Faenza (GP of Europe) MXGP Race Report

The Italian crowd did not let anybody down and they packed the whole track of Faenza to witness how both MX1 and MX2 World Titles were decided. Antonio Cairoli could already celebrate his sixth world Title after race one whereas Jeffrey Herlings did it after the second race.


Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli obtained his sixth FIM World Title today on his home turf, something he had never done before. Cairoli admitted that he was very happy to have been crowned the 2012 FIM MX1 World Title in Italy in front of his crowd, but at the same time he also remembered his mother who had passed away on this day last year. In the first race Cairoli obtained a good gap at the front, but with ten minutes to go he lost his rear brake. However, his strong will to win the Title in such moto helped him to keep on pushing and he finally cross the finish line first. For the second race the Italian was not feeling that good because between the races he had been celebrating the Title, but once again the crowd and his thirst of victory made him won that moto, too.

CP377 Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Christophe Pourcel raced today in Faenza with still some pain on his fractured shoulder blade, but he was able to ride at the front in both motos with a consistent rhythm. The French admitted that his goal was to finish on the podium this weekend, so he was very satisfied with his second overall place. The future of Christophe Pourcel is still uncertain, but he mentioned that he might be able to reveal it in the upcoming Grand Prix in Teutschenthal, Germany.

For Rockstar Energy Suzuki Word’s Clement Desalle was very good and positive to be back on the podium this weekend, especially because he had been struggling a lot with his hand injury he suffered during the qualifying race at Matterley Basin. The Belgian admitted he still needs to get some mobility back on his hand, but today he did a good start in both motos and he was able to finish third and fourth respectively.

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin missed the podium for only four points, but the French rider finished the MXGP of Europe with good feelings, as he managed to obtain really good lap times during both races. In the first moto Paulin admitted that he made too many mistakes which made him lose many seconds, so he could only finish seventh, whereas in the second one he started much better and he was able to cross the finish line third.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ken De Dycker starred in another incredible recovery especially in the first moto, where he crashed in the opening lap and he managed to move from eighteenth to fourth. In the second race, the Belgian had a better start, but he made several mistakes, which did not let him overtake any rider and had to settle down with such position, which gave him the overall fifth place.

Evgeny Bobryshev had a difficult first race, where he had a bad start and had to push hard from his initial sixteenth position. He did all his best to overtake some riders, but he then got stuck with a group of five riders and he could only finish eighth. Bobryshev started much better in the second moto, but he started struggling with the heat and he decided to assure the sixth position, which gave him the sixth overall place in the Grand Prix.

Sebastien Pourcel, who obtained the pole yesterday, had a really good start in both motos, but in the first one he could not keep the rhythm of the front riders and he finished tenth. However, in the second one he was able to cross the finish line fifth and he ended seventh of the Grand Prix.

Tanel Leok finished eighth overall, whereas Shaun Simpson and Davide Guarneri completed the top ten.

Josh Coppins started fourth in the first moto, but he started losing the rhythm and he could only finish ninth. In the second race the New Zealander was thirteenth, which gave him the overall twelfth place in his comeback to the FIM Motocross World Championship after having obtained the Australian Title.

In the first race Rui Gonçalves was riding with a good rhythm in the seventh place when he suffered a heavy crash and he injured his shoulder blade.

Tony Cairoli: "It's amazing to win in Italy especially after what happened last year with my mum on the same day so its even more special. I believe it's a really amazing day for me and for all the people … yeah, I have no words. The public was amazing today, cheering me all the time. Yesterday was a little bit stressful with the qualification and everything but now it's a little better, I had better starts and I could grab first place in each race."

Christophe Pourcel: "I have less pain to my shoulder blade now, as I got some treatment since England, and I'm happy to be back on the podium here in Italy. I had some nice battles with Antonio (Cairoli) today; I came very close to him in the second moto but I couldn't quite pass him. I preferred the track yesterday when they did not water it so much and my brother Sebastien and I finished 1-2 in the qualification race. It was really nice to see my brother Sébastien back in front again this weekend."

Clement Desalle: "It is good to get back on the podium because it feels like a long time that I've had to deal with pain in my hand. It is still not right and I need some more mobility but this is a start. The track was really good at the end of Saturday but there was so much water that I found it unbelievable in the morning. It is the kind of track that needs to stay hard-pack otherwise it gets a bit sketchy. When the mud dries the bike can react in strange ways; it was very tricky. I'm looking forward to getting back on the training bike now and ready for Germany. You always want to try and win a championship but it is good for me and the team to finish second and we will do what we can to go one better!"

