Here are some of the photos I took of the MXGP guys racing on Sunday, and a few of Cairoli’s KTM 350 SX-F.
Cairoli, who had crashed in warm-up on Sunday morning, got off to an uncharacteristic bad start in the opening moto to be buried back at twelfth on the very technical track. Eighteen minutes into the race he slipped past three riders in one corner to move up to seventh and then concentrated on closing down an eight second gap to the front group. He fought back to capture sixth place but then ran out of time. The race went to Cairoli’s rival in the points, Gautier Paulin.
Cairoli was sixth out of the gate in his second race and progressively worked his way up to second. But with 14 minutes to go he had a series of near crashes on the increasingly slippery track that dropped him back to fourth. He made a valiant attempt to close on the three lead riders in the last few laps but slipped again in the final lap and had to settle for an eventual overall fifth.
The Italian multi world champion who rides the KTM 350 SX-F said he had tried to get a good result for his many fans. “I did have the fastest lap in both races but I need to be more consistent,” he said. “I really wanted to win the second race today an I was working my way back to the front then I made another mistake.” Cairoli said he was hoping for a better result next weekend in Bulgaria.
1, Clement Desalle, BEL, Suzuki, 47
2, Jeremy van Horebeek, BEL, Yamaha 42
3, Kevin Strijbos, BEL, Suzuki, 36
4, Max Nagl, GER, Honda 34
5, Tony Cairoli, ITA, KTM 33
7, Shaun Simpson, GBR, KTM 24
11. Jake Nichols, GBR, KTM 18
13, Matiss Karro, LAT, KTM 15
MXGP Championship points after Rd. 4
1, Cairoli KTM, 175 points
2, Desalle 158
3, Van Horebeek 154
4, Nagl 144
5, Paulin 137
10, Simpson 72
15. Nichols 50
17, Karro 43