Tony Cairoli’s victory on the KTM 350 SX-F came after the first MX1 moto at the Italian circuit and saw his home fans celebrate their hero and role model with wild enthusiasm. Jeffrey Herlings had to wait until the second MX2 moto for his moment of glory but the fans again rose to the occasion to pay tribute to the Dutch champion who is just several days away from his 18th birthday.
Tony Cairoli: “It’s amazing to win in Italy especially after what happened last year with my mum on the same day so it’s even more special. I believe it’s a really amazing day for me and for all the people, I have no words. The crowd was amazing today, cheering me all the time. Yesterday was a little bit stressful with the qualification and everything but now it’s a little better, I had better starts and I could grab first place in each race.”
Jeffrey Herlings: "Tommy was always there and he pushed me a lot so it was never easy with the pressure he put on me. He's a great rider and competitor and knowing he was always there was a great motivation for me. Also my teammate Jeremy was also always close by but he also supported me right through the season," he said, also paying tribute to his team and to his KTM 250 SX-F machine.
A full report will be in this week's TMX.