Antonio Cairoli Wins Again In Brazil. Photography by Ray Archer/KTM Images
Antonio Cairoli recorded his 58th career GP win after dominating round seven of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Beto Carrero, Brazil, May 19. The Red Bull KTM Team rider won both MX1 motos, including the Super Final where both the second motos of the MX1 and MX2 classes are run simultaneously. Cairoli’s teammate Jeffrey Herlings continued his winning streak in the MX2 class, although his moto win streak came to an end in the second, combined moto, where Spain’s Jose Butron took the MX2-class win in 10th overall.
In the first all-MX1 moto, Cairoli led from start to finishing, taking the checkered flag three seconds ahead of Honda’s Max Nagl.
Suzuki’s Clement Desalle finished right behind Nagl, followed by Kawasaki riders Gautier Paulin and Jeremy van Horebeek.
Herlings struggled off the start of the first all-MX2 moto. The Dutchman was 12th after the first lap but that wouldn’t last for long. He worked his way up through the field and eventually took the checkered flag 12 seconds ahead of runner-up and fellow countryman Glen Coldenhoff (KTM).
Great Britain’s Jake Nicholls finished third, followed by Frenchman Jordi Tixier and Great Britain’s Mel Pocock.
Cairoli tracked down race-leader, Suzuki’s Kevin Strijbos with three laps to go to claim the Super Final win and MX1-class overall. Strijobs held on to finish second, followed Desalle, Paulin and Belgian Kevin de Dycker.
Butron was the top MX2 rider in 10th. Herlings was the next-best MX2 rider in 13th but easily wrapped up the class win for the day.
Second overall went to Butron, followed by Tixier and Coldenhoff.