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CAIROLI JUST MISSES OUT ON HIS SEVENTH WORLD TIITLE

August 19, 2013

The fifteenth round of the Motocross World Championship kicked off yesterday at the Bastogne track (Belgium): Antonio Cairoli took second overall and he’s now very close to his seventh World Title while team mate DeDycker, who was sixth at the end of a difficult day, is still third in the provisional chart.

In Race 1 Tony  got the holeshot and took the lead of the race, which he held until the chequered flag was waved. He controlled home hero Desalle who tried to close the gap and clinched his 12th moto win of the season so far.

In Race 2, under a light rain, Cairoli again took the holeshot, but he had to leave room to Desalle who took the lead and pulled away. After a couple of laps Tony closed the gap on the rival, but a stone hit the roll-off of his goggles and Cairoli had to ride without them. Desalle and Cairoli end the GP tight in points, but Desalle won the overall courtesy of the better result of Race 2. This result allows Tony to maintain the 90 points gap over Desalle and he will only have to conquer 10 points at Matterley Basin next week to be crowned World Champion for the seventh time, with one round left to go.

Difficult week end for team mate Ken De Dycker, who was sixth overall: he dislocated his ankle on Saturday walking through the paddock and could not push as hard as he wanted in front of his home crowd. The Belgian is however still third in the Championship.

Davide Guarneri could not take part to this GP: the Italian ace will undergo further examinations to his injured ankle to make a decision on the rest of the season.

Antonio Cairoli: “I like this track and wanted to win, but I had to keep an eye on the Championship. It would have been stupid to make silly mistakes right now, so I didn’t push too hard. In the second race I tried to come back and catch Desalle, but the track was not selective so I had to be content with the second spot…but it’s just a matter of a few days for my seventh World Title!”.

Ken De Dycker: “It’s been a difficult week end: I dislocated my left ankle and it was very painful, so I could not give my best in what was my home GP. It was very difficult to ride in this conditions but I tried to make the most of it and sixth is not that bad!

Photo by: Davide Messora

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