Coppins and Philippaerts

Cairoli Sets Career Landmark With German Win

24 Sep 2009

Yamaha Red Bull De Carli rider Tony Cairoli notched his 28th career victory to become the most successful Italian motocrosser ever at Teutschenthal for the Grand Prix of Germany and the ninth round of fifteen in the 2009 FIM MX1-GP World Championship. The Sicilian rode to 2nd and 1st positions with the YZ450F for his third win of a debut MX1 season and also captured his seventh moto triumph from a total of eighteen so far.

The fast and bumpy Talkessel course was crowded by more than 35,000 spectators, no doubt pleased to learn that the circuit has signed an agreement to host the German round of the series for the next six years as well as the 2013 Motocross of Nations. Cloudy and rainy conditions in the morning gave way to clearer skies and sunshine in the afternoon. Cairoli expertly took his third pole position of the season by overtaking Max Nagl on the last lap of Saturday's heat race. It was also the fifth time from nine occasions that a Yamaha has entered the start gate first for Sunday's motos.

The 23 year old produced a similar performance in the first moto to close a six second gap to the German and almost snatch chequered flag; eventually missing out by just half a second. In the next outing Cairoli was fierce from the line and took control of the race in the formative stages, leading to the finish. Germany saw the fourth MX1 triumph of his career in just ten appearances. Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team's David Philippaerts had a hard weekend but managed to ride through some set-up issues to finish 4th overall. The World Champion had to retaliate from two mediocre starts and was 4th in both of the motos; winning an intense battle with team-mate Josh Coppins and Clement Desalle in the second sprint. Coppins looked more like the rider that claimed the Grand Prix of Bulgaria back in April. The New Zealander is regaining his power and stamina and with two decent starts was 3rd and 5th for 5th overall. An engine stall cost him time and a position in Moto1 but his top three finish was the first since Sevlievo.

The 32 year old pushed hard to the finish in the tussle with Philippaerts and Desalle in Moto2 and snatched 5th spot from the Belgian two corners from the line in a dramatic finale. Tanel Leok enjoyed decent getaways at this Grand Prix and went 6th and 7th to give Yamaha four machines in the top seven of the final classification. The Estonian struggled slightly with his rhythm in the second outing. In the standings four Yamahas hold positions in the top seven with three riders in the first four. Cairoli keeps his red plate with a 41 point advantage over Philippaerts. Coppins is fourth and 23 behind the defending number one. Leok faces a deficit of 16 points to fifth. In the manufacturer's table Yamaha lead the way from their nearest competitor by 46 points.

The world championship now continues onto its second event of three in consecutive weeks with the Kegums circuit hosting the Grand Prix of Latvia.

Tony Cairoli, Yamaha Red Bull De Carli, 1st: "It hard to pass on this track and I waited too long behind Josh at the start of the first moto. Only on the last lap could I catch Max and there was not enough time to set him up to overtake properly. When I was second in the next moto I looked for two laps for the right line to pass and then rode my race. I could hear the crowd and it was pretty good for me because I could not see the pit-board so I was listening to them to know if Max was coming close! We are now in the second half of the championship and I am having fun again. I made some more points today."

David Philippaerts, Yamaha Monster Energy MX Team, 4th: "It was a difficult day, a difficult weekend in fact. We could not get the bike set-up just as I wanted it and that meant a fight out there. We tried a few different changes but without much luck. My starts weren't good but I could still pass many riders and to take fourth overall was good for me. The track was fast and bumpy and that made it quite dangerous; it was easy to crash."

Josh Coppins, Yamaha Monster Energy MX Team, 5th: "I'm pumped. That's the first time in a while I could do two strong motos. Both of my starts were good and the only thing that I'm a little disappointed about was a bit of a lack of speed in the opening stages. Overall, though this was much better. The result of the second moto wasn't as good as the first but the riding was encouraging; I was more like my old self."

Tanel Leok, Yamaha Red Bull De Carli: "Today was so-so and could be better. The important thing is that my starts were good. The first race was better but I struggled a bit in the second to get going. Maybe I should have chosen a different rear tyre but my riding was not going as well and it was disappointing."

Circuit Length: 1780
Crowd: 35,400
Weather: Changeable
Last Years Winner: Joshua Coppins