18. June 2012
Four Akrapovič-supported racers stood on the podium in the Grand Prix of Belgium: Cairoli, Desalle, Herlings, and van Horebeek.
With the racing Sunday in Belgium, the season of the MX1 and MX2 World Championship is now in its second half. There are no major changes at the top of both classes because the two Red Bull KTM Factory Team members once again delivered an excellent performance. Antonio Cairoli admitted that he usually spends a large part of the season in Belgium and so the local racetrack is practically his second home: he had no problems winning both races with his KTM 350 SX-F in the MX1 class.
“On Saturday the track wasn’t so good because of the rain but this morning it was nice and there was a lot of grip. We had al lot of different lines for both races and in the first I managed to pull away and control the race. My start in the second wasn’t so good, but I wanted to win here so I just put my head down and did my best to make it happen,” Tony commented on the outcome on the wet Belgium sand.
The Belgian native Clément Desalle finished second both times. He rides a Suzuki RM-Z 450 sporting an Akrapovič exhaust system, just like Cairoli’s KTM.
In the competition of 250 cc four-stroke racing machines, the winner of the first race, Jeffrey Herlings (KTM), finished the second race in second after staging a tough battle. He also finished second overall, ahead of his teammate Jeremy van Horebeek.
After the first half of the season, Akrapovič has two racers among the first three in both classes: Cairoli leads the MX1 class ahead of Desalle, and in the MX2 class Herlings and van Horebeek are holding first and third places. Good for you, guys—keep up the good work!
The battle with the terrain and fellow racers continues on 1 July in Sweden.
Photo: Archer R., Suzuki Racing