Cairoli stretches Championship lead

Tony Cairoli MX1 2013 World Championship Red Bull KTM Factory
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Career win number 61 for the defending MX1 World Champion opens up advantage at the top.

Tony Cairoli's seventh win of the 2013 MX1 season – the 61st GP victory of his career – put clear daylight between the Red Bull KTM Factory rider and his closest rival as the Italian closes in on a fifth consecutive MX1 title.

Cairoli was victorious at the Latvian GP where he tied on points with his team-mate Ken de Dycker, but thanks to his stronger result in the second race it was the defending World Champion who took the overall Grand Prix win.

Repeating his result at Kegums from last year and in spite of a knee injury, Cairoli found that the stiffest resistance came from the other side of the factory KTM garage in the shape of Belgian De Dycker.

It was De Dycker who won race one, in which Cairoli's closest challenger in the overall Championship standings Gautier Paulin crashed at the start after the pair touched. Paulin remounted and fought back to finish fifth in the race, with Cairoli second and Clement Desalle third.

In the second moto the top-two order was reversed, as Cairoli took top honours with De Dycker second and Desalle again third. Paulin placed fourth, but with Cairoli's victory and fourth overall in the GP for the Frenchman he has now slipped to 82 points behind the defending Champion.

The Championship now heads directly to Finland for Round 12.

MX1 Race 1 result:
1. Ken de Dycker, BEL, KTM
2. Antonio Cairoli, ITA, KTM
3. Clement Desalle, BEL, Suzuki
4. Jeremy van Horebeek, BEL, Kawasaki
5. Gautier Paulin, FRA, Kawasaki

MX1 Race 2 result:
1. Antonio Cairoli, ITA, KTM
2. Ken de Dycker, BEL, KTM
3. Clement Desalle, BEL, Suzuki
4. Gautier Paulin, FRA, Kawasaki
5. Jeremy van Horebeek, BEL, Kawasaki

Final MX1 classification for GP of Latvia:
1. Antonio Cairoli, ITA, KTM – 47 points
2. Ken de Dycker, BEL, KTM – 47
3. Clement Desalle, BEL, Suzuki – 40
4. Gautier Paulin, FRA, Kawasaki – 34
5. Jeremy van Horebeek, BEL, Kawasaki – 34

MX1 World Championship standings after Round 11:
1. Antonio Cairoli, ITA, KTM – 514 points
2. Gautier Paulin, FRA, Kawasaki – 432
3. Clement Desalle, BEL, Suzuki – 414
4. Ken de Dycker, BEL, KTM – 406
5. Kevin Strijbos, BEL, Suzuki – 327

Jeffrey Herlings MX2 2013 Red Bull KTM Factory
Jeffrey Herlings takes control in Latvia© Ray Archer / KTM Images