April 21, 2014

On the beautiful track of Sevlievo, Bulgaria, Tony Cairoli has produced two masterful displays to give AXO the third win out of five GPs so far and to clinch his 66thGP win in this career.

 In the charming scenery of the track of Arco di Trento, placed between the mountains of the north east of Tony Cairoli was in sparkling form on the KTM 350 SX-F, picking up the holeshot in the opening MXGP moto. On a kind of dirt he doesn’t like, hard and slippery from the rain, the seventh time World Champion decided to avoid risks so he didn’t answer to Paulin’s pass for the lead and was content to sit behind him in second place. While the rain stayed away at least for this race, ruts in the technically and physically demanding track got deeper and more difficult as it progressed.

The weather turned on riders as they lined up for the second MXGP moto, but Cairoli shot out of the gates to grab the holeshot and hung onto the lead throughout. This was a perfect tactic to stay out of the worst of the mud chaos behind as track conditions got worse. He was in front by eleven seconds going into the final laps, enough to preserve his lead and to take the moto win, which, courtesy of the second spot in Race 1, gave him the overall win.

Antonio Cairoli: “I didn’t expect to win here in Bulgaria,  the last time here was 2007, so I am very pleased I could seal the Gp and I’m also happy to gain some good points after we lost a few in Trentino. That’s good for the championship. The track was very slippery in the second moto and we had to find different lines. The two motos were in completely different conditions and we don’t often see that in a GP. Now we are heading to Valkenswaard, which is a track I like, and where we hope to continue the good job we have been doing so far.” 

A complicated week end saw  AXO MX2 flagship rider Josè Butron struggling on the track of Sevlievo, where he couldn’t find his rhythm. The 18th spot at the end of the race day does not reflect the potential of the strong Spaniard.

Photo by: Archer/Haudiquert