AXO takes double podium at Kegums!

July 8, 2013

Just one week after the double podium sealed by AXO in Sweden, here we come with another storming performance by our two AXO riders, Tony Cairoli and Ken De Dycker, who, once again, have dominated the MX1 class at the GP of Latvia, held this week end on the Zelta Zirgs track in front of 20.000 spectators.

Ken de Dycker pulled off an impressive victory in the opening MX1 moto and finished behind Cairoli in the second race to join him on the podium in second overall.

 Cairoli, with his 61st career victory, has now been on the podium in every GP this season and has laid a solid foundation towards retaining his World Championship title. De Dycker looked very impressive in the first moto, finishing seven seconds in front of Cairoli, who has been cautiously nursing a leg injury. But in the second moto, Cairoli threw caution to the wind and went for the big win. He dominated the race from gate drop to flag, while de Dycker fought the good fight behind him.

Davide Guarneri also put in a good performance by ending in twelfth in the overall chart despite a badly twisted ankle which he received in the second moto.

Tony Cairoli: “I had some good races with my teammate and it was also good for the championship. He took points away from other riders and he also gained some for himself. Hopefully he can come closer to the top. I haven’t been able to train since my knee injury. I didn’t know what to expect because the track was very rough and that takes a lot of energy. Because of my condition, I wanted to see how things went in the first moto. I waited a bit too long and Ken made a gap I couldn’t close. I knew I had to attack right from the start of the second moto. I had some good energy and I made a good gap.”

Ken de Dycker: “Already yesterday I had a good rhythm and I made no mistakes in the first moto. I was able to make a gap and I could control the race. Also when Tony is behind me I know I am safe and a 1-2 in the first moto is good for us. Then Tony was very fast at the beginning of the second moto. I tried to push and half way through the race I got closer to him. I had my rhythm, I didn’t make mistakes and I was happy to be second”.

De Dycker’s week end ended on a high when he was confirmed for another two years with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team, thus maintaining good team continuity and harmony for the coming seasons.

Photo by: Davide Messora

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