The tenth round of the World MXGP took place this weekend at the historic track of St. Jean d’Angely, in the south-west of the Atlantic France. The natural track, which since years is home of the transalpine Grand Prix has a hard and stony ground, tricky, with big ups and downs crossing the hill that houses the circuit. Antonio Cairoli, who started first in the qualifying race from the ninth gate, lost several positions during the first lap due to a problem with the bike and finished in seventh place after a good comeback. In race one on Sunday went off again in the head with his KTM 450 SX-F, imposing the pace in the first lap. After losing the lead he has maintained the second place for five more laps, passing then in third position maintained until the finish. In race two, the rider of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team has slipped upon a crash at the first corner, involved in a group crash that made him restarted in the latest positions. With a furious comeback, the eight-time World Champion has recovered quickly to eleventh position, before tumbling again due to a large rock in a rut. In the last laps Tony still has recovered five positions, managing to cross the finish line in seventh place. The French Grand Prix is so ended with a fourth place, which allows Cairoli to consolidate the third place in the championship. Next round in two weeks in England, on the track of Matterley Bassin.
Antonio Cairoli: “It ‘was another weekend not good for the standings unfortunately. In the first race I managed to take a good start and the third place is a result that satisfies me, also because I didn’t had the speed to stay ahead. Between the two moto we worked on the bike and we have made changes that have gone in the right direction, because during the comeback, after the crash at the start in race two, I felt at ease, both with my riding and on the bike. The physical training is going well, if anything, the problem today was caused by too many mistakes and too many crashes; I am, however, satisfied with the speed and determination with which I reassembled in the second round. We must continue to work hard because right now in front they have a higher rhythm than our.”