GRAND PRIX OF CZECH REPUBLIC MXGP

July 25, 2016

KTM REDBULL FACTORY RACING TEAM

ANTONIO CAIROLI

The return to competition after the summer break of three weeks has seen Tony Cairoli racing again with his beloved KTM 350 SX-F. The Sicilian rider has decided, after a year spent on the 450, to return to the bike that led him win five consecutive titles, to end the 2016 season in the best possible way. The debut was positive but the short time available to develop the bike for the starts, has conditioned the overall result. The eight-time World Champion, dressed in the SR suit red and white, showed good speed throughout the Czech weekend, confirmed by excellent lap times in practice and in the race. But three times in qualifying and the two races on Sunday, Tony had to recover positions, catching up strongly from the back. Tony didn’t had good starts, which are usually his strong point but it is certainly didn’t lost his grit, despite the not perfect physical conditions and a track made slippery by rain. With a seventh and an eighth place, Cairoli ended the Czech Republic Grand Prix in seventh place, confirming second position in the World Championship standings. Next round of the MXGP will be in six days on the sandy track of Lommel, Belgium, for the fourteenth round of the MXGP.

 

GLENN COLDENHOFF

A crash in the second race deprived Glen of another positive weekend, that would allow him to extend the line of good results that led the Dutch rider of the De Carli team in the eighth place of the standings of the premier class. With the track made tricky by changing weather conditions, the team mate of Tony Cairoli has scored an excellent fifth place in Saturday's qualifying race and then a sixth, in the first moto on Sunday. As mentioned a little crash after the start of the second manche, deprived Coldenhoff of a good final result. For him the Grand Prix finished in thirteenth place overall.

 

HONDA RACING TEAM JTECH

MX2

 

Honda Racing JTech was racing in Loket, at the Grand Prix of Czech Republic, without the riders of the European series, that will return next week in Belgium. Both, Henry Jacobi and Giuseppe Tropepe, during the thirteenth round of the MX2 World Series in 2016, made their come back, after being absent for several weeks because of injuries. Both riders showed good progress over the weekend, climbing the ranking constantly and finally earning World Championship points.

 

 

HENRY JACOBI

Henry regained the feeling with the bike during Saturday's practices and his weekend has been a constant growing in the rankings, from the twenty-seventh position of the free practice to the fifteenth of the second manche, which sees him end first of the Honda riders on track.

 

 

TROPEPE GIUSEPPE

Also Giuseppe Tropepe is back in race, after being injured before the Spanish Grand Prix, while trying the new bike. The young Calabrian takes a little time to find the right feeling with the brawl during the day on Saturday. Sunday in race one he had a very good start but crashed and recovered from the last position to the twenty-fourth, while in race two he scored a good eighteenth place which gave him the first three points on a Honda.



photo credits:  Davide Messora