Tony Cairoli stretched his lead at the top of the FIM Motocross World Championship as he finished second overall in the French Grand Prix, while Marvin Musquin enjoyed a perfect weekend in the MX2 class.
Cairoli won the first moto of the day in St. Jean D’Angely after a close tussle with Steve Ramon. However, the Italian could only finish third in the second moto thanks to a battle with home rider Anthony Boissier that cost him time as he attempted to catch Clement Desalle and race winner David Philippaerts.
'For sure I’m disappointed that I missed the GP victory but it’s good for the championship' – Tony Cairoli
“For sure I’m disappointed that I missed the GP victory but it’s good for the championship,” Cairoli said. “I have a big [points] gap now and I can take control of racing. I just want to be consistent and take a lot of championship points.”
The result means the Italian now has 304 world championship points, 68 points ahead of Desalle. Team-mate Max Nagl has slipped to fourth overall after a broken collarbone – suffered on the last lap of qualifying – ruled him out of yesterday’s race.
In the MX2 class, Musquin claimed his 12th career – and fourth successive – grand prix in front of his home fans. The Frenchman rode a perfect first moto, leading from flag to flag, before battling past Shaun Simpson to grab the second moto.
“It was the best weekend for me,” the 20-year-old said. “I felt very confident on my bike and it was perfect for me to win here with my fans and in front of the French people.”
Team-mate Jeffrey Herlings enjoyed a good first moto, finishing second before a crash halted his progress in the second. Ken Roczen endured a frustrating weekend as crashes in both heats cost him vital championship points – seventh place in the second moto was his best finish.
Stephanie Laier has also extended her lead at the top of the women’s standings as she finished first in France. After winning the first moto, Laier struggled slightly in the wet and crashed twice before recovering to finish second and claim the overall victory.
Her lead at the top of the championship is now 42 points over Livia Lancelot who came a lowly 13th in the second moto.
“There were lots of crashes and I also crashed twice but I didn’t expect that she [Lancelot] would not do well here,” Steffi said. “It’s good for me because the [points] gap is now quite big.”
The next stop on the motocross calendar is Teutschenthal, Germany on June 20. Find out more about the event here.