The Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship took a break this weekend, as they prepare to take to the sand of Southwick next weekend, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any racing to be had. In fact, the big news came from the FIM World Championships in the form of Antonio Cairoli clinching the MX1 Championship at the GP of Brazil. Check out his post-race interview on PAGE 2, as well as the racing results and MX2 press conference on PAGE 3.
Since we weren’t jet setting to a race, we stopped by the KTM America West headquarters in celebration of their big championship weekend. Check out the video tour below…
HOUSE CALL: KTM AMERICA WEST
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CAMPO GRANDE (BRAZIL), 22 August 2010 – As if achievements like winning his maiden MX1 World Title already at his first full season in the category, or taking his maiden MX1 GP win at a single selected outing in 2007 while he was a regular MX2 rider were not enough to prove his value, in 2010 an upbeat Antonio Cairoli went on to take the revolutionary KTM 350 SX-F machine to success and wrap up his fourth World Title – as many as Legends Harry Everts, Torsten Hallman and Heikki Mikkola.
Winning seven GPs onboard his new bike, which represents a total revolution in the sport of Motocross by combining the agility of a 250 and the power of the 450, Cairoli has worked his way inside the top ten of all time GP winners courtesy of a total of 36 Grand Prix wins – as many as Roger De Coster and Mickael Pichon. Starring another hard battled season, Cairoli is currently the most successful Italian racer to have taken part in the FIM Motocross World Championship.
The arrival of the KTM 350 SX-F marked also the Austrian manufacturer's return to success in the MX1 class with their last Title dating back at 1985, when Heinz Kinigadner took his second of two World Titles in the 250cc class.
"I did not expect to win here but it is always nice to be World Champion as soon as possible," the 24 year old Sicilian said. "I did not take any risks and I was also a bit lucky that Desalle stopped, but that is racing. For sure I am happy with the new bike. I never had to stop for any technical problem and that is really important if you want to be constant. I love this bike and the whole team, they have helped me a lot!"
CAIROLI'S CAREER IN THE FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Entering his first FIM Motocross World Championship campaign onboard a 125cc machine in 2002, it took Cairoli two years to get to grips with the series and express his full potential. 2004 is actually the year the Sicilian meets fellow Italian Claudio De Carli, managing his own Yamaha squad and offering Cairoli a ride. The association resulted into Tony's maiden win in Namur, one of the toughest tracks ever, and a solid third place in the MX2 Championship.
Cairoli and De Carli continued working together in 2005 with the goal of becoming World Champions and that is exactly what happened at the end of the season. Cairoli won six Grand Prix's and took the Title despite two major mishaps: his disqualification at the French Grand Prix, which let rival McFarlane increase his points lead, and his scaphoid injury during the qualifying for the Dutch GP, which Cairoli raced in strong pain just to seal the Title. Being 19 at that time, Cairoli had just become the youngest Italian to have won a Motocross World Title.
2006 was the year of Cairoli's Title defense but it ended with a runner up position. After a difficult start to the season, Cairoli found himself again and went on to take 12 moto wins – against the four of eventual Champion Christophe Pourcel – but it was too late to catch Pourcel, who had pulled away from the Italian in the meantime. Cairoli's "never surrender" attitude saw the Italian win both heats at the final round in France, Pourcel's home GP, but the French took the Title eventually. With the duo starring the 2006 season, third placed Philippaerts found himself 100 points away. Cairoli tried to make up for the Title loss at the Motocross of Nations, collecting a stunning heat win in the MX2 class and leading Team Italy to fourth overall.
2007 recorded Cairoli's second World Title, which came with two rounds before the end of the season at the GP of Northern Ireland, where runner up and defending Champ Pourcel picked up a severe back injury. Learning from the previous year's mistakes, Cairoli lined up much stronger and dominated the season with 21 heat wins and 10 GP wins out of the series' 15 meetings, holding the red plate in each single round. On top of that, Yamaha gave freshly crowned World Champion Cairoli the chance to race the British GP at Donington Park in the MX1 class. Qualifying in 12th, Tony was second in heat one and won heat two, the result assuring his maiden overall win in the top class at his very first attempt. Completing the season with a winning return to the MX2 class in Lierop, Cairoli had proved the strongest MX2 rider of the year.
2008 ended much earlier than expected as a left knee injury at the South African Grand Prix saw Cairoli abandon the series when he was holding a close second place in between eventual Champion Rattray and team mate Searle. The efforts leading Cairoli to four Grand Prix wins and two second places on the podium out of nine rounds vanished in South Africa during a first lap contact in moto one. The Italian tried to complete the rest of the heat in pain but had to pull out after just four laps. Fans will need to hold on until 2009 before seeing him back on track but the coming season will unveil to be worth the wait.
