Solid points for Tony in Qatar
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Grand Prix of Qatar, Losail

Lights are turned on the 2016 MXGP season and the star of Antonio Cairoli is back to shine in Losail night. The Sicilian champion, injured five weeks ago during a training session in Sardinia, has arrived at the first stage of the year, having never been able to test its level in race. After a good start in the first moto, from the fourth gate, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team rider, has fought with the top guys on track, finishing sixth, after having lost a place in the last laps. When the gates dropped for the second time, again he got a good start, managed to briefly grab the second position, taking advantage of the mistakes of opponents and showing a good pace, but not enough to maintain it. With his KTM 450 SX-F, the eight-time world champion has transited under the checkered flag in fourth position, allowing it to finish the first Grand Prix of the year, fifth overall. It was a good race for Tony, who now he will head with his team to Thailand, for the second round of the MXGP.

Tony Cairoli: "It 'was a great race! We came here in Qatar without knowing what my real physical condition were, because after the injury of Riola, I could not even race a single event, in order to prepare the season. Yesterday I tried to save breath and do a good qualifying and today, with two good starts, I managed to finish fourth and sixth, quite a miracle, if you consider that the day before I was hoping to get in the top ten. This result for me today means like a win, also because my physical conditions are going slightly better, so we are a bit more optimistic for the rest of the season."

Next Grand Prix: Thailand, Suphan Buri 06/03/16
Race 1:
1-T.Gajser, 2-E.Bobryshev, 3-R.Febvre, J.Van Horebeek, 6-A.Cairoli

Race 2:
1-T.Gajser, 2-R.Febvre, 3-E.Bobryshev, 4-A.Cairoli, 5-J.Van Horebeek

Grand Prix Overall: 
1-T.Gajser 50p. 2-R.Febvre 42p. 3-E.Bobryshev 42p. 4-J.Van Horebeek 34p. 5-A.Cairoli 33p.

MXGP Standings:
1-T.Gajser 50p. 2-R.Febvre 42p. 3-E.Bobryshev 42p. 4-J.Van Horebeek 34p. 5-A.Cairoli 33p.

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