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Red Bull KTM Factory rider Antonio Cairoli took victory in the MX1 moto at the second round of the Italian International motocross championship. A large crowd were in attendance as the home rider put on a masterclass for his fans. Monster Energy Yamaha rider Jeremy Van Horebeek finished in second place ahead of HRC rider Tim Gajser.

Julien Lieber also racing a KTM machine won the MX2 race in Italy.

“I got a pretty good start,” Lieber said. “I was second behind Prado and I followed him, but he made a gap, and I was getting tired and arm pump. In the end I could catch him and pass him. I still had arm pump, and after a year not racing and come here and win my first race, that is amazing.”

With rain falling, Febvre took the holeshot from Cairoli who took the lead soon after, nearly cutting Febvre off. The Frenchman came back though and took the lead with Van Horebeek and Gajser right behind them. These guys are pushing hard for a pre-season race.

Cairoli passed Febvre over a jump, but Febvre came back, again Cairoli blocking the Frenchmans passing move. Van Horebeek passed Febvre and then went out after Cairoli.
The top ten after one lap was Cairoli, Van Horebeek, Febvre, Gajser, Coldenhoff, Bobryshev, Lupino, Butron, Righi, and Leok.

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Cairoli was making a break on the two Yamaha riders as he tried to control from the front, just as he did last weekend. Just like in last weekend’s race Gajser doesn’t seem to be pushing that hard.

Febvre and Van Horebeek were in a tough battle, with the Frenchman nearly passing, but Van Horebeek wasn’t giving up second that easy.

Van Horebeek seemed to be making a little ground on the leader, with the top ten after six laps being Cairoli, Van Horebeek, Febvre, Gajser, Coldenhoff, Bobryshev, Lupino, Butron, Leok and Righi

After eight laps Van Horebeek had dropped the lead from Cairoli down to two seconds, with Febvre and Gajser eight and 13 seconds back.

Gajser made his way past Febvre, and was now nine seconds behind Cairoli, with Van Horebeek moving onto the back wheel of the leader. Things were heating up. Cairoli wins it from Van Horebeek and Gajser.

Belgian rider Julien Lieber racing a KTM machine has made a great return to racing with a victory in today’s MX2 race in Italy. After missing the complete 2016 season it was a perfect performance as he tried to make his comeback from major injury. Lieber won from Michele Cervellin and Jorge Prado. Rounding out the top five was Brian Bogers and Petar Petrov.

“I got a pretty good start,” Lieber said. “I was second behind Prado and I followed him, but he made a gap, and I was getting tired and arm pump. In the end I could catch him and pass him. I still had arm pump, and after a year not racing and come here and win my first race, that is amazing.”

Prado took the holeshot in the MX2 moto while a big crash happened behind him. Prado led from Julien Lieber, Michele Cervellin, Samuele Bernardini, Brian Bogers, Petar Petrov, Maximue Renaux, Simone Furlotti, Alvin Ostlund, and Giamarco De Santis.

While Prado looked strong, it was going crazy behind him as Lieber closed right up on the young Spanish rider. Cervellin and Bernardini followed closely behind.

Lieber continued to close up on Prado, but every time it looked like he could pass, Prado turned up the pace a little. Lieber was quicker on one half of the track, and Prado the other half, meaning the leader had to always stay on his game.

After eight laps it was Prado, Lieber, Cervellin, Bogers, Petrov, Bernardini, Paturel, Ostlund, Furlotti, and Sabulis.

The top four stayed pretty close together, and on lap nine both Lieber and Cervellin were right onto Prado, with the Italian rider really pushing hard to get past Lieber.

On lap ten Lieber made a brilliant pass on Prado, diving up the inside and blocking Prado. The Spanish rider tried to come back, only to find Cervellin right on his tail. Bogers was also catching the top three.

Soon after Cervellin passed Prado and then Bogers was onto the youngster. Great racing. Lieber had made a little break on the other three as he controlled the race up front.

Lieber wins it from Cervellin and Prado.

MX2 – Results

1 133 LIEBER Julien BEL KTM 17 29:55.350 1:44.054 5 – 120
2 747 CERVELLIN Michele ITA Honda HRC Honda 17 29:57.907
3 61 PRADO GARCIA Jorge ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 17 29:58.867
4 189 BOGERS Brian NED HSF Logistic Motorsport Team KTM 17 30:04.653
5 152 PETROV Petar BUL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing MX2 Kawasaki 17 30:05.504
6 6 PATUREL Benoit FRA Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Yamaha 17 30:05.689
7 161 OSTLUND Alvin SWE Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Yamaha 17 30:20.754
8 951 FURLOTTI Simone ITA Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori Yamaha 17 30:34.036
9 16 SABULIS Karlis LAT Astes4 Tesar Yamaha Official Team Yamaha 17 30:35.658
10 66 LARRAGANA Olano ESP Husqvarna 17 30:38.294
11 321 BERNARDINI Samuele ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM 17 30:41.831
12 303 FORATO Alberto ITA Team Redmoto Assomotor Honda 17 30:42.632
13 118 RUBINI Stephen FRA Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing MX2 Kawasaki 17 30:47.414
14 211 LAPUCCI Nicholas ITA KTM 17 30:51.895
15 70 RUBEN Fernandez ESP F H Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki 17 30:55.716
16 132 KUTSAR Karel EST Husqvarna 17 30:56.118
17 172 VAN DONINCK Brent BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Yamaha 17 30:58.375
18 223 TROPEPE Giuseppe ITA Suzuki 17 30:59.566
19 200 ZONTA Filippo ITA Honda 17 31:01.075
20 170 WARD Caleb Andrew AUS Husqvarna 17 31:01.600

MX1 – Results

1 222 CAIROLI Antonio ITA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 17 30:16.881
2 89 VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy BEL Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Yamaha 17 30:23.491
3 243 GAJSER Tim SLO Team HRC MXGP Honda 17 30:32.520
4 461 FEBVRE Romain FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Yamaha 17 30:41.350
5 777 BOBRYSHEV Evgeny RUS Team HRC MXGP Honda 17 30:47.636
6 259 COLDENHOFF Glenn NED Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 17 31:09.372
7 77 LUPINO Alessandro ITA Team Redmoto Assomotor Honda 17 31:28.524
8 7 LEOK Tanel EST Husqvarna 17 31:38.478
9 17 BUTRON Jose ESP Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM 17 31:49.601
10 19 PHILIPPAERTS David ITA Astes4 Tesar Yamaha Official Team Yamaha 17 32:05.363
11 999 GONCALVES Rui POR Husqvarna 17 32:07.943
12 997 RIGHI Riccardo ITA KTM 16 30:17.424
13 878 PEZZUTO Stefano ITA Yamaha 16 30:34.874
14 93 BENGTSSON Jonathan SWE KTM 16 30:37.754
15 62 GERCAR Klemen SLO 62 Motosport Husqvarna 16 30:49.144
16 9 DE DYCKER Ken BEL Suzuki 16 30:58.078
17 119 HOUGHTON Ryan GBR Yamaha 16 31:02.317
18 471 TARASOV Volodymyr UKR KTM 16 31:13.292
19 82 BECONCINI Manuel ITA KTM 16 31:14.322
20 5 COMPAGNONE Felice ITA KTM 16 31:26.399

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