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Cairoli shows us how its done

Cairoli shows us how its done


If you watched the second moto of the MX1 class on TV or online you would have seen a mesmeric display of riding by the little Italian maestro, coming from seventh place on lap one Cairoli set about chasing the leaders down and he did so in unbelievable fashion.

Cairoli’s choice of line for catching his fellow riders was a super tough rhythm section and lap after lap he gained time and places in the same spot to win by 5 seconds from hard charging Josh Coppins.

It was the first time the GP’s have raced in the beautiful country of Latvia and with Cairoli continuing to build on his Championship lead courtesy of his fourth win, the MX1 podium was completed by youngster Desalle and Coppins.


Despite taking the runner up spot in a breathtaking first heat, Yamaha Red Bull De Carli’s Cairoli showed he could be the man to beat and so it was in heat two, with the Italian wrapping up the fourth win of the season and 29th of his career.

Coming up through the pack after a bad start, Cairoli worked his way through the pack in moto one to reach the tail of leader Desalle, whom Cairoli tangled up with yesterday in the qualifying. The Italian started putting pressure on the Belgian and tried an impressive final lap attack to clock the lap record, though Desalle remained in first by 0.2 seconds. Cairoli struggled again at the start to the second heat but this time he managed to move past Desalle a lot earlier and take the eventual victory.

LS Motors Honda’s Desalle won his first career heat after a strong opening moto but a technical problem forced the youngster to end heat two in fifth after he held an early lead.

Moving up to second after a late charge in the final moto, Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross’ Coppins secured the overall podium with third. The Kiwi finished behind Nagl in moto one but the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing German struggled in heat two finishing a distant sixth and stopping a three podium row to take fourth overall in Latvia.

A disappointed Teka Suzuki WMX1’s De Dycker completed the top five with a first moto crash affecting the Latvian weekend of the sole rider remained in the team after Ramon’s injury in Valkenswaard.

Philippaerts, who was snatched the runner up spot in the Championship by Nagl, was sixth overall ahead of Aigar Leok while his cousin Tanel was 11th due to a dnf in heat one –after a crash the Estonian was not able to restart his Yamaha machine.

Lauris Freibergs left his home GP being the best Latvian on track courtesy of a 14th overall finish.

MX1 Race 1 top ten: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), 40:05.568; ; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), +0:00.258; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:23.770; 4. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), +0:44.151; 5. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +1:17.536; 6. Aigar Leok (EST, TM), +1:27.503; 7. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), +1:38.978; 8. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:41.537; 9. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA, Kawasaki), +1:46.161; 10. Carlos Campano (ESP, Yamaha), +1:49.773;

MX1 Race 2 top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), 39:10.586; ; 2. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), +0:05.777; 3. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), +0:14.985; 4. Tanel Leok (EST, Yamaha), +0:17.525; 5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), +0:32.897; 6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:51.444; 7. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +1:00.833; 8. Aigar Leok (EST, TM), +1:05.582; 9. Manuel Priem (BEL, Aprilia), +1:15.691; 10. Carlos Campano (ESP, Yamaha), +1:29.377;

MX1 Overall top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), 47 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), 41 p.; 3. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), 40 p.; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 35 p.; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), 34 p.; 6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 30 p.; 7. Aigar Leok (EST, TM), 28 p.; 8. Manuel Priem (BEL, Aprilia), 22 p.; 9. Carlos Campano (ESP, Yamaha), 22 p.; 10. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA, Kawasaki), 21 p.;

MX1 Championship top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), 385 points; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 328 p.; 3. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 327 p.; 4. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), 314 p.; 5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), 309 p.; 6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), 298 p.; 7. Tanel Leok (EST, Yamaha), 270 p.; 8. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM), 215 p.; 9. Aigar Leok (EST, TM), 167 p.; 10. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA, Kawasaki), 151 p.;

MX1 Manufacturers: 1. Yamaha, 446 points; 2. KTM, 388 p.; 3. Honda, 344 p.; 4. Suzuki, 313 p.; 5. Kawasaki, 197 p.; 6. TM, 167 p.; 7. Aprilia, 141 p.; 8. CCM, 99 p.; 9. Husaberg, 0 p.; 10. Husqvarna, 0 p.;


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