News Report 1 July 2007

2007 GP of Uddevalla, Sweden

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1530 m
att 28900
07 / 01 / 2007
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Sensational Cairoli wins in Sweden


De Carli Yamaha’s Antonio Cairoli again displayed his phenomenal level of confidence and speed in the 2007 FIM MX2 World Championship by taking pole position with his eighth qualification heat win on Saturday, followed with second and first for his fifteenth moto victory of the season from eighteen and eighth overall GP success, not to mention a pair of fastest laps on Sunday. The Grand Prix of Sweden at a cloudy but warm Uddevalla circuit was the ninth round of the series and belonged to the Sicilian after an impressive show.
In the wake of scoring a double victory at the fast and hard-pack Sevlievo track two weeks ago Cairoli again proved his versatility and excellent form on the softer and more technical Swedish mud. The Sicilian participated in one of the closest climaxes in modern times when he finished second to David Philippaerts in the first moto by just 100th of a second in 2006 and almost repeated the result with the best performance of the day in the opening race today.
The 21 year old surprisingly hit the ground on the first corner alongside Tyla Rattray and had to restart in last position. The following thirty minutes witnessed a comprehensive demonstration of aggressive riding as Cairoli used all his talent and ability to switch lines and find overtaking places that nobody else had seen. He rose to second position entering the last ten minutes of the moto and closed down a gap of nearly ten seconds to leader Searle to get close by the last lap. He just ran out of time to draw alongside the British rider but his flight through the MX2 collective won the De Carli Yamaha racer yet even more admirers.

Uddevalla was again using a reversed format for the second year in succession and although overtaking was far from easy on the undulating terrain the course was altogether slower and demanded more precision from the riders compared to the last outings in France and Bulgaria.
Cairoli made amends for the drama of Moto1 by grabbing the lead on the first circulation and drawing away from his pursuers after lunch. He then controlled the race and kept Christophe Pourcel and Rattray at a safe distance. Searle was second overall and German Marcus Schiffer made a debut appearance on the podium with third place.
With Pourcel only classifying in fourth Cairoli was able to extend his lead in the championship to more than 100 points for the first time this season. His margin of 102 now means an advantage of more than two Grand Prix with just six left to run.

Yamaha Ricci Racing’s Kenneth Gundersen returned to the leader’s circle after a hefty absence and he had his many Norwegian fans in the crowd animated by fronting the first half of Moto1. Although he could not stretch his pace until the chequered flag – losing positions to Searle and Cairoli - the 25 year old could nevertheless equalled his best finish of the season with third place. Sadly the former 125cc and 250cc GP winner was unable to start the second moto. He had endured a virus during the week that caused severe stomach upsets and was vomiting continuously in the break between the races. He had to go to the medical centre where he was attached to a drip and was unable to make the start line for Moto2.

Team-mate Davide Guarneri was the second highest Yamaha rider with fifth position even though the Italian also had stomach cramps in the second moto. Guarneri led the first qualification heat and should have won if it wasn’t for a small crash that relegated him to sixth. He obtained sixth and tenth in the two GP motos and continues to get faster and fitter with each passing meeting after recovering from an ankle injury.
Bike it Yamaha Dixon’s Carl Nunn was tenth overall with thirteenth and eighth positions. The British Champion was as high as fourth in the second moto but is missing an extra edge to his smooth riding to break the top five.

Nicolas Aubin was at a disadvantage after a spill in his qualification heat meant that he had to enter the gate down in 25th and through the Last Chance session. The French youngster could not get comfortable on the track and admitted that a crash while practicing on an MX1 machine before the Bulgarian GP gave him continued problems with a stiff back and shoulders. He was twentieth and thirteenth for nineteenth overall and fell off in Moto1.

Cairoli’s team-mate Matteo Bonini was unable to attend the Grand Prix in the wake of the ankle ailment he sustained prior to the round in Bulgaria two weeks ago. The Italian is hoping to be fit for his second home event in a fortnight. Stylish third member of the team Alessandro Lupino could not make the qualification cut on a technically difficult track on Saturday. Bike it Yamaha Dixon’s Carlos Campano was another non-qualified rider after a fall on Saturday ripped the seven stitches from his elbow; a wound picked up in Bulgaria.
Antonio Cairoli, De Carli Yamaha:
“I had a bad start in the first moto and my line was closed off on the inside. I think I touched with Tyla and lost the front wheel. It is difficult to overtake here but I managed to pass fifteen riders on the first lap and it is a bit strange but I don’t remember much of that now! I think I just went as hard and as fast as I could until I had some space in front of me. It then took me a bit of time to get through on Leuret and I just went for the next rider in front after that. I thought I could catch Tommy for the win but two laps before the end I made a small mistake. It was probably my best moto of the year though because that was the first time that I had a bad start and I was very satisfied with how I got on. It was not really that fun because I had to take a lot of risks! In the second one I passed Seistola on the first lap and could do my race. I am still working heat by heat and GP by GP. I am far ahead of Christophe now but I am just focussing on myself.”

Kenneth Gundersen, Yamaha Ricci Racing:
“I am so disappointed that I could not make a podium today. I felt good and fast on the track. I knew I could be up there with Cairoli and Tyla but I have been suffering with my stomach and some kind of virus because I had diarrhoea for four days. I did all I could in that first moto and then could not stop being sick in the break. I have been told to take a complete rest for ten days now and I will make some blood tests tomorrow to see what the problem is.”

Davide Guarneri, Yamaha Ricci Racing:
“When I had to stop for the injury I lost some speed and race fitness and now I am training a lot for this in Italy. I am getting quite consistent and every race I am finishing in the top ten. I felt good yesterday but crashed on the last lap. In the first moto I started badly but pushed hard and had a really good pace, close to the times of the top three apart from Cairoli. I had some stomach pain like Kenneth before the second moto so I am happy that I could finish the race in the top ten again. I am progressing every week and I feel that the podium could soon be a possibility.”

Nicolas Aubin, Yamaha Ricci Racing:
“I am disappointed because this is my worst race of the season. I have been struggling with sore shoulders and my bad position on the gate did not help me today. I did not start well and was not able to find good lines or a rhythm. I crashed after the whoops in the first moto and the second was not much better. I just want to forget this GP and move onwards.”

Carl Nunn, Bike it Yamaha Dixon Racing:
“Something is not happening. I think I am riding well, but obviously I am not and that means there is a problem somewhere. It is not physical because I don’t feel tired so it must be mental. Each week I keep thinking the results are going to get better but they don’t. I am not moving any further forward and it is disappointing really. Last weekend when I won in the British championship it was good but not the same feeling as I have had in the past.”