While Cairoli and Olsen won the MXGP and MX2 Overall's our own Brad Anderson is victorious in the EMX2T’s. What a weekend at Matterley.

Antonio Cairoli, Red Bull KTM.
Tim Gajser on his HRC Honda was fast all weekend but it took a mistake and a crash from Antonio Cairoli and his Red Bull KTM to let young Slovenian win Saturday’s qualifying race. But it is evident that Sundays point scoring races would be won by either of these riders.
Cairoli got the holeshot at the start of the first MXGP races followed by Gajser, Gautier Paulin, Clement Desalle and Jeremy Van Horebeek with Shaun Simpson, the first of the home-grown riders in ninth.

Antonio Cairoli, Red Bull KTM.
But as the opening lap was completed Gajser was in the lead and looked like he was going to pull away from the rest of the pack. But on lap three, and on the first superfast downhill sections he lost control of his HSC Honda and cartwheeled down the track. He looked like he was going to be hurt but luckily as he came to a stop he was already on his feet and looking for his bike. He re-mounted, still in third and set off after Cairoli and Paulin with a bent bike that had its front number plate flapping in the breeze and in his face and also had the protentional for getting stuck in the forks at any time. All this didn’t seem to faze or slow him as he was soon back on the leader’s pace.
Cairoli controlled the rest of the race and put in a fast lap here and there to maintain a comfortable gap over Paulin and Gajser. He crossed the finish line jump just under two seconds clear of Paulin, who was another two seconds clear of Gajser.

Max Anstie, Standing Construct KTM.
Desalle was a distant fourth from the rejuvenated Van Horebeek with Arnaud Tonus fifth and with Max Anstie fighting his way from twelfth at the start to sixth. Tommy Searle had a great ride considering he had last gate pick after his Kawasaki stopped in the qualifying race. Searle told the crowd in a start line interview with Jeff Perrett that he was planning to take a wide line around the first turn, but when it came to it, he was pushed so wide he went around the back of some of the photographers standing there. Thus, an eleventh-place finish was good considering he had to come from last place.

Arnaud Tonus, Wilvo Yamaha.
Simpson slipped from ninth to sixteenth on the last lap when he had a problem over the last tabletop.
Jake Millward was just five places off scoring a point, and Josh Spinks was a non-starter.
The start of race two was a carbon copy of the first with Cairoli getting the holeshot from Gajser, but halfway around the lap Gajser slipped by and into the lead. Paulin was third from Arminas Jasikonis and Jeremy Seewer. And that’s the order the top five stayed all race, apart from Cairoli making a late run at the leader Gajser as they crossed the finish line separated by less than two seconds.
Van Horebeek passed the fast-starting Pauls Jonass on his way to sixth, and Jonass slipped back to eleventh place, while Desalle, from eighth at the start finished seventh.
Simpson gated seventh dropped back to eleventh place but fought his way back to ninth.
Anstie had a small problem with his bike which stopped him powering over the big jumps and was lucky to finish in the points as he came home in fourteenth place. Searle suffered again from him lousy gate pick and ended his race behind Anstie.
Overall it was Cairoli from Gajser and Paulin on the podium with Anstie and Simpson in ninth and tenth and Searle twelfth

Clement Desalle, Monster Kawasaki.
“It was a great weekend, and this track is for sure one of my favourites,” said winner Cairoli, “but, today it was very difficult to push from the begging. I couldn’t really push because I am stiff on my right shoulder and neck which gave me arm pump right away. Hopefully, I can be 100% again for the next race, but overall, I’m really happy, of course for the championship everything is going well, and this is my goal.”

Shaun Simpson, RFX KTM, Powered by PAR Homes.
Second place man overall Gajser said, “Today was a special day for me, and I’m really happy to finish on the podium. The first race I had a good start I was behind Tony and managed to pass him quickly but made a little gap then I made a mistake, thankfully I could continue. I was really happy to win the second race, and I’m looking forward to next weekend. We can see that we are going in the right direction so we will continue pushing hard with the team and everybody I’m just happy that the pace and everything is finally back.”

Paulin said from third on the podium, “It’s been a great weekend, it always is when we’re on the box. We improved a lot compared to Argentina, we will keep working very hard, and I’m really happy with the Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha MXGP team.”

 

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 36:37.831; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:01.956; 3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:04.473; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:24.293; 5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +0:26.271; 6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:27.618; 7. Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), +0:45.107; 8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:46.683; 9. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +0:49.675; 10. Julien Lieber (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:56.271.

