News 22 Apr 2010

World MX: Cairoli and Musquin lead series to Valkenswaard

Cairoli picked up KTM's first victory on the 350cc at Mantova.

Cairoli picked up KTM's first victory on the 350cc at Mantova.

World champion Antonio Cairoli and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammate Marvin Musquin are currently heading the 2010 Motocross World Championship in the MX1 and MX2 classes, set to continue in the Netherlands this weekend for round three.

At Valkenswaard, last year’s MX1 winner Jonathan Barragan will seek better fortunes as his first Kawasaki season has not yet recorded a podium finish for the Spaniard.

In the MX2 class instead it will be time for 15-year-old Jeffrey Herlings to show his home crowd what he is capable of after narrowly missing out on a moto win in Mantova.

Just two weeks ago at Mantova, Cairoli made history by winning the first ever Motocross MX1 Grand Prix with a 350cc motorcycle in the likes of the KTM 350 SX-F. The Italian, who joined the works KTM squad after winning the MX1 world title at his first attempt in 2009, leads the series with a single point advantage over teammate Max Nagl, the latter on the 450cc machine.

The German did not have a good weekend at Valkenswaard in 2009 as he finished 14th while Cairoli was second on the podium.

Furthermore Nagl just lost the red plate and will be on fire to make up for both mishaps. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1 will finally line up all riders at Valkenswaard with Portuguese Gonçalves coming back on board the second 350 SX-F after an off-season shoulder injury.

Last year’s GP winner Jonathan Barragan, now a Kawasaki Racing rider, seeks his first podium of the season and is seventh place in the championship. Being currently the best placed Kawasaki rider, Barragan hopes to be the first of the Kawasaki Racing trio completed by Xavier Boog and Sebastien Pourcel to give the manufacturer a top three finish in 2010.

Rockstar Teka Suzuki’s Clement Desalle is the third man in the MX1 series and after two podium finishes, the young Belgian looking for his first win since he joined Suzuki at the end of 2009 – his breakthrough year.

Fellow Yamaha riders Ken De Dycker and Davide Philippaerts complete the top five ahead of sand master Steve Ramon. Home rider Mark De Reuver sits in 18th place ahead of teammate Kevin Strijbos.

With the championship coming into Holland for the first time in 2010, 15-year-old Dutch Jeffrey Herlings is pumped to be racing his first ever home grand prix this weekend. After taking his maiden podium at Mantova and narrowly missing out on a moto win, the local fans expect Herlings to challenge again Musquin for the win on the Dutch sand.

So far Musquin has won all four heats and is well settled into the championship lead with a full score of 100 points. The defending champion managed to win his fourth consecutive heat in Mantova only at the final lap, when he exploited a mistake of teammate Herlings to move past.

Teka Suzuki Europe’s Ken Roczen is second in the championship, sandwiched in between Musquin and Herlings. Roczen has been hungry for a victory since round one and his attitude will be the same in Valkenswaard where he hopes to place his works Suzuki on top of the podium.

Kawasaki CLS’ Steven Frossard sits in fourth, just three points behind Herlings, while Swiss Arnaud Tonus completes the top five.