Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli on Sunday picked up the win at the MXGP of Spain at Talavera on his debut ride on the KTM 450 SX0-F in the sixth round of the 2015 World Championship.
Cairoli finished second in the opening moto after making a solid recovery from a fifth place start. He settled down to reel in the lead riders in the second half of the race and was third at the flag. He got away cleanly in his second moto and was tucked in behind race leader Roman Febvre mid-race. But when the French rider stalled his bike he quickly moved into the lead. Cairoli, a Red Bull athlete finished the second race with a lead of seven seconds to finish with equal points with second placed Max Nagl – but took the overall victory by virtue of his better result in race two.
Speaking about his decision to race the KTM 450 SX-F, Cairoli said: “Yeah, I think it is the time to make some changes and get some new motivation. We test a lot with the new 450 and I like it a lot. I was sure I should ride with it from the first race (of the season) but I was not so fit. I still had some injury problems from the Nations (MXoN). The ‘350’ (KTM 350 SX-F) was our ‘baby’ and we brought it to the top. I won a lot of races and championships with the bike, but its time for new challenges.” It was the defending world champion’s first GP win of the season and he is currently third in the points.
MXGP of Spain at Talavera de la Reina – Round 6
1, Antonio Cairoli, ITA, KTM, (3 – 1)
2, Maximilian Nagl, GER, Husqvarna, (1 – 3)
3, Romain Febvre, FRA, Yamaha, (4 – 2)
4, Clement Desalle, BEL, Suzuki, (2 – 5)
5, Evgeny Bobryshev, RUS, Honda, (6 – 4)
6, Gautier Paulin, FRA, Honda, (5 – 7
7, Tyla Rattray, RSA, Kawasaki, (7 – 8)
8, Kevin Strijbos, BEL, Suzuki, (8 – 11)
9, Xavier Boog, FRA, Kawasaki, (12 – 10)
10, Alessandro Lupino, ITA, Honda, (16 – 9)
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