Red Bull KTM’s Tony Cairoli has hit 87thcareer wins by taking victory in the second MXGP of the season under sunny British skies at Matterley Basin. The race was the first European round of 2019 MXGP season after the long trip to Argentina to open the series.
The former Motocross of Nations venue provided a fast, challenging and sun-kissed setting for the Grand Prix of Great Britain and for what is always a busy and popular fixture on the calendar.
Cairoli actually missed out on his first qualification heat win on Saturday due to a mistake on the last lap of the race that cost the nine-times world champion the chequered flag.
But in the race Cairoli kept his head and it was his rival and first moto leader Tim Gajser who fell and gifted a free run for #222 to the finish line. The result marked the third consecutive moto win for Cairoli this season.
In the second race the Italian – who had been struggling with a stiff right shoulder and neck in the build-up to Matterley – rode to second place behind Gajser, shadowing the 2016 champion closely in the final laps and finishing only 1.7 seconds adrift. Cairoli’s second consecutive success this year gives him an 8 point lead in the early standings.
MXGP now heads east to the European mainland this week with round three taking place in the rough shallow sand of Valkenswaard for the Grand Prix of Netherlands next weekend.
Results MXGP Great Britian 2019
1. Tony Cairoli (ITA) Red Bull KTM (1-2)
2. Tim Gajser (SLO) Honda (3-1)
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA) Yamaha (2-3)
4. Clement Desalle (BEL) Kawasaki (4-7)
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL) Honda (5-6)