Grand Prix of Thailand, Suphan Buri
Another good weekend for Antonio Cairoli in this double overseas appointment. In what is the physically hardest race of the year, the KTM Red Bull Factory Racing Team rider, managed to end in a fifth overall place that means also a fifth position in the championship standings, just some points away from the leading riders. Tony was able to capitalize the excellent start in Saturday's qualifying race, finishing in third place and then led the first run, run with temperatures near by the 40 degree celsius, showing a very good pace, as evidenced by the lap record in race, achieved during the eighth lap. In the second race a technical problem deprived him of what could have been a first podium of the season; Cairoli starts in front of everybody when his bike turned off in the middle of the first corner, restarting dead last. After a good comeback he crossed the finish line riding his KTM 450 SX-F in twelfth position. A generally positive day, with good progress shown by the Sicilian rider, who will now returns home, in order to prepare the first European round of the 2016 World MXGP Championship.
Tony Cairoli: “Here in Thailand all went well, yesterday, after suffering a bit in the timed practice, I managed to make a good start and to qualify in third place. Today in the first moto I ended with a fine second place, fighting for the win throughout the race, after being in the lead for more than half of the time. For me that’s was the most important, because it helps me find a good feeling with the top positions. In race two I made a second perfect start but this time a technical problem slowed me down, extinguishing the bike halfway through the first corner. I restarted last and from that moment for the first two laps the bike has got some trouble, then things went slowly better. This is a track where starting ahead is key and unfortunately things like that you can not control, however, we bring home a good experience, that we will need it later and important points in the standings. Now we have two weeks off, which we will use to prepare well for the Valkenswaard round, where we hope to bring home a good result.”
Next Grand Prix: Europe, Valkenswaard 28/03/16
1-R.Febvre, 2-A.Cairoli, 3-T.Gajser, 4-E.Bobryshev, 5-J.Van Horebeek
1-R.Febvre, 2-B.Townley, 3-M.Nagl, 4-J.Van Horebeek, 12-A.Cairoli
1-R.Febvre 50p. 2-T.Gajser 36p. 3-J.Van Horebeek 34p. 4-E.Bobryshev 32p. 5-A.Cairoli 31p.
World Championship standings:
1-R.Febvre 92p. 2-T.Gajser 86p. 3-E.Bobryshev 74p. 4-J.Van Horebeek 68p. 5-A.Cairoli 64p.
Results and standings: www.mxgp.com
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