CAIROLI THE MX1 KING OF KEGUMS
The MX1 GP of Latvia was a near perfect weekend for Tony Cairoli and the Red Bull Teka KTM factory team. In fact any time, KTM reigning world champion went out on the track he was the fastest – from free practice right through to the MX1 GP motos.
Now completely fit and feeling confident, Tony has shifted up a gear in his bid to capture his fifth world championship title and this weekend’s efforts netted him a cool 50 points to extend his lead by 42 points over second placed Clement Desalle. Tony was pushed hard by Steven Frossard in both motos but still managed to control the races and was the dominant rider of the weekend.
It was also a positive weekend for Max Nagl and while a crash at the beginning of the second moto spoilt his chances of a top place he still clearly benefited from increased confidence enhanced by changes in setup of his KTM 350. “KTM and WP did an amazing job,” he said after the race.
Tony Cairoli: “It was an awesome weekend. Every time I was on the track I was in front. It was an amazing feeling. I’m getting stronger and stronger every weekend and my speed is getting better. I enjoyed both races. I led from the first lap of the first race but Frossard was strong at the end and I had some trouble with a back marker but in the end it was enough to won. I got a good start in the second race and managed to get enough to control it.”
Max Nagl: “I’m more confident now and I know I can do the same speed as Tony and the guys because I was able to keep up with them in the first heat. The riding went well and things are going much better since we made some changes with the setup.”
Team boss Stefan Everts: “This was a top weekend for us. Tony showed he’s back in the game and made a nice lead in the points. He’s in full control and our bikes looked great. Max also did well. We did some changes in the setup of the 350 and you could see he was much happier and this reflected in his riding.”
1, Tony Cairoli, Italy, KTM
2, Steven Frossard, France, Yamaha
3, Evgeny Bobryshev, Russia, Honda
4, Rui Goncalves, Portugal, Honda
5, David Philippaerts, Italy, Yamaha
6, Max Nagl, Germany, KTM
1, Tony Cairoli, Italy, KTM, 416
2, Clement Desalle, Belgium, Suzuki, 374
3, Steven Frossard, France, Yamaha, 370
4, Evgeny Bobryshev, Russia, 334
5, Max Nagl, Germany, KTM, 311
MX1 Manufacturers’ Standings
1, KTM, 441
2, Yamaha, 415
3, Suzuki, 384
Tony Cairoli was back in charge of MX1 in Kegums, taking the GP victory with two great moto wins. Here's what he had to say after the race.