CAIROLI AND HERLINGS GRAB DOUBLE WINS IN UDDEVALLA
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings put their unmistakable stamps on the MXGP of Sweden in Uddevalla on Sunday coming away with double moto victories and extending their leads in their respective championships.
For Tony Cairoli of Italy it was the seventieth GP win in his remarkable career and for Jeffrey Herlings, the talented Dutch rider, it was his forty-second and he is still only 19-years-old. Cairoli has now won six times at Uddevalla to equal Stefan Everts tally as the rider with the most wins in Sweden.
Cairoli, a Red Bull sponsored athlete went into his races knowing a great start was the key to winning on the impressive hard pack quarry location in south west Sweden made no mistake about his intentions in his opening moto. He was fast out of the gates and led for the entire moto to finish 5.5 seconds ahead of Clement Desalle who until today had been his closest rival for the 2014 title. He also got away fast and smooth in his second moto and never seriously looked challenged throughout the race.
But while Cairoli steamed to another victory, a race incident in the first corner of the second moto may affect the outcome of the championship. His closest rival Desalle was involved in a pile up of a number of riders. He fell heavily on his shoulder and had to retire. Desalle’s DNF means he has now slipped to third on the points while Jeremy van Horebeek moves into second place behind Cairoli, who is going for his eighth world title. Cairoli now has a 45-point advantage with five GPs to go.
Cairoli: “I am pretty happy about this weekend. The track was hard and slick today and it wasn’t really my favorite conditions. But I managed to get two good starts and I was able to control the races and finish on top so its good for the championship. Its way easier to finish on top when you have two good starts.”
Cairoli’s teammate Ken de Dycker of Belgium continued his comeback after a long injury break with a solid tenth place finish for his 8-12 result. “It’s going better and better every time and I don’t have so much pain in my hand. Now I need to get a better start and I will be able to ride with the top five,” De Dycker said. Cairoli rides the light and nimble 350 SX-F EUKTM 350 SX-F factory bike and De Dycker competes on the KTM 450 SX-F machine.
Red Bull-sponsored Herlings, the outstanding MX2 rider of the season continued the charge towards his third world title in the class and was without challengers in both of his motos on the Uddevalla track. While he dominated his two races, winning by margins of 43 and 42 seconds respectively, the battle for the minor places saw his teammate Jordi Tixier seal a second overall with his 4-2 race result and move into second place in the points table. Herlings has an impressive lead of 135 points and has won every GP this season except Brazil where he did not compete because of an injured shoulder.
Herlings: “Today we basically did what we had to do and that’s to win both motos and make the points gap bigger to the second place. This weekend is something I’m proud of. I won on Saturday and twice on Sunday and I had a lot of fun on the bike.”
Tixier said after the races that he had got a bad start in the first moto and had struggled throughout the race. He also felt sick just before the second race and had to seek out the track doctor. “It was difficult to take the start but I did it and I had a good feeling during the race. I was very tired for the last ten minutes of the race but to finish second overall, it cannot be better, because Jeffrey is faster than anyone else,” Tixier said.
Red Bull KTM’s MX2 team boss Stefan Everts also said he was pleased with Tixier’s riding this weekend. “Jordi struggled with his results at the beginning of the season but now he’s slowly coming through, putting in more podiums and now he’s in second place. It was a tough day for him because he had very bad cramps before the second race but he pulled a good start and managed to pull away and to keep distance from Ferrandis so I think he did very well.” Both Herlings and Tixier compete on the KTM 250 SX-F machine.
Next Round: July 13, 2014 – GP of Finland
Results MXGP Uddevalla
1. Tony Cairoli (ITA), KTM (1-1)
2. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL), Yamaha (3-2)
3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL), Suzuki (2-4)
4. Max Nagl (GER), Honda (9-3)
5. Tommy Searle (GBR), Kawasaki (6-5)
8. Shaun Simpson (GBR), KTM (7-10)
10. Ken de Dycker (BEL), KTM (8-12)
Standings MXGP after 12 of 17 rounds
1. Cairoli, 527 points
2. Van Horebeek, 482
3. Clement Desalle (BEL), Suzuki, 470
4. Strijbos, 390
5. Simpson, 267
23. de Dycker, 66
Manufacturers Standings MXGP after 12 of 17 rounds
1. KTM, 527 points
2. Suzuki, 508
3. Yamaha, 482
Results MX2 Uddevalla
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), KTM (1-1)
2. Jordi Tixier (FRA), KTM (4-2)
3. Tim Gajser (SLO), Honda (2-6)
4. Valentin Guillod (SUI), KTM (5-5)
5. Romain Febvre (FRA), Husqvarna (3-11)
8. Jose Butron (ESP), KTM (8-7)
Standings MX2 after 12 of 17 rounds
1. Herlings, 544 points
2. Tixier, 409
3. Arnaud Tonus (SUI), Kawasaki, 389
4. Febvre, 388
5. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Kawasaki, 372
7. Guillod, 288
9. Butron, 265
Manufacturers Standings MX2 after 12 of 17 rounds
1. KTM, 574 points
2. Kawasaki, 477
3. Husqvarna, 404