September 15, 2014

With Tony Cairoli already crowned 2014 MXGP World Champion last week in Brazil (his eighth so far) the final round of the season, held on the newly built track at Leon, Mexico, was something of a formality. In the first moto he didn’t have a perfect jump out of the gate, but pushed hard to come back to eventually finish third behind Max Nagl and Kevin Strijbos. In Race 2 Tony had a better start, was third and started to increase his lap times to pass Max Nagl and to eventually chase Paulin for the moto and GP win. The Fenchman was determined to win the last Grand Prix of the season, so Tony had to be content with second in the moto and third in the GP. This podium finish is the fourteenth of the 2014 season, which was for Tony very successful, if we consider he has won 9 GP out of 17 (Si Racha; Beto Carrero; Sevlievo; Valkenswaard; Matterley Basin; Maggiora; Uddevalla; Hyvinkaa e Lommel) and that he took the title with one GP to go!

Antonio Cairoli: “This was a new track for everybody, with a lot of jumps and the soil becoming harder and harder. I had a good qualifying and I’m also happy with the GP result, I could have won until the last corner, but Paulin has been really good, he was fast and could resist my attacks. Now we come back to Italy and we need to start to think at the Nations, as I will be riding with the 250. I will give my best, as a Team, we must defend last year’s podium!”.

AXO MX2 flagship rider had to call it a day, as he finished the last GP of the season in 15th only. The Spaniard was the 2014 Holeshot Award winner, as he sealed 9 holeshots out of 17 Grand Prix!