Valentino Rossi wins his sixth Monza Rally Show

Valentino Rossi won the Monza Rally Show for the sixth time in his career. The MotoGP legend drove a Ford Fiesta RS WRC 2016 spec. After a difficult first day, Rossi came back stronger and won the race.

Marco Bonanomi, a former Audi LMP1 driver, led before the last stage, but, after two off-track adventures, lost the rally by a very narrow margin, six seconds.

The podium was completed by the WRC duo, Andreas Mikkelsen and Thierry Neuville. They took a dominant lead in the first day, but after a slow puncture, they lost every chance win the rally.

Another notable presence was Tony Cairoli. The MXGP world champion finished fourth and secured his best ever finish at the Monza Rally Show.

Rossi’s win was put in doubts after his car was found to be underweight. He received a ten seconds penalty, but he managed to keep his win.

 

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Jeffrey Herlings wins Race 2 and the USGP

After a dominating performance in Race 1, the local hero, Eli Tomac seemed to be the main favorite to win the GP. The start brought the two KTM star riders, Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings ahead of everyone else.

Lap after lap, the duo extended their gap. In third, Eli Tomac had no answer for the KTM domination. Back in front, Tony Cairoli made a mistake and lost the race lead. At this, if the race finished with Herlings as a winner, the championship fight would have gone to Assen.

The second part of the race was dominated by Jeffrey Herlings. The Bullet extended his gap lap after lap and took a very commanding lead and eventually the race win and the GP win.

Cairoli had to settle for the second place and he will probably become world champion for the ninth time next week at Assen. Eli Tomac had a quiet race and finished third.

Behind him, Gautier Paulin and Kevin Strijbos had an entertaining race. In the end, Paulin finished in fourth place, with Strijbos finishing in fifth.

Jeffrey Herlings won the overall with 47 points and keeps his championship dreams alive for at least one week. Eli Tomac finished second with 45 points, while Tony Cairoli completed the podium with 42 points.

In the championship, Tony Cairoli leads the championship. Jeffrey Herlings is the only guy who can stop Tony Cairoli from winning his ninth world championship. The Bullet is 96 points behind his team mate.

MXGP will be back next week, with the Dutch GP which will be held at Assen on September 10.

 

photo – Ray Archer/KTM Media Library

Eli Tomac wins Race 1 at Jacksonville

The USGP started yesterday with the free practice session and the qualifying race. Jeffrey Herlings and Tony Cairoli dominated the first day at Jacksonville, while Eli Tomac, the recently crowned AMA champion finished far behind them.

Race 1 started with Tomac determined to win. From start to finish, Tomac had an easy job and managed to get the chequered flag. Nearly half a minute later, Jeffrey Herlings came in second place, while the championship leader, Tony Cairoli managed to finish third ahead of Tim Gajser and Max Nagl.

If Tony Cairoli wins or scores a better result than Jeffrey Herlings in Race 2, the italian will win his ninth world championship. Race 2 will start at 4 PM EST.

 

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AMA Motocross: Jeffrey Herlings to race at Ironman

Jeffrey Herlings will make his AMA debut this weekend at Ironman. The Dutch rider will ride for KTM as they are trying to help Marvin Musquin winning bid for the national championship in the 450cc.

Aged 22, Herlings, made his professional debut in 2010, in MX2. In 2011, he was involved in one of the greatest battles for the MX2 world championship with Ken Roczen. Afterwards, The Bullet won three world championships in MX2 (2012, 2013, 2016).

At the beginning of this season he moved to MXGP. He started his season badly, struggling with an injury, but managed to rose up to second in the championship. So far, he scored 530 points, 101 less than the championship leader, Tony Cairoli.

The Ironman round will be held on August 26 and will decide who will win the AMA Pro Motocross national championship in the 450cc. Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin and Blake Baggett have a mathematical chance to win the championship.

