Cairoli wins American GP from Alessi and Desalle

6 years ago

Antonio Cairoli in the MX1 class and Marvin Musquin in the MX2 took victory at this successful USA Grand Prix comeback to Glen Helen Raceway, hosting the hottest Grand Prix of the year so far with high temperatures all over the weekend.

Cairoli, who won heat one despite a broken gear lever, topped the podium from home rider Mike Alessi and Clement Desalle. The Italian continues to lead the MX1 Championship.

MX2 series leader Musquin dominated both heats to top the MX2 podium ahead of home rider Zach Osborne and Steven Frossard.

In the Veterans’ World Cup Doug Dubach took the overall win with Darryl King in second and series leader Mats Nilsson in third.


Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1’s Cairoli took an incredible victory of this USA Grand Prix by winning moto one and taking third in moto two. What the fans will remember is surely the Italian’s performance in heat one, when he was leading until he broke the gear lever of his KTM 350 SX-F. Alessi took the chance to move past and get the lead but a gusty Cairoli made it back to first and took victory despite his bike being stuck in third gear.

Jägermeister Factory KTM’s Alessi, also onboard the KTM 350, was second overall. After taking second in moto one, the American battled it out with Cairoli for third but eventually dropped down to fourth after the two passed each other several times.

Desalle of Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1 made his comeback to the podium courtesy of third overall. The Belgian was fifth in moto one but made up for that in moto two where he took a solid second place behind winner Townley – in moto one the New Zealander crashed twice and pulled out.

Kawasaki Racing’s Boog was fourth overall as he put together a sixth and a fifth place finish in the moto’s. Other Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1 rider Ramon completed the top five.

After a third place in moto one, Nagl crashed in moto two and did not score points. The runner up in the Championship has now a gap of 41 points from leader Cairoli.

Philippaerts struggled with the track to take only a 15th place overall and drop down to fourth in the Championship while Desalle is now in third.

MX1 Race 1 top ten
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 40:08.080;
2. Mike Alessi (USA, KTM), +0:00.668
3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:08.433
4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), +0:17.447
5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:30.090
6. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:36.188
7. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:40.895
8. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), +0:48.051
9. Grant Langston (RSA, Yamaha), +0:56.959
10. Kyle Chisolm (USA, Yamaha), +0:58.316

MX1 Race 2 top ten
1. Ben Townley (NZL, Honda), 40:44.289
2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:07.997
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:09.528
4. Mike Alessi (USA, KTM), +0:11.313
5. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:25.269
6. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:28.412
7. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), +0:34.088
8. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), +0:36.597
9. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Aprilia), +0:42.774
10. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), +0:56.451

MX1 Overall top ten
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 45 points
2. Mike Alessi (USA, KTM), 40 p.
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 38 p.
4. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 31 p.
5. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 29 p.
6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), 29 p.
7. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), 27 p.
8. Ben Townley (NZL, Honda), 25 p.
9. Kyle Chisolm (USA, Yamaha), 20 p.
10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 20 p.

MX1 Championship top ten
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 259 points
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 218 p.
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 196 p.
4. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 184 p.
5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), 174 p.
6. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 173 p.
7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 167 p.
8. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), 135 p.
9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 115 p.
10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), 111 p.


Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Musquin was his solid self in the United States where he took two moto wins and the overall. The French took two good starts and led the races from the opening lap already, opening up an initial gap then racing on his own until the chequered flag.

Taking his first podium of the season was home rider Osborne of Bike It Cosworth Yamaha UK. The American could not go catch Musquin for first as he had to get rid of Simpson in both heats. The duo fought tooth and nail in heat one, with Osborne taking fourth eventually, and in heat two when Osborne took his best heat result of the season courtesy of a second place.

Kawasaki CLS’ Frossard made it to third on the podium despite a tough qualifying heat yesterday, when he crashed and injured his right thumb. The French raced a superb heat one, taking an eventual second after Kullas broke the bike and pulled out. In moto two he was fourth. Frossard is now third in the Championship which is a confidence booster ahead of his home GP next weekend.

Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2’s Roczen was a bitter fourth overall. The German recovered to third in heat one after he was involved in a tangle but went down in the final moto due to another tangle — eventually he was fifth.

Other Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2 man Simpson rounded off the top five while team mate Herlings was 14th overall after crashing in both heats.

Despite taking third in yesterday’s qualifying, Anstie struggled and crashed on race day. He finished 17th.

MX2 Race 1 top ten
1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 40:13.981
2. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:03.707
3. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), +0:09.005
4. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:39.125
5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:40.533
6. Travis Baker (USA, Yamaha), +0:44.942
7. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), +0:50.547
8. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:55.858
9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:04.309
10. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +1:20.608

MX2 Race 2 top ten
1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 23:53.935
2. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:12.420
3. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:16.677
4. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:18.739
5. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), +0:34.302
6. Dennis Verbruggen (BEL, KTM), +0:35.856
7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:36.968
8. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:38.909
9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:46.465
10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +0:53.474

MX2 Overall top ten
1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 50 points
2. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 40 p.
3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 40 p.
4. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 36 p.
5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 32 p.
6. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 29 p.
7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 25 p.
8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), 24 p.
9. Dennis Verbruggen (BEL, KTM), 22 p.
10. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 22 p.

MX2 Championship top ten
1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 268 points
2. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 228 p.
3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 205 p.
4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 197 p.
5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 170 p.
6. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 163 p.
7. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 157 p.
8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), 154 p.
9. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 134 p.
10. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 129 p.


Home rider Dubach was the first one to break Nilsson’s dominance of this 2010 FIM Veterans’ World Cup as he went on to take victory in both heats at Glen Helen Raceway. Dubach topped the podium from former GP winner Darryl King of New Zealand, who went two-two in the heats. Nilsson was third overall to maintain the series lead. Nicoll and Davis completed the top five.

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