May 26, 2014

Tony Cairoli won the eight round of the MXGP World Championship at Matterley Basin and wanted to dedicate this special win to his father Benedetto who unexpectedly passed away last week.

After posting second in Saturday’s Qualifying, Tony took the holeshot in Race 1, built a gap on the rivals and took the chequered flag apparently with no difficulties. In Race 2 things were more complicated for the Italian Champion, as he had to recover from a less than perfect start to come back from ninth to second. The speed of the AXO rider was impressive and he was closing the gap with the leader, when the rear wheel was damaged landing hard after a quad jump. Riding safe to secure the final second position Tony got his sixty-eight GP victory in his career, a very special one.

Tony Cairoli: “It was very important today to win, I came from the worst two weeks that anybody can have, I did not trained and I had sleepless nights. Fortunately I like this track and I had good speed and good feeling during the entire weekend. For sure in the first moto the hole-shot helped me to win the race but in the second one I had to fight hard to come back after a bad start. I’ve tried my best to overtake as fast as possible the riders I had in front but then, when I was closing the gap with Desalle(Suzuki) I had a problem with the rear wheel and I choose to don’t take risk and finish second. I want to dedicate this victory to my father Benedetto and to my whole family.”.

Third GP of the season for Ken De Dycker, who is recovering from the bad injury at his left wrist. The Blegian came away from Matterley Basin with some points, while Josè Butron, in MX2, got a good seventh spot in the overall.