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MXGP – Cairoli and Searle dominate MXGP Festival

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The British track of Matterley Basin, one of the most spectator-friendly circuits on the calendar and one of the favourite tracks among many riders, made history over the weekend, hosting the MXGP Festival. Four days full of racing, with 338 riders divided into ten classes.

To find out more about the MXGP Festival, have a read of last week’s MXGP Insider.

MX1

Red Bull KTM’s Antonio Cairoli had a perfect weekend at Matterley Basin, winning the qualifying heat before going on to dominate the main races with authority. The five times World Champion stated that he was very impressed with the organisers efforts to create such an event, and was astounded by how much care was taken to keep the track in outstanding conditions until the very end.

Second overall was teammate Max Nagl, who obtained his first podium finish of the season after returning from a back injury. Nagl had two great starts and he managed to keep on riding with the front group in both heats. However, Nagl admitted that he still lacking some fitness in order to maintain his initial speed and rhythm, to try to fight for the overall victory.

Team Kawasaki Racing’s Gautier Paulin was back on the podium this weekend thanks to his 4-3 result. The Frenchman had not been on the podium since the MXGP of Portugal and he actually admitted that he had not been feeling really well lately. However, Paulin said that since the previous Grand Prix in Loket, he is feeling much better and he is now ready to fight for the top three positions in the MX1 class.

Fourth overall was Ken De Dycker, who missed the podium this weekend by a mere two points. In the first race, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider was off to a really good start, but made several mistakes, dropping from second to third in the very last laps of the first moto. In the second moto, he also made a mistake when he was riding fifth and was forced down to eighth, before finally managing to cross the finish line fifth.

Xavier Boog performed well, finishing fifth overall following a 5-7 result. Clement Desalle had a tough weekend at Matterley Basin, suffering a big crash during the qualifying heat, having to face the main races with a swollen right hand. The Belgian finished sixth in the first race and eleventh in the second, enough to secure the overall sixth place.

MX1 Race 1 Top Ten:

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 40:25.134;
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:15.529;
3. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:25.647;
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:31.712;
5. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:35.562;
6. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:40.016;
7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +0:40.614;
8. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), +0:44.173;
9. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:46.476;
10. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Honda), +0:47.368;

MX1 Race 2 Top Ten:

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 41:00.780;
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:10.508;
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:24.624;
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:32.799;
5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:37.732;
6. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:40.465;
7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:41.367;
8. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +0:42.135;
9. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +0:50.894;
10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:51.464;

MX1 Overall Top Ten:

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 50 points;
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 44 p.;
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 38 p.;
4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 36 p.;
5. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 30 p.;
6. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 25 p.;
7. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 23 p.;
8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 23 p.;
9. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 22 p.;
10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 21 p.;

MX1 Championship Top Ten:

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 542 points;
2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 487 p.;
3. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 452 p.;
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 440 p.;
5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 404 p.;
6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 342 p.;
7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 336 p.;
8. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 300 p.;
9. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 295 p.;
10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 242 p.;

MX2

Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Tommy Searle accomplished one of his dreams over the weekend, which was winning a Grand Prix in front of his home crowd. Searle admitted that he was very surprised with his starts today, managing to take two holeshots. The British rider completed two incredible races, ending with a clean 1-1 result.

Red Bull KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings was a bit disappointed today, as he crashed during the last lap of both motos while attempting to overtake Searle. However, as the gap Searle and Herlings had established from the rest of the pack was so large, the Dutch rider was still able to cross the finish line second in both motos, which was enough to claim the runner-up position.

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Zach Osborne obtained his second podium in a row this season after finishing third overall. The American didn’t have a really good start in the first moto, but he reached the third position easily at the beginning of the race and maintained his position. In the second moto, Osborne also had a really good start and he rode fourth from the beginning until the end of the race.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeremy Van Horebeek had a really good qualifying race, but could only finish fifth in the first moto, as he had started down in sixteenth. In the second moto, everything went much better and after a great start in second, he was overtaken by his teammate Herlings and Van Horebeek managed to maintain his position until the chequered flag.

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:

1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 40:01.109;
2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:19.662;
3. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:58.635;
4. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +1:03.394;
5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +1:04.164;
6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +1:12.725;
7. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:13.663;
8. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:21.581;
9. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +1:23.778;
10. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), +1:30.775;

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:

1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 40:56.885;
2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:18.401;
3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:32.793;
4. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:41.410;
5. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:45.486;
6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:47.190;
7. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:15.940;
8. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:26.441;
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +1:40.749;
10. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), +1:48.081;

MX2 Overall Top Ten:

1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 50 points;
2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 44 p.;
3. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 38 p.;
4. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 36 p.;
5. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 34 p.;
6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), 30 p.;
7. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 28 p.;
8. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Kawasaki), 26 p.;
9. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 21 p.;
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 18 p.;

MX2 Championship Top Ten:

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 572 points;
2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 521 p.;
3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 475 p.;
4. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), 367 p.;
5. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 359 p.;
6. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 340 p.;
7. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), 274 p.;
8. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 261 p.;
9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 257 p.;
10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), 221 p.;

The FIM Motocross World Championship has one weekend off before returning in the Netherlands, for the Grand Prix of Benelux, the fourteenth GP of the season.

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