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 36:01.717; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:01.709; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:54.204; 4. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +0:57.637; 5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +1:00.564; 6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +1:05.984; 7. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:20.385; 8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +1:22.071; 9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:26.697; 10. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, KTM), +1:28.257.

MXGP Overall Top Ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 47 points; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 45 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 42 p.; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 32 p.; 5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 31 p.; 6. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 30 p.; 7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 29 p.; 8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 22 p.; 9. Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), 21 p.; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 17 p.

MXGP Championship Top Ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 97 points; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 89 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 74 p.; 4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 66 p.; 5. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 65 p.; 6. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 56 p.; 7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 50 p.; 8. Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), 39 p.; 9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 39 p.; 10. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 38 p.

MXGP Manufacturers:1. KTM, 97 points; 2. Honda, 89 p.; 3. Yamaha, 78 p.; 4. Kawasaki, 65 p.; 5. Husqvarna, 56 p.

MX2

Tom Vialle, Red Bull KTM.
The MX2 class was all about Thomas Kjer Olsen as he won Saturday’s qualifying race by just over six seconds from Henry Jacobi and our own Ben Watson, who set the fastest lap on his way to third.
Come Sunday’s championship races Adan Sterry who had been well on the pace in qualifying got the holeshot only to go down at the exit of turn one and put himself at the pack of the pack as the young Frenchman Tom Vialle led.
Olsen took over the lead at the start of the second lap, and that’s the last the rest of the riders saw of him. Henry Jacobi pushed Vialle back to third on lap four with Conrad Mewse slotting into fourth a lap later. Watson had gated well and was in the lead for a short while till a slip in the whoops dropped him back to seventh place.

Thomas Kjer Olsen, Rockstar Husqvarna.
Calvin Vlaanderen slipped from fifth to tenth after an off-track excursion but fought his way back to eighth place.
With the top three of Olsen, Jacobi and Vialle looking to be settled all eyes were on the battle for fourth headed by Mewse, Michele Cervellin, Davy Pootjes, Maxime Renaux and Watson who in seventh place. It all happened on the last lap as almost unseen the top three went over the finish line jump, Mewse had his bike loos power, and he struggled to finish in sixth. Renaux crashed out, and Watson rode the lap of his life and ended up fourth with Cervellin fifth. 
Vialle got the holeshot at the start of race two with Olsen in second, and as the first race Olsen took the lead on lap two and went on to win as the track became rutted and bumpy.
Vlaanderen gated third but passed Vialle for second with four laps to go. Jacobi followed him through to fourth as once again Watson didn’t get the start he wanted and had to fight hard to get fifth, in front of Geerts, Pootjes and Mitchell Evens.

Ben Watson, Kemea Yamaha.
Sterry’s day didn’t get any better as he was left on the start line in the dust with a dead engine. From dead last, he was in thirtieth at the end of the first lap but got to fifteenth by the end of the race. Mewse was having trouble with his machine and didn’t really get going and pulled out with three laps to go.
Overall all it was Olsen, Jacobi and Vialle on the podium with Vlaanderen just missing out and with Watson fifth.

Conrad Mewse, Hitachi KTM.
“It was amazing to go 1-1 for the first time, and it was even better when I was on the podium, and they gave me the red plate because I didn’t realise I would be leading the points,” said a happy Olsen. “Overall I had a great weekend, I felt excellent out on the track, I had great energy, and I felt really comfortable, we even made improvements every time I was out, so I was really happy with that and how the whole team is working.”

Mitchell Evens, Honda 114.
Second place man Jacobi said, “I had some special lines that I was seeing, and nobody else took. 2nd overall is really good for us, the team, you know we are not a factory team, but we made some really good steps over the winter with F&H Racing.”
Tom Vialle said from third place on the podium, “I am really happy, it was a really good weekend, I rode well through all the sessions and races. It was a fantastic weekend, and I am pleased with my starts. I feel really good on the bike, and I feel that today I made a huge step, it was 2 tough races, but both went very well.

