Antonio Cairoli In MX1 Class And Rui Goncalves In MX2 Win The Portugal GP - Dirt Rider Magazine


Tony Cairoli came back to victory in MX1 where he dominated both motos and consolidated his Championship lead. Though a contact between Cairoli and defending Champion David Philippaerts during a partially wet second moto saw the latter pull out with a broken left index-Philippaerts will be present next weekend at Bellpuig anyways.MX1 CLASS
Tony Cairoli impressed in this fifth round of fifteen of the FIM Motocross World Championship as he took his second season's win to become the only rider in the category to have won twice so far. Yamaha Red Bull De Carli's Cairoli won both moto's. In heat one he was handed the second spot by Philippaerts -who crashed- then moved past Ken De Dycker to pull away with the lead. In heat two a bad start saw the Italian enter the top four later. In a close fight in between Clement Desalle, Cairoli and Philippaerts the Italians tangled up with each other and Philippaerts pulled out with a broken left index.Teka Suzuki WMX1's Ken De Dycker, who started from pole, settled for two second places as the overall result of second saw the Belgian move up to the runner up spot in the MX1 Championship standings. De Dycker led 16 laps throughout the moto's then was passed by Cairoli.Clement Desalle of LS Motors Honda rounded off the rostrum courtesy of two third places in the heats. The Belgian experienced the thrills of leading a GP moto for the first time ever in his career as he held the top spot for two laps.Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross' Joshua Coppins finished in fourth ahead of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Max Nagl.An injured Barragan soldiered on throughout the weekend to take tenth overall. The Spaniard lost the runner up spot in the Championship and dropped down to third.Antonio Cairoli:
"This is a lucky and special track for me because I have won nine of the last ten motos here and this year it was unbelievable. In the second moto I did not expect to be able to catch everyone, especially Ken (De Dycker) , like that and win the GP. My first lap was really bad but then I could find some good passing places. I am sorry about the contact with David (Philippaerts). I did not expect him to be there and it was not my intention to touch. These things happen and they are not nice. After that I could overtake Desalle and was able to focus on catching De Dycker for the lead. I am really happy with this win. I thought before the season that I might be able to be in the top five by this stage but to be leading the championship is something very special. I am enjoying my riding and this is the important thing."Ken De Dycker:
"I am happy with second because the last GP did not go as I hoped it would. This was an improvement even if I was not strong enough to keep the lead from Antonio (Cairoli) in both races. To be honest I did not expect him to be so good. In the second moto I tried really hard to pull away and make a big gap but it was very rough and slippery out there. I was making a few mistakes but my riding was still OK because we had reverted back to some of the suspension settings we had last year and it worked out well. Anyway the result here is still good and I hope we can get stronger next week and for the GPs to come."Clement Desalle:
"I took my first podium at Faenza but that was in crazy weather conditions so this one feels a bit better. I had to work hard for this but I am very happy with the result. I tried my best and I think for Honda it is good because there has been some bad luck with the other riders. I had a problem with my throttle cable at the start of the second moto but it was nothing major and I could continue."MX1 Moto 1: 1. Antonio Cairoli 2. Ken de Dycker 3. Clement Desalle 4. Maximilian Nagl 5. David Philippaerts 6. Tanel Leok 7. Joshua Coppins 8. Jonathan Barragan 9. Gregory Aranda 10. Gareth Swanepoel.MX1 Moto 2: 1. Antonio Cairoli 2. Ken de Dycker 3. Clement Desalle 4. Joshua Coppins 5. Tanel Leok 6. David Vuillemin 7. Maximilian Nagl 8. Gareth Swanepoel 9. Gregory Aranda 10. Jonathan Barragan.MX1 Championship: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), 193 points; 2. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), 168 p.; 3. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM), 152 p.; 4. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), 144 p.; 5. Tanel Leok (EST, Yamaha), 142 p.; 6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 134 p.; 7. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), 126 p.; 8. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 119 p.; 9. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 100 p.; 10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Honda), 82 p.;

Rui Goncalves made the day of the Portuguese fans as the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider went on to take the overall victory at home in Agueda. This was the second consecutive win for Goncalves, who had recently won his maiden GP at Valkenswaard. Taking two strong starts, Goncalves was forced to settle into second in race one when Musquin stormed from the back of the group to an incredible win. Heat two was Goncalves' revenge with Rui leaving runner up Steven Frossard seven seconds behind.CLS' Frossard was second on his first season podium despite he started from pole. The French hard pack specialist struggled to find his rhythm in both races while in the second heat he lost vital time to pass a tough Davide Guarneri - the duo set up a dogfight which lasted more than half race.Marvin Musquin completed the podium despite a disastrous qualifying yesterday, when he had to retire after a crash. Following an incredible win in heat one, Musquin could consolidate the second place in the Championship courtesy of a sixth place finish.Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci Motocross' Davide Guarneri and Loic Larrieu completed the top five right ahead of Championship leader Paulin and debutant Roczen.The latter impressed with a fourth place finish in heat two despite starting from 26th on the grid.Rui Goncalves:
"Today it was such a great feeling to win here and it is unbelievable to follow up my win from Valkenswaard. It was a huge help to have the support of the crowd. I took the holeshot in the first heat and I led the race for the first half before Musquin got past me. Then I decided to conserve me strength for the second race. I had a good start again in the second race and I managed to get out in front. Then I tried to be consistent and not to make any mistakes. I hope to be able to be up with the front runners in the coming races but I am just taking things race by race and not thinking about the championship".Steven Frossard:
"I got great results on Saturday and for sure I was expecting a win today, but I made an average start and then struggled to get a rhythm in the first part of both races. I was not able to catch the leader; during the first race I had some troubles with my goggles and got dust in my eyes when I was behind Gautier Paulin, and then during the next one I was too long behind Davide Guarneri who was riding aggressively. When I passed him Goncalves had a seven second lead, it was too late and too far but I'm happy to finish in good positions twice and collect my first podium of the season."Marvin Musquin:
"It was impossible to take the holeshot today! I pushed really hard in the first moto to come back as high as I could. I found it was possible to gain ground and pass Paulin, Frossard and Goncalves and the whole first race was just so good. I felt a bit tired in the second one, and two small crashes in the same place before the whoops did not help. Anyway this was a good track for me and I am looking forward to Spain. I am second in the championship now and I have four podiums; I want to keep on trying my best each GP."MX2 Moto 1: 1. Marvin Musquin 2. Rui Goncalves 3. Steven Frossard 4. Gautier Paulin 5. Davide Guarneri 6. Loic Larrieu 7. Arnaud Tonus 8. Nicolas Aubin 9. Ken Roczen 10. Alessandro Lupino.MX2 Moto 2: 1. Rui Goncalves 2. Steven Frossard 3. Davide Guarneri 4. Ken Roczen 5. Loic Larrieu 6. Marvin Musquin 7. Xavier Boog 8. Gautier Paulin 9. Arnaud Tonus 10. Marcus Schiffer.MX2 Championship: 1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 171 points; 2. Marvin Musquin (FRA, Honda), 165 p.; 3. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Yamaha), 147 p.; 4. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 125 p.; 5. Xavier Boog (FRA, Suzuki), 108 p.; 6. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 105 p.; 7. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 100 p.; 8. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Yamaha), 98 p.; 9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 97 p.; 10. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, KTM), 72 p.;