The Italian factory rider's season was, however, not as straightforward as he would have liked. After a setback with injury in the opening round in Bulgaria he then set about showing his usual tactical brilliance and absolute determination to consistently score as many points as possible to put him in range of the title. Despite his knee injury in Bulgaria Tony still managed to pick up 25 championship points. In fact that proved to be the lowest scoring round of the competition. His unsettling injury problem may have kept him leaning on the side of caution in the first half of the season but he was still rarely off the podium. At the same time his GP victories in in Spain, Latvia, Lommel and Britain with a chance to take two more GPs at Gaildorf and the GP of Italy. underlined that where Cairoli is concerned, it is never about a particular terrain. Tony was also on the second step of the podium six times, was once third and amassed nine moto victories and can still add to his honors in the final races.