Cairoli, the reigning MX1 World Champion and the latest recruit to the Red Bull Factory Racing squad rode the ground-breaking bike to victory in the first two of three finals and was third in the last race for a clear overall victory. “It was a fantastic start for me and I enjoyed riding the 350 bike. Today I wanted to do some tests to see how it went at the start and everything went well for me. I’m happy with the bike and the results today and its always a terrific atmosphere here at Mantova,” Cairoli said.
The results were a great start to the 2010 racing activity for KTM and the factory riders following the official factory team launch and presentation of the new KTM 350 SX-F bike at a reception on Saturday in Mantova. The latest Orange racer features an all new chassis and frame and a pro lever linkage system for increased controllability and has been developed by the KTM R&D department in close consultation with Stefan Everts, with the design done by Kiska.
KTM teammate Shaun Simpson, who missed much of last year because of injury, made a triumphant start to the season on board the latest KTM 250 SX-F, by being well up with the bigger 450 machines in the race format which combines both MX1 and MX2.
Marvin Musquin, KTM’s MX2 world champion moved up the ranks as the day progressed to finish behind teammate Simpson in second place on the final podium.
Thanks to YannB for the photos