MX GP: Cairoli 2009 MX1-GP World Champion!

World Champions

The 2009 MX1-GP World Championship belongs to Yamaha Red Bull De Carli's Tony Cairoli as the Sicilian took 6th position in the sand of Lierop and the Grand Prix of the Netherlands and confirmed his status as champion for the first time in the category. The 23 year old celebrated with his Italian team as he converted twelve of fourteen rounds as the 'red plate' holder into a maiden title success, becoming the youngest MX1-GP number one and, with his third career championship, also the first to claim crowns in both classes.

Yamaha were able to celebrate the Manufacturer's title as the YZ450F again made the podium for the fourteenth time this season, a 100% record, thanks to Yamaha Monster Energy MX Team's Josh Coppins who was 2nd overall for his third rostrum appearance of the campaign.

Watched by 18,000 spectators under bright sunny skies at Lierop the Grand Prix of the Netherlands represented the penultimate round of the series and reactivation of the calendar after a small three week break. The Lierop sand moved and shifted with each lap and the waves and ripples demanded a different technique from the riders. The physical demands were increased and the course represented a completely altered challenge compared to the hard-pack and simple layout in the Czech Republic several weeks ago.

Cairoli came into the meeting with discomfort in his left knee as a consequence of a meniscus problem. He tentatively rode to 12th place in the qualification heat while main rival Max Nagl was 3rd. In the first race a conservative pace brought him up to 5th, three places ahead of the German after the latter had crashed. A tense second moto took place later in the afternoon as Cairoli gave chase to Nagl, requiring just two points and an overtaking move to mathematically begin celebrations. The four-time GP winner in '09 made light work of his pass and rode comfortably to 4th confirming the championship with one round remaining.

Lierop is one of Josh Coppins' preferred tracks and the New Zealander shook off the destabilising affects of two small slips in the second moto to add a strong 2nd place to his 4th obtained earlier in the day. Team-mate and outgoing world champion David Philippaerts was the picture of fault-free riding in Moto1 and expertly denied Cairoli's stable-mate Tanel Leok on the last lap to score 2nd spot. The Italian suffered a crash on the second corner at the start of Moto2 and had to work hard to return to 8th, for 5th in the final classification of the Grand Prix. Leok was a decent 4th overall and tied on points for the last podium step. The Estonian was the victim of a first corner tumble with other riders at the beginning of Moto2 and had his hands full trying to fly back from the second half of the pack with a buckled front disc brake. He made it to 6th.

Although Cairoli and the YZ450F has been victorious Yamaha can still count on decent positions in the championship standings for the rest of their MX1-GP elite. Philippaerts is currently 3rd, Coppins is 6th and can still break into the top five while Leok is confirmed in 7th. The Manufacturer's title has been won by a 68 point advantage.

The Grand Prix of Brazil will be the fifteenth and final round of the championship and visits the Canelinha circuit for the first time in two weeks.

Tony Cairoli, Yamaha Red Bull De Carli:

"This means so much to me and I am a little lost for words at the moment. I did not expect this in my first season and was already a bit surprised to have the red plate by the third round, and then keep it until the end. If you look at most of the MX2 riders who move up to MX1 they need a season or two to establish themselves so this is a big achievement for us and I am very proud. In the second moto here my goal was just to pass Max and push as much as I could to get away. I could not walk well on Friday so I was full of a lot of doubt for this GP; I just took it steady, when the track got rougher I could push a little bit more. I want to say thanks to everybody, all my team, my family; I am so happy."

Josh Coppins, Yamaha Monster Energy MX Team:

"I have been feeling really good riding in the sand so I knew I had a chance here and I like this track. I did expect to do well but you are never sure on a circuit this difficult. I think it was a pretty good ride, not quite as decent as Latvia; in fact I am even a little disappointed that I could not push Ken that much in the second moto. I made two small crashes which meant the gap was too big."

