Cairoli and Herlings talk about the Thai MXGP

There were big smiles on the faces of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team members when their riders Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings had done their thing last weekend in Thailand. Just like they had done often in 2013 the Italian and Dutchmen ruled the roost, both going 1-1 and leaving their rivals wondering what they need to do to compete.

For Cairoli it is was a nice return to the top of the podium after finishing behind Gautier Paulin a week earlier, while Herlings scored his second GP victory in a row, he did it much easier in Thailand than he had done in Qatar.

“I really liked being in Thailand,” Cairoli said. “It was good and I like the Grand Prix and the people. To spend a week at this country is easy. I rested my ankle and got some massages on it and also trained a little, which was nice because I like running, it’s better than cycling, but I had to cycle a lot before Qatar. I also did some running on the soft sand and it felt better. I like the rough circuit and it is my typical race track. Perfect for me. I had great difficulty in Qatar and I am always having problems with my ankles.”

As for Herlings, the defending MX2 World Champion, he enjoyed Thailand and while he would have preferred a rougher circuit he went away with 1-1 scores and looked stronger than in Qatar a week earlier. He also got to battle with old rival Max Anstie, a battle that had the whole GP paddock watching.

“No, it wasn’t easy. On Saturday I took a good start and came out second, but dropped to fourth. Then I passed Glenn and got a rock in my goggles and lost a lense. I finished second and that was ok. On Sunday the track was a little flat and the other guys were closer to me. In the second moto I had a good battle with Max (Anstie), got the win and was able to win the Grand Prix. My job is to win and the competition isn’t like when I raced Tommy Searle or Ken Roczen, but these new MX2 guys are improving all the time and we have some good fast young riders.”

Now onto Brazil in a couple of weeks time, where these two KTM riders will look to improve once again and put more pressure on their rivals to improve. It is unlikely that Cairoli and Herlings will let off on their competition, as both want only one thing and that is victory in Brazil.

Author: 
Geoff Meyer

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