2009 was the year of Cairoli's permanent move to the MX1 class, where he had already shown potential by winning a GP in 2007. Proving wrong all rumors about his fitness after his previous year's knee injury, Cairoli took the Title with gallantry in a season recording four Grand Prix wins, including Turkey where the Championship was for its first time ever, and other five podiums. With his knee troubling him again before the Dutch Grand Prix, Cairoli overcame pain to collect the Title with a sixth place overall. With the Motocross of Nations taking place in his home country Italy, Cairoli won the first race but was unlucky to get caught in a group crash at the final heat and miss another potential success.
In 2010 Cairoli and the whole De Carli squad switched to KTM in order to debut the revolutionary KTM 350 SX-F, a machine whose potential was yet to be discovered. Cairoli made the most of the bike's agility to steer the machine to its first success in Mantova where he snatched the red plate from team mate Nagl. The result was followed by Valkenswaard's win, with Cairoli dominating both heats. The Italian went on to build on his advantage by performing podium finishes as well as wins on all sorts of terrains –except for Bellpuig and Teutschenthal- and never left the red plate until he turned it into a Title at the Brazilian GP. The event held a very small chance for Cairoli to take the Title but a technical failure of runner up Desalle in the final heat granted Cairoli his seventh Grand Prix win and fourth World Title with two rounds to go before the end of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
In 2011, which should see the presence of more 350cc machines on the grid, Cairoli and KTM will continue being together to defend their Title and face even stronger opposition on the global stage of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
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CAMPO GRANDE (BRAZIL), 22 August 2010 – The Brazilian Grand Prix handed overall winner Tony Cairoli and KTM their first success in the MX1 class since their association started at the beginning of the 2010 season, marking also the debut of the revolutionary KTM 350 SX-F which Cairoli exploited fully to win his fourth World Title in a hot day at Campo Grande. Ken Roczen took victory in the MX2 class after two battles with series leader Marvin Musquin, ending second overall.
Cairoli topped the podium from Italy fellow rider David Philippaerts, ending level in points with the eventual Champion after winning heat one. Max Nagl completed the podium as Clement Desalle encountered a mechanical problem while he was on route to win the second heat and the Grand Prix – his dnf handing Cairoli the MX1 Title.
In the MX2 class Roczen topped the podium from Championship leader Musquin, the two battling it out for victory in each moto. Completing the podium was Jeremy Van Horebeek, performing strong in the final heat to take third.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1's Cairoli made the most of this first Grand Prix of Brazil held in Campo Grande, which saw the Italian's fourth World Championship win at the end of an eventful day. Cairoli recovered form a bad start in the first moto to take an eventual second through a last lap move on Desalle – the duo was too far from heat one winner Philippaerts. In the final moto Cairoli started better and placed himself in the runner up position behind leader Desalle but crashed and dropped back to fourth. Another recovery followed with Cairoli taking the second place back. Three laps to go leader Desalle, who was too far to be caught by Cairoli, bumped into a technical issue and his bike stopped. A dramatic win was handed Cairoli, who managed to top the podium from runner up Philippaerts and at the same time take also the Title at his debut season with KTM – the manufacturer returning to victory in the top class after their last success from 1985.
Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross' Philippaerts was back onto the podium after his third place from Teutschenthal. The Italian took pole yesterday and made the most of it by winning the opening moto. The second heat though was a different story, as he ended second behind Cairoli and dropped down to second on the podium despite ending level in points with the Sicilian. Philippaerts was the first racer to congratulate Cairoli on his Title victory as he went to shake hands with his countryman right after he crossed the finish line.
Third on the podium was Cairoli's Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1 team mate Nagl, who was also surprised about being inside the top three. The German raced to fourth in the first moto and took third in moto two –where he got the holeshot- despite a crash. Nagl said this was a special podium as he found his team mate on top and could join him and the whole team for the World Title celebrations.
Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1's Desalle instead had a day to forget at Campo Grande. The Belgian was in second place when Cairoli attacked him and moved past in the last lap of moto one. After taking third, Desalle was on route to win moto two and the overall but his bike stopped due to a technical issue, marking an early end to Desalle's Brazilian GP – which he won in 2009.
Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1 team mate Ramon's fourth place was a good consolation for the Geboers managed squad, with the racer combining a seventh and a fourth place in the heats.
Gonçalves ended the top five, making it a big day for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1 team. Guarneri took sixth overall ahead of Coppins. Leok, Desalle and Albertson completed the top ten ahead of Balbi, who was the best placed Brazilian in Campo Grande.
