July 28, 2014

Another podium finish for AXO has come in the  fourteenth round of the MXGP World Championship, held on the track of Loket, Czech Republic. On a track he really doesn’t like, Tony Cairoli made it to the third step of the rostrum to conquer his eleventh podium finish of the 2014 campaign, out of 14 GPs.

Started in the top ten in the first moto, Cairoli quickly came through the field to reach the leading group. While Stribos, eventual winner, was too far already, Cairoli ended his moto in third right behind Jeremy Van Horebeek. In race two, the seventh time World Champ seald the holeshot and led the race for eighteen lap before making a small mistake, which allowed Van Horebeek to pass and take the win. Tony had to settle for second, which meant the third step of the podium in the overall, but with three races to go, the Sicilian still holds the red palte with  57 points gap on second Van Horebeek.                 

Tony Cairoli: "Loket is the worst track of the year for our 350, so I was prepared to face a difficult race. Here I have to push a lot more, often loosing traction, to try to be fast, it’s difficult to find the right balance between the power of the bike and the speed in the corners, but I am happy that the race in Loket is behind us, because I did my best, as always and it went pretty well. In the second moto, Jerre was on the gas and I have made a small mistake, losing traction in a rut, when I was trying to defend the lead so he passed me; but that's okay, because the Championship is coming to the end and it is important to avoid crashes and injuries. It 'been a very difficult season, with all that has happened to me and now I look forward to go for the next race in the sand of Lommel; also if I’ve not spent many days training in the sand, I always like to run there.

Team mate Ken De Dycker had to call it a day, as he couldn’t rider as he is capable to, because of the problem at his left wrist, which he injured at the beginning of the season. The Belgian giant pushed hard in Race 1 to take and eventual fifteenth, but was forced to the pits in Race 2 as the pain in his wrist got worst.

A very good performance in MX2 came from Josè Butron, who sealed fifth at the end of two hard fought races. The Spaniard seems to have overcome the problems he had since the beginning of the season and showed how he can fight for the top five every GP.

Last but not least, many congratulations to Joakin Furbetta, the youngest gun of the AXO crew, who took fourth in the penultimate round of the 125cc European Championship!