September 29, 2014

The sixty-eighth edition of the Motocross of Nations, held on the Zelta Zirgs track in Kegums, Latvia, turned out to be a bitter pill for Tony Cairoli to swallow. After putting his eighth world Title under his belt, the Sicilian ace has been called to represent Team Italy in the MX2 class. Cairoli turned back time by riding a 250 bike for the first time after six years and gifting his talent and experience to the Italian Team. In his special AXO gear, made for him for The Nations, Tony  won the qualifying race in its class riding his KTM SX250F with his well known class and determination. Unfortunately, it was not just meant to be, as on Sunday, things have changed and misfortune put  the Sicilian out of the games already in the first moto, the one reserved to the MX2 combined with MXGP class. After a good start Cairoli chased, with fast laps, the riders in front, all riding MXGP bikes, but on lap 10, when he was fighting for the fourth place, he crashed heavily receiving a big blow in his right knee, which forced him to retire. During the break between the first and second moto, Antonio was checked by the doctors, who gave him the green light to ride again. Still sore, Antonio was at the gate of the second race (MX2+Open) showing his fighting spirit and devotion to the Italian Team. But, again, it was not meant to be, as the Sicilian missed his start and had to come back from thirty. Trying to find the right feeling with the injured knee, Tony began to "manage" the pain, recovering and finishing the race in nineteenth position. Italy ended the 2014 edition of the Chamberlain trophy of the Nations in sixth place.

Antonio Cairoli: "It 'was an unlucky race, unfortunately I was obliged to win and I've tried everything to get it. Yesterday things went pretty well and I had fun, riding the 250. Unfortunately today, during the first moto, I made a small mistake which put me out of the race, luckily however, I have not been injured too bad, because it could be worst that this. When the doctors gave me the permission to start the second race, I went to the gate well determined to make well but I jumped the start, ending up last at the first corner. After some laps to get used to driving with a sore knee, I found a good rhythm and I kept pushing until the end. Finally I'm happy to have tried riding in MX2, because it was the right thing to do. ”

Good personal performance for the other AXO rider called to represent his Nation: Josè Butron, riding the MXGP class for Team Spain, clinched second in the B-Final and only a less than perfect performance from his Team mates, prevented him to guide the Spanish squad to the three races held on Sunday.

Photo by: Davide Messora