Boog was involved in a group tangle at the start of race one forcing him to retire much earlier than expected. He was 13th overall after ending race two in sixth place.
MX1 Race 1 top ten: 1. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 41:20.839; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:09.791; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:13.112; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:20.864; 5. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), +0:46.909; 6. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), +0:54.816; 7. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +1:13.946; 8. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), +1:21.489; 9. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Aprilia), +1:23.814; 10. Jimmy Albertson (USA, Honda), +1:25.132;
MX1 Race 2 top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 41:15.746; 2. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:08.278; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:16.775; 4. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:29.866; 5. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), +0:43.882; 6. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:58.480; 7. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Aprilia), +1:03.281; 8. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), +1:08.317; 9. Jimmy Albertson (USA, Honda), +1:09.895; 10. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), +2:03.205;
MX1 Overall top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 47 points; 2. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 47 p.; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 38 p.; 4. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 32 p.; 5. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 31 p.; 6. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), 29 p.; 7. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Aprilia), 26 p.; 8. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), 24 p.; 9. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 24 p.; 10. Jimmy Albertson (USA, Honda), 23 p.;
MX1 Championship top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 578 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 471 p.; 3. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 441 p.; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 420 p.; 5. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 408 p.; 6. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), 314 p.; 7. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), 309 p.; 8. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 291 p.; 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 270 p.; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), 242 p.;
MX1 Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 607 points; 2. Suzuki, 535 p.; 3. Yamaha, 495 p.; 4. Honda, 428 p.; 5. Kawasaki, 357 p.; 6. Aprilia, 218 p.; 7. TM, 145 p.; 8. CCM, 25 p.; 9. Husqvarna, 4 p.;
Taking his second Grand Prix victory in three GPs, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2's Roczen did make up for the troubled qualifying race of yesterday. The 16-year-old German went on to win both heats for the first time in 2010 and topped the podium from Championship leader Musquin. The duo made it a hard fought MX2 Grand Prix as they battled tooth and nail for victory in both occasions, passing each other several times until Roczen would eventually pull away to take victory.
Musquin instead could not take the World Title as team mate Cairoli did in the MX1 class. Losing six points on runner up Roczen was not a big deal for Musquin, who still has a 72 point advantage with 100 points still up for grabs. Taking second overall, the French mounted on the podium for the tenth time in 2010 and looks forward to the next round in Lierop where he hopes to celebrate the Championship win.
Someone who had never seen the podium before Campo Grande instead was Kawasaki CLS' Van Horebeek, completing the top three today. The Belgian rode with a twisted knee to take sixth in race one after a bad start and third in moto two, where he charged hard to pass Paulin and settle for an eventual top three finish.
Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2's Tonus was fourth overall, taking third in moto one and sixth in the final heat, while Osborne completed the top five.
Roelants was sixth ahead of Frossard, the latter having a tough day in Brazil but still holding the third place in the Championship.
Paulin also had a tough day with race one affecting his Brazilian outing. The French and Simpson came together in race one and the contact damaged Paulin's bike, forcing him to pull out. In the crash Simpson dislocated his left shoulder and did not take part in heat two.
MX2 Race 1 top ten: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 39:52.656; 2. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), +0:23.697; 3. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), +0:53.952; 4. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +1:01.715; 5. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +1:06.236; 6. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:10.772; 7. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +1:16.108; 8. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:46.335; 9. Michael Leib (USA, Kawasaki), +1:56.549; 10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Yamaha), +2:01.833;
MX2 Race 2 top ten: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 41:22.126; 2. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), +0:18.016; 3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:25.375; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:32.532; 5. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:36.430; 6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), +0:38.248; 7. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:38.531; 8. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:24.599; 9. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +1:29.587; 10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Yamaha), +1:32.968;
MX2 Overall top ten: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 50 points; 2. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 44 p.; 3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 35 p.; 4. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), 35 p.; 5. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 30 p.; 6. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 28 p.; 7. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 26 p.; 8. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 26 p.; 9. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 26 p.; 10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Yamaha), 22 p.;
MX2 Championship top ten: 1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 571 points; 2. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 499 p.; 3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 430 p.; 4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 391 p.; 5. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 343 p.; 6. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 337 p.; 7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 329 p.; 8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), 328 p.; 9. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 326 p.; 10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 280 p.;
MX2 Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 620 points; 2. Suzuki, 523 p.; 3. Kawasaki, 459 p.; 4. Yamaha, 450 p.; 5. Honda, 107 p.; 6. TM, 34 p.;