Courtesy of Youthstream Media Service Team
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Antonio Cairoli and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Thomas Kjer Olsen both produced brilliant performances at the British Grand Prix, Cairoli winning the MXGP class with 1-2 results, while Olsen went 1-1 to win in MX2.
Both racers won while the defending MXGP and MX2 champions, Jeffrey Herlings and Jorge Prado, are out injured, but for now, the fact is, winning with or without these champions isn’t important, it is just important to score as many points as possible towards their championship standings.
For Cairoli, it was about enjoying a circuit he has won on six times. It wasn’t always easy, as Cairoli himself was carrying an injury he picked up during the week.
“It was a great weekend and for sure this track is one of my favorites,” Cairoli said. “I had difficulty to push from the beginning because of a problem during the week and I was stiff. It meant I got arm-pump after three-four laps. I had to be careful because on this track if you are tight then you’ll crash because it is tricky and there are a lot of strange ruts and kickers. I was cautious, and in the end, it paid off. Hopefully I can be better before next week in the sand. For the championship everything is going well and that’s my goal. I don’t want to finish second, when somebody beats you there is something burning, and this keeps me riding, because if I don’t have this, then I am not thinking correct to be a racer. You must care about the racing and not just be here for the money. I want to improve and be better.”
Kjer-Olsen might not be carrying any injury, and he has shown for sure, apart from Prado, that he is the man in the MX2 class, going 2-2 in Argentina and 1-1 in England. Probably his best weekend of his career at Matterley Basin, and for sure something that will give him confidence for the coming rounds.
“It’s just awesome to go 1-1 here in the UK,” Olsen said. “My weekend was really good – I won the qualifying race and then went on the claim the overall in MX2 with two more wins. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. It’s been a long time since I got the overall win and I was happy to do it at this cool track. Matterley Basin has always been a track that I enjoy riding and this weekend I did my best to collect as many points as possible for the championship. I felt comfortable all weekend and my best race was the last one, where the track was at its roughest. I have so much full confidence in my bike, and so much trust in all the members of my team. It was good to pay them back with this win. I also secured the red plate for the first time. Now the goal is to hold onto it and push hard during the upcoming races.”
Now onto the sand of Valkenswaard in Holland, a place Cairoli has won at six times, so the Italian will go for his seventh win, and Olsen will be looking over his shoulder to see if Prado arrives from his injury, or if all the pressure will be on Olsen to reproduce his British GP victory. Author: Geoff Meyer