2015 Italian International MX Championship

2015 Italian International MX Championship

Highlights videos, photos by Taglioni and race report from the 1st round of the 2015 Italian International MX Championship. Always exciting to see where everybody stacks up before the MXGP season properly starts, and after Cairoli won by 26 seconds in the sand you have to wonder what Villopoto is thinking! Should be a great season this year with RV2 on the line as well!

Red Bull KTM factory riders launched their pre-season in style this weekend at the opening round of the Italian International MX Championship at Riola Sardo with Tony Cairoli taking an impressive win in the Elite Class race and picking up second place in MX1. Equally impressive was the dominant MX2 win by the team’s new signing Pauls Jonass of Latvia, who was also the fastest MX2 rider in the combined Elite Class race.
Tony Cairoli’s two factory teammates for the MXGP season, Belgian Ken de Dycker and Tommy Searle of Britain were also racing on the technical sand track of Riola Sardo and finished 6-7 in the MX1 race. Searle fared better in the combined Elite class where he picked up a podium third. In his second race De Dycker got caught up behind a pileup of riders in the opening stages of the Elite race and finished back at twelvth.

Cairoli’s day started well when he worked his way up from a fifth out of the gate in the MX1 race to finally engage in a battle with Gautier Paulin for line honors. The Italian, who was enthusiastically supported by many of his home fans did run out of time to catch the French rider and cross the line in second.

He went out hard and fast in the Elite race and delivered a spectacular race where he had claimed an eleven-second lead in the opening four laps. He stayed out in front and right through the race accrued more and more advantage on the other riders, eventually crossing the line almost 26 seconds ahead of Paulin.

Searle, like Cairoli, is racing on the KTM 350 SX-F made an impressive charge from a seventh place start in the Elite Race to be in third at the close of lap 11. He held to position right to the flag.

Cairoli: “This is the kind of track that is always very technical and its great to race here in the pre-season races. I had a good first race to finish second. For sure there is still some work to do but that’s normal for the first race of the season. I feel good with the bike but I still feel a bit from my small injury at the Motocross of Nations. It’s not one hundred percent but I feel good and I try to build up some muscle to make the leg a bit stronger to be ready for Qatar. That’s our goal.”

Jonass: “It wasn’t so bad to be the first MX2 guy but I am not really satisfied with my riding. I know I can do much better, also in the Elite class race we made some changes to the suspension and it wasn’t as good as I would have liked.” Jonass said he was looking forward to the next round next weekend on the hard pack surface of Castiglione del Lago. “I like the track there. It s is very technical and there are some hills it will be good for this new KTM bike and I will do my best to be the top MX2 guy again.”

For de Dycker it was a welcome return to the track after a spate of injuries kept him out of racing for almost all of 2014. “I had two good races and I had a good feeling but in the second race they crashed in front of me and I had nowhere to go. The good thing is that all the hand injury is okay and I have no pain.”


Riders contest the second round of the three-round Italian championship next weekend at Castiglione del Lago. The opening round of the MXGP season is at the Losail Circuit in Qatar in the final weekend in February
Next Round: February 8 – Castiglione Del Lago

Results Elite Class Riola Sardo (MX1 + MX2)
1. Tony Cairoli (ITA), KTM, 30:53.330 min
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA), Honda, 31:19.157
3. Tommy Searle (GBR), KTM, 31:33.198
4. Jose Butron (ESP), KTM, 31:34.372
5. Roman Febvre (FRA), Yamaha, 31:39.934
Other KTM
7. Pauls Jonass (LAT), KTM, 31:56.908 (best of MX2)

Standings Elite Class after 1 of 3 rounds
1. Cairoli, 120 points
2. Paulin, 100
3. Searle, 80
4. Butron, 65
5. Febvre, 60
Other KTM
7. Jonass, 50
12. Ken de Dycker (BEL), KTM, 32

Results MX1 Riola Sardo
1. Paulin, 30:30.172 min
2. Cairoli, 30:31.291
3. Van Horebeek (BEL), Yamaha, 30:38.757
4. Max Nagl (GER), Husqvarna, 30:52.551
5. Febvre, 31:15.915
Other KTM
6. De Dycker, 30:31.682
7. Searle, 31:35.329
8. Butron, 31:35.329

Standings MX1 after 1 of 3 rounds
1. Paulin 120 points
2. Cairoli, 100
3. Van Horebeek, 80
4. Nagl, 655. Febvre, 60
Other KTM
6. De Dycker, KTM, 55
7. Searle, KTM, 50
8. Butron, KTM, 45

Results MX2 Riola Sardo
1. Jonass, 30:44.567 min
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI), Suzuki, 31:12.58
3. Vsevalad Brylyakov (RUS), Honda, 31:29.37
4. Tim Gaijser (SLO), Honda, 31:30.271
5. Alexander Tonkov (RUS), Husqvarna, 32:21.256
Other KTM
6. Davy Pootjes (NED), KTM, 32.26.997
7. Ivan Baranov (RUS), KTM, 32:29.895

Standings MX2 after 1 of 3 rounds
1. Jonass, KTM 120 points
2. Seewer, 100
3. Brylyakov, 80
4. Gaijser, 65
5. Tonkov, 60
Other KTM
6. Pootjes, 55



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