Tony Cairoli was sixth out of the gate in his second race in Trentino and progressively worked his way up to second in the MXGP. But with 14 minutes to go he had a series of near crashes on the increasingly slippery track that dropped him back to fourth.

He pushed hard in an attempt to close on the three lead riders in the last few laps but slipped again in the final lap and had to settle for an eventual overall fifth.