Antonio Cairoli took the revolutionary KTM 350 SX-F machine (designed by Kiska!) to success yesterday in Brazil and wrapped up his fourth World Title in a nailbiting finish.
I watched it live on freecaster last night and it was pretty exciting. Cairoli came from 4th and was catching on Desalle and pressing for the lead when he went down, dropping him back to 4th again. He got back up and put on a massive charge, overtaking back up to 2nd and then closing a couple of seconds every lap on Desalle. With around a 5 second gap and 3 laps left, it looked like the race would come down to the line, when disaster struck Desalle as his Suzuki suffered from a mechanical failure, handing the win, and the title to Cairoli and KTM. Stoked!
“I didn’t expect to win here but its always nice to be world champion as soon as possible,” Tony said. “I didn’t take any risks and I was also a bit lucky that Desalle stopped, but that is racing. for sure I am happy with the new bike. I never had to stop for any technical problem and that is really important if you want to be constant. I love this bike and the whole team, they have helped me a lot!”
Tony has enjoyed a remarkable season on the new bike. He rode it to victory in its first ever appearance in the pre-season race at Star Mantova Italy and has continued to be in the forefront of the competition throughout the season. The bike that was developed in close cooperation with 10-times world champion and Red Bull KTM’s team boss stefan Everts has proved itself to be a light and very agile rival to the more powerful MX1 450 machines.
Cairoli has so far won seven GPs and 13 of 26 individual motos in the 2010 season.