MX1 Race 1 top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 39:40.533; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:20.352; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:38.395; 4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:43.878; 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:46.102; 6. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +0:48.912; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:50.670; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:56.385; 9. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), +1:03.572; 10. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:08.859;

MX1 Race 2 top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 39:58.407; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:00.744; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:22.031; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:29.496; 5. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:34.329; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:47.816; 7. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +1:00.580; 8. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +1:04.071; 9. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +1:08.447; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +1:10.500;

MX1 Overall top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 50 points; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 44 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 38 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 34 p.; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 32 p.; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 28 p.; 7. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 27 p.; 8. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 27 p.; 9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 27 p.; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 22 p.;

MX1 Championship top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 642 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 554 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 502 p.; 4. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 496 p.; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 478 p.; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 389 p.; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 372 p.; 8. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 365 p.; 9. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 315 p.; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 298 p.;


Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings handed KTM the second World Title of the day today, after winning the MXGP of Europe going 1-1. The 17-year-old Dutch rider was really emotional on the podium when the National anthem was on while he was remembering all the ups and downs of his 2012 season and how much the team had helped him to obtain his maiden FIM MX2 World Title. Herlings felt a little bit like home today because loads of Dutch fans had travelled to Faenza to celebrate the Title with him.

Second overall was Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Tommy Searle who finished behind Herlings in both motos. The British rider gave all his best to overtake the Dutch rider at the start of both races, but he admitted that Herlings was faster than him and he could not beat him. His goal for the next weekend will be again to be on the top, so he will be fighting now to finish on the first step of podium in the last Grand Prix of the season in Germany.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeremy Van Horebeek was a bit disappointed with his performance today, as he was expecting to do much better. After the first race, the Belgian rider admitted that he had struggled a lot with the suspensions and he even crashed at some point, so they decided to change some settings for the second race. Van Horebeek felt much comfortable in the second heat, but he then twisted his knee and he rode with loads of pain until the chequered flag. The Belgian managed to finish third in both motos, so he completed the top three of the Grand Prix of Europe.

His teammate Jordi Tixier did really good starts in both races and he was able to keep the rhythm of the front riders. The French rider was fifth and fourth respectively, which gave him the overall fourth place. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider has moved back to the fifth position of the MX2 championship, so his next goal now is to fight for a podium finish in the German Grand Prix in two weeks time.

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Arnaud Tonus completed the top five of the Grand Prix after crossing the finish line sixth and seventh respectively. The Swiss rider started seventh in the first race, but he dropped down one position with Nicholls already in the first lap. However, Tonus did not give up and he managed to overtake Nicholls and then Larrieu. In the second moto the Swiss started around the tenth position, and while he tried to overtake some riders he got stuck in a group of four riders and had to settle down with the sixth place.

French rider Romain Febvre obtained another consistent result this weekend in Faenza finishing sixth overall. In the first race Febvre could only finish ninth, but in the second one he did a good start and he kept a solid rhythm until the end, crossing the finish line fifth.

His compatriot Valentin Teillet did not have really good starts today, but he was able to recuperate some positions in both heats to finish tenth and sixth respectively. Teillet ended seventh, ahead of Loic Larrieu, who was making his debut with Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Team, and Jake Nicholls. Julien Lieber completed the top ten.

Zach Osborne finished fourth in the first race, but he had a mechanical problem in the second moto, so he had to pull out from the race when he was riding fourth. The American ended eleventh in the Grand Prix.

Max Anstie could not finish the second race either due to mechanical problems, but his twelfth position in the first moto gave him the overall seventeenth place.

Jeffrey Herlings: "Tommy was always there and he pushed me a lot so it was never easy with the pressure he put on me. He's a great rider and competitor and knowing he was always there was a great motivation for me. Also my teammate Jeremy was also always close by but he also supported me right through the season,".

Tommy Searle: "It was a so-so GP for me. I got 2-2 but Herlings was fast all weekend to clinch the title. We gave our best and I'm not disappointed with my season, but I couldn't look at the championship celebrations. Now it's time to regroup and head for Germany in a fortnight looking for a win to end the GP season."

Zach Osborne: "In the first race I had good speed in the beginning but then had a bit of arm-pump. I got the rhythm back by the end and pushed back up to fourth. I almost passed Van Horebeek for third. In the second I had a really bad start but came through to fourth again and was inching towards Van Horebeek when we had a little mishap with the bike. The track was mega yesterday but today it was over-watered way too much. The whole thing was flattened and it was wide-open everywhere and it was hard to make any difference. Despite that I have to say it was pretty enjoyable."

MX2 Race 1 top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 39:22.472; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:32.107; 3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:36.092; 4. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:40.051; 5. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:50.964; 6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:57.551; 7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:58.468; 8. Loic Larrieu (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:02.918; 9. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), +1:06.133; 10. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:07.100;

MX2 Race 2 top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 40:01.924; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:22.079; 3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:33.067; 4. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:40.132; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), +0:50.745; 6. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:54.646; 7. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +1:07.609; 8. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), +1:10.627; 9. Loic Larrieu (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:14.063; 10. Julien Lieber (BEL, Suzuki), +1:17.807;

MX2 Overall top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 44 p.; 3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 40 p.; 4. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 34 p.; 5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), 29 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), 28 p.; 7. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Kawasaki), 26 p.; 8. Loic Larrieu (FRA, Kawasaki), 25 p.; 9. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 22 p.; 10. Julien Lieber (BEL, Suzuki), 21 p.;

MX2 Championship top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 672 points; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 601 p.; 3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 559 p.; 4. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 409 p.; 5. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 401 p.; 6. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), 367 p.; 7. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), 323 p.; 8. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 272 p.; 9. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 272 p.; 10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 251 p.;