June 2, 2014

Antonio Cairoli has sealed the seventh podium result of the season so far yesterday on the beautiful track of St Jean D’Angely, France, stepping on the third step of the rostrum, courtesy of the second spot of Race 1 and the third of Race 2.

After winning the qualifying race on Saturday, Cairoli took the holeshot in both races, but it wasn’t just meant to be. He led both motos from the start to a few laps from the end, when in Race 1  he made a mistake, which cost him the win (second on Desalle’s tale) and in Race 2 he crashed to avoid a lapped rider with two laps to go. He tried to come back and could only salvage third as the chequered flag was waved.

Tony Cairoli: “For sure I’m disappointed because this weekend was good, it is difficult to stay focused with what has happened in the last weeks and especially on a difficult track like we had today. In the first race it was for sure my mistake, but in the second race I had in front a lapped rider who changed line and I panicked and braked too hard on the front so I slipped away on this slick surface, but overall I’m ok and I’m not injured. I am going back home looking forward for the next GP that is Maggiora where I will meet a lot of fans.”

Difficult week end for Ken De Dycker, who is still recovering from the injury he sustained at his wrist and for Josè Butron in MX2, who couldn’t find his rhythm on the French track and finished thirteenth.

Photo by: Davide Messora