Gaildorf wrote once more its name in the history of the sport and the 22.000 spectators could witness the crowning of four Champions this weekend. Antonio Cairoli obtained the FIM MX1 World Title, Ken Roczen the FIM MX2 World Title.
Antonio Cairoli became World Champion already after race one, when the runner up of the series Steven Frossard had to pull out due to a heavy crash. However, Ken Roczen had to wait until the second race to be proclaimed World Champion.MX1
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1’s Cairoli obtained his fifth FIM World Title this weekend, as well as his 43 Grand Prix victory. The Italian admitted that the track was much better today than yesterday and the fact of having more lines helped him to obtain the overall win, as in both heats the Italian did not start at the front. It has been a very tough season for the Italian, so this third MX1 Title in a row has been a reward for all the hard work done throughout all the 2011.The second step of the podium was for Honda World Motocross’ Bobryshev, who finished first and eighth in today’s races. Bobryshev had to race with some special protections on his neck in order to protect his back and he also needed some stiches on his head because he hit his head against one of his camper’s posts. However, the Russian dominated the first race without any problem, and although he did a mistake in the second one and got some green fence stuck on his bike, he managed to finish the race seventh.Kawasaki Racing Team’s Boog obtained his first podium of the season this weekend thanks to his 2-6 result. Lately the French rider has had great starts but he could not keep the race rhythm, but today he took the holeshot in the first race and did also an excellent start in the second one and managed to ride with the front riders until the end.The fourth position was for Honda World Motocross’ Gonçalves, who had really good starts in both races and starred in several tough battles with Nagl, Cairoli and Boog. In the second race, he dropped three positions in one lap when he was riding fourth, but he quickly recuperated the rhythm and finished fourth.Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1’s Strijbos obtained another top five result with the factory bike. In the first race he rode among the top five positions until the end, but in the second one he had to push really hard from his initial tenth position to finish fifth again.Boissiere achieved the best result of the season finishing sixth overall, ahead of Nagl and Pourcel. The French finished tenth in the first race, but he did an incredible second heat and crossed the finish line third after starting from the ninth position.Nagl did a really good first race and crossed the finish line fifth after a not so good start, but in the second heat he crashed with Guarneri in a corner and could only finish tenth and obtained the overall seventh position.Pourcel, winner of yesterday’s qualifying race, dominated completely the second race from beginning to end, but he had a DNF in the first one due to an early crash. Pourcel finished eighth overall.Aranda obtained a solid ninth position and Simpson completed the top ten. Home rider Schiffer succeeded in finishing eleventh and race per race he is feeling better, and he is now looking forward to have a good race in Fermo to be full motivated for the MXoN.Frossard crashed in the first race and had to be taken to the hospital, but luckily the French rider is not suffering any serious injury and he is already thinking about next weekend’s race in Fermo.Tony Cairoli: “It has been an amazing season and in the beginning it was really tough with my knee injury. After that I was always chasing the victories and now one round before the end we made it. I did like the layout of the track here in Gaildorf and there’s lots of nice jumps but the hard pack is very difficult.”Evgeny Bobryshev : “On Friday before Matterley Basin I had a scan in England and was told I couldn’t ride for six weeks. I went for a second opinion in Belgium, having accepted that the season was over, and the doctor said that the bones were OK and I should be able to race. I asked her if she was sure that it was OK, what with all the jumping and she said ‘no problem’. I took a few precautions this weekend, but it went fine. It was a difficult race and I gave all I had in the first moto and then was making mistakes in the second because I didn’t have the strength. I went off the track and didn’t have any rear brake after I hit the fence. I was missing energy after that and just wanted to finish the race where I could. It is a strange season with many riders injured, but I am lucky I am here and I want to complete the championship in the best way possible now.”Xavier Boog: “I finally got this MX1 podium which the team has been expecting all season ! For sure it took me long to get it, but now I hope that I can be there regularly. I was not feeling so confident when I came here as I have not been able to train since my crash in England; I tried to ride the bike earlier this week but I had a lot of pain in my back. In the first moto I fought hard to come back at Bobryshev as I knew I could do it, and I missed the win by only three-tenths of a second. I got great starts all weekend and that helped me to race at the front. I even took the holeshot in race one but Bobryshev surprised me when he passed me straight away; I used a lot of energy in the last few laps of the first race to catch him, and that made the second moto more difficult. But my seventh position was good enough to ensure I was on the podium. I hope that this result will help my confidence; today I felt good on the bike and it showed in my result.”MX1 Race 1 top ten: 1. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 40:06.778; ; 2. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:00.354; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:09.171; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:12.185; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:16.518; 6. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:33.809; 7. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:40.387; 8. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:41.969; 9. Tanel Leok (EST, TM), +0:45.443; 10. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, Yamaha), +0:47.522;MX1 Race 2 top ten: 1. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 39:34.517; ; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:43.529; 3. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, Yamaha), +0:46.324; 4. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:52.126; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:55.870; 6. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:57.195; 7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Honda), +1:05.920; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +1:09.531; 9. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:10.368; 10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +1:20.780;MX1 Overall top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 42 points; 2. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 38 p.; 3. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 37 p.; 4. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 33 p.; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), 32 p.; 6. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, Yamaha), 31 p.; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 29 p.; 8. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 25 p.; 9. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Kawasaki), 25 p.; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Honda), 24 p.;MX1 Championship top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 596 points; 2. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), 472 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 461 p.; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 439 p.; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 425 p.; 6. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 404 p.; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 309 p.; 8. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 308 p.; 9. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), 288 p.; 10. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Honda), 268 p.;
CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Searle obtained his second GP victory of the season in Gaildorf this weekend. The British rider made several mistakes in the first heat, but he succeeded in finishing second, while he won the second race with authority. In fact, Searle obtained the fastest lap time in both heats.Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Roczen was second overall in the Grand Prix of Europe, but he obtained his maiden FIM MX2 World Title in his first year with the Austrian manufacturer in front of his home crowd. The German had several crashes during both races and it was not until Searle passed Herlings in the second race that he became World Champion.The third step of the podium was for his teammate Herlings, who was a bit disappointed with his result as he was convinced that he was able to win both heats this weekend. The Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2 rider made a mistake when he was leading the first race and he could only finish fifth, whereas in the second race he kept the leadership until the last laps of the race when Searle finally overtook him.Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha’s Tonus missed the podium being tight in 38 points with Herlings. In the first race he crossed the finish line third after having a tough battle with Paulin, while in the second heat Tonus did not have a good start and could only finish fourth.Monster Energy Yamaha’s Paulin struggled a lot with the German track and he could only finish fifth overall. Yesterday he took a really good start and he was confident for today, but in the first heat he could not keep the second position and finished fourth and in the second one he started fourth, but he then crashed and could only cross the finish line in the sixth position.The sixth overall place was for Anstie after finishing tenth and fifth. The British rider had to push really hard in the first race, as he started from an initial 20th position.Seventh was Roelants, who also starred in a great recovery in the first heat, and eighth was Aubin. Lupino finished ninth overall, which proved that the changes on the bike went really well, and Butrón completed the top ten.For Thanarat it was not an easy weekend because after finishing 25th in the first heat, the rider from Thailand had to pull out in the second one as he injured his left knee.Tommy Searle: “I think the second race was one of the best of the year for the fans; when the three fastest guys go away in front of the race and can race each other, we really put on a show ! I’m satisfied with this weekend as I showed a lot of people what I can do in this class. After the first practice I thought it was the worst track I had ridden all year but then I surprised myself by my speed and the track developed really well. When I was behind Ken or Jeffrey I wasn’t even pushing so hard; I still had plenty in reserve. To get this GP win is a big moment for me and for the team as we’ve been the fastest all weekend. In the second race I had a great start and showed what I am capable of; it’s important for me to get better starts and that’s something we’ll have to work on this winter.”Jeffrey Herlings: “Hopefully next year will be my year. I think I didn’t do such a bad season but I still had some mistakes and that’s what cost me the championship but at the end of it all I’m really pumped. I’m definitely second in the championships, I already won four GPS and I’ve been on the podium 10 or 11 times.”Ken Roczen: “its unbelievable for me. It’s my biggest moment ever. I went over the line and I could barely stand. I was crying and seriously this is the best feeling I ever had. I’m really happy with how things are gong and with all the team so a big thanks to everyone.MX2 Race 1 top ten: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 40:44.246; ; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:08.406; 3. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:13.049; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:23.816; 5. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:42.918; 6. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, KTM), +1:00.372; 7. Michael Leib (USA, Husqvarna), +1:18.185; 8. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +1:19.485; 9. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +1:21.598; 10. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:24.541;MX2 Race 2 top ten: 1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 39:50.968; ; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:06.609; 3. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), +0:11.837; 4. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:14.615; 5. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:21.711; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:42.374; 7. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:47.970; 8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), +1:16.055; 9. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, KTM), +1:26.252; 10. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +1:29.542;MX2 Overall top ten: 1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 47 points; 2. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 45 p.; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 38 p.; 4. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), 38 p.; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 33 p.; 6. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), 27 p.; 7. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 27 p.; 8. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, KTM), 27 p.; 9. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), 23 p.; 10. Antonio Jose Butron Oliva (ESP, KTM), 19 p.;MX2 Championship top ten: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 635 points; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 585 p.; 3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 526 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 458 p.; 5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), 391 p.; 6. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), 369 p.; 7. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 295 p.; 8. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 287 p.; 9. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, KTM), 269 p.; 10. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 253 p.;