Every year that Maggiora has hosted an FIM Motocross World Championship event it has never ceased to amaze and this year was no different.
The location itself just has a knack of drawing huge boisterous crowds filled with passion and enthusiasm which was just egged on even more with their very own motocross phenomenon Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli bringing home a perfect score for a very emotional victory here at round ten of the FIM Motocross World Championship. Meanwhile in the MX2, Cairoli’s Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammate Jeffrey Herlings rocked with yet another dominating performance to tie with Italian legend Alessandro Puzar as the most successful rider around the magnificent circuit here in Maggiora.
Team Italy just scored the winning goal in the final of the Football World Cup! Maybe not yet, but their star Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli got the same response with the tens of thousands of screaming ‘TC222’ fans cheering and celebrating as the Italian sensation brought home a breath-taking double victory. Just seconds after the race a noticeably happy and emotional Tony Cairoli said with a smile from ear to ear “I’ve wanted to win this race so much and to have so many fans here pushing me all the way, I am happy to do it here today, I liked the track, it fitted me better than last year and I just want to dedicate this race to my father, Benedetto Cairoli.”
‘Watch this space’ could be the next butt patch for Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jeremy Van Horebeek as he continues to pick up momentum. The Belgian youngster looked more aggressive than normal on his retro looking YZ450FM, it’s evident he’s getting hungry for his first MXGP victory. If it wasn’t for the flawless form of his good friend and rival Tony Cairoli, it would have been a win for Van Horebeek here today. Nonetheless he rode well with two second place finishes landing him on the podium for the ninth time in succession this season.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Kevin Strijbos has missed the box for the last handful of MXGP rounds, while his teammate Clement Desalle has been racking them up. This weekend it was Strijbos who landed on the box with third after Desalle threw away second place in race one with a super gnarly crash over a jump forcing him to settle for fourth. During the press conference a content Strijbos said “This season has gone pretty good so far only the last two races in England and France were not so good, but after that I sat down with the whole team and we made a plan to try to make it better and we worked hard the last few weeks and it’s coming back now. I definitely want to be on the podium every time.”
One of the top performances of the weekend has to go to the 2008 FIM Motocross World Champion DP19 Racing’s David Philippaerts. The local man with a ton of fans of which he shares with fellow Italian legend Antonio Cairoli had the crowd in fits of celebration as he fought his way to his best race finish since 2012. A plausible fifth in race two which was hard fought against Hitachi Construction Machinery’s Shaun Simpson, who was all over him like a rash, combined with his ninth in race one landed the Italian star in fifth overall for his best finish this year.
Bad luck struck Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Steven Frossard who rode a stellar race in race one filling the gap of his missing teammate and last year’s victor Gautier Paulin just fine. The Frenchman bought home a third in that race which came undone when he was forced to retire due to a technical problem with the bike in race two.
Clearly, the Italian fans know how to fire up their riders with the third top Italian MXGP star TM Ricci Racing’s Davide Guarneri also riding amazing today on his retro style red TM for a remarkable eight overall.
Heartbreak for HRC Team’s Evgeny Bobryshev who was looking more like the ‘Bobby’ of old out on the iconic track of Maggiora. After taking home a remarkable fifth in race one, race two saw Bobryshev crash three corners in when he was struck from behind by another rider. The Russian MXGP star was immediately stretchered off of the track by the medical crew and taken to the track’s medical center before being transported to a nearby hospital with a suspected broken tibia and fibula.
MXGP Race 1 top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 34:47.796; 2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:04.109; 3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:10.121; 4. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:20.361; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:23.524; 6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:41.674; 7. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:45.162; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:45.566; 9. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:50.193; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), +1:10.566.
MXGP Race 2 top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 34:39.495; 2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:04.774; 3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:05.986; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:24.914; 5. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:31.560; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:34.934; 7. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:48.210; 8. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), +0:49.759; 9. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:51.107; 10. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:51.136.