Tanel Leok, Yamaha Red Bull De Carli:

"The first race was good but I started pushing too late. I was riding really well by the end and was close to passing Philippaerts after a decent charge. In the second moto Ramon crashed and I hit his back and then someone hit me. It was difficult to get going after that, especially because the front brake disc was slightly buckled and grabbing the front wheel over the jumps. Again I had a bit of bad luck and my speed was good, so the result should have been better."

David Philippaerts, Yamaha Monster Energy MX Team:

"I am happy with my motos. Lierop is always a hard place to come to but I like and enjoy the track. The first moto went well and for forty minutes I rode steady and without mistakes. My crash was like that of an amateur in the second race but I pushed really hard and came back to eighth, which was not too bad and I am pleased with fifth today. I am happy for Tony because he worked hard for this season and he deserved the championship. Things did not go our way in 2009 but I want to fight for the title again next year. We will try and win the Nations together now."

Circuit Length: **1875
Weather: Sunny
**Last Years Winner: **Ken De Dycker

2009 GP of Netherlands 30/08/2009

**Race 1 - 17 Laps ** |
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time
1 Ken De Dycker {{{Suzuki}}} BEL 41'21.920
2 David Philippaerts Yamaha ITA|0'05.058
3 Tanel Leok Yamaha EST 0'05.641
4 Joshua Coppins Yamaha NZL 0'12.075
5 Antonio Cairoli Yamaha ITA 0'29.008
6 Clement Desalle {{{Honda}}} BEL 0'36.742
7 Steve Ramon Suzuki BEL 0'51.{{{600}}}
8 Maximilian Nagl KTM GER 0'58.664
9 Manuel Priem Aprilia BEL 1'01.269
10 Gareth Swanepoel Kawasaki RSA 1'28.918
11 Tom Soderstrom Kawasaki SWE 1'56.576
12 Aigar Leok TM EST 1'58.824
13 Rob van Vijfeijken Yamaha NED 1'59.476
14 Gert Krestinov KTM EST 2'00.563
15 Tom Church CCM GBR 2'19.552
16 Carlos Campano Yamaha ESP -1 Laps

|||||| |---|---|---|---|---| ||Race 2 - 17 Laps **||||| |Pos.|Rider|Manu.|Nat.|Total Time**| |1|Ken De Dycker |Suzuki|BEL|42'25.366| |2|Joshua Coppins|Yamaha|NZL|0'10.466| |3|Clement Desalle|Honda|BEL|0'14.469| |4|Antonio Cairoli|Yamaha| ITA|0'34.631| |5|Maximilian Nagl|KTM|GER|0'38.477| |6|Tanel Leok |Yamaha|EST|0'51.271| |7|Jonathan Barragan|KTM|ESP|1'01.217| ||8|David Philippaerts|Yamaha |ITA|1'07.894 |9|Aigar Leok|TM|EST|1'19.044| |10|Steve Ramon |Suzuki|BEL|1'32.057| |11|Marc De Reuver |Honda|NED|1'49.273| |12|Gareth Swanepoel|Kawasaki|RSA|1'59.524| |13|Rob van Vijfeijken|Yamaha|NED|2'09.017| 14Timotei PotisekHondaFRA2'23.108|15|Tom Church|CCM|GBR|2'45.627|

Rider Standings - 30/08/2009 |
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Points
1 Antonio Cairoli Yamaha ITA 537
2 Maximilian Nagl KTM GER 487
3 David Philippaerts Yamaha ITA|469
4 Clement Desalle Honda BEL 461
5 Ken De Dycker Suzuki BEL 459
6 Joshua Coppins Yamaha NZL 449
7 Tanel Leok Yamaha EST 382
8 Gareth Swanepoel Kawasaki RSA 238
9 Jonathan Barragan KTM ESP 229
10 Manuel Priem Aprilia BEL 195
11 Aigar Leok TM ESY 188
12 Steve Ramon Suzuki BEL 178
13 David Vuillemin Kawasaki FRA 150
14 Gregory Aranda Kawasaki FRA 143
15 Tom Church CCM GBR 117
17 Carlos Campano Yamaha ESP 102
26 Rob van Vijfeijken Yamaha NED 53
41 Lauris Freibergs Yamaha LVA 12
50 Davis Livs Yamaha LVA 4
Manufacturer Standings - 30/08/2009 |
Pos. Manufacturer Points
1 Yamaha 615
2 KTM 547
3 Honda 496
4 Suzuki 476
5 Kawasaki 292|6|Aprilia|292
7 TM 193
8 CCM 152

