Cairoli leads the way for Motorex at Matterley Basin

© KTM images/Ray Archer

The British Grand Prix formed the second round of 2021 MXGP and the spectacular sprawl of the Matterley Basin circuit was the stage for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tony Cairoli to post his first win of the season.

- Cairoli extends GP-winning career to 19 successive years, 12 with KTM SX-F technology
- Guadagnini scores maiden podium finish and moto win with 2nd overall in MX2
- 3rd spot and second podium in a row for Jeffrey Herlings
- Tom Vialle misses the Grand Prix with right hand injury
- Hofer takes first top three moto finish of the season
The rough, tacky soil of Matterley Basin provided a fast and technical challenge for the three MXGP and three MX2 riders of Red Bull KTM for the first of six Grands Prix to take place in the next seven weeks. A cool, cloudy and showery climate covered the venue in southern England that packed a noisy 4000 spectator attendance into the facility.
Tony Cairoli: “I actually enjoyed the second moto more because there was a lot of passing and it was nice to be back in that type of battle. The track was getting nice and it was a good race. I had two fast starts today. The first win felt nice, especially after the disappointment of being so close in Russia two weeks ago. We lost a lot of points then but today was positive and I enjoyed myself. I’m looking forward to racing in Italy now.”
Mattia Gaudagnini: “I'm so, so happy. I knew from Russia that I was riding well. My starts were good and I was feeling great with the bike and on the track in the first moto. I had a lot of fun battling for P2. I had the goal to be at the front in the second race and made it happen. I did my own race. I focused on the moto like I was training and tried not to think of the GP. I couldn't be happier than I am now. "