The 2017 MXGP of Trentino, the fifth round of nineteen in the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship, was a race the will go down in MXGP history with MXGP Overall winner Antonio Cairoli provided one of the most amazing displays of heart and determination ever seen in a World Championship race in front of his home crowd.
MX2 Overall winner Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jorge Prado Garcia scratched his name in the record books claiming his first career victory!
Heroic hometown win for Cairoli at Trentino. Credit: Ray Archer
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli is the champion of the weekend, the Italian came into Sunday’s race with the pole position and used it to his advantage in Race 1, where he took the Fox Holeshot and won after leading every lap.
The Italian crowd loved what they were seeing out of Cairoli creating an amazing atmosphere. When the gate dropped in Race 2 though, everything changed, the italian came across the Fox Holeshot line just behind Tim Gajser but he made a mistake and got stuck in the second corner.
The error put him in near 20th immediately and the Italian fans couldn’t believe their eyes. After the first lap Cairoli crossed the line in 15th position having already passed several riders. With his first race being a victory and Gajser out front Cairoli needed to place 2nd in race 2 to claim the GP win.
With 13 of the world’s best motocross riders between him and the overall, the task of winning seemed impossible. Cairoli found motivation in the form of the Italian fans cheering and he started his amazing comeback, gaining positions one lap after another he would eventually catch Arnaud Tonus in 6th position, who forced Cairoli to get creative with his passing. Cairoli finally found a way through and passed Tonus on lap 13, he would use this same spot on the track lap after lap passing Gautier Paulin, Clement Desalle, Jeffrey Herlings, and most significantly Evgeny Borbryshev for second on the next to last lap!
Cairoli wore his heart on his sleeve and with his miraculous ride he claimed the 79th overall of his career in front of his home crowd in dramatic and historic fashion!
"I think this is one of my best races, best GPs ever," Cairoli enthused. "I hit the bank on the first corner and almost crashed into the mud but then crashed in the second corner and was hit by a lot of people. I was very pissed off that I made a mistake and then said ‘I need to put myself on the podium’; I did my best to come back from twentieth place to do that. It was pretty sketchy in some places but I made it happen".
"When I got to seventh or eighth place I saw the group in front and thought it was possible to catch [Evgeny] Bobryshev for the overall win and kept pushing and pushing and making passes. I had some sketchy moments but that is part of racing: if you want to win you have to take risks. I’m really happy," the former world champ concluded.
Team HRC’s Tim Gajser finished second overall but maintained his MX1 championship lead.
Team HRC’s Tim Gajser had a good weekend after briefly leading in Race 1 he eventually finished third. For Gajser this is one of his closest GPs to his home country of Slovenia with many fans and national media making the trip he wanted to provide them with a win. He did so in race 2 grabbing the holeshot and leading all 19 laps, and though he would have liked to take the overall, he gladly maintains the red plate.
"I had two different races today, in the first race I didn't have the best start and I also didn't feel good on the bike," Gajser explained. "I was riding a bit stiff and had arm pump, so I am glad that I finished third. Right at the beginning of the race I made a mistake when I went past Cairoli and then I couldn't find the rhythm again. In the second race I took the holeshot and made a little gap, riding like i know how. I was checking behind me all the time as Bobryshev was really fast and Cairoli. The crowd was amazing and I am quite happy with the result this weekend".
Wilvo Yamaha MXGP’s Arnaud Tonus made history of his own scoring his first MXGP podium finish
Wilvo Yamaha MXGP’s Arnaud Tonus made history of his own scoring his first MXGP podium finish. Tonus rode incredible over the weekend, he nearly grabbed the FOX Holeshot in race 1 only missing out only to Antonio Cairoli and he was in third the first 10 of 19 laps before passing the championship leader Tim Gajser.
Tonus finished the race in second and thanks to Cairoli’s pass on Bobryshev in Race 2 his 7th place resulted in him finishing third overall. In the press conference Tonus said, “It feels a bit weird to be on the podium, the first moto was great for me and it was a big step in the right direction. Overall I’m really happy for my team, they have been working really hard so I’m very pleased to be up here.”
