News Report 19 August 2007

2007 GP of Moneyglass Demense, Northern Ireland

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Moneyglass Demense
0 m
att 18500
08 / 19 / 2007
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Cairoli wins second MX2 world title in great style


Antonio Cairoli won his second MX2 world championship thanks to a resolute double moto haul in a cold and windy Northern Ireland, his ninth victory of 2007. The Sicilian conquered Moneyglass Demesne in dominant style and could rejoice in his well-deserved title after taking honours in the first race and charging through to pass Tommy Searle on the last lap of the second. Cairoli was already mathematically the new number one as outgoing champion and nearest rival Christophe Pourcel crashed in warm-up, dislocating his left shoulder and breaking his pelvis.
The Sicilian grabbed pole position on Saturday with the qualification heats replaced by a joint 45 minute practice and Timed period in an effort to save the soaked and boggy track. Rainfall had been replaced by a strong and cold wind on Sunday and extensive work carried out by the organisers helped preserve what was an interesting layout full of jumps and elevation changes but dangerous in places (jump landings) due to the soft mud.

Cairoli won the first moto easily from Tommy Searle and Rui Goncalves with Yamaha’s Nico Aubin, Davide Guarneri and Carl Nunn taking fifth, six and seventh positions respectively. The De Carli team started the celebrations as Cairoli rolled the finish-line double. The 21 year old then had an authentic challenge in the second race when he started poorly and had to come through the top ten with a buckled front wheel after a collision with Marcus Schiffer. He faced a gap of almost twenty seconds to Searle and seemed to have reached as far as he could go - and would have to accept second place - but launched into a flurry of furiously fast laps. He worked hard to slice the final six seconds to the back of the KTM in the last two circulations and forced his way through to the lead with mere corners left until the flag. It was a grandstand finale to an incredible year for the rider and team.

From 90 motos and 45 Grand Prix since 2005, Cairoli has won 44 and 18 respectively. His title-winning campaign has seen him miss the overall top three only once with 19 chequered flags from a possible 26 and 9 Grand Prix wins from 13 on the potent YZ250F.
Newly crowned French MX2 champion Aubin could not complete the second moto after a stone damaged his clutch. Team-mate and winner of his first ever Grand Prix two weeks ago in Namur Guarneri was riding hurt after damaging one of his ribs while practicing in Belgium during the week. The Italian was sixth and tenth and openly admitted his dislike of the track and his failure to find an effective race speed.
British Champion Carl Nunn steered his Bike it Yamaha Dixon Racing machine to a season-best seventh in the first sprint but ran into a fallen rider in the second and could only collect 16th.

In the series standings Aubin is seventh and 13 points from Swanepoel in sixth. Guarneri has passed Gundersen to rise to tenth.
Cairoli can now relax and chase higher numbers for his wins tally in the next two weeks as the British Grand Prix at Donington Park and the Grand Prix of the Netherlands at Lierop bring the ’07 world championship to a close.
Antonio Cairoli, De Carli Yamaha:
“Normally I would have been looking at this race just to confirm the championship and not be thinking about the overall but I had a good feeling on the track. The conditions were not the best, but all year I have been happy with the Yamaha and have been able to push when others have held back. The package we have now is incredible and I have to say thanks to the team. I got into the lead in the first moto and from there just worked on being smooth. My finger was bothering me because the track was still so soft and wet that I needed to use the clutch a lot. That race was not difficult and I thought a lot about the championship. When I went over the finish it was so good to see all the team and the people there waiting; it was a sight that I had been waiting for since the beginning of the championship. I got held up behind Schiffer for five or six laps in the second and I tried to move through but ended up damaging the front wheel. Towards the end I was always watching where Tommy was on the track because I knew he would take the overall. I was happy to see that I was gaining ground quickly and then on the last lap he made a mistake and went wide. We have been making little parties all year it seems but we will have a big one after Lierop!”
Davide Guarneri, Yamaha Team Ricci:
“For me the track was really dangerous and I found myself holding back a little bit because I did not want to get injured again. I took two good starts but did not ride the bike like I wanted and lacked some rhythm. I’m glad I came through the weekend but I am not happy overall and I will hope for better at the next race.”

Nicolas Aubin, Yamaha Team Ricci:
“I started well in both races today. I was pushing behind Cairoli in the first heat but then had some arm-pump and ended up crashing because I did not have the bike totally under control. I restarted and finished fifth but it was a bad race. In the first corner of the second heat Goncalves broke a little bit late and pushed me wide so I lost positions. I was fighting in the top five but then had a rock smash my clutch and it was not possible to continue.”

Laurens Klein Koerkamp, Racing Division Manager, Yamaha Motor Europe:
“It is unbelievable the way Tony has won this championship with total domination through the whole season and what he did in the last few laps of that second moto he showed that he’s a rider who is not from this planet. He had some damage to the wheel but still managed to be seconds faster than the others! For Yamaha Tony is clearly the main man in MX2 but in the last month we have seen wins from Aubin and Guarneri that show the strength of the YZ250F overall. We must give a big compliment to Antonio and Claudio de Carli too for his tuning and preparation. It is great for us that we offer them the bike as standard and they can do such a good job. Molte contenti!”