 

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Cairoli and Desalle to lead Italy and Belgium at the MXoN

Tony Cairoli and Clement Desalle were chosen to lead their national team at the Motocross of Nations which will take place at Matterley Basin in September 30th – October 1st.

Alongside Tony Cairoli for Team Italy we will see Michele Cervelin (MX2) and Alessandro Lupino (Open). The italian was very happy for the team selection and made a very short statement.

Every year we try to do better and better with our team. Now we have some experience and for sure we try to get on the podium.

Clement Desalle will lead once again Team Belgium. Alongside the Kawasaki rider, Julien Lieber (MX2) and Jeremy van Horebeek (Open) will try to take the first win in years for Belgium. After the announcement was made, Desalle had a brief statement to make.

Again, I’m really happy to be in Team Belgium.Last year I unfortunately got injured before the last few GPs, so it is nice. I think we have a strong team and Joel is a really good team manager for that. The last time that I participated at the MXoN we won.

The MXoN will take on September 30th and  October 1st at Matterley Basin, in the United Kingdom.

 

 

photo – Ray Archer/KTM Media Library

 

 

Who can stop Tony Cairoli?

With only six rounds left until the end of the season, Tony Cairoli seems to be now in the perfect position to obtain his ninth world championship. The Sicilian Assassin has 523 points, 92 more than Gautier Paulin and 105 more than Jeffrey Herlings, his team mate at KTM

Who can stop Tony Cairoli? At the first sight, given the season he had so far, the logical answer is no one. He won already six out of the first thirteen GP’s of the year and scored many other podiums.

At this point of the championship, he can ride safer than before. Although he isn’t a man to ride very safely, it isn’t necessary to risk anything at this moment. The only rider who seems to keep up the pace now is Jeffrey Herlings, but the gap between them is far too big. If Tony doesn’t get injured or has many mechanical problems, the title will be his.

The MXGP will be back in action at Lommel, where most of the European pro riders train and live. For some, this is the most exciting GP of the year, given its historical importance and the legendary status the track has.

Who will stop Cairoli here at Lommel? There are many riders in the premier class who can race as hard as he does. Of course, he is the main favorite to win, but we can’t forget the likes of Herlings, Gajser or even the surprising winner from last year, the veteran, Kevin Strijbos.

Lommel is a very technical track, with 1675 meters. The belgian circuit has a sandy surface, so, Jeffrey Herlings, who is known for some as The King of the sand , has some serious chances to win here.

The schedule will be interesting. Beside the classic MX2 and MXGP races, Lommel will host this weekend races from the European Championships. On Saturday, MX2 and MXGP will have the qualifying races. On Sunday, starting at 13:00 CET, the MX2 boys will have the first race of the day.

photo: Ray Archer/KTM Media Library

Tony Cairoli wins the qualifying race at Loket

Tony Cairoli continues his domination with an outstanding win at Loket.

The qualifying race at Loket was a one man show. Tony Cairoli dominate from start to finish as he went on for another easy win under his belt. The italian started well and soon, the gap between and his nearest rival, Tim Gajser, was already up to five seconds.

He maintained the gap throughout the race and took a fairly easy win. Tim Gajser managed to finish second, in what was his best result since Kegums. The podium was completed by Max Nagl, who scored another great result for his team, Husqvarna. Jeffrey Herlings and Glenn Coldenhoff brought all the three KTM’s inside the top five.

Gautier Paulin, Romain Febvre, Clement Desalle, Arnaud Tonus and Kevin Strijbos finished inside the top ten. The two race of the MXGP category will be held tomorrow afternoon.

 

photo – Ray Archer/ KTM Media Library

Clement Desalle extends his deal with Kawasaki for two more years

Clement Desalle will race for Monster Energy Kawasaki Factory until 2020.

Clement Desalle signed with Kawasaki at the end of 2015, ending a frustrating relationship with Suzuki. The belgian rider already won three MXGPs with Kawasaki and is currently second in the championship, with 378 points.

