Already confirmed as the 2010 MX1 World Champion, Tony Cairoli would have enjoyed going out on a high note for his enthusiastic Italian fans in the season’s final race on his KTM.
It was however not to be for the man who has dominated the MX1 competition this season on the new KTM 350 SX-F bike.
Mid-way through the first moto on Sunday on the hard, slippery and very technical Italian track at Fermo, Cairoli got the trajectory wrong coming down from a jump and sprained his ankle.
Because he has had previous injuries to his left foot he decided it was wise to sit out the second moto. Tony was disappointed but philosophical about the outcome of the weekend.
Tony Cairoli says: “This was a bad day for me. There have been no bad points for the season up till now but now with this small injury, fortunately not something serious, I now want to concentrate on getting ready for the Nations.”
On Saturday it was announced that outstanding issues with the Italian Federation had been resolved and Cairoli was now on the team to ride for Italy in two weeks time in the MXoN.
Tony Cairoli says: “I was surprised. But this year has been full of surprises for me and its one of the best seasons I ever had.”
Solid weekend on the track for Max Nagl
Best MX1 Red Bull Factory rider of the day was Max Nagl who was sixth in the opening race but was a real contender for the top spot for most of the second moto.
He had a great battle with French rider Clement Desalle for most of the race distance with barely a second separating the two riders as they fought with each other and with the difficulty of the slippery hard pack surface. Max had to settle for third going through the flag, which garnered him 35 points and fifth overall.
It also meant he finished the season just four points behind third placed David Philippaerts in the final reckoning.
Max Nagl says: “I’m a bit disappointed not to finish third in the championship but that’s how it is. four races ago David (Philippaerts) was 25 points in front of me and I caught him up to just four points. I did all I could.”
The team’s third rider, Rui Goncalves of Portugal picked up 25 points for his two motos and was eighth overall. “This is a special track and there are not too many lines. The way they water it makes it tough to overtake but I managed to get in the top 10 in both motos and to finish in the top eight is not so bad.”
Italy MX1 GP Results:
1. Clement Desalle, Belgium, Suzuki, 18-25-43
2. Steve Ramon, Belgium, Suzuki, 25-18-43
3. Sebastien Pourcell, France, Kawasaki, 20-22-42
4. Xavier Boog, France, Kawasaki, 22-16-38
5. Max Nagl, Germany, KTM, 15-20-35
8. Rui Goncalves, Portugal, KTM 12-13-25
MX1 World Championship final standings
1. Tony Cairoli, Italy, KTM, 625
2. Clement Desalle, Belgium, Suzuki, 537
3. David Philippaerts, Italy, Yamaha, 502
4. Max Nagl, Germany, KTM, 498
5. Steve Ramon, Belgium, Suzuki, 491
11. Rui Goncalves, Portugal, KTM 269
Final MX1 Manufacturer’s Standings
1. KTM 692
2. Suzuki, 625
3. Yamaha, 556