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.
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