Herlings and Cairoli in Lierop
By Geoff Meyer | 03 Sep 2012
For the Red Bull KTM Factory team the Grand Prix of Benelux, held at the Lierop circuit in Holland it was a huge affair. Winning both the MX1 and MX2 classes with their riders Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings it was a special day.
For both KTM riders it was about taking control of their rivals and burying them into the ground and that is just what they did.
"I know if I could get a start I was capable of doing something like this," Herlings said. "I had done it in a Dutch Championship before, but of course the Grand Prix riders are stronger. I had never raced at Lierop in a Grand Prix before and I really loved it. The crowd were so amazing, really helping me along. Every time I came through the forest you could feel the crowd pushing me."
"In the Saturday race when I fell and came through to win, I was so happy to see Glenn Coldenhoff up front, he is one of my best friends in the paddock and I thought about letting him win the moto, but then I decided to push harder and take the win myself."
Antonio Cairoli did what he has done the last six rounds, pushing harder than earlier in the season and breaking his rivals down. Once he could pass KTM team-mate Max Nagl in the first moto he was gone. The second moto was even easier and his 1-1 results showed once again he is clearly a level above his rivals at the moment.
"When you win both races it's amazing," Cairoli said. "I couldn't ask for a better Grand Prix. I enjoyed it, Lierop has always been a nice place for me, winning two World Championships here and I really love the track. The crowd are also very supportive and I knew I could do well here. I made a mistake in the first moto, riding with arm pump, but I got to the front. In the second moto I had the holeshot and was gone, but then I made a mistake and lost my front wheel in the wave section and I made a big crash. I hurt my thumb a little and wasn't riding so well, but I got the rhythm back and won the second moto."
Now moving into Faenza in Italy both Herlings and Cairoli will be crowned World Motocross Champions, only terrible luck would see them not walk away from Italy with the number one plates on their bikes. Don’t miss the opportunity to see both KTM riders obtain the 2012 Title on the same weekend and click here to buy your tickets for the Grand Prix of Europe.
Photo: MX1 action - Ray Archer image
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