Another check mark added to the win list for Antonio Cairoli at the French GP. Photography by Ray Archer/KTM Images
Red Bull KTM’s Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings captured the overall wins at the Grand Prix of France at the Ernee Circuit, June 9. For Cairoli, it was his 59th career GP win.
Cairoli was leading the first moto when he bobbled, giving way to home favorite Gautier Paulin on the Monster Energy Kawasaki.
Despite heavy challenges by Cairoli, Paulin held on for the opening-moto win, but round two would be all Cairoli’s.
Cairoli got off to a fast start and led from start to finish, while Paulin got hung up in a first-corner pile-up that put him back in sixth place.
Paulin would finish out the moto in fourth, giving him second overall behind Cairoli’s 2-1.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Clement Desalle, who spent the last couple of weeks competing in the U.S. Nationals, rounded out the top three overall with 3-2 placings.
CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit’s Tommy Searle finished fourth overall for his best finish ever in the MX1 class.
Jeffrey Herlings kept his MX2 overall win streak alive at Ernee. Photography by Ray Archer/KTM Images
Herlings continued his winning ways in the MX2 class. The Dutch rider has won every MX2 moto except one, which was one of the Super Final motos that combined both the MX1 and MX2 bikes.
In France, Herlings did, however, have to ride through pain after injuring his foot the day before, but he was still unbeatable on Sunday.
Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Dylan Ferrandis finished second overall in his home Grand Prix.
The third overall went to another French rider, Monster Energy Yamaha’s Christophe Charlier.
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 2-1
2. Gautier Paulin (Kawasaki) 1-4
3. Clement Desalle (Suzuki) 3-2
4. Tommy Searle (Kawasaki) 7-3
5. Jeremy van Horebeek (Kawasaki) 4-6
6. Ken de Dycker (KTM) 5-5
7. Kevin Strijbos (Suzuki) 11-8
8. Davide Guarneri (KTM) 9-10
9. Xavier Boog (KTM) 14-7
10. Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda) 12-9
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 1-1
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Kawasaki) 2-2
3. Christophe Charlier (Yamaha) 9-3
4. Alexander Tonkov (Honda) 8-4
5. Jake Nicholls (KTM) 6-5
6. Jordi Tixier (KTM) 4-9
7. Jose Butron (KTM) 5-8
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM) 3-18
9. Petar Petrov (Yamaha) 10-11
10. Max Anstie (Suzuki) 7-14