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), 35:01.449; 2. Henry Jacobi (GER, Kawasaki), +0:04.278; 3. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:16.160; 4. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:28.500; 5. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), +0:30.179; 6. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:35.271; 7. Davy Pootjes (NED, Husqvarna), +0:36.018; 8. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:44.908; 9. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:50.189; 10. Dylan Walsh (NZL, Husqvarna), +0:54.010.
MX2 Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), 37:10.022; 2. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:09.936; 3. Henry Jacobi (GER, Kawasaki), +0:16.035; 4. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:16.935; 5. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:20.044; 6. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:38.635; 7. Davy Pootjes (NED, Husqvarna), +0:43.577; 8. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:46.268; 9. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), +0:54.765; 10. Dylan Walsh (NZL, Husqvarna), +0:59.920.
MX2 Overall Top Ten: 1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 50 points; 2. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 42 p.; 3. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 38 p.; 4. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 35 p.; 5. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 34 p.; 6. Davy Pootjes (NED, HUS), 28 p.; 7. Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 28 p.; 8. Dylan Walsh (NZL, HUS), 22 p.; 9. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 20 p.; 10. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 20 p.
MX2 Championship Top Ten: 1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 94 points; 2. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 78 p.; 3. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 71 p.; 4. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 65 p.; 5. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 63 p.; 6. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 50 p.; 7. Davy Pootjes (NED, HUS), 50 p.; 8. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 49 p.; 9. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 45 p.; 10. Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 41 p.
MX2 Manufacturers:1. Husqvarna, 94 points; 2. KTM, 88 p.; 3. Kawasaki, 78 p.; 4. Honda, 73 p.; 5. Yamaha, 64 p.

EMX2T:

Brad Anderson, Verde KTM.
After his big cash at Hawkstone Park and struggling at a sloppy FatCat you would have thought Brad Anderson would have been a bit de-tuned come the first round on the European 250 two-stroke championship. But Brad being Brad he came out fighting and had his Verde KTM on full song.
Mike Kras got the holeshot at the start of the first race on Saturday from Andero Lusbo and Anderson with Jamie Law in sixth and Todd Kellett eighth. Ben Putnam thirteenth who had Matt Burrows behind him.
Anderson powered past Kras for the lead on lap four and went on to win by almost twelve seconds. Vaclav Kovar was third as Kellett managed to get to a fourth place on his Yamaha. Andero Lusbo and Andrea Gorini filled the next two places with Law and excellent seventh.
Ben Putnam, Matt Burrows, Cory Hockey and Charlie Putnam all scored points with Bradley Wheeler just missed out.

Jamie Law, Apico Husqvarna. Todd Kellett, Yamaha.
Early on Sunday morning Brad Todd, who didn’t score points in race one, lead the pack into turn one at the start of race two. A lap later Kras had his weekend come to finish as his KTM went bang. He through the bike to the ground and walked back to the paddock in discussed. But by lap four Anderson powered past him into the lead and notched up his second win of the weekend. Todd and Kovar had a great battle for second place with Kovar just winning out as Todd began to suffer from arm pump.
Gorini was fourth as Putnam and Kellett closed him down to finish a close fifth and sixth. Law’s race came to an early finish as he did one too many heavy landings on his Husqvarna and broke the frame.
Rob Holyoake, Charlie Putnam, Corey Hockey and Wheeler all finished in the points while James Rutter and Oliver Benton just missed out.
Overall Anderson, Kovar and Gorini made it to the podium with Todd just missed out.

Andrea Vendruscolo, Yamaha.
EMX2T Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 32:30.711; 2. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), +0:11.823; 3. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, Gas Gas), +0:18.398; 4. Todd Kellett (GBR, Yamaha), +0:28.185; 5. Andero Lusbo (EST, Husqvarna), +0:29.117; 6. Andrea Gorini (SMR, Yamaha), +0:41.229; 7. Jamie Law (GBR, KTM), +0:48.410; 8. Emanuele Alberio (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:51.244; 9. Marco Lolli (ITA, Yamaha), +0:53.367; 10. Andrea Vendruscolo (ITA, Yamaha), +0:54.018.
EMX2T Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 31:53.709; 2. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, Gas Gas), +0:13.016; 3. Brad Todd (GBR, Yamaha), +0:23.472; 4. Andrea Gorini (SMR, Yamaha), +0:31.933; 5. Ben Putnam (GBR, Yamaha), +0:39.101; 6. Todd Kellett (GBR, Yamaha), +0:41.262; 7. Andero Lusbo (EST, Husqvarna), +0:42.289; 8. Matt Burrows (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:53.431; 9. Marco Lolli (ITA, Yamaha), +0:57.771; 10. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), +0:59.480.
EMX2T Racing Overall Top Ten: 1. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 50 points; 2. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, GAS), 42 p.; 3. Andrea Gorini (SMR, YAM), 33 p.; 4. Todd Kellett (GBR, YAM), 33 p.; 5. Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 30 p.; 6. Ben Putnam (GBR, YAM), 26 p.; 7. Marco Lolli (ITA, YAM), 24 p.; 8. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 22 p.; 9. Matt Burrows (GBR, HUS), 21 p.; 10. Emanuele Alberio (ITA, HUS), 21 p
EMX2T Championship Top Ten: 1. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 50 points; 2. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, GAS), 42 p.; 3. Andrea Gorini (SMR, YAM), 33 p.; 4. Todd Kellett (GBR, YAM), 33 p.; 5. Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 30 p.; 6. Ben Putnam (GBR, YAM), 26 p.; 7. Marco Lolli (ITA, YAM), 24 p.; 8. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 22 p.; 9. Matt Burrows (GBR, HUS), 21 p.; 10. Emanuele Alberio (ITA, HUS), 21 p.
EMX2T Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 50 points; 2. Gas Gas, 42 p.; 3. Yamaha, 38 p.; 4. Husqvarna, 30 p

