Cairoli storms to victory at MXGP of Great Britain
Kjer Olsen wins MX2 as Beaton scores top 10 in return to racing.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli has captured victory at Matterley Basin’s second round of the 2019 MXGP World Championship in Great Britain.
The nine-time world champion rode supremely consistent in Sunday’s races, lodging a 1-2 scorecard to earn his second win in as many rounds.
Former champion Tim Gajser (Honda HRC) overcame a significant fall to wind up second overall, concluding the weekend with a race victory in the final moto, while Gautier Paulin locked out the top three for the first time with the Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP outfit.
Clement Desalle (Monster Energy Kawasaki Factory Racing) and Jeremy van Horebeek (Honda SR Motoblouz) were fourth and fifth respectively, as triple Australian motocross champion Dean Ferris (Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing) faced a difficult return to grand prix racing, suffering a suspected knee injury after finishing 15th in the opening encounter.
In the MX2 category, Thomas Kjer Olsen (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) dominated the weekend with two race victories, gaining the points lead in the process as former leader and reigning champion Jorge Prado (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) sat out the weekend with injury.
Henri Jacobi (F&H Racing Kawasaki) was second followed by Tom Vialle (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), as the top five was completed by Calvin Vlaanderen (Honda HRC) and Ben Watson (Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha Official MX2).
Australians Jed Beaton (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) and Mitch Evans (Team Honda 114 Motorsports) were 10th and 15th overall respectively, the duo lodging 9-13 and 34-8 scorecards. Compatriot Caleb Grothues (SDM Yamaha) wound up 12th overall in round one of the European Motocross Championship in the EMX250 division.
The MXGP World Championship now heads to Valkenswaard in The Netherlands this weekend for round three of the series.