Cairoli in Germany

For Antonio Cairoli, who leads the MXGP points standings, this weekend’s Grand Prix of Germany marks a special stop in his season. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider has been winning at this circuit for more than ten years, and his record is unequalled by this year’s current competitors.

The Italian legend won for the first time a decade ago in 2007, and he would win again two years later in his debut season in the 450class winning in 2009. He finished second to Russian charger Evgeny Bobryshev in 2011, then he won again in 2012.

While the 2012 GP in Germany didn’t stop at Teutschenthal due to the Monster Energy MXoN being run there. Cairoli capped off his brilliant performances at the hard pack in Germany, having won for the fourth time in Teutschenthal in 2016. Thus entering this year’s event as possibly the favourite for victory.

“I like Teutschenthal a lot,” Cairoli said. “I like it because it’s rough, and technical, and not wide open like some other tracks. We will see, I look forward to every weekend, because my condition and speed are good, but I am frustrated about my starts, when I get a bad start I don’t like that at all. I get holeshots or outside the top 10, sometimes outside the top 20 and I will work on that before Germany.”

As for his last round in Latvia, it wasn’t the perfect performance, but he still made the podium, and once again showed lightning speed.

“I was not completely satisfied about how my weekend went, from a Championship point of view I’m happy, because my closest rival did worse than me and I've got the red plate back. What I’m not happy with, were my starts, that made my races way more difficult than they should have been. In race one I was outside of the top 15 from the start but luckily clawed my way back to 5th, which is not bad but I want to be fighting for the victory every race. In the second race I was feeling ok, I almost got the FOX Holeshot but I went off of the track and down to sixth. Fortunately, my speed was good and I made some decent passes back up to third place, just before Gajser had a big crash in front of me. I was a bit shocked because it was a big one but I just kept riding till the end, finishing second and luckily they told me that Tim didn't suffered any consequences.”

Now onto one of his favourite tracks, a track that needs experience, and good concentration. As we have seen in the past, this is where Cairoli has it over his rivals. If you want to bet against the Italian, then it might be best not to put too much of a wager down. In good form, and with the red plate, you can be sure Cairoli will want to leave Germany with an even handier points lead, and another victory at the beautiful German facility.

 

Copyright: Photo: Ray Archer

Author: 
Geoff Meyer

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