MXGP Overall top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 50 points; 2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 44 p.; 3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 38 p.; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 32 p.; 5. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 28 p.; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 28 p.; 7. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 27 p.; 8. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 24 p.; 9. Steven Frossard (FRA, KAW), 20 p.; 10. Gregory Aranda (FRA, KAW), 19 p.
MXGP World Championship Classification Top Ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 443 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 405 p.; 3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 402 p.; 4. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 314 p.; 5. Steven Frossard (FRA, KAW), 217 p.; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 211 p.; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, KAW), 205 p.; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 184 p.; 9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HON), 166 p.; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 163 p.
MXGP Manufacturer: 1. KTM, 443 points; 2. Suzuki, 421 p.; 3. Yamaha, 402 p.; 4. Kawasaki, 372 p.; 5. Honda, 301 p.; 6. Husqvarna, 209 p.; 7. TM, 191 p.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings, as he stormed his way to his 40th Grand Prix overall, “It was amazing, I’ve won 23 GP’s in the last 18 months so that has helped and today I made 40 GP wins, so that’s pretty amazing. Today the track was really good, the rain was the perfect watering just enough to keep the dust away and give the track a lot of grip. I made a lot of passes in the race, so it shows it was possible to make passes, it was a lot of fun!”
Maggiora loves a bit of retro and although the word ‘retro’ may not apply to last year, it was good to see Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier line up like his old self, finishing with two thirds for second overall and moving up into third in the championship standings.
Being knocked back to the third step after a bad start in race two ruined his solid performance in race one for second, CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy’s Arnaud Tonus explained, “Yeah I made it difficult for myself today, I didn’t qualify so well yesterday so I didn’t have a good pick at the gate. In the second race my jump was also not so good and I struggled to find good lines to pass and lost a lot of time at the beginning of the race. Anyway I am just happy to be on the podium.”
This season’s early bloomer CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy’s Dylan Ferrandis rounded out MXGP of Italy with an outstanding ride in race two to charge forward and run away with second place. Combined with his seventh in race one, the Frenchman ended up in fourth overall ahead of fellow young gun Tim Gajser.
Honda Gariboldi’s teenage dream Tim Gajser is fast becoming a solid top five guy. While the seventeen-year-old Slovenian would have loved to have stood on the podium today, his fourth and fifth place results were only enough for a respectable fifth over all.
MX2 Race 1 top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:59.483; 2. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Kawasaki), +0:16.222; 3. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:29.958; 4. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:32.756; 5. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Husqvarna), +0:36.815; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:37.753; 7. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:38.583; 8. Max Anstie (GBR, Yamaha), +0:43.364; 9. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), +1:06.588; 10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +1:18.881.
MX2 Race 2 top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:18.701; 2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:32.011; 3. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:35.589; 4. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Kawasaki), +0:36.284; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:37.154; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:38.568; 7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +0:47.649; 8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:50.646; 9. Julien Lieber (BEL, Suzuki), +0:57.312; 10. Damon Graulus (BEL, KTM), +1:00.811
MX2 Overall top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 40 p.; 3. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, KAW), 40 p.; 4. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 36 p.; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 34 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, HUS), 30 p.; 7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 24 p.; 8. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 24 p.; 9. Petar Petrov (BUL, YAM), 22 p.; 10. Julien Lieber (BEL, SUZ), 20 p.
MX2 World Championship Classification Top Ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 444 points; 2. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, KAW), 389 p.; 3. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 331 p.; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, HUS), 327 p.; 5. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 314 p.; 6. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 269 p.; 7. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 240 p.; 8. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 223 p.; 9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 213 p.; 10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 192 p.
MX2 Manufacturer: 1. KTM, 474 points; 2. Kawasaki, 419 p.; 3. Husqvarna, 334 p.; 4. Suzuki, 299 p.; 5. Honda, 279 p.; 6. Yamaha, 265 p.; 7. TM, 6 p.