May 5, 2014

GP win for Tony Cairoli in Valkenswaard: the 7 times World Champion and AXO rider confirms to be a sand master and seals his sixty-seventh victory in his career so far.

It hasn’t been easy though, for Tony, who had to fight against misfortune, too: in the first moto he had to manage with a broken front wheel that took away from him an easy victory. Tony had the hole-shot and was leading the group, when he felt something wrong on the front end: he managed to finish in third position the first race, riding as smooth as possible. In second moto things went easier: he got the hole-shot again and posted an impressive rhythm, which brought him the GP win after a 30 minutes plus two laps lonely ride.

Antonio Cairoli: “It’s always nice to win here, the track was very rough but I like it; during the first race I was lucky to go till the end, I felt since the first lap that something was wrong with the front end and I was not sure if to stop and change the damaged wheel or continue riding as smooth as possible; I think that I did the right choice and  I’m very pleased that I could manage to finish that first moto. In the second race, I really wanted to win; so I pushed hard to build a gap and that’s what I did and I’m so happy with this win!”.

After having injured his wrist while training in Lommel last December, Ken De Dycker was back on track yesterday in Valkenswaard: the plan was just to build up some time on the bike and have fun in his home GP: Keeno finished Race 1 in 23rd spot and preferred not to push too hard in Race 2, when he retired half way distance.

Positive results for AXO from MX2, too, with Josè Butron posting a good 8th spot overall on a track he doesn’t like that much.

Photo by: Archer/Haudiquert