Antonio Cairoli interview

Antonio Cairoli doesn’t give up quickly and holding down third place in the MXGP series points is just the right place for the Red Bull KTM Factory rider. With 12 Grand Prix’s still to go Cairoli has shown improvement, and despite a terrible performance, he came back in Latvia last weekend and really showed he is only just off the pace to win a Grand Prix again.

Very close behind Stefan Everts as the greatest Grand Prix rider of all time, with eight motocross world championships and 72 GP wins, Cairoli has the experience that both Romain Febvre and Tim Gajser don’t have. Will that help him make up the points deficit he now has? We sat down and asked him.

Q: You nearly got a Grand Prix victory. What needs to change to get that win?

Cairoli: It was close, and for sure I am not where I want to be. I miss some fitness and speed to be honest.  I am working on it, and maybe in Latvia is was possible to win, and the track was rough and it is difficult to push on a track like that when you are not fit. I did the best I could, but Tim was very strong and he deserves his victory. I move onto Germany now.

Q: Latvia was a big improvement on Mexico wasn’t it?

Cairoli: Mexico was terrible for me. I lost a lot of points from the top guys and I was angry with myself, not finding a good riding and I try and forget and I have had two weeks of good training and I am starting to get good speed for training. We miss some speed, that is clear, but we have plenty of time to get to the top, where I want to be.

Q: What about Romain (Febvre) and Tim (Gajser)? They are riding so well at the moment.

Cairoli: For sure, they are riding amazing, and that shows at the last years of Motocross of Nations. We see the last years at the MXoN that Europe is faster than America, and that is a good thing for me. I think the world championship is the best championship and we see the last years we are stronger.

Q: How close are you to being 100%? Is it possible to know that?

Cairoli: No way, and I don’t tell you. I am not where I want to be, a lot, but we will be there. I don’t know how long it takes, but I feel confident.

Q: Is seems like Romain and Tim have raised the level. For a rider like yourself, you maybe never had to push 100% because you didn’t need to. Is it exciting to think maybe you will need to now?

Cairoli: I don’t know, that is difficult question to answer. If we watch the speed of the MXGP compared to the MX2 guys, to Jeffrey, then we are a little bit higher, that is a question I can’t answer.

 

Pic: KTM

Author: 
Geoff Meyer

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