Monni 10th in Lierop

The fourteenth round of fifteen in the MX2-GP World Championship took place in the rough and shifting sand of Lierop for the Grand Prix of the Netherlands and Yamaha 3C Racing's Manuel Monni was the highest placed rider with the YZ250F; finishing 10th overall. Monster Energy Ricci Motocross Team duo Nico Aubin and David Guarneri were unable to complete a full scorecard.

Lierop saw the paddock reconvene after an August hiatus of three weeks and also bring the series towards a conclusion. 18,000 spectators relied on bright Dutch skies to enjoy the last European event of the motocross calendar.

Before the MX2-GP motos got underway on Sunday Yamaha had cause for delight as Italian teenager Chiara Fontanesi won her first ever Women's World Championship moto with a narrow victory Saturday afternoon. Riding her 3C Racing Yamaha YZ125 Fontanesi defeated new world champion and factory rider Stephanie Laier. She then secured second position on Sunday morning to confirm her first podium visit.

Team-mate Manuel Monni was 10th with results of two 12th positions. The Italian champion battled through from mid-pack. Starting from 8th in the gate for the MX2-GP sprints Aubin suffered two falls in the opening laps of Moto1 and could not restart in sufficient time. The Frenchman had better luck in the second race as he filled 10th spot. Guarneri took the best result of the day for the Yamaha crew with 7th in the first race but 'hit the wall' physically in the second moto and dropped down the ranking to 21st. Loic Larrieu crashed in the second foray but a decent 9th place was resgistered in Moto1.

Utag's Zach Osborne, the only winner with the YZ250F in 2009, took two points for 19th in Moto1 but his second outing was ended prematurely with a mechanical problem.

In the series standings Guarneri is 4th and has a slim chance of making the top three. Monni is 8th and can still breach the top seven. Aubin is 9th.

Canelinha will host the Grand Prix of Brazil and the last 2009 meeting for the motocross world championship fraternity in twoweeks time.

Nico Aubin, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team:

"I hit the rear wheel of Roelants in the second corner of the first moto and had to restart in last position. I got going again but was last and then had another crash soon after and could not restart. After being lapped three times it was clear the race was over. In the second moto I started well but could not avoid mistakes in the first few laps. I could not ride with the best rhythm; it was a hard GP for me."

Zach Osborne, Utag

"I got off to a decent start in the first race but someone went down in front of me in the second turn and I went back to about 20th. I fought back up by five or six positions but then I had a crash and it took me a while to get going. I ended up 19th which was not a good result but the speed and rhythm was starting to come back to me. In the second race I put in a good start and worked hard up to 13th but then we had a problem with the bike. It was disappointing but overall I am getting back on track; we have been in a tough rut recently."

Chiara Fontanesi, Yamaha 3C Racing:

"When I was training in the last couple of weeks on the sand I saw that my speed was OK and thought I might be able to make a good result at Lierop, but when I saw the times in practice on Saturday I thought that reaching the podium would be really difficult. When I was leading the moto yesterday I felt really comfortable and this gave me confidence. This is only my first year in the championship so I hope for more results like this in the future."

