[Weekly Features]

MXGP-INSIDER_KAWI

MXGP Insider No.29 presented by Kawasaki – Cairoli and Herlings

3 years ago

Words: Geoff Meyer

Welcome to our web-exclusive weekly column: Transmoto’s MXGP Insider, presented by Kawasaki.

The Red Bull KTM Factory team made a great return to the top of the winners circle in at the Grand Prix of France last weekend, when Antonio Cairoli won the MX1 overall and Jeffrey Herlings took victory in the MX2 class. We sat down and talked to the two winners to find out what they thought of the very impressive Grand Prix of France.

Cairoli went 1-1 and was excited to be a winner again, especially on a circuit that should have suited his French rivals Gautier Paulin and Christophe Pourcel. The Italian now heads to Portugal where he will be looking for another victory around the technical circuit that he loves so much.

“When you get two good starts it’s important, because on a track like St Jean d’ Angely it is hard to pass,” Cairoli said. “So I didn’t get any stones in my face and I spent less energy. Yesterday I wasn’t that fast, but we made some changes on the bike and that helped a lot. We changed also the suspension and I felt much better today. I felt great in the race and my condition is good and I can push when it’s time to do it. It is important to finish always on the podium. Hard pack is also not my favourite ground, but now we go to Portugal and it’s a track I really like a lot.”

As for Herlings, his victory was a little harder has he could only score 1-2 results, but he did show in the opening moto that he was serious about the situation. After a very poor Grand Prix in Brazil the Dutchman wanted to put his mark on the Grand Prix of France and move further away from second placed rider Tommy Searle in the FIM World MX2 Championship points.

“I really like the track,” Herlings said. “Much better than previous years, I was really positive and I was never on the podium here, so I was really happy, I got a first and second, but I was slow out of the start in the second moto. The first moto I won but the second moto he had the better of me. He came from 10th and I did the same in the second moto. There has been a game between Tommy and myself and in Brazil and Mexico he did the same to me as I did to him in Italy. I am not a dirty rider and I didn’t mean to clean Arnaud (Tonus) out when he went down, it was just a part of racing, it was aggressive.”

The two Red Bull KTM Factory riders can take an easy week now and return to Portugal, a circuit that suits both riders, but it also suites their rivals Christophe Pourcel and Tommy Searle. Whatever happens at the Grand Prix of Portugal you can be sure it is going to be another classic Grand Prix as the 2012 season continues to bring surprises and brilliant racing.

Be the first to comment...

You might also like...

Features

7 hours ago
HOLLIS_INTERVIEW_2

Exclusive: Chris Hollis Interview

Chris Hollis recaps the opening round of the 2015 InsureMyRide Australian Enduro-X Nationals.

Features

1 day ago
FOX_ATLANTA_ROTATOR

Product: 2015 Fox Atlanta LE Gear

Fox has released its limited edition 2015 Atlanta 360 Image jersey, pant, helmet and boots.

Features

1 day ago
stefan_everts

Five Minutes With Stefan Everts

The greatest Grand Prix rider to ever live weighs in on the 2015 MXGP World Championship.

News

1 day ago
Subscribe_WIN_Rotator

Subscribe & WIN: Arai VX-Pro4 Helmet

Subscribe to Transmoto and you could win an Arai VX-Pro4 helmet valued at $699.95.

News

1 day ago
12Hour_Tickets_OnSale

2015 Transmoto 12-Hour: Tickets On Sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Transmoto 12-Hour, going down at Batemans Bay, March 28-29.

Features

2 days ago
fmx_insider

FMX Insider No.32: Pagès The Freak

French freestyle motocrosser, Tom Pagès, has been dominating the quarter pipe lately.

Features

2 days ago
Throwdown_227_MXGP

Throwdown No.227 – 26/02/15

What’s happening in the world of dirt bikes this week? Transmoto’s Throwdown will tell you.

News

2 days ago
KTM_ROTATOR

Exclusive: The KTM Dirt Journal

Transmoto presents the KTM Dirt Journal, giving you an exclusive insight into all things orange.