The penultimate Grand Prix of the season, set for Gaildorf this 4th September weekend, is about to start. The German track has been out from the FIM Motocross World Championship calendar since 2005 and in its comeback, Gaildorf can enter the history of the sport again as there is the possibility of having the MX1 and MX2 World Titles decided here.
The last round of the FIM Veterans World Cup is also taking place this weekend in Gaildorf and everything is still wide open; Mats Nilsson is just one point ahead of Pascal Bal and although the leader is in the entry list of the final round, it is uncertain that he is 100% recovered from his injury. Alfredo Camps, Philip Mercer and Roger Jakobsson have also some chances to obtain the World Cup.
Gaildorf will also host the last round of the UEM EMX2 Championship, where Romain Febvre is the leader with 22 points advantage over Charles Lefrançois and 23 from Dylan Ferrandis. So the German track might witness the crowning of four Motocross Champions this weekend.
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It is first time Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1’s Cairoli has the possibility to obtained his second FIM MX1 World Title, the fifth one in his professional career. The Italian can be crowned already after the first race of the weekend if he finishes fourth. The Italian needs to score 18 points this weekend to be the new MX1 Champion, whereas Frossard needs 33 points more than Cairoli if he wants to keep on fighting for the Title.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Frossard has still some possibilities to keep his hopes up, as there are still 100 points up for grabs. The French rider needs to win both races and wait for Cairoli’s result, but he is aware that the 82 points difference he has with Cairoli does not give him many chances to stop the Italian to obtain his fifth World Title.
Home rider Nagl is fourth behind Desalle in the Championship and this weekend the German will have another opportunity to obtain his maiden overall victory of the season in front of his crowd. The Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1 rider is the ambassador of SOS Children’s Villages and during the GP of Gaildorf he is going to wear an exclusive helmet signed by the children from Schorndorf, which will be given to the winner of charity tombola on Sunday morning.
The fifth position of the championship is for Honda World Motocross’ Bobryshev, who missed the British GP due to an injury on his back, but fortunately he will be back at the starting grid this weekend to recuperate the fourth position at the standings. Bobryshev had some more medical exams and the diagnose was not that serious and the doctors have let him race this GP.
Marcus Schiffer is 20th at the moment in the point standings after having missed four GP this season and also having struggled with several injuries. At the moment he is not fully fit yet, but he will try to give his best and finish among the top ten riders.
The New Zealander Cody Cooper will race this weekend for the Rockstar Energy Suzuki World Motocross MX1 together with Kevin Strijbos.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Roczen only needs to score seven points more than his teammate Herlings to obtain his maiden FIM MX2 World Title. The German is riding home this weekend, so he has all the support from his fans, who are looking forward to have another German Champion after waiting for 43 years when Paul Friedrichs became World Champion.
The runner up of the series Herlings is 43 points behind Roczen, but although he knows that his teammate has a wide advantage over him, he will not stop fighting for the Title until the very last minute. However, the Dutch rider is not 100% confident for this weekend, as Gaildorf is a hard pack track and he does not really feel comfortable on it.
CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Searle keeps being third in the Championship, 68 points away from Herlings. The British rider did a very good performance at his home Grand Prix two weeks ago, so he is looking forward to obtaining another GP win in Gaildorf.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Paulin has not obtained the so expected GP victory this season yet, but he still has two more chances to go. In fact, the French has recently admitted that he is feeling better than ever on the bike and with himself, so Gaildorf might be the place where he adds one more overall victory in his records.
Completing the top five is Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha’s Tonus. The Swiss talent has been riding really good in the last Grand Prix and he has gained some confidence, which might help him this weekend to obtain another podium finish.
Penjan Thanarat from Thailand will have his first experience in the FIM Motocross World Championship and he is looking forward to learning a lot from this experience. Other riders who will be back at the starting grid are Michael Leib, who has just arrived from the USA where he has been recovering from some injuries, and Samuele Zecchina, who will give it another try to the World Championship.
Unfortunately, Valentin Teillet will not take part in the GP of Europe as he has injured again his shoulder and Harri Kullas will not be present either, as he has broken two bones on his hand.
Saturday: VMX Free Practice 7:20; EMX2 Free and Qualifying Time Practice Group A 7:55; EMX2 Free and Qualifying Time Practice Group B 8:35; MX2 Free Practice 9:30; MX1 Free Practice 10:15; VMX Time Practice 11:00; EMX2 Qualifying Race Group A 12:10; EMX2 Qualifying Race Group B 12:45; MX2 Pre-Qualifying Practice 13:15; MX1-Pre Qualifying Practice 14:00; VMX Race 1 15:10; MX2 Qualifying Race 16:10; MX1 Qualifying Race 17:00; EMX2 Last Chance Qualifying Practice 17:45; VMX Race 2 18:40; EMX2 B-Final 19.20.
Sunday: EMX2 Warm up 8:30; MX2 Warm up 9:00; MX1 Warm up 9:30; EMX2 Race 1 10:15; MX2 Grand Prix Race 1 12:10; MX1 Grand Prix Race 1 13:10; EMX2 Race 2 14:10; MX2 Grand Prix Race 2 15:03; MX1 Grand Prix race 2 16:03.