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FRAUENFELD-GACHNANG (Switzerland), 07 August 2016 – The revival of the Swiss grand prix was completely off the hook as thousands upon thousands of fanatical MXGP fans packed into the grand stands that surrounded the track to witness the fifteenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship where Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s number one tactician Antonio Cairoli made his return to the top step of the podium, while Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Anstie poured more life into his MX2 campaign with a pair of race wins for the victory in MX2.

Picking the right lines is all in the mind, and with no former knowledge of this track and venue, no videos to watch over and over, no hills that cater to a good engine with great gearing or horse power, it was all down to the riders to work out which lines were the fastest, and that made the MXGP of Switzerland presented by iXS the great equalizer.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli put in a breakout ride just when he needed it most, at least in race one, which was enough for his third grand prix win of the season. The second race didn’t go as smooth for the Italian legend and he was absolutely livid at the end of it, which is a good indication he still has a fire in his belly for winning races. In his post race interview he mentioned that he is going to use the three-week break to test both bikes, the 350cc and the 450cc, which is a sure sign he is on a mission to find the extra edge.

Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser’s is not afraid to let it all hang loose, but riding like that almost always comes at a price. Gajser learned all about the risk and reward on his way to THIRD overall today. In race one, the risk slammed him to the ground, bent his bars and destroyed his front brake. A truly gritty ride saw him charge from outside of the top twenty to ninth. In Race 2, the risk rewarded him with his fifteenth race win of the season, which was enough to land him on podium for the fourteenth time this year.

At the moment, with the incredible depth of talent in the MXGP class, no one is good enough to get on the podium while holding something back. Febvre knows better than anyone, and threw his heart on the table once again, as he always does, except this weekend the track demanded a lot of respect and anyone who pushed too hard paid the price. Febvre’s price was eighth place in Race 1, but he came back strong in race two with a second place for third overall.

If you thought Team HRC’s Gautier Paulin seemed out of character over the last couple of rounds, you’ll be pleased to know the real Gautier Paulin was back in the opening moto, with the assistance of a good start. A podium was on the cards for the Honda ace today, but because of his cruddy start in the final race, he fell short by 3 points and had to settle for fourth.

Meanwhile, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Glenn Coldenhoff finally cracked the top five, in overall results, when he passed his teammate, Tony Cairoli, on the last lap in the second race. The pass saw him cross the line in third place, which is the first time he’s finished inside the top three this year.

Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki’s Tommy Searle also achieved a season best, sixth.