Cairoli And Herlings Sweep 2013 Italian MX GP

The FIM MX GP World Championship continued its trek through Europe with a weekend in Trentino, Italy, the fourth stop of the now 17-round tour. Heading into the event, it was announced that the GP of Mexico, planned for May 26th, had been dropped from the schedule and that it would not be replaced. Youthstream stated that they are already in the process of finding a new venue in Mexico for the 2014 season. Nevertheless, the championship continued on as they headed to the Italian peninsula, where native and defending MX1 champion Antonio Cairoli was welcomed by his fellow countrymen. The Red Bull KTM racer has been nearly unstoppable in his campaign to defend the title, as he claimed 1-1 victories on the dry and hilly circuit. His teammate and fellow defending champion, Jeffrey Herlings, made work of the MX2 division with a sweep of the motos. Both riders are currently seated first in their respective class championships and following Italy, extended their leads even further.

MX2

Moto One

Red Bull KTM’s Jordi Tixier jumped out to the early lead in the MX2 opening moto by claiming the holeshot and over the next 15 laps, rode a seemingly flawless moto. While the French rider took control of the moto, his teammate, Jeffrey Herlings, labored through the pack after a dismal start placed him outside the top-15 on the opening laps. Herlings’ charge to the front was briefly halted by Jake Nicholls, as the Brit fought Herlings’ advances for the position, but the Dutch racer eventually moved by and continued on after third place runner KTM Silver Action's José Butrón and Christophe Charlier of the Monster Energy Yamaha team. After getting by both, the Red Bull KTM racer charged after his teammate and on lap 15, overtook the lead. Herlings spent the final five laps of the race in front and claimed the moto win.

Moto One Results

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM)
2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM)
3. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha)
4. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM)
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM)
6. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM)
7. Max Anstie (GBR, Suzuki)
8. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki)
9. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha)
10. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha)

MX2 Moto Two

Herlings encountered more issues in the start of the second moto when he ran into the gate before it had completed its fall to the ground. This mistake put him at the very back of the field while Jose Butron stormed off with the lead. Over the course of the opening lap, Herlings worked through the field and into the top 10. Meanwhile at the front, Butron was in control of the race and refused to buckle to the pressure being applied by Dean Ferris. Herlings caught and passed the Spaniard on lap seven, but Butron remained steady and finished the moto in second place over Ferris, giving him third overall on the day.

Italy marked Jimmy Decotis’ debut ride on the GP circuit for the CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit squad, but the American had a rough go over the course of the day. Difficulties in the first moto made for race, yet he managed to climb to 21st at the final flag. More issues in the second moto sent the fill-in rider to the pit area in pain and ended his day, but Decotis is expected to be on the line in Bulgaria.

Results

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM)
2. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM)
3. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha)
4. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM)
5. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha)
6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM)
7. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki)
8. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki)
9. Max Anstie (GBR, Suzuki)
10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki)

MX GP Of Italy MX2 Overall Finish

1. Jeffrey Herlings
2. Jordi Tixier
3. Jose Butron
4. Christophe Charlier
5. Glenn Coldenhoff
6. Dylan Ferrandis
7. Max Anstie
8. Dean Ferris
9. Jeremy Seewer
10. Alessandro Lupino

MX2 Championship Standings

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 200 points
2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 141 p.
3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 128 p.
4. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 111 p.
5. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 107 p.
6. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), 98 p.
7. Max Anstie (GBR, Suzuki), 98 p.
8. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), 89 p.
9. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 82 p.
10. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), 77 p.

MX1

Antonio Cairolo swept across the front of the pack to claim the holeshot aboard his Red Bull KTM and from there, the defending champion never relented. Over the course of the 20 following laps, he extended his lead to 3.045 seconds over runner-up finisher Gautier Paulin. Paulin’s race was a bit more eventful than the race winner’s due to the Kawasaki Racing rider’s numerous battles and charge from fifth to second. Paulin ended the moto over a second ahead of third place Clement DeSalle. The top three riders were a safe distance from any attack Ken de Dycker, who was forced to overcome a poor start and eventually claim fourth. MX1 rookie Tommy Searle started the moto just behind Cairoli but small mistakes dropped him back to fifth at its conclusion.

Results

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM)
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki)
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki)
4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM)
5. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki)
6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki)
7. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki)
8. Xavier Boog (FRA, KTM)
9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, TM)
10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM)

MX1 Moto Two

Cairoli was again the first off of the line and to the turn in the day’s second MX1 Moto, with Searle again trailing close behind. Although this start put Searle at the front of the pack, a second race pile-up with Desalle and David Philippaerts buried him deep in the field. With a tall task ahead, Searle regrouped and climbed back to take sixth place. Cairoli motored around the then dusty and battered circuit at slightly slower pace than the first moto, but he managed to stretch a much larger lead over second place finisher de Dycker. He celebrated what was his 57th Grand Prix victory with wheelie through the mechanic’s area just before the checkered flag. This win ties him in the history books with legend Joel Smets for number of Grand Prix overalls, with Stefan Everts’ massive 101 wins still the top number.

Results

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM)
2. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM)
3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda)
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki)
5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki)
6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki)
7. Xavier Boog (FRA, KTM),
8. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki)
9. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM)
10. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki)

MX GP Of Italy MX1 Overall Finish

1. Antonio Cairoli
2. Ken de Dycker
3. Gautier Paulin
4. Clement Desalle
5. Kevin Strijbos
6. Tommy Searle
7. Maximilian Nagl
8. Xavier Boog
9. Jeremy van Horebeek
10. Jonathan Barragan

MX1 Championship Standings

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 192 points
2. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 155 p.
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 149 p.
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 148 p.
5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), 120 p.
6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 118 p.
7. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 89 p.
8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 87 p.
9. Xavier Boog (FRA, KTM), 83 p.
10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), 75 p.