Circuit Length: **1875
Weather: Sunny
**Last Years Winner: **Tyla Rattray

2009 GP of Netherlands 30/08/2009

**Race 1 - 17 Laps ** |
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time
1 Rui Goncalves KTM POR 40'22.468
2 Marvin Musquin KTM FRA|0'29.397
3 Joel Roelants KTM BEL 0'55.449
4 Ken Roczen {{{Suzuki}}} GER 1'05.364
5 Mike Kras KTM NED 1'15.289
6 Dennis Verbruggen {{{Honda}}} BEL 1'29.854
7 Davide Guarneri Yamaha ITA 1'40.779
8 Ceriel Klein Kromhof KTM NED 1'44.178
9 Loic Larrieu Yamaha FRA 1'46.606
10 Nikolai Larsen Suzuki DNK 1'49.606
11 Nick Triest KTM BEL 1'52.568
12 Manuel Monni Yamaha ITA 1'{{{57}}}.490
13 Matiss Karro Suzuki LVA 2'03.257
14 Valentin Teillet KTM FRA 2'04.489
15 Arnaud Tonus KTM CHE 2'06.471
16 Jose Antonio Butron Suzuki ESP -1 Laps
17 Xavier Boog Suzuki FRA -1 Laps
18 Petr Smitka KTM CZE -1 Laps
19 Zach Osborne Yamaha USA -1 Laps
20 Mel Pocock Yamaha GBR -1 Laps
**Race 2 - 17 Laps ** |
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time
1 Marvin Musquin KTM FRA|41'32.470
2 Ken Roczen Suzuki GER 0'27.364
3 Rui Goncalves KTM POR 0'44.963
4 Jeremy {{{Van}}} Horebeek KTM BEL 0'49.788
5 Joel Roelants KTM BEL 1'00.876
6 Shaun Simpson KTM GBR 1'03.945
7 Xavier Boog Suzuki FRA 1'42.665
8 Mike Kras KTM NED 1'49.892
9 Dennis Verbruggen Honda BEL 1'55.531
10 Nicolas Aubin Yamaha FRA 1'59.254
11 Valentin Teillet KTM FRA 2'06.390
12 Manuel Monni Yamaha ITA 2'14.558
13 Ceriel Klein Kromhof KTM NED 2'17.454
14 Gautier Paulin Kawasaki FRA 2'22.123
15 Evgeny Bobryshev Yamaha RUS -1Laps
16 Nikolai Larsen Suzuki DNK -1Laps
17 Arnaud Tonus KTM CHE -1Laps
18 Matiss Karro Suzuki LVA -1Laps
19 Jake Nicholls KTM GBR -1Laps
20 Nick Triest KTM BEL -1Laps
Rider Standings - 30/08/2009 |
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Points
1 Marvin Musquin KTM FRA 499
2 Rui Goncalves KTM POR 468
3 Gautier Paulin Kawasaki FRA|422
4 Davide Guarneri Yamaha ITA 387
5 Ken Roczen Suzuki GER 346
6 Steven Frossard Kawasaki FRA 294
7 Joel Roelants KTM BEL 284
8 Nicolas Aubin Yamaha FRA 256
9 Manuel Monni Yamaha ITA 254
10 Xavier Boog Suzuki FRA 253
11 Jeremy Van Horebeek KTM BEL 227
12 Marcus Schiffer KTM GER 172
13 Dennis Verbruggen Honda BEL 170
14 Arnaud Tonus KTM CHE 165
15 Loic Larrieu Yamaha FRA 163
20 Evgeny Bobryshev Yamaha RUS 108
23 Zach Osborne Yamaha USA 102
25 Alessandro Lupino Yamaha ITA 56
34 Mel Pocock Yamaha GBR 33
43 Deny Philippaerts Yamaha ITA 6
Manufacturer Standings - 30/08/2009 |
Pos. Manufacturer Points
1 KTM 609
2 Kawasaki 491
3 Yamaha 469
4 Suzuki 462
5 Honda 347
6 TM 14
World Champions
Tony Cairoli
Josh Coppins
Tanel Leok
David Philippaerts
Manuel Monni