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A third meeting in three weeks took MXGP onto the hard-packed but rough St Jean D’Angely circuit for a busy Grand Prix of France. Heavy showers just prior to the seventh round of eighteen in the 2019 campaign helped soften the stony, clay terrain and created some deep and demanding ruts. 38,000 spectators (weekend figure) filled the French hillside as pleasant temperatures and #racing conditions marked the weekend.
World Championship leader #tonycairoli faced the obstacle of a 14th position pick in the start gate after a tricky Qualification Heat on Saturday. Two crashes cast the Red Bull KTM man deep into the pack and he completed the distance with a twisted left ankle.
Cairoli used the power of his KTM #450sxf and his prowess away from the line to launch straight into contention for victory in the opening race. He ran close with Tim Gajser as the pair overtook Arnaud Tonus but then rode conservatively to take second position behind his Slovenian rival. The second #moto started dramatically as Cairoli was one of several riders to hit an unstable metal gate and chased the pack into the first corner in last position. #222 then had a hard and undesirable charge through the pack ahead. Another small slip in an uphill left-hander cost time and he reached 17th by the chequered flag.
Cairoli had previously finished in the top two of all thirteen Grand Prix motos and has appeared in six podium ceremonies; four as a winner. He holds a 10 advantage over Gajser in the championship.
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