Tony Cairoli (Red Bull KTM) raced to his 92nd career GP overall win on home turf at Sunday’s MXGP of Trentino but the nine-time champion’s dream of a 10th title to equal Stefan Everts’ record slipped further away.
Cairoli’s 2-2 card was good enough for him to stand on the top step of the podium but series leader Tim Gajser (Team HRC) was just one point behind and, as a result, the Italian trails the Slovenian by 73 points with two rounds to go.
“I’m really happy to win the overall and to ride with Clement [Desalle] in the second moto,” said Cairoli. “It was like a few years ago when we used to fight for the title! We were riding fast today.
“It’s always good to win in Italy but it’s not the same without any public so thanks to all those who were supporting from home. We’ll try to do our best for the rest of the championship. Tim is far ahead but we’ll try to enjoy the last two races and see what happens.”