EMX250:

As a mainly new batch of fast young and keen riders lined up for the EMX250 championship and as some of our home-grown riders failed to qualified Alberto Forato stood out head and shoulders above the rest. He led both races from start to finish winning the first by almost eight seconds and the second by almost ten.
Ruben Fernandez chased him home in the first race with Stephen Ruben and Jimmy Clochet third and fourth. Buildbase Honda’s Josh Gilbert started fourteenth and finished ninth. Taylor Hammal made it into the points while Michael Ellis and Alexander Brown just missed out.
Kevin Horgmo chased Forato in race two with Roan van De Moosdijk having to pass Giuseppe Tropepe and Pierre Goupillon to get to third.

Caleb Grothues, Yamaha.
Gilbert, after a massive crash, fought his way from twenty-fourth to tenth while Hammal finished in the points as Brown just missed out.
Overall Forato, Rubini and Van De Moosdijk made it to the podium with Gilbert the best home rider finishing a strong eighth.
“For me, it was a good weekend,” said winner Forato, “I lead from the first lap of every race, so I was able to focus on myself, and I want to do this every weekend. It is a different bike and a different team this year, but now I am really comfortable with everyone, the bike, the mechanics, and everything, so it is good for me.”

Josh Gilbert, Buildbase Honda.
EMX250 Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Alberto Forato (ITA, Husqvarna), 32:04.381; 2. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Yamaha), +0:07.871; 3. Stephen Rubini (FRA, Honda), +0:13.441; 4. Jimmy Clochet (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:17.624; 5. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, Honda), +0:20.202; 6. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:24.296; 7. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:25.668; 8. Karlis Sabulis (LAT, KTM), +0:29.951; 9. Josh Gilbert (GBR, Honda), +0:31.131; 10. Caleb Grothues (AUS, Yamaha), +0:53.522.
EMX250 Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Alberto Forato (ITA, Husqvarna), 32:24.557; 2. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), +0:09.886; 3. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:22.042; 4. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, Honda), +0:23.370; 5. Stephen Rubini (FRA, Honda), +0:26.631; 6. Giuseppe Tropepe (ITA, Yamaha), +1:01.793; 7. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +1:06.422; 8. Michael Ivanov (BUL, KTM), +1:10.730; 9. Jimmy Clochet (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:13.653; 10. Josh Gilbert (GBR, Honda), +1:17.062.
EMX250 Overall Top Ten: 1. Alberto Forato (ITA, HUS), 50 points; 2. Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 36 p.; 3. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 35 p.; 4. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, HON), 34 p.; 5. Jimmy Clochet (FRA, KAW), 30 p.; 6. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 29 p.; 7. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 28 p.; 8. Josh Gilbert (GBR, HON), 23 p.; 9. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), 22 p.; 10. Michael Ivanov (BUL, KTM), 22 p.
EMX250 Championship Top Ten: 1. Alberto Forato (ITA, HUS), 50 points; 2. Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 36 p.; 3. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 35 p.; 4. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, HON), 34 p.; 5. Jimmy Clochet (FRA, KAW), 30 p.; 6. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 29 p.; 7. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 28 p.; 8. Josh Gilbert (GBR, HON), 23 p.; 9. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), 22 p.; 10. Michael Ivanov (BUL, KTM), 22 p.
EMX250 Manufacturers: 1. Husqvarna, 50 points; 2. Kawasaki, 38 p.; 3. Honda, 38 p.; 4. Yamaha, 37 p.; 5. KTM, 36 p.