It was a good day at the office for Red Bull Teak KTM factory rider Tony Cairoli on Sunday when he coasted home to second place in the second moto of the GP of Europe to secure the second last MX1 GP of the season. The Italian rider was already running on adrenalin after having settled the MX1 world title after the first moto at the German hard pack circuit.
It was Cairoli’s 43rd career GP victory and his fifth world title, the second in MX1 since joining the KTM factory team at the beginning of the 2010 season and the second riding the KTM 350 SX-F, which was only released last year. While Tony may have enjoyed settling the title issue in the final round in front of his home crowds next weekend in Fermo, it was also good to have the matter already settled. After a tough day on the hard pack track where ruts knee high developed during the course of the weekend, Tony said he planned to take a week off riding and go to Fermo to enjoy some fun riding for his fans.
On Sunday in Gaildorf, KTM added the MX1 Manufacturers’ title to that of the MX2, which was settled at the end of the last round in Matterley Basin.
Tony Cairoli: “It has been an amazing season and in the beginning it was really tough with my knee injury. After that I was always chasing the victories and now one round before the end we made it. I did like the layout of the track here in Gaildorf and there’s lots of nice jumps but the hard pack is very difficult.”
On a personal level It feels great to have been able to do the graphics for these championship winning bikes!