News 8 Aug 2016

Cairoli holds on for Switzerland MXGP round victory

Anstie claims another double in MX2 championship bid.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Red Bull KTM’s Antonio Cairoli has won the Frauenfeld, Switzerland, round of the 2016 MXGP World Championship after starting out of pole position.

Reverting to the 450 SX-F for this weekend in the Swiss GP, Cairoli won the opening encounter, which was enough to seal the overall despite finishing fifth in moto two.

Cairoli led current championship leader Tim Gajser (Honda Gariboldi) and reigning world champion Romain Febvre (Monster Energy Yamaha) on the podium, as inconsistencies plagued the front-runners.

Gajser bounced back from a ninth-place result in the first moto to win the second, but it wasn’t enough to topple Cairoli, nor was Febvre’s 8-2 scorecard.

In MX2 it was once again Max Anstie (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) who took full advantage of title leader Jeffrey Herlings’ (Red Bull KTM) absense, winning both motos and the overall from Jeremy Seewer (Team Suzuki) and Benoit Paturel (Yamaha).

The championship still sees the injured Herlings in front by 43 points ahead of his home round at Assen, still recovering from complications to a broken collarbone.

After claiming 11th in the opening EMX250 race of the round, Australian MX2 title leader Jed Beaton was caught up in an opening lap incident, cutting his weekend short with bike damage.

JCR Yamaha teammate Courtney Duncan made a brilliant return to racing, going 1-2 for the overall victory in round six of the Women’s Motocross World Championship.

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