Team HRC’s Evgeny Bobryshev narrowly missed out on the podium with his 7-3 results
Team HRC’s Evgeny Bobryshev narrowly missed out on the podium with his 7-3 results. Bobryshev started race 2 just behind his HRC team mate Tim Gajser and stayed there for 17 laps before being passed by the undeniable Antonio Cairoli. Bobryshev’s consistently strong performances have him 4th in the championship going to Valkenswaard in 1 week time.
"Considering what happened yesterday with my crash and injury the weekend was ok. My foot was really painful this morning so I had a trip to the medical centre to get some painkillers," Bobryshev said, "Antonio passed me on the last lap which made me narrowly miss the podium but I am overall happy with the performance. Team HRC have done a really good job this weekend and the team have all worked together which is really important for me."
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin finished 5th overall
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin was one of the fastest riders this weekend, after finishing 2nd in Qualifying and claiming the fastest lap on Saturday, he battled among the top five in both races finishing 4th in race 1 and 6th in race 2. Paulin’s 5th overall is likely to motivate him to a race win in the upcoming rounds, he now sits 5th in the championship tied with Bobryshev both having 145 points.
“We had a good feeling throughout the weekend here in Italy," Paulin said. "From the qualifying races to the final motos we showed the speed was there to battle for the top three. We’ve done a tremendous amount of work during the last few months and I feel that we deserve to be on the podium. I’m also very happy that my starts were good in both motos. The plan is to continue working as hard as we do and I’m pretty confident results will slowly start coming our way.”
Monster Energy Kawaski Racing Team’s Clement Desalle had good starts in Trentino first on lap 1 in both races. In race 1 his position never changed but in race 2 he shuffled around a bit before getting back to where started. His consistent 5-5 results put him in 6th overall on the weekend and he will remain 3rd overall in the championship.
A good start in race 2 propelled Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings to his best performance this season finishing 4th. Combined with his 14th in race one Herlings moved to 8th overall.
The MX2 class blast out of the gate. Credit: Youthstream
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jorge Prado Garcia won his first career MX2 GP class race at the age of only 16. The young Spaniard had the results of a veteran finishing a strong second in race 1 and even more impressive was his FOX Holeshot and ability to hold off his hard charging the team mate Pauls Jonass.
“I never imagined to have such a good race here and I’m a little lost for words at the moment," Prado said. "I knew a good result was possible after yesterday but to win? That’s really difficult. This is the result of a big pre-season and many years of work: to get to this point that we could win a Grand Prix. Only the best win here [in GP] so I’m really happy with my work today.”
His teammate Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider, Pauls Jonass, was a top competitor in Trentino challenging the overall winner of Prado till the end of the second race. Jonass made much improvement to his Saturday performance when he won race 1 and took the holeshot. Jonas takes the points lead with him to Valkenswaard after his 2nd overall result.
“I didn't feel good on Saturday and during the night I was thinking about the changes I could make on the bike and we made a few little alterations on the suspension and it worked out well," Jonass explained.
"It helped to get the first moto holeshot and then just focus on myself and ride my own lines. In the second moto I was again good at the start but Jorge pulled away in the first laps and I got a rhythm going and managed to catch him. It was really difficult to pass here and I couldn’t make it happen. I also didn't want to make a mistake. I’m happy with second today because after Saturday I thought a top ten would be good!”
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jorge Prado Garcia won his first career MX2 GP class race at the age of only 16. Credit: Ray Archer
LRT KTM’s Julien Lieber consistent season continued in Trentino where he finished 3rd in race 1. He battled for 3rd in race 2 before being passed by the two Husqvarna riders, Olsen and Covington, late in the race leaving him unable to respond. His consistency is proving valuable though allowing him to finish 3rd overall and stay third in the championship only 7 points back of the current points leader Pauls Jonass.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer Olsen had a good weekend all in all, he won the Saturday’s qualifying race and on Sunday he had a fifth in race 1 and 6th in race 2 for 4th overall. He made some mistakes along the way and now he will look to eliminate them for the next rounds.
“I’m really satisfied with how things are going at the moment. After winning the qualifying race I secured a good starting position and managed to earn two very good starts in the final motos," Kjer Olsen< said. "Despite an early crash in moto one I came back from eighth to cross the line in fifth place. Then in moto two I was there again battling for the top for most of the race but a fall before the finish dropped me to sixth. Overall, we keep on making big steps forward in each GP. My riding is good at the moment and I’m looking forward to the following GP in Valkenswaard.”
Pauls Jonass made it a KTM 1-2 with second overall and regained the championship leaders red plate from Jeremy Seewer . Credit Ray Archer
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Covington came into Trentino with new confidence after winning in Leon. Thomas struggled in race 1 though only scoring 10 points with his 11th place finish. In race 2 he found his form once again making passes in the top five and finishing 3rd his results combined gave him the final spot in the top five overall.
“It was a good GP for us. We had some ups and downs but we showed the speed is there. Overall, I’m really happy with my riding in Italy. The goal is to minimise mistakes so that we can consistently fight for the top three in each of the coming GPs," Covington said.
For Suzuki World MX2’s Jeremy Seewer race one is a race that he would to have back. Seewer’s start lacked and it was then compounded by a fall on the first lap where he rejoined in 22nd position. The Swiss rider fought his way back to 9th before falling in the same corner again, he remounted quickly though and he managed to finish 9th. Race 2 was a needed improvement for the Swiss rider where he started and finished in 4th position for 6th overall and in turn handed the red plate over to Pauls Jonass.
A disappointed Seewer said: “I try to be positive but it’s hard to be too positive about my races today. We struggled so much with the start which is just so frustrating as that’s the most important thing, especially at a track like this. My confidence was like 200% after yesterday, I did well in all practices, then again in the qualifying race and also this morning in warm-up, I felt so amazing on the bike and I knew that if I was there from the start I was going to beat them because this is the kind of track that I’m good at. It’s just so frustrating not to be able to show what you can due to having a bad start and getting stuck behind riders from the beginning. I got up to ninth but I know I could have done so much better.
“I was then able to forget about that for the second moto and got a good start and made the best out of it. From fifth though, it’s very difficult to get to first on this track as everyone is the same pace more or less. Prado was a little quicker as he had a clear track but for me, it’s frustrating to battle the whole moto and finish only in fourth place," Seewer concluded.
For Suzuki World MX2’s Jeremy Seewer (91) had an off day with a sixth place overall and the loss of the championship lead.
MXGP Overall Top Ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 47 points 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 45 p. 3. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 36 p. 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 34 p. 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 33 p. 6. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 32 p. 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 28 p. 8. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 25 p. 9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 22 p. 10. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, SUZ), 19 p.
MXGP Championship Top Ten: 1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 201 points 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 183 p. 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 151 p. 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 145 p. 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 145 p. 6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 144 p. 7. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 106 p. 8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 101 p. 9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 95 p. 10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 90 p.
MX2 Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 33:41.859 2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:02.010 3. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:03.078 4. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:03.503 5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:13.092 6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:23.083 7. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:43.966 8. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +0:46.843 9. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:49.002 10. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Kawasaki), +0:49.844
MX2 Overall Top Ten: 1. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 47 points 2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 47 p. 3. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 36 p. 4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 31 p. 5. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 30 p. 6. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 30 p. 7. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 29 p. 8. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 21 p. 9. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 16 p. 10. Conrad Mewse (GBR, HUS), 16 p
MX2 Championship Top Ten: 1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 192 points 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 183 p. 3. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 175 p. 4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 158 p. 5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 147 p. 6. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 123 p. 7. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 117 p. 8. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 113 p. 9. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 110 p. 10. Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 99 p.
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