Antonio Cairoli collected his 35th Grand Prix victory in the Grand Prix of Czech Republic in 2010 and extended is Championship points lead to 84pts moving into the next Grand Prix in Brazil, With just three Grand Prix’s to run (Brazil, Holland and Italy) it would take a massive problem or injury from stopping the Italian from winning his fourth World Motocross Championship. And that is just what he did.
Cairoli went 2-1 to win ahead of Clement Desalle and Tanel Leok. It was Cairoli’s third win on the trot after winning in Sweden and Belgium in the last month.
The MX1 moto one saw Antonio Cairoli take a great holeshot ahead of Nicolas Aubin, Tanel Leok and Evgeny Bobryshev fifth and sixth then came Philippaerts and Strijbos. Cairoli looked in great control although Leok was also pushing hard to keep with the leader.
After three laps into the race it was Cairoli with a two second lead over Leok, then came Bobryshev, Strijbos, Aubin, Philippaerts, De Dycker, Ramon, Desalle, and Nagl in 10th. Amazingly six riders inside the top 10 have previously won races of GP's at Loket. Strijbos crashed out on lap four and dropped out of the top 20.
In the big surprise of the race Leok actually pulled up on Cairoli and passed him on a straight section after the first corner. Leok was riding well and straight away look a big lead on Cairoli.
Cairoli began to charge after Leok, and just as he so often does was putting in really quick laps with the last two laps remaining. Caroli the master of planning a race got his chance when Leok missed a gear and the Italian pulled up alongside him. Leok though pulled a better line and kept first place.
Leok kept pushing and suddenly found a second wind on Cairoli and won the moto, then came Cairoli and Desalle.
Tanel Leok comments
“I felt good, I had a good start and was able to pass Antonio. My lines were good and I wasn’t having too much problem. Antonio did come back to me and put some pressure on me, but in the end I was able to win the moto.”
Antonio Cairoli comments
“It was a good race for the championship. Tanel rode good and I tried to get him back, but then I realized it wasn’t good to do that and I took it easier for second place. I am happy with that result.”
Clement Desalle comments
“It’s a hard track to pass and I didn’t have a good start. I came through and am happy for that. I will try and do better in the second moto for sure.”
The second MX1 moto and Cairoli again got the early lead, followed by Bobryshev, Leok, and Desalle. De Reuver, Barragan and Pourcel were all involved in a small accident, while Philippaerts also went down and dropped out of the top 20.
Cairoli looked on fire as he held a couple of seconds over Desalle who was also on his way to the front. After two laps it was Cairoli, Desalle, Bobryshev, Ramon, Swanepoel, Goncalves, Nagl, Bill, Coppins and De Dycker in 10th.
Gareth Swanepoel held a strong fifth place, but he was getting huge pressure from two Red Bull KTM riders in Goncalves and Nagl.
Nagl showing great lines passed both Swanepoel and Goncalves and moved into fifth place. After 13 laps it was Cairoli leading by three seconds, then Desalle a massive 42 second back in third, then came Ramon, Nagl, Swanepoel, Goncalves Leok, Strijbos, and Coppins in 10th place.
Problems for Swanepoel as he pulled out of the race. His CAS Honda team-mate was still in third place, but getting a lot of pressure from Ramon and Nagl.
Ramon moved into third place passing Bobryshev, while Nagl and also Leok joined the battle for third place. Nagl then passed the Russian, and Leok was also looking for a way past. Also Kevin Strijbos moved up on the group.
Cairoli goes on to win the moto and the Grand Prix ahead of Desalle and Leok.
Antonio Cairoli comments
“Normally this isn’t one of my favorite tracks, just back from Lommel where it is sand, it’s nice to win here. For sure I am happy, I feel good with the bike and everything, also my condition is good and my confidence is better after every race. The first heat I was nervous, but the second heat I was riding really well, so I am very happy.”
Clement Desalle comments
“It’s a good place for me, I won here last year. I like the track here, but the conditions were different this year. I had to fight in the first moto and the second moto I had a better start, but I had to look for the lines and then we came to the lapped riders and I found them difficult to pass and I lost ground on Antonio.”
Grand Prix of Czech Republic – Results
MX1 Moto One: 1. Tanel Leok (Hon); 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM); 3. Clement Desalle (Suz); 4. David Philippaerts (Yam); 5. Max Nagl (KTM); 6. Steve Ramon (Suz); 7. Sebastien Pourcel (Kaw); 8. Nicolas Aubin (Kaw); 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (Hon); 10. Rui Goncalves (KTM); 11. Ken De Dycker (Yam); 12. Gareth Swanepoel (Hon); 13. Josh Coppins (Aprilia); 14. Jonathan Barragan (Kaw); 15. Cedric Soubeyras (KTM)
MX1 Moto two: 1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM); 2. Clement Desalle (Suz); 3. Steve Ramon (Suz); 4. Max Nagl (KTM); 5. Tanel Leok (Hon); 6. Kevin Strijbos (Suz); 7. Evgeny Bobryshev (Hon); 8. Rui Goncalves (KTM); 9. David Philippaerts (Yam); 10. Josh Coppins (Aprilia); 11. Tom Church (CCM) 12. Julien Bill (KTM); 13. Jimmy Albertson (Hon); 14. Mathias Walkner (KTM); 15. Matteo Bonini (Yam)
MX1 Overall: 1. Antonio Cairoli 47pts, 2. Clement Desalle 42pts, Tanel Leok 42pts, 4. Steve Ramon 35pts, 5. Max Nagl 34pts, 6. David Philippaerts 30pts, 7. Evgeny Bobryshev 26pts, 8. Rui Goncalves 24pts, 9. Kevin Strijbos 20pts, 10. Josh Coppins 19pts, 11. Tom Church 14pts, 12. Sebastien Pourcel 14pts, 13. Nicolas Aubin 13pts, 14. Ken De Dycker 10pts, 15. Julien Bill 9pts
MX1 World Championship points: 1. Antonio Cairoli 531pts, 2. Clement Desalle 447pts, 3. David Philippaerts 394pts, 4. Max Nagl 382pts, 5. Steve Ramon 376pts, 6. Ken De Dycker 309pts, 7. Tanel Leok 290pts, 8. Xavier Boog 276pts, 9. Evgeny Bobryshev 270pts, 10. Davide Guarneri 213pts, 11. Kevin Strijbos 201pts, 12. Josh Coppins 184pts, 13. Gareth Swanepoel 182pts, 14. Rui Goncalves 177pts, 15. Anthony Boissiere 145pts