Cairoli twists knee in crash
Tony Cairoli has admitted he twisted his knee in a first turn crash before crashing again and coming home in 17th position in frustrating race two in Latvia.
The Red Bull KTM rider had been of course been struggling with the knee in the first two rounds of the series after twisting it a few days before round one but the time off had allowed it to heal.
The Italian, who came from 20th to seventh in a great first moto ride, will be hoping there is no lasting damage this time and he can show his speed at the front on Wednesday.
Cairoli commented: Today was very tough. To restart everything after five months meant it would be tricky because we didn’t know the race pace, but I knew I had trained well and could do good. The only problem was my starts and we saw it at this track where it is difficult to come through the pack. I felt really good to come back to 7th in the first moto and was happy.
“I was determined to do better in the second and was thinking about going for victory to be honest. I had a better start but had trouble again on the first corner and was hit by another rider. I twisted my knee again. I was not feeling 100% at the beginning and was taking it easy but made another mistake and was outside the top thirty. After that I tried to re-group and bring it home.
“This is not the result we wanted but I saw a lot of people had troubles this first race. We won’t panic too much but we want to be further forward. I want to get behind the gate again and prove that I can get there. It is so important lately to be at the front at the start of motos. We need to work a bit more on this direction.”
Cairoli is now down to fourth in the championship, 44 points off championship leader Herlings.
Article: Jonathan McCready
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