Tony Cairoli dominated the first race on the British stage at the Matterly Basin. The Sicilian player took the lead on the first lap and greeted everyone: it’s the 93rd World Cup victory
The fantastic Tony Cairoli dominated the first round of the MXGP UK GP. For the Sicilian champion, this is his 93rd World Championship victory, signed at the age of 35, a very advanced age for this exhausting sport. Tony, a nine-time world champion, proves for the umpteenth time that he is an infinite champion. KTM scored a hat-trick with Jorge Prado in second place, ahead of Dutchman Jeffrey Herlings. World champion Tim Gajser (Honda), who dominated the opening championship in Russia, finished fourth. Alessandro Lupino achieved an excellent ninth place and maintained fifth place in the general classification.
What a passing Tony!
Tony Cairoli had already laid his cards on the table in the morning qualifier, setting the fastest lap. And so he picked the best throw at the starting gate, making an almost perfect start, as you can see in the video above. Coming out of the first corner, there was only Spaniard Jorge Prado, only 19, who could almost be his son. Overtaking was a matter of few corners and once Tony Cairoli took the lead he never saw his opponents again.
At this point, regret builds up about the cliched crash in Race 2 of the inaugural Grand Prix in Russia, with the clutch broken and a very heavy retirement (here’s the video). But the tournament is long and Tony Cairoli seems endless: anything can happen. After the first race, Gajser retains first place with 68 points, and Cairoli returns to sixth place with 45 points.
5pm (Italian) MXGP rematch
Tony Cairoli will return to stage at 17:00 Italian time due to the row over the second heat which is sparks. Live broadcast on MXGP-tv.com, Live on RaiSport. In Corsedimoto you can enjoy the high lights of the day.
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