Ken de Dycker, Belgium, KTM ?5, Xavier Boog, France, Kawasaki? Other KTM? 8, Kevin Strijbos, Belgium, KTM? 10, Davide Guarneri, Italy, KTM
MX1 Championship Standings ?1, Cairoli, 542 2, Desalle, 487? 3, C. Pourcel, 452? 4, Paulin, 440 ?5, de Dycker, 404 ?Other KTM? 6, Strijbos, 342? 15, Guarneri, 173? 16, Karro, 112? 17, Nagl, 82
MX1 Manufacturers Standings?1, KTM, 592? 2, Kawasaki, 543 ?3, Suzuki, 501
MX2 Results ?1, Tommy Searle, GBR, Kawasaki? 2, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM? 3, Zachary Osborne, USA, Yamaha 4, Jeremy van Horebeek, Belgium, KTM ?5, Jake Nicholls, GBR, KTM? Other KTM ?9, Jordi Tixier, France, KTM? 10, Glenn Coldenhoff, Netherlands, KTM? 11, Jose Butron, Spain, KTM? 14, Elliott Banks-Browne, GBR, KTM ?15, Romain Febvre, France, KTM? 18, Valentin Guillod, Switzerland, KTM
MX2 Championship Standings? 1, Herlings, 572? 2, Searle, 521 ?3, van Horebeek, 475? 4, Roelants, 367? 5, Nicholls, 359? Other KTM ?6, Tixier, 340? 9, Butron, 257? 11, Coldenhoff, 211? 12, Febvre, 157
MX2 Manufacturers Standings ?1, KTM, 615 ?2, Kawasaki, 591? 3, Yamaha, 384
EMX 125 Overall Results – Round 6 at Matterley Basin, Winchester?
1, Tim Gajser, Slovenia, KTM? 2, Magne Klingshelm, Norway, KTM? 3, James Dunn, GBR, KTM? 4, Simone Furlotti, Italy, Suzuki ?5, Nicolas Dercourt, France, Yamaha ?Other KTM ?6, Vaclav Kovar, Czech Republic, KTM? 7, Henry Jacobi, Germany, KTM? 8, Nicholas Adams, South Africa, KTM ?9, Riccardo Righi, Italy, KTM ?10, Pauls Jonass, Latvia, KTM
EMX 125 Championship Standings? 1, Gajser, 292 ?2, Klingshelm, 210? 3, Dunn, 165? 4, Bonini, 157?5, Lundgren, 135
EMX 125 Manufacturers Standings? 1, KTM, 300 ?2, Suzuki, 175? 3, Yamaha, 125
EMX65 Overall Results – Round 1 at Matterley Basin, Winchester?
All Riders on KTM Bikes: ?1, Xylian Ramella, Switzerland? 2, Brian Strubhart Moreau, France ?3, Rene Hofer, Austria? 4, Bastian Boegh Damm, Denmark ?5, Raivo Dankers, Netherlands
EMX65 Championship Standings after Round 1? 1, Ramella, 47? 2, Strubhart Moreau, 39? 3, Hofer, 37? 4, Boegh Damm, 36? 5, Dankers, 31
EMX65 Manufacturers Standings after Round 1?1, KTM, 50 ??
EMX85 Overall Results – Round 1 at Matterley Basin, Winchester
?1, Davy Pootjes, Netherlands, KTM ?2, David Herbreteau, France, Kawasaki? 3, Conrad Mewse, GBR, KTM ?4, Lorenzo Camporese, Italy, KTM? 5, Ivan Petrov Bulgaria, KTM? Other KTM ?12, Jorge Prado, Spain, KTM
EMX85 Championship Standings? 1, Pootjes, 47? 2, Herbreteau, 42 ?3, Mewse, 33 ?4, Camporese, 30 ?5, Petrov, 28
EMX85 Manufacturers Standings? 1, KTM, 50? 2, Kawasaki, 42 ?3, Suzuki, 30
Photo Credit: Ray Archer