Five times World Motocross Champion Antonio Cairoli of the Red Bull KTM Factory team showed why many consider him the fastest rider in the World when he won the 2010 Grand Prix of Benelux with 2-1 results. Second overall was Max Nagl with 1-4 and third overall was Steve Ramon with 3-3 results.
With his 2010 World MX1 title already in his pocket the Italian produced his sand magic one more time as he won his 8th GP of the season and 37th Grand Prix of his already magnificent career.
At the start of the opening MX1 moto it was crazy as Clement Desalle went down with a bunch of riders. Up front Max Nagl was on fire as Steve Ramon, Rui Goncalves and Marc De Reuver battled for second place. Further back came Ken De Dycker, Matteo Bonini, Davide Guarneri, Tanel Leok, Tom Church, Bas Verhoeven, and Jimmy Albertson in 11th place. Antonio Cairoli was well back in the pack, as was Josh Coppins and Desalle.
Nagl remained in control while Cairoli was making his amazing charge through the pack. Now in sixth place after five laps.
Ramon started making ground up on Nagl, while American Jimmy Albertson pulled into the pits. Cairoli passed De Dycker for fifth place on lap seven and Leok started putting pressure on De Reuver for third place. Desalle like Cairoli was making a great charge and was up to 12th place after starting in last due to the first corner crash.
A great battle between De Reuver, Leok and Cairoli as the three fought for third place. The Italian riding brilliantly and moving towards the front.
Cairoli once past Leok and De Reuver then set out after Ramon who he passed with one lap to go in the race. So KTM once again totally dominated an MX1 class moto.
The second MX1 moto and Desalle takes the inside line, but was still fighting around mid-pack. Cairoli took the holeshot followed by his KTM team-mates Max Nagl and Rui Goncalves. Ramon was well placed as he passed Nagl, David Philippaerts rounded out the top five.
Ken De Dycker pulled out of the moto on the opening lap, while his fellow Belgian Desalle was in 32nd position. Philippaerts went down hard after getting out of shape in the battle with Goncalves and dropped back to sixth.
Barragan soon passed Philippaerts and Seb Pourcel was also looking for a way past. Philippaerts soon passed Barragan back, and Leok was also in the battle with the Italian and Spaniard.
The KTM domination of the MX1 class in Lierop continued as it was Cairoli, Goncalves and Nagl leading the way.
Not a lot happened in the later stages of the second MX1 moto. Ramon passed Nagl, while De Reuver looked strong in sixth place and was pushing to catch Philippaerts. Cairoli’s lead was under control as he won the moto and the Grand Prix. Second in the moto was Goncalves, Ramon third, Nagl fourth and Philippaerts fifth.
Antonio Cairoli comments
“I had a good start in the opening moto, but David (Philippaerts) tried to pass me and he crashed and I also crashed and I was last. I tried to catch the people in front, but I fell again, it was so hard to pass. Then I was last again, but my speed was good, I made a lot of places up but I crashed again in the last lap and Ramon passed me back, but I was able to pass him for second. The second race was really nice, good race, I don’t have too much more to say.”
“The first heat I was the fastest but I crashed, the second heat I wanted to get a good start and just prove myself that I am the fastest in the sand. Nothing better than winning in Lierop, last year I won the title here and this year the Grand Prix. I hope many people come to Fermo next weekend to celebrate with me.”
Max Nagl comments
“Seems like I am feeling good, I did some blood checks and those are good, I had a good feeling, nice start, good rhythm, but it was tough near the end because of the rough track. The track was really tough, i am happy for the second place and also for the championship. I am now just 10 points behind him. Because it's 10 points and he is just behind me I can't catch him, but I try my best. David was riding aggressive and crashed, I think he is on his limit at the moment. We change some things with the 450 for Fermo, and I also use the bike at the MXoN."
Steve Ramon comments
It was a tough weekend, track was rough. my riding was okay, but I didn't feel comfortable on the bike. I had a good rythem, but I made a crash and I had to get back into my good speed. The last weeks have been tough. Last week I had the Belgian championship and it was a tough weekend. At the start Antonio was in front of me and I had good speed, but I made the crash.
Results - Grand Prix of Benelux
MX1 Moto one: 1. Max Nagl (KTM); 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM); 3. Steve Ramon (Suz); 4. Tanel Leok (Hon); 5. David Philippaerts (Yam); 6. Ken De Dycker (Yam); 7. Rui Goncalves (KTM); 8. Marc De Reuver (Suz); 9. Davide Guarneri (Hon); 10. Clement Desalle (Suz); 11. Josh Coppins (Aprilia); 12. Jonathan Barragan (Kaw); 13. Xavier Boog (Kaw); 14. Tom Church (CCM); 15. Bas Verhoeven (Hon)
MX1 Moto two: 1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM); 2. Rui Goncalves (KTM); 3. Steve Ramon (Suz); 4. Max Nagl (KTM); 5. David Philippaerts (Yam); 6. Marc De Reuver (Suz); 7. Tanel Leok (Hon); 8. David Guarneri (Hon); 9. Clement Desalle (Suz); 10. Josh Coppins (Aprilia); 11. Jonathan Barragan (Kaw); 12. Seb Pourcel (Kaw); 13. Kevin Wouts (Kaw); 14. Tom Church (CCM); 15. Manuel Priem (Aprilia)
MX1 O/A: 1. Antonio Cairoli 47pts, 2. Max Nagl 42pts, 3. Steve Ramon 40pts, 4. Rui Gonalves 36pts, 5. David Philippaerts 32pts, 6. Tanel Leok 32pts, 7. Marc De Reuver 28pts, 8. Davide Guarneri 25pts, 9. Clement Desalle 23pts, 10. Josh Coppins 21pts
MX1 World Championship points: 1. Antonio Cairoli 625pts, 2. Clement Desalle 494pts, 3. David Philippaerts 473pts, 4. Max Nagl 463pts, 5. Steve Ramon 448pts, 6. Tanel Leok 346pts, 7. Ken De Dycker 324pts, 8. Xavier Boog 299pts, 9. Evgeny Bobryshev 270pts, 10. Davide Guarneri 267pts