Taking victory at the Grand Prix of Lombardia ( Mantova, Italy) , Antonio Cairoli wrote a new page in Motocross history as he collected the maiden Grand Prix win of a 350cc machine in the likes of the KTM 350 SX-F. Clement Desalle and Max Nagl completed the MX1 podium.Marvin Musquin took his fourth consecutive heat win to win the Grand Prix from Ken Roczen and Jeffrey Herlings.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1’s Cairoli walked away from Mantova with his first GP win of the season and with the MX1 red plate which he snatched from team mate Nagl, winner in Bulgaria last weekend. Cairoli’s success marked the first ever triumph in a Motocross GP of a 350cc bike in the likes of the KTM 350 SX-F. The Italian recovered to second in moto one after a bad start but rode an impressive final heat, dominating from the start to the flag.Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1’s Desalle took victory in the opening heat which he started leading after previous leader Philippaerts made a mistake and crashed. In the second moto instead he had to recover from the bottom of the top ten to a final fourth to secure the podium.Third man on the rostrum was Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1’s Max Nagl who dropped down to second in the Championship. The German ended third twice in the heats.Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci’s Ken De Dycker ended fourth overall ahead of a surprising Xavier Boog of Kawasaki Racing. The French MX1 debutant even took the holeshot in the second race.Home rider David Philippaerts ended a bitter eight. He was second in heat two but a penalty in the first heat where he crashed and broke his exhaust pipe- saw him drop down to 19th.Team Martin Honda rider Jimmy Albertson used a Dunlop sand profile on his rear wheel to make an excellent start in the first moto and was running in the top five for half of the 35 minute and 2 lap distance. He upped his speed in the final phase to secure sixth and his best finish so far. In the second race the same rubber did not produce a similar launch from the gate and the American had to battle from mid-pack to take 13th.Tony Cairoli: “I’m very happy to win the first ever GP on the 350. Like Stefan (team boss Stefan Everts) said it is a historical victory for us. It’s a great feeling to be the first one who has ever won a GP on this bike. I have won on different bikes but to be the first, well that’s a different emotion. For sure with this victory I’m convinced that I have a very strong bike. I’m happy to be back with the red plate but it would have been okay also if it was with my team-mate. The most important thing is to have it at the end of the championship. Now I look forward to Valkenswaard. I like the track there and it’s going to be a great race.”
Clement Desalle: “It felt great to get my first win in the first moto. I knew Cairoli was coming closer at the end but I could control the distance. My start in the second race was not as good as in the first moto and I was around eighth position on the first lap. The track was harder for passing in the afternoon so I concentrated on reaching the top five. The gap to the others was too hard to make smaller. This is my second podium but I am still new to the factory team and have to learn a lot; we can do better.”Max Nagl: “For me it’s like every weekend I’m getting better. I like this track. It was really rough but it was fun to ride. For sure it’s good if the red plate stays with the team but if it’s possible I want to have it back,”Jimmy Albertson: “It was a really rough track today. I did not think it could get much worse than it did yesterday but when that second moto came around, man, it was beat, really gnarly. I ran a scoop tyre on the back in the first moto and it worked well for the start; I rocked it out of the gate and almost had the holeshot. I think I got a bit nervous out there and when I dropped back to seventh my lap-times were terrible but with four laps to go I could raise my speed and was four seconds better each lap. I got into fifth and almost had Pourcel and De Dycker at the end. It was a really good race and I was happy. I kept the tyre profile for the second start and that perhaps was a mistake because it was much drier and I just wheel-span. I got away in about 20th and worked my way up to 13th. I had a whole group of guys in front of me but I couldn’t get there. Overall it was a good weekend and a big step up from last week; that’s what I was looking for. I want to keep on improving from here.”MX1 Race 1: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 40:13.247; ; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:04.718; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:14.341; 4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), +0:27.404; 5. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:29.853; 6. Jimmy Albertson (USA, Honda), +0:33.123; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:35.055; 8. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:37.764; 9. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), +0:43.058; 10. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:54.348;MX1 Race 2: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 39:50.854; ; 2. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:08.843; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:17.627; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:32.466; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), +0:39.633; 6. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:41.226; 7. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:48.453; 8. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:55.507; 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:58.109; 10. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), +1:00.706;MX1 Championship: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 88 points; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 87 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 79 p.; 4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), 65 p.; 5. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 60 p.; 6. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 59 p.; 7. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), 56 p.; 8. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 54 p.; 9. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 37 p.; 10. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Aprilia), 37 p.;
Marvin Musquin of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2 rolled to his fourth consecutive heat win to take another Grand Prix win. The defending MX2 Champion has been incredible through the first two Grand Prix’s of 2010 and has only missed out on taking a pole so far.Teka Suzuki Europe rider Ken Roczen took a solid second place finish as he gave his best to chase Musquin for the overall win in heat one. Towards the last part of the race the German came close to Musquin but could not move past him despite a dramatic last lap.In the final moto instead it was team mate Jeffrey Herlings to worry Musquin. The 15 year old Dutch made up for his first heat crashes with a solid ride in the final heat, leading from the start to the penultimate lap, but made a mistake in the last lap due to tiredness. Musquin then passed and left Herlings in second, which was enough to secure the Dutchman his first career podium at only the second GP of his career.
Bike-it Cosworth Yamaha UK’s Zach Osborne, on the new 2010 agile and manoeuvrable YZ250F, fought in the higher echelons of top ten during both motos and profited from a mistake by Jeffrey Herlings to register a decent 5th place. He fought with Shaun Simpson and British and Jake Nicholls to again mark 16 points in the second race. It was only the American’s second GP of points in both sprints since he broke his wrist almost one year ago.Marvin Musquin: “It was exciting and I had to push hard to pass Jeffrey Herlings.”I felt good and I thought I could pass him with two laps before the end but he was fast … I was very focused on him and not on my riding but I managed to get past and win. It was perfect”.Ken Roczen: “Another podium so a good result. I began the first moto by settling into the race and overall it was pretty good. I needed perhaps one more lap to try and get close to Marvin to overtake. I think my starts need more work because these guys are already a couple of seconds in front of me by the time I get through. My start was worse in the second moto and I was a little tight with my riding. Jeffrey and Marvin were too far for me to get near. The track was good for racing. It was not too difficult.”Jeffrey Herlings: “A dream come true”. “Just two weeks ago I was talking to Stefan (team boss Stefan Everts) and we said it would be amazing to be in the top eight. Now last week I was fourth and now we are top three”.Zach Osborne: “I got two really good starts today but spun slightly coming out of the first turn in both motos. I worked as hard as I could in the first moto and got up to fifth after Herlings made a mistake on the last two laps. I felt really good after that race and with plenty of energy. We had a rougher track in the second moto and maybe I was not as strong as I should have been but to secure two fifth positions and go fourth overall is positive this early in the season. We are not far from the top five in the championship and have to keep building up. Mantova was a more physical track than Sevlievo. In Bulgaria you have to set the layout in your mind, mentally it is technical because you have to be flowing the whole time. Mantova is good; I hated it in practice but once it got rougher I enjoyed it more and more.”MX2 Race 1: 1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 39:58.049; ; 2. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), +0:00.370; 3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:50.697; 4. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:54.481; 5. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:56.927; 6. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:57.314; 7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:19.818; 8. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +1:21.141; 9. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +1:24.840; 10. Marcus Schiffer (GER, KTM), +1:27.785;MX2 Race 2: 1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 39:35.506; ; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:04.177; 3. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), +0:23.515; 4. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), +0:45.327; 5. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:58.516; 6. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +1:03.613; 7. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:14.406; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:30.422; 9. Dennis Verbruggen (BEL, KTM), +1:31.289; 10. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:37.646;MX2 Championship: 1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 100 points; 2. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 86 p.; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 72 p.; 4. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 69 p.; 5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), 62 p.; 6. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 59 p.; 7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 53 p.; 8. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 52 p.; 9. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 47 p.; 10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 39 p.;