Desalle won this year two GP’s, in France and Russia and made three other appearances on podium. Desalle, aged 28, is currently in his 12th MX season. He was runner-up in the championship three times, in 2010, 2012 and 2013, each time behind Tony Cairoli.

The next GP will be held in Loket, the host of the MXGP of Czech Republic, in 22-23 July.

 

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Cairoli and Seewer triumph in Portugal

Tony Cairoli won the MXGP of Portugal. Jeremy won the MX2 GP of Portugal.

MXGP

The second race of the day was dominated by Tony Cairoli. The italian started very well and took immediately the holeshot and a commanding lead. He was followed by Max Nagl, Arminas Jasikonis, Tim Gajser and Jeffrey Herlings.

The Bullet won Race 1 but he had to fight through the field in order to get up to second place. As soon as he was second, he pushed very hard in order to catch up with Tony Cairoli, but he failed to do so.

Tony Cairoli won Race 2 and the GP even though he finished with the same number of points with Jeffrey Herlings. Arminas Jasikonis scored his first career podium in the MXGP category. The lithuanian scored 40 points in the MXGP of Portugal.

Romain Febvre and Max Nagl finished Race 2 fourth and fifth, while Tim Gajser managed only sixth. The world champion finished the GP in sixth, with 28 points, 19 fewer than Cairoli and Herlings.

In the standings, Tony Cairoli continues to lead the series. The italian rider has 478 points. Clement Desalle and Gautier Paulin are now following him, with 387 points and 383.

MX2

The MX2 race was once again a battle between Pauls Jonass and Jeremy Seewer. This time, Seewer won and he also took the GP win. Jonass finished in the second place while the podium was completed by Thomas Covington, who doubled his third place effort from Race 1.

Benoit Paturel finished Race 2 in fourth place, while the top five was completed by Thomas Kjaer Olsen. In the GP, the order was reversed, with Olsen fourth and Paturel fifth.

MXGP will take a short three week break before returning to action at Loket, for the MXGP of Czech Republic in 22-23 July.

 

foto – Ray Archer/ KTM Media Library

Herlings and Jonass bring KTM on top in Race 1 in Agueda

Jeffrey Herlings and Pauls Jonass won the first races of the day at the MXGP of Portugal.

MXGP

Arminas Jasikonis was the main star of the qualifying. The young lithuanian rider won the qualifying race in a convincing manner. Could he be the big surprise today?

From the start, Jeffrey Herlings and Tony Cairoli set the pace and they fought against each other. In the end, Herlings won, Cairoli finished second, and the joy in the KTM team was big.

Arminas Jasikonis managed to finish third, but nearly half a minute behind the KTM duo. Max Nagl and Romain Febvre completed the top five, while Tim Gajser, the current MXGP world champion finished in disbelief, only in 8th place.

Gautier Paulin was probably the biggest disappointment of Race 1. The Frenchman finished only 12th and lost once again precious points in the championship standings.

After Race 1, Tony Cairoli leads the championship with 475 points. Clement Desalle is second, with 391 points and Jeffrey Herlings is now up in third place, with 385 points.

Race 2 will start at 18 CET.

MX2

The MX2 race was a two men battle. Pauls Jonass and Jeremy Seewer battled hard for the race. The championship leader won and extended his points lead. Seewer finished second and pole man, Thomas Covington, completed the podium with a superb run for the third place.

Thomas Kjaer Olsen and Julien Lieber completed the top five, while the biggest disappointment was Jorge Prado. The spaniard didn’t finish the race, but he was classified as he managed to complete more than 75% of the race.

In the championship standings, Pauls Jonass leads with 504 points. Jeremy Seewer follows him, with 460 points. The GC podium is completed by Thomas Kjaer Olsen, with 373 points.

Race 2 will start at 17 CET.

foto – Ray